Feelings Under the Stars: Friendship and Romance in Yuru Camp and Sora yori mo Tooi Basho

The two best shows of Winter 2018 had a couple of things in common; they both involved outdoor activities away from civilization, both were heavily invested in friendships between girls and both placed their romantic aspects along the edges. Instead of centering on the idea of romance, like so many stories, both Yuru Camp and Sora yori mo Tooi Basho placed the emphasis elsewhere, but in the process let the aspects of romance they were interested in shine through.

Spoilers for the entirety of the Yuru Camp anime and Sora yori mo Tooi Basho.

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The Girl With the Iron Smile: Takamachi Nanoha’s Kindness

Fate Testarossa Harlaown is, as anyone will tell you, a very kind girl. You will most certainly hear this from Takamachi Nanoha, Fate’s Best Friend, Girl Friend and most precious partner. What you will not hear anyone say is that Takamachi Nanoha is a kind girl.

Thats not to say she isn’t friendly, or nice. She’s a very pleasant person to be around almost all of the time. You definitely could never say she’s cruel. But still, she’s not “kind”.

Lets have a chat about Nanoha. Spoilers abound, even for Reflection, sorry.

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The Comedy Lesbian: Oosawa Yuu’s Feelings

One of the most unexpected surprises this season has been Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san, a fairly lighthearted show about a girl who really loves Ramen. However we’re not here today to talk about Koizumi-san herself. Instead we’re going to talk about Oosawa Yuu, who is our main viewpoint into the world of Koizumi-san and a girl who really, really loves Koizumi.

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Winter 2018 Overview

Wow its a new year already! Flip Flapping! has been around for just over a year now. I thought about making a post discussing that, but decided not to. But just over 1 year ago the Flip Flappers Article Index went up. So cool that we’re still here a year later.

So, new year, new season. How are things going? Well, it turns out that this is one of the strongest seasons in ages, I’m currently watching thirteen shows, which is just ridiculous. A few notes about these posts. Going forward I’m going to use the S/A/B/etc tier system I used in the 2017 end of year post. I felt that worked very well and is a decent way of ranking things without going into too much granularity. S Tier is the highest tier for a season, SS Tier is reserved for the End of Year posts to recognize the best shows of the entire year. Within each tier, shows are listed alphabetically. So lets get to it!

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FlipFlappiversary Week 13: Pure Illusion, Pure Reality

And here we are, the final episode. Its been quite the trip these last thirteen weeks. Some ups and some downs. One year ago today the final episode of Flip Flappers aired. As I write this right now is when it would have been airing. There was  a lot riding on this episode, many things it needed to get right to have a satisfying conclusion. Most people would agree that it knocked it out of the park.

There are a lot of possibilities for discussion here. How Papika regressed to a child, Cocona finally and explicitly admitting her feelings to Papika, Cocona and Papika beating up Mimi. Salt and Mimi’s reunion, and so on. But I think today we’ll talk about the final part of the episode, when Cocona wakes up and finds herself in “reality”.

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#12DaysofAnime 12: Akemi Homura and the Pain of a Happy Ending

Merry Christmas! In celebration lets talk about how Akemi Homura ruined her own life, and how she was never going to be able to accept Madoka’s “Happy Ending”.

Just some light material today.

Also, Spoilers for Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica and Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Rebellion.

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#12DaysofAnime 11: 2017 Best Couple Awards

Lets take a moment to look back on some of the best couples of the year! This is of course entirely subjective and all my opinion. Also spoilers for a lot of stuff sorry.

Also Mari and Kanan didn’t make the list but they get the header image and are amazing and wonderful. Just for the record.

(yes they’re all gay girls. My list, my rules)

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