Welcome to Daijobu Diaries! In this brand new podcast, we’ll be reviewing a variety of different Japanese anime, a television medium that has been seeing immense spikes in popularity here in the West over the past 10 years, from the humble perspective of a couple of nerdy American college students. In each episode, I, Erin Griffin, will be joined by my co-host, Kit Karau, and a special guest. So buckle up, because the ride won’t be spoiler-free!
Your host, Erin Griffin, is a graduating senior of Texas A&M University. She has been watching anime for 3 years now, and has almost 100 anime under her belt.
Your co-host is Kit Karau, another Texas A&M student. At 21 years old, they have been watching anime for 13 years now, and are Daijobu Diaries’ local anime veteran.
Ouran High School Host Club
In our very first episode of Daijobu Diaries, we will be discussing a long-time rom-com favorite, Ouran High School Host Club! This anime has a community score of 8.16/10 on MyAnimeList.com, and has a particular place in the hearts of many within the LGBTQ+ community. It’s known for its progressive takes on gender ambiguity, class, and feminism, which is contrasted by its wildly offensive humor rife with homophobia and transphobia. To kick off the podcast, we sit down with Annabelle Dakuginow to discuss these topics and reflect on how it has held up over the years, as members of the LGBT community.
Our very first guest is Annabelle Dakuginow, a young alumni of Texas A&M University. She began watching anime around 5 years ago, at the beginning of college, and says her all time favorite anime is Mob Psycho 100.
Despite all three of today’s speakers preferring shounen anime, Ouran High School Host Club holds a special place in our hearts, not only for nostalgia’s sake, but also for its wonderful story. We’re excited to share our thoughts with you in the series premiere of Daijobu Diaries.