The key to communication, Saku Chitose argues, is a desire for mutual understanding. One must both want to understand and want to be understood for a conversation to progress smoothly. This seems obvious; a conversation by definition is supposed to go both ways. And yet, such sincerity feels increasingly rare in the era of social media takedowns. Chitose-kun wa Ramune Bin no Naka’s premise is to light novel romantic comedies what mutual understanding is to conversation: a seemingly obvious concept becoming strangely uncommon. The series is mostly told from the perspective of the most popular kid in school, Saku Chitose…


We are right on the cusp of April, and you know what that means: a new season of anime! As is tradition, the AniTAY Podcast crew gathered together to take a gander at the latest and greatest of upcoming Japanese animation projects. What do we think will be good, what do we think will be bad, and how awkward will all these predictions become when they are inevitably proven wrong? Give this episode a listen to find out!

This episode’s members: Protonstorm, Raitzeno, DocKev, Kinksy, Requiem

The AniTAY Podcast is a bi-weekly podcast brought to you every other Wednesday. It…


Within the anime fandom, even the most abhorrent of shows have their supporters. Equally as important, for each and every show with fans there is an equally rabid group of haters. Today’s episode is about the haters; haters of The Devil Is a Part-Timer (dil), haters of the new Netflic original anime High Rise Invasion (kinksy), and haters of Neon Genesis Evangelion (requiem). But why do they hate? I think part of it is that they see themselves reflected in those anime, and they can’t bear the sight of it. …


Hiromu, author of the popular, up-and-coming light novel series Chitose-kun wa Ramune Bin no Naka, sat down for an interview recently to celebrate the series’ first place finish in the “Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! 2021” rankings. This article contains the second half of the interview, which starts with a discussion of the series’ metaphoric language before diving into Hiromu’s history with light novels. For the first half, please check out the link below.

Yearning to Reach the Moon: Conveying the Appeal of Lyrical Writing to Readers

Interviewer: I’d like to briefly talk about the “glass marble in a ramune…


Stunningly handsome, shockingly brilliant, and exceedingly athletic, Saku Chitose has it all.

When the 2021 “Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!” awards went live this past November, there was one series that stuck out to me as particularly surprising: Chitose-kun wa Ramune Bin no Naka (ChiRamune). It was only 19th place in the 2020 awards, and the name was strange enough that I didn’t think much of it when I walked past the display case in the book store. However, the series appears to be riding a wave of support from light novel enthusiasts in Japan right now, with many comparing it to rom-com stalwarts My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I…


What are your favorite anime weapons? I want you to think about your answer to this before Requiem inevitably explains why his favorite is from Ice Age “90s” anime, whatever that means. Much more importantly, the crew also gives their thoughts on the latest and greatest anime of Winter 2021, from sequels like The Promised Neverland to newcomers like Wonder Egg Priority and more.

This episode’s members: hybridmink, DocKev, DilKokoro, Requiem

The AniTAY Podcast is a bi-weekly podcast brought to you every other Wednesday. It is available on all your favorite podcast services! If you like us, be sure to…


Anime was a mistake; Miyazaki knows it, I know it, and even though you may be in denial, you know it, too. So why bother making a recommended viewing list of something that nobody likes? This, my friend, is the paradox inherent in the existence of AniTAY. Every season, our writers from around the world dive into the pile of trash and emerge with the most polished of under-recycled ocean waste, claiming it to be a jewel. But is it not humans’ needless coveting of jewelry that gives it value in the first place? …


Looking for some really deep dives on a couple of the top anime hits of the Winter 2021 season? Then this episode of the AniTAY Podcast is for you! This extra-long episode features in-depth discussion on Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki-kun, Mushoku Tensei, and more. From pants-wearing titans to animator scholarships in Japan, we also cover the latest in Japanese pop culture news later in the episode.

(As you may have noticed, both this episode and the last episode were a couple of days later than our usual posting. …


After a two-day delay (issues with audio editing, sue me) the AniTAY Podcast is back with another spicy rack of anime takes, as is essential to any good weeb cuisine. After all, no anime season can truly be counted as having started until Requiem alerts us to his terrible taste. On a related subject, you are all perhaps aware that a show called Cells at Work! CODE BLACK is airing, which means it is time for our doctor-in-residence DocKev to chime in with his opinion on the show. But I can assure you that whatever direction you think that conversation…


Have you ever wondered why there are so many “transported to another world” anime series every season? Or perhaps you are curious why almost every single romantic comedy anime takes place in a high school? There is no simple answer to either of these questions, but there is a major factor that gets little attention in the West: “Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!” (“This Light Novel Is Amazing!,” hereafter referred to as KLNS). KLNS, a yearly ranking of the best light novels in publication, wields enormous power over the light novel industry, thus influencing what sort of series are likely…

Protonstorm

Co-Editor in Chief of AniTAY and Coordinator for International Relations in Hokkaido, Japan. Degrees in History and Japanese Lang & Lit. Overly enthusiastic.

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