Cooper D Barham

Aspiring author, marriage and family therapist, and active behavioral health technician, Cooper fills his world with God, music, videogames, anime/manga, drawing, reading, writing, and some physical stuff in between. If you ever want to talk about the big or little things of life, fire him a message. Helping others through tough times is both his passion and way of living. 'Got it memorized?'

Exploring Suicide in Anime: An Analysis of the Medium

By Cooper D Barham / April 6, 2018 /

**As the title implies, this post speaks towards suicide—how we consume it in media, how it functions culturally, how it affects personal experience. If this is a sensitive topic for you, be mindful of continuing.** High school was the first time suicide directly impacted my life. A minor friend of a few years had convinced…

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The Most Underrated Anime Soundtracks

By Cooper D Barham / March 19, 2018 /

Welcome, all you tankobon-toting, animation-loving, OVA-watching (ha!) denizens of the internet, to this month’s anime collaboration article. In these halls, the humble yet phenomenal cast of Geeks Under Grace’s anime writers will bring sweet music to your ears. More specifically, we aim to upstage the immediate classics and find some anime soundtracks that are unfairly…

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Review: Made in Abyss – Season 1

By Cooper D Barham / January 22, 2018 /

Producer: Sentai Filmworks Director: Masayuki Kojima Writer: Akihito Tsukushi (mangaka) Hideyuki Kurata (script) Starring: Miyu Tomita & Mariya Ise Distributor: Kinema Citrus Genre: Adventure/Horror/Fantasy Rating: TV-MA “The plot and characters might take only a couple steps forward, but the establishment of this series as a foreboding, yet ultimately optimistic fantasy-scape, akin to many JRPG’s prior to the turn of the…

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Violet Evergarden: Episode 1 – “‘I Love You’ and Auto Memoir Dolls”

By Cooper D Barham / January 20, 2018 /

Review Kyoto Animation is back, and with beautiful abandon. After dominating Winter 2017 with Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, they seem set on taking the belt for Winter 2018 as well. This time they’ve heaped their adaptive magic upon Violet Evergarden, the light novel series written by Kana Akatsuki and illustrated by Akiko Takase. I have never read the source…

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The Junji Ito Collection – Episode 1: “Untitled”

By Cooper D Barham / January 13, 2018 /

Review A brief primer on Junji Ito before we dive into the first episode of this anime anthology based on his manga: Ito is famous for being one of, if not the singularly most recognizable horror mangaka of all time. He has a handful of serialized works, but the bulk of his legacy is made…

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