FlipFlappiversary Week 2: Flip Floppers

Welcome to week 2 of the FlipFlappiverary! Last week we talked about Cocona’s glasses, which were so vital in episode 1 and then essentially vanished.

Today we’re going to talk about an even more minor bit of clothing, Papika’s flip flops!

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FlipFlappiversary Week 1: Behind the Glasses

Hard to believe its been an entire year since Flip Flappers began to air, on the other hand its hard to believe its only been a year. In honor of the Flipflappiversary, each week there will be a new post about that week’s episode. Not a full write up or analysis, just a brief look at something or someone important to that episode.

For the first post, lets talk a bit about Cocona’s Glasses.

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Luv those Muvs: Muv-Luv, 14 years later

Back in 2003 an anime aired named Kimi ga Nozomu Eien (The Eternity You Desire, Kiminozo). It was, fundamentally, a fairly standard romance show. The kind I wouldn’t give a second look these days. But back then I was young and inexperienced and didn’t realize the show would lead to me writing this post now, fourteen years later.

This is my path to Muv-Luv.

Spoilers for Kiminozo, minor spoilers for Muv-Luv Extra and Unlimited, vague spoilers for Alternative after the jump.

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Kunikida Hanamaru and Kurosawa Ruby: Their Story

Episode 4 of Love Live Sunshine has two new girls join the now official School Idol Club. Kurosawa Ruby and Kunikida Hanamaru were approached by Chika several times before, but they always turned her down. Now, however, they have taken the initiative to join. It wasn’t an easy road for either of them, however.

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Asahina Mirai: The Cure Who Was Left Alone

Anyone who has watched more than one iteration of the Pretty Cure franchise knows that there are many similarities from season to season. Consistent themes, structural repetitions, that sort of thing. When a franchise has a new entry every year for 13 years, it might not even be unfair to feel like you’ve seen it all before. However every Precure series brings something new, often in form of a new take on an old series staple. Last year’s series, Mahoutsukai Precure (aka MahoGirls), was in many ways the most unusual take on the franchise in a decade.

Lets talk about episode 49.

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Suzui Shiho: The Girl Persona 5 Forgot

Almost all the villains in Persona 5 are based on real events that happened in Japan. Despite what the game claims at the beginning, this is not all fictional. To have such a high-profile game so blatantly show the underside of Japanese society is quite daring, and marks it as one of the most important games of recent years. However, the game is not perfect. One if its most persistent flaws is how it focuses so much on the villains, that their victims end up marginalized or forgotten in the process. Today we’re going to talk about one of these victims. Suzui Shiho. Spoilers after the jump, content warning for discussion of attempted suicide and rape.

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The Meta of the Metaverse: How Persona 5 Tricked its Players

Everyone comes into media with expectations. Its unavoidable. Even more so when its a new entry in a popular series. These expectations may be fulfilled, or they may fall flat on their face, but generally that is only on the audience itself. Sometimes, however, a work is seemingly aware of these expectations, going out of its way to give the audience what they want, or purposefully give them what they don’t. It is the rare work, however, that integrates these expectations into its own text, and using them to surprise the audience in ways otherwise impossible.

Persona 5, the long-awaited and quite well received newest entry in its series is one of those works. What did it do? Well, if you’ve played it you probably know, but if you don’t or don’t ever plan on playing it, lets talk about it. Major spoilers, of course, after the jump!

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