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A Place Further Than the Universe #11 and #12: The Ends of the Earth

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I think it’s pretty safe to say that the theme of this fortnight’s writeup is “catharsis”. Emotional buildup is no good for anyone, whether it lasts over days, months, or years, and sometimes you just have to let it all out. But Universe emphasises that you don’t have to do this alone.

I’m still sniffling as I type this up. Bear with me. Continue reading



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A Place Further Than the Universe #9 and #10: Friends and Loved Ones

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We still don’t know who Shirase’s dad is. A Place Further Than the Universe seems infinitely less bothered with such banal biological technicalities than it is with setting Gin up as Shirase’s other parent. At this point, I think I’m going to shrug off my curiosity in favour of a metaphorical/mythological explanation that Takako made her daughter with her one true love, which is, of course, the concept of Adventure itself. Takako seems to radiate so much whimsy and power that it could be possible, and this explanation lets us dive in and focus on the relationships that the series clearly thinks are much more important. Because it’s all about relationships again this time around: the heartache and awkwardness of past ones, and the beautiful strangeness of trying to take new ones into the future. Continue reading

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A Place Further Than the Universe #7 and #8: Chasing the Stars

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When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die. 

I’m opening with a poetry quote. You know this show is starting to mess me up (in the best way). Continue reading


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A Place Further Than the Universe #5 and #6: It’s Complicated

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Not so long ago, the dream to travel to Antarctica was an abstract thing… but now that dream is becoming reality, with all the bizarre, wonderful, stressful experiences that come with it. In episodes five and six the gang get caught up in the mundane but dizzying whirl of packing, plane flights, hotels, new places, bureaucratic travel dramas, and, most importantly for this post, saying goodbye to the old friends they’re leaving behind and learning to live with the new friends they’re taking with them. Continue reading


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Madoka Magica #12: Not Today, Satan

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In a world that wants nothing more than for you to fall into despair, the greatest act of rebellion is to hope. Continue reading


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Madoka Magica #11: Absolute Destiny Apocalypse

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Remember that Ancient Aliens show that hinged on the theory that beings from outer space are responsible for the development of human society? Is that still being made? As of this week’s episode, Madoka Magica has been revealed to run on similar logic, subscribing to the suggestion that the sci-fi creatures at the heart of the series have been integrated into humanity since it’s earliest days, retroactively attributing big moments in history to said creatures. In this way, Madoka is in the same category as the Michael Bay Transformers movies. I’m not really sure what to do with this information. I kind of hate it. Continue reading


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A Place Further Than the Universe #3 and #4: Breaking the Ice

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When you’re young (and hey, when you’re not-so-young, too), the greatest highs and lows come from platonic relationships rather than romantic. It’s always a sweet surprise to find a series that gives legitimate weight to friendship, and embraces the potential within for drama and hijinks in equal measure. It’s wonderful to see A Place Further Than the Universe taking this route, showing that making new friends can produce as much euphoria as falling in love for the first time, and that losing friends can cause as much heartache as any bad breakup. So this time, let’s talk about friendship, and all its ups and downs, and how it’s functioning as the emotional backbone of the show—and not just in the cute new friendship that’s formed between our main cast, either. Continue reading


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