Horimiya Anime… What Went Wrong?

Since the Horimiya epilogue chapter has made its debut, I’ve decided to reflect a bit on the 13-episode Winter 2021 anime.

As someone who binged fifteen volumes of Horimiya in two nights instead of preparing for midterms like I should’ve been, to say that I was simply a little excited when I heard about the soon-to-be-released Horimiya anime would be a serious understatement. I talked about Horimiya for months, joining Discord groups, making twitter group chats, and tweeting character popularity polls, and when the first episode of the anime aired in Japan, I watched it on a live stream and tweeted so much about it that my Twitter account came up as one of the top accounts responsible for the trend in the United States. I had no idea what feelings awaited me.

Upon finding out that Horimiya would be a single cour, meaning it would have between 10 to 14 episodes, I was immediately concerned about the pacing. Aside from the main romantic plotline that entails a secret between Hori and Miyamura which eventually leads to them getting together, there are so many things in the Horimiya manga that I felt were quite relevant but were, unfortunately, left out of the anime. For example, in my opinion, Miyamura’s development from a lonely middle school kid who pierced his ears with a safety pin just to feel something again, without caring about whether they’d bleed out or get infected, to a high school student with a found family consisting of his girlfriend, her family, and his many friends is a key subplot to the overall story. One person who I feel played a rather important role in Miyamura’s development is his best friend Shindou (my favorite character in the series). Shindou stuck with Miyamura from a young age, standing up for him when Tanihara was badmouthing Miyamura in the school bathroom and talking to him in class even though no one else would. Even after these two besties split up to attend different schools, the duo still supported each other, with Shindou being the one to encourage Miyamura to stop looking down on himself and to properly explain his feelings to Hori, and with Miyamura encouraging Shindou not to give up on his relationship with Chika. Without Shindou’s pep talk, our cherished Horimiya love story might have never progressed. 

Horimiya: Volume 4, Chapter 21

However, despite leaving out MANY fan-favorite manga scenes, and leaving in some controversial moments, the Horimiya anime wasn’t entirely bad. The animation was cute, the casting of the voice actors was done pretty well, and I absolutely loved the opening song. Overall, Horimiya as an anime was quite enjoyable, but I think it was likely even more enjoyable for those who hadn’t read the manga since they wouldn’t know about the scenes that didn’t make the cut. If Horimiya ever gets a reboot, which I unfortunately doubt will happen, I hope it has twenty-four episodes and AT LEAST one Meowmura episode (those chapters were so adorable). I feel that a well-paced Horimiya anime could have been the shining star of feel-good rom-com anime, and I wish we had the chance to see that dream become a reality.

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The Perfect Shoujo Manga for College-Aged Readers

If you’re a college-aged shoujo manga lover like I am, you can probably relate when I say I’m getting a little tired of manga set in high school. Don’t get me wrong, the stories are incredibly cute, and I enjoy seeing the characters open up about their feelings, experience the school festival together, and go on class field trips, but as a third-year at university, these tropes are a little hard to relate to. On the flip side, whenever I search for josei romance manga, I often come across stories with large age gaps (like the main character is a middle-aged woman who dates a guy 5+ years younger than her), which is even less relatable for me, personally. So when I came across A Sign of Affection (Yubisaki to Renren), it was as if the story I had been waiting for finally made its appearance. I was immediately drawn to the setting and characters. 

The main character, Yuki, is a 19-year-old college student with a hearing impairment who lives at home with her family. She primarily speaks sign language and types out messages on her phone for those who don’t understand sign language. In the first chapter, she meets a tall, handsome male named Itsuomi, who travels often and speaks many languages, but sign language isn’t one of them. Throughout the story, the reader gets to watch as their relationship, and the relationships of those close to them, develop. 

Aside from the setting and overall plot, I love this story’s realistic, everyday interactions between the characters. College is a busy time for everyone, and you likely won’t get to see your significant other every second of the day. Additionally, when you’re in a relationship as a college student, there’s a bit more involved than simply going on cute dates and buying matching phone charms. In A Sign of Affection, we see the characters doing everyday things as well as having those romantic moments that make you wish you weren’t single, like going to Costco and working a part-time job, for example. 

One other thing I adore about this story is the mental and emotional maturity of each character. Yes, high school students are smart, but as someone who left high school years ago, looking back on the past, I feel that many high school relationships consist of kids playing at being adults. This often results in characters making mistakes, usually regarding effective communication, that put a strain on the relationship being pursued. Not to say that college students are incredibly more mature than high schoolers, but they often have more wisdom to back up their decision-making process. In Yubisaki to Renren, we see Yuki properly communicate with Itsuomi, even when it’s difficult (SPOILER: like when she asked him about Emma!). Oushi, Yuki’s childhood friend, spoke fairly openly to Itsuomi regarding how he felt about the two of them going out. Even Rin and Kyouya got to the bottom of the matter regarding their feelings quickly and effectively. Rather than the main character spending chapter after chapter guessing about whether the romantic interest is interested in them in return, in A Sign of Affection, the characters communicate what they want and how they feel and work to make the progress that they desire. 

There are so many other amazing aspects to this story. The ongoing manga is so well written and exciting. I’m currently re-reading the four Japanese volumes, and all of the scenes are just as cute the second time around!

If you’re reading this manga as well, leave a comment with your favorite scene, your favorite character, or something else that you love about A Sign of Affection! (:

The story that is my life has entered a brand new arc… I wonder what it will contain

Hi everyone! My name is Megan, and welcome to my blog. If you’re reading this, it means that somehow, amidst all of the chaos that we know as the internet, something brought you here.

Hi everyone! My name is Megan, and welcome to my blog. If you’re reading this, it means that somehow, amidst all of the chaos that we know as the internet, something brought you here. Maybe you’re a friend of mine who I’ve told about this blog, maybe you follow me on social media and love books, manga, movies, and anime like I do, or maybe — and this time with LOTS of emphasis on the maybe — I finally figured out how Google AdWords works and I managed to pop up on your internet search. I seriously doubt it’s the last one but I guess ya never know.

Anyways, I guess I should start by explaining what this blog is all about. This reason is twofold, so let’s take this all one step at a time. First, I love fiction. All my life, I’ve enjoyed reading novels and manga, watching movies and tv shows, and seeing plays. When I was little, I told myself that I’d one day go to university to study literature and become a novelist. At times, I even find myself writing stories in my head and typing up quick blurbs in the notes app on my phone. However, despite having this dream of writing a novel since I was a little girl, I decided to study computer science when I finally made it into my dream university. I realize that there is almost no correlation between wanting to be a novelist and studying computer science, but because of various circumstances, this is the career path that I have found myself on. Regardless of my academic life, one thing that hasn’t changed is my love for all things fiction, and because of that, I have decided to create a blog to share this love with others who have similar interests. My second reason for creating this blog is simple, and at first, it may sound a bit snobby, but PLEASE hear me out: I need a job. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I was fortunate enough to acquire a work-from-home part-time position through my university, but as the pandemic comes to an end (thankfully), the job that I have been doing for the past year is no longer needed, and my income has dropped significantly. In my search for a new part-time position, I stumbled across a web design job, and their application requirement said “We want you to create your own website so we can see your skills!!!!”. After reading this, my mind immediately went “NOW IS MY CHANCE!” I realized that if this blog of mine were to fail significantly (and I really hope that it doesn’t) then I will at the very least be able to play off my embarrassment by saying “Oh, I simply created it for a job position hahaha” (unless those teasing me have read this post… if that’s the case then I guess I’m a bit screwed lol).

So, now you know a bit about me, and why I am here writing this blog. I hope to write a lot about the things I love. Recently, I’ve been VERY into shoujo manga (and shounen, josei, and seinen manga), and most of the ones I am reading currently update on a monthly basis, so I will definitely do my very best to upload my thoughts on new chapters and feel free to share your thoughts too in the comments. My goal is to upload a new post every weekend. I look forward to seeing you all in my next post!

If you took the time to read all of this, leave a like and comment below your favorite novel or manga + any recommendations that you have for me (: Also, feel free to share my blog with others!!!

じゃ、またね!