Shonen Superpowers: What Makes Battle Anime Tick

Shonen anime is defined by many things: spiky-haired protagonists, the power of friendship, but one of its most prominent features is a power system. A power system is simply the rules and expectations attached to characters’ abilities in the story, usually a type of power that most of the characters can use. They can adhereContinue reading “Shonen Superpowers: What Makes Battle Anime Tick”

Dororo: Dark Fantasy Done Right

It is difficult to take an old piece of art and make it relevant to younger generations. To make Troy, they had to turn the Trojan War from a clash of demigods and kings into Orlando Bloom having a spot of romantic issues. I could argue the original Iliad is more interesting than the movie,Continue reading “Dororo: Dark Fantasy Done Right”

Attack on Titan Can’t Be Anime of the Year

Oh, clickbait titles, how I’ve missed you. 2020, in spite of its many delays and production disasters, has produced some amazing titles, and it has made declaring an ‘anime of the year’ difficult. Two long-awaited series have returned to triumphant applause, Attack on Titan with its fourth and final season, and Re:Zero’s second after aContinue reading “Attack on Titan Can’t Be Anime of the Year”

Does Code Geass Deserve to be a Classic?

In my last essay, Neon Genesis Evangelion Doesn’t Deserve To Be A Classic, I ended my tearing down of an anime monument by offering Code Geass as an alternative classic mecha anime that actually deserves the praise it’s given. This got me thinking about how many anime are out there that have been slapped withContinue reading “Does Code Geass Deserve to be a Classic?”

Neon Genesis Evangelion Doesn’t Deserve To Be A Classic

This essay first began life as an entry to the series, A Lesson in Disappointment, where I take a dive into an anime I had high hopes for, and explore just how it let me down. For Evangelion, that approach won’t do, because I did not feel an ounce of disappointment as I watched thisContinue reading “Neon Genesis Evangelion Doesn’t Deserve To Be A Classic”

That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime: Popcorn Anime At Its Finest

I enjoy shonen, slice of life, romcoms, and more when it comes to anime. I really don’t like to box my interests into the confines of one genre, but my absolute favorite is the 7/10. To define a 7/10, I want to be clear that it is not a bad thing. The numbered reviews passedContinue reading “That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime: Popcorn Anime At Its Finest”

The Art of the Tournament Arc

Tournaments have long been a staple of anime, with some legendary arcs conducted in shonen classics like Dragon Ball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho, and Yu-Gi-Oh (which is kind of only tournament arcs, but Duelist Kingdom is still the best). It’s one of the few times that allies and enemies alike can battle each other withoutContinue reading “The Art of the Tournament Arc”

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part One: Phantom Blood Retrospective

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is a special manga, where the enjoyment is somehow irrevocably tied to the meme culture that surrounds the series. No one familiar with anime has completely escaped JoJo, and indeed most people on the internet have failed to dodge the phenomenon. When my concept of anime began and ended with Pokemon andContinue reading “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part One: Phantom Blood Retrospective”

The Slow Start: Anime’s Great Strength

How many times have you heard the phrase “it gets better later” in reference to an anime? Countless, as most anime seem to come with the caveat that their first arc or season merely paves the way for greatness to come, while not being enjoyable themselves. This can come in many different forms. Some, likeContinue reading “The Slow Start: Anime’s Great Strength”

Beastars: The Animals Are Surprisingly Human

I did not expect to like Beastars nearly as much as I did. Despite hearing hype from multiple sources, I had seen Zootopia pretty recently, so I felt pretty confident I knew every trick up their sleeve. Okay, that was only half of a joke. However, I was delightfully surprised. The story was well-written andContinue reading “Beastars: The Animals Are Surprisingly Human”