Tatsuki Fujimoto’s Look Back is Life-Changing

Chainsaw Man is the first manga I reviewed (and also the only one), accidentally coinciding with the series’ unexpected end last December. In it, I discussed how its characters are simply-written and likable, its art is grisly and majestic, and it’s the first story in a long time where I truly believed that anyone couldContinue reading “Tatsuki Fujimoto’s Look Back is Life-Changing”

What Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop Has to Do Right

The live-action anime adaptation is the rightly shunned corner of film adaptations. Books are regularly made into successful and critically-acclaimed films and television series, while even video games get the occasional moderate success like Detective Pikachu and Sonic the Hedgehog. Anime, though? Forget it. And that isn’t for lack of trying. Today’s focus, Netflix, hasContinue reading “What Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop Has to Do Right”

Danmachi is Fun Fantasy Done Right

I did not intend for this to become a series. If I’m being perfectly honest, Dororo: Dark Fantasy Done Right was a title I devised simply because it was specific enough to grab interest, but vague enough to spark curiosity. It wasn’t until I caught up on Danmachi’s third season that I realized there wasContinue reading “Danmachi is Fun Fantasy Done Right”

Shonen is Ready to Grow Up

In the world of manga and anime, battle shonen indisputably reigns supreme. Of the top ten most popular anime on MAL, seven are specifically battle anime, not counting the non-battle shonen Death Note or the action-oriented isekai Sword Art Online. Of those seven but technically eight series, six are based on manga that originated inContinue reading “Shonen is Ready to Grow Up”

How Haikyuu Does Character Growth on the Court

Haikyuu is in many ways the definitive sports anime. Not the first, but no sports manga since Slam Dunk and Eyeshield 21 has had this level of influence and popularity. Despite a simple concept and equally plain execution, it managed to reach the upper echelon of anime, all while centering on a relatively niche sport.Continue reading “How Haikyuu Does Character Growth on the Court”

The Tragedy of Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul is one of my favorite manga of all time. It’s dark, filled with rich characters, possesses philosophically complex themes, and has some of the best and most creative fights to ever grace the pages of Shonen Jump. For over 300 chapters, Sui Ishida has constructed an enticing, fantastically written world that has earnedContinue reading “The Tragedy of Tokyo Ghoul”

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part Three: Stardust Crusaders Retrospective

There was a longer gap between these retrospectives than I intended, mostly because I’ve been trying to keep a part or two ahead of schedule. Having to rewatch and reread every part in between the demanding schedule of anime and manga I already have has proven quite difficult. On top of that, MangaDex shut downContinue reading “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part Three: Stardust Crusaders Retrospective”

Is Being Faithful to the Manga Even Important?

It might feel like this comes as a direct sequel to my essay on the original Fullmetal Alchemist. There, I defined the merits of a series that played fast and loose with its source material. However, this question is bigger than Fullmetal Alchemist, and I’d say even bigger than the relatively small world of animeContinue reading “Is Being Faithful to the Manga Even Important?”

Why I Still Love Fullmetal Alchemist (2003)

If you became an anime fan in the last couple of years, you have it pretty good. In the early 2000s, a hot shonen manga would receive an anime maybe a year or two into serialization. However, the average anime based off of a manga needs to use 1.5 to 2 twenty page chapters toContinue reading “Why I Still Love Fullmetal Alchemist (2003)”

Re-Main Review: Does MAPPA Sink or Swim?

Studio: MAPPA Director: Masafumi Nishida Streaming on: Funimation For better or worse, MAPPA has become one of the most dominant studios in the anime studio, and a household name in the anime community. After producing popular and well-regarded anime for much of the 2010s, they experienced an explosion in popularity thanks to their high-profile adaptationsContinue reading “Re-Main Review: Does MAPPA Sink or Swim?”