Matoi Ryuuko versus Chitanda Eru, or, Not all woobies are moe (萌); not all moe characters are woobies

Thesis: A character cannot seem sexy to me if that character is not interested in sex.

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Ryuuko, the protagonist of Kill La Kill! is a young lady whose father was brutally slain. She came home one day to find his rapidly cooling body as he bled out. This hardship immediately transformed her from a normal girl into a violent woman who will stop at nothing to get bloody revenge.

I have seen 12 episodes of Kill La Kill! so far. At no point has Ryuuko struck me as sexy, mostly because at no point has Ryuuko showed any desire for sex.
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Cooking in Like Water for Chocolate, in anime, and in real life

A semi-famous blogger named Dalrock is still getting a lot of comments on his post about how refusing to cook makes you ugly:

http://dalrock.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/feminists-are-ugly

Feminists are ugly because they are miserly with love.

One of the effects of feminism is that men of my generation have had a much wider opportunity to cook. I can’t think of any men my age or younger who don’t know how to cook. Moreover, I can’t think of any men of my generation or younger who don’t enjoy cooking. This is in stark contrast to the women of the same generations, who (typically) view cooking as an indignity. The reason for the difference in attitude boils down to what cooking is all about. Cooking is an act of love, an act of service to others. It is an opportunity to care for others in a very fundamental way, to literally nourish them through the work of your own hands. This is precisely what troubles the modern woman so much about cooking (or cleaning, or changing diapers). Serving others in the mind of a feminist is an indignity, so cooking, cleaning, or any other act of service and love is the object of revulsion. … It has gone so far that large numbers of women are quite proud of the fact that they have never learned to cook or otherwise care for others. Their miserliness is a badge of honor.

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Shows I liked and disliked in 2013

I am mostly out of touch with the primordial cycle of the seasons, but anime shows come out in 4 separate seasons of 13 episodes each, so now that the Autumn 2013 season has ended, it is time to criticize anime writing.
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Yozakura Quartet: Hana No Uta

The original Yozakura Quartet anime was much more subdued; this made it more plausible, but less exciting. Hana no Uta is over-the-top, and for the most part that works out well, although it sometimes gets so whimsical that it snaps me out of my suspension-of-disbelief.

I was very impressed with this reboot. I enjoy each episode; I hope that the writer will manage to deliver a satisfactory plot that will prove to be worthy of all the individual episodes.

Beyond the Boundary/Kyoukai no Kanata
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