What makes a proper Isekai anime?

What is it about Mushoku Tensei and Ascendance of a Bookworm that makes an Isekai, amazing? Over the past few years, we’ve seen the rise and fall of many Isekai anime. Some survived criticism and turned out to be actually good, while others failed to become what it set out to be, and were simply forgotten. But what is it about these two anime that make them better than others of its kind?

In the first place, what is it about Isekai that is so very fascinating?

The concept of another world will always be something unbelievably exciting. Let alone, the idea of actually being a part of this other world. Unlike other non-isekai anime, it is this detachment from our known world and its rules that makes life in a new world extremely refreshing. After all, it is a world unlike any we’ve experienced before. A place where anything might just be possible. A realm that turns fiction into reality.

So why isn’t this enough? Why do some Isekai continue to fall short? Why is it that such an alluring idea in anime often receives the criticism it gets?

The beauty of an Isekai is that an isekai could be itself, but it could very easily be anything else just as well. It can be whatever it wants to be. What I mean is that an Isekai anime could be all about this whole new world, but it could also be about anything else, only now it’s in another world.

Because the very nature of Isekai is that it is a setting. Be it a story about romance, action or even just slice of life, all of these could take place in another world. But what makes an Isekai truly an Isekai is when it successfully infuses the aspect of “a different world” into its story, and into the characters’ everyday lives.

Unfortunately, some Isekai just aren’t Isekai enough.

To better understand everything, it is important to know what Isekai truly means. By definition, Isekai means to be transported to another world. Yet some anime fail to realise that an Isekai is just as much about another world as it is about the former world that the character came from.

Otherwise, an Isekai wouldn’t even be an Isekai, would it? It would be just like any other fantasy anime out there. In which case, would the anime even need to have been an Isekai? Why not create a fantasy world from the get-go instead of having a character be transported?

An Isekai isn’t just about existing in this whole other world. There needs to be a comparison between one world and the other. A constant link between the two worlds. Worlds that would keep challenging each other in some way or form. Because isn’t that what an Isekai really is all about?

Knowing what it means to be transported to another world, that’s what makes an Isekai truly an Isekai.

Would you agree? I mean I do still love all my Isekai regardless. After all, what I love about Isekai is mainly its adventure fantasy aspects. Though it wouldn’t hurt for an Isekai to be more Isekai-like, ya know?

But anyway, it’s been nearly 4 long months since my last post! I’m just relieved to have finally written something proper again. At least, I think it’s proper.

Sure did took me long enough though. But as always, thanks for reading!

Morality in The Promised Neverland — Isabella (#1)

The subject of morality is never one that’s set in stone. An act that is claimed to be of a moral premise by one party could very well be seen as an immoral act by another. In this post, I aim to take a look at the many things in The Promised Neverland that have raised moral questions and tested our moral sensitivities.

Of course, some disclaimers first. This post is written entirely for fun, in an attempt to apply theories of ethics into the world of The Promised Neverland. I’ll be writing based on my limited knowledge of ethics and its various theories, as well as with the perspective of my own subjective and personal worldview. There’s really no right, wrong or absolutes! Just completely my own biased personal opinion.

*Spoilers ahead*

The world of The Promised Neverland is a rather fascinating one. Human lives have been likened to livestock, where children are reared and harvested in the seemingly peaceful and ordinary orphanages. In a world such as this, can our standards of morality truly remain the same? Can we truly be blamed for being “immoral”? What are the limits of what is right and what is wrong?


Our moral sensitivity tested right away when the “surrogate mother” Isabella is seen willingly sending the children to their demise. Insidious isn’t it? But is she actually evil?

Banality of evil
The banality of evil defines the idea that doing evil is not necessarily an act done because one is an inherently evil person, but it could simply be the act of a dutiful servant obeying their orders. In this case, the actions of Isabella to essentially slaughter the children aren’t an act birthed from evil, but an act of subservience.

In other words, Isabella is (probably) not evil.

While Isabella may not be evil, can we say that her actions were morally justified? Per the anime, it seemed that Isabella had been so deeply scarred that her experiences had completely altered her beliefs. To Isabella, escape was impossible, and so death became an inevitability. She started believing that the best thing she could do for herself and the children was to give them the most pleasant life before sending them off to be killed. Can we truly fault her for her decisions?

Of course we can, but should we?

Understandably, her actions could be seen as being self-serving.

  • She chose to essentially live the life as someone complicit in slaughter so that she could save her own skin.
  • It was easier to blind herself from the reality where both herself and the children might’ve been able to survive.
  • Helping the children could risk her life, so she chose to let the children die so she could peacefully live on.

But personally, I believe that given her circumstances, it is morally permissible for her to act in such a way. The act of delivering the children to their deaths may be inherently bad, but her intentions were none other than to raise them well and to allow them to live merrily till their final moments. After all, she never knew there were any means for the children to escape. Perhaps after helping even just one or two of the children, when found out, she might just be killed off herself for failing to perform her duties. Maybe allowing the children to live a blissful life ignorant of their grim reality would allow more children to live happier lives.

In short, I personally believe that Isabella’s actions were not immoral. They were simply the result of circumstance.

Then again, if I were Isabella, it might have just been better to have explained things to them clearly once they found out instead of beginning her sick game of cat and mouse. Eh, perhaps she might just be evil after all.

Would you forgive Isabella? Should I continue exploring the ethics of the other characters? Or perhaps you thought I was spouting a load of crap? Well, you’re not wrong! Regardless, leave a comment to let me know!

Check out my review of the whole series HERE! As always, thank you for reading!

5 Most Exasperating WordPress Glitches I Keep Encountering

WordPress problems are something I encounter ever-so frequently. These frustratingly incessant problems plague my writing experience to the point of complicating the most simplest of things and turning them into tedious and unnecessary hassles. It is infuriating and inconvenient, to say the least, and perhaps that by writing them, I could figure out whether or not these problems are my own, or problems that have plagued the community all this while.

Before I start, let me just say that I wouldn’t have written this without the suggestion from Yomu of Umai Yomu. He responded to my frequent dissatisfaction of these issues on twitter, and suggested that I write them out in a post in the hopes that the relevant parties might be made aware of these issues. So thanks Yomu!

I’ll be arranging this list from the least annoying issues to the most obnoxious problems. Here we go!

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Releasing our Emotions through Music

In our technologically advanced digital era, we have accelerated our way of life and become accustomed to a faster lifestyle. Everything of today operates at a much faster pace than ever before, and while certainly complementing convenience, it’s not without compromise.

Ironically in this era of newfound convenience and ease, humankind continues to be busier than ever. Our lives are instead filled with the hectic hustle and bustle of an increasingly fast-paced and ever-demanding society. It is no exaggeration to say that our lifestyles have become much more chaotic.

As such, it is important to find serenity amidst the chaos, and what better way to do this than to indulge in music.

yes, music!

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Responsibility In Writing (100 Follower Appreciation Post)

There are over 7,700,000,000 individuals living, breathing and roaming this world, yet not a single one of us is exactly the same as the other. No, we are our own person, and amazingly enough, we all offer a little bit of something from our lives that only we can offer. That’s more than 7 billion unique characters in a single planet. Imagine that. Now imagine if all 7 billion of us were writers.

wow, 7 billion is a lot of zeros!

In the perspective of the writer, our words are our voice, and how we write these words become our personality. There’s an art to writing beautifully, and there’s beauty in writing artfully. It’s not just what you say, but a matter of how you say it. Writing is a conversation, and in it, our character defines who we are. And in the market of eternally-regurgitated words, personality that distinguishes writing is priceless.

A writer’s personality is what shapes their choice of words. Words can be emotional. They can affect our mood. They can be honest and they can be sincere. They can be energetic and revitalising, yet heartfelt and depressing. They can be malicious, yet filled with good intent. Ultimately, they have power. But with great power comes great responsibility.

As personal bloggers, our words are our identity. We spend hours curating the perfect words that resonate with our person, then lay it out there for others to scrutinise. Not only does our writing reflect upon us, it also influences our audience.

Ultimately, it is in both our personal and our audience’s best interests for us to be writing responsibly. There is a need to be mindful of the things we say, and understand our position as the voice that addresses a crowd. Just as how we should be mindful of what we say verbally, we should also be careful of what we say in writing.

That being said, writing responsibly doesn’t mean forsaking your own identity. It simply means to understand the things we talk about and to be aware of its implications. I guess what I’m trying to say is, writing is an art that requires a lot of care. So let’s practice that care. Yup, that’s it.

I hope this didn’t sound convoluted ;P

I wanted to write something meaningful as part of my 100 follower milestone, so I hope this post didn’t rub off in the wrong way.

Writing has given me an alternative voice. It has allowed me to interact and connect with all sorts of people from around the globe, and has even inspired me to become a better person. So thank you.

Thank you to the ones that actually read, thank you to the ones that take the time to comment, thank you to the ones that support with a like and also thank you to the ones that write. All of you inspire me on a daily basis. Writing is a lot of work, but I can confidently say that I love writing more than ever today, and it’s all thanks to you!

so thank you!

My Opinion, Your Opinion – Why Perspective Matters

In the eyes of the observer, there are many ways in which your perspective can influence how you feel about a show, and that can ultimately dictate your viewing experience. What you see is dependant on how you see things, thus it can very much vary between individuals.

I think the most obvious reason for the differences in opinions simply stem from these different perspectives. What one individual sees may not necessarily be what another ends up seeing. Which is why no one opinion is necessarily superior to the other. Some shows may bother you, annoy you and dare I say even disgust you. Yet that very same show may be of immense satisfaction to someone else. Can you fault them for that?

The basis here is that every individual has their own reasons for liking or disliking a show. Today, I’ll take a look at the various types of audiences and their perspectives, and show how it might influence their level of enjoyment. Let’s read a little more.

***Do take note that things get satirical from here on out***

It’s about looking at things from different angles

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Rock Lee – A Symbol Of An Undying Will

So I’ve recently been finding all sorts of reasons to procrastinate on my assignments, among some other obligations. Eventually I ended up revisiting the Naruto of old, because there’s nothing like a long, filler-filled shonen anime to keep you occupied. But in my attempts to avoid work, I ended up rediscovering a character that motivated me to do work. Rock Lee inspired me to talk about his character and the many things that he signified.

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Perspective Of An Ordinary Anime Fan: Winter 2020 Anime

Winter is coming! Winter is coming!

Well, Winter anime that is. We don’t have winters here. So yeah, Winter 2020 anime is coming! With the Fall 2019 anime season having just about come to an end, it’s time we usher in other exciting new anime in this Winter 2020 anime season. Same thing goes, I’ll be looking out for the most interesting and promising titles that would stand out to an ordinary anime fan such as myself. And of course, no prequels!

Few things to take note, I’ll be looking at how fascinating a title looks in terms of it’s characters, story, setting, art or anything that makes it stand out from the rest. Perhaps this time, I won’t be too heavily Isekai favoured. With that said, here are the Top 10 anime I’m looking forward to watching next season!

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The Significance Of Love And Its Many Forms In Anime

A while back, I wrote a post about the sentiments of death. How the nature of death is one filled with sorrow and the frustration of a sense of loss. Ultimately, how death isn’t necessarily always sad. But I realised, my vision had actually been quite narrow. That post was meant to show how death brings potentially tons of emotional value to the table. But I forgot the most elementary part of death that creates the ultimate sense of sorrow, and that is love.

I realised I had been missing the very basic aspect of why death was even sorrowful in the first place. Love is what makes death immensely saddening. Love is what gives birth to the most powerful of emotions. I can’t believe I overlooked this simple fact, but having watched a very powerful piece of work recently that resonated with me made me realise my nearsightedness. So this time, I wish to explore the value of love… in anime, of course.

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