My Dress-Up Darling Review: Work Hard, Cosplay Hard

Studio: Cloverworks Director: Keisuke Shinohara Streaming on: Crunchyroll, Funimation In my essay “How Anime Excels in Making You Care” I wrote about the niche genre of anime; a subgenre that focuses on hobbies, games, or Japanese art forms that fall outside of the mainstream. Chihayafuru, Rakugo Shinjuu, and others like them are all about peopleContinue reading “My Dress-Up Darling Review: Work Hard, Cosplay Hard”

Demon Slayer Entertainment District Arc Review: The Fate of the Series Going Forward

Studio: Ufotable Director: Haruo Sotozaki Streaming on: Crunchyroll, Funimation It’s been quite a while since I’ve properly spoken about Demon Slayer. The current format of releasing anime films in the west several months after initial screenings makes it impossible to talk about them while they’re still relevant, so I didn’t get a chance to reviewContinue reading “Demon Slayer Entertainment District Arc Review: The Fate of the Series Going Forward”

The Otaku Exhibition’s Anime of the Year 2021

It doesn’t feel like very long ago I was writing my Anime of the Year post for 2020, and I can still vividly recall the tremendous difficulty I had in picking mine. In a year with Kaguya, Jujutsu Kaisen, and Attack on Titan, I was still trying to catch my breath before Winter 2021 famouslyContinue reading “The Otaku Exhibition’s Anime of the Year 2021”

Breaking Down Attack on Titan’s Best Fight

This falls outside of my usual content, if it’s not clear. I specialize in melodramatic, pondering, philosophically rambling essays where I think about anime a lot harder than anyone probably did making it. However, I’ve been trying and failing to write something about Attack on Titan before its final season, so let’s give this aContinue reading “Breaking Down Attack on Titan’s Best Fight”

Chainsaw Man is the Perfect Shonen

Chainsaw Man ages like fine wine. It feels like not too long ago that I read Chainsaw Man as it was serializing, and while I enjoyed it, I wasn’t blown away. I’m aware of what that says about me; perhaps I was simply inexperienced in analyzing manga, and what makes one truly great. It seemedContinue reading “Chainsaw Man is the Perfect Shonen”

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part Four: Diamond is Unbreakable Retrospective

JoJo’s strength has always been its versatility. While the series’ peculiar storytelling sensibilities can be an acquired taste, the one thing it’s always had going for it is its ability to be anything. JoJo can be a globetrotting action adventure, a gothic horror, and indeed, a slice-of-life murder mystery. While JoJo is and has alwaysContinue reading “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part Four: Diamond is Unbreakable Retrospective”

My Complicated Feelings Towards Metroid Dread

To begin, I’d like to highlight that the discourse surrounding Metroid Dead has been an absolute cesspool, and I’d prefer not to contribute to that environment. If you believe that it’s a dumpster fire level failure of game design, or that it’s a holy relic above reproach, this essay will not validate your views. MaybeContinue reading “My Complicated Feelings Towards Metroid Dread”

Given Plays a Flat Tune

This started as a completely different essay. I wanted to write about how good and compelling music anime can be; my problem was that I didn’t have enough music anime to write about. I’ve already gone on about Your Lie in April and Those Snow White Notes, and I’m saving K-On for a rainy dayContinue reading “Given Plays a Flat Tune”

Komi Can’t Communicate Review: Interpersonal Relationships 101

Studio: OLM Director: Ayamu Watanabe Streaming on: Netflix Without us noticing, the anime community has enjoyed a renaissance of a genre that doesn’t quite have a name. It’s hard to classify, because every anime I’m referring to belongs to an existing genre, romantic comedies. They’re based on manga, they’re quirky, and the most significant overlapContinue reading “Komi Can’t Communicate Review: Interpersonal Relationships 101”

Blue Period Review: The Broad Strokes

Studio: Seven Arcs Director: Koji Masunari Streaming on: Netflix Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, as the poem goes, and I’ve always felt that strongly. I thought growing up I had two potential artistic callings; obviously one was writing, but I’ve wanted to be good at drawing for my entire life. The reason IContinue reading “Blue Period Review: The Broad Strokes”