The Fate Franchise: Does Watch Order Matter?

The greatest barrier to entry into the Fate franchise is the fandom. That’s a common enough complaint, as anime fans are no strangers to toxic communities that pride themselves on making their favorite series far off unattainable trophies, unapproachable by the layman. The question of “what order should I watch Fate in” is usually metContinue reading “The Fate Franchise: Does Watch Order Matter?”

Hades Review: Why It Deserves Game of the Year

Developer: Supergiant Games Reviewed On: Nintendo Switch I don’t put a lot of stock into Game of the Year awards, simply because everyone with an opinion on the internet does one. Sure, there’s the Golden Globes, but they aren’t on the same level of prestige as the Academy Awards. Video games have the Game Awards,Continue reading “Hades Review: Why It Deserves Game of the Year”

Seven Deadly Sins: A Lesson in Disappointment

When writing a Lesson in Disappointment, I have always initially liked the anime I’m discussing at one point. Shows like Death Note, The God of High School, or Sword Art Online had a lot of promise at one point, before the flaws began to overwhelm any enjoyment I derived. I watched Seven Deadly Sins atContinue reading “Seven Deadly Sins: A Lesson in Disappointment”

Chainsaw Man Review: The New Devilman?

Written & Illustrated by: Tatsuki Fujimoto Published by: Shonen Jump Shonen manga, particularly the most popular magazine of the genre, Shonen Jump, has been on a bit of a roll lately with horror action manga. I’m not sure what is in the water over at their publishing offices, but they have been putting out successContinue reading “Chainsaw Man Review: The New Devilman?”

How Demon Slayer: Mugen Train Changes the Game

As a child, I was a big fan of the Pokemon movies. Of course I was a Pokemon kid, playing the games, watching the anime, and collecting the cards to the game I had no idea how to play, but the movies were another thing entirely. They were an event, a spectacle, with the kindContinue reading “How Demon Slayer: Mugen Train Changes the Game”

Attack on Titan: The Architect of Hype

If you know anime, you know Attack on Titan. Even if you don’t know anime, you probably know Attack on Titan. Its meteoric rise to mainstream came quickly after its debut in 2013, quickly appealing to the tastes of a culture that wanted gritty and lethal action. It has since become one of the biggestContinue reading “Attack on Titan: The Architect of Hype”

The Great Pretender Cases 1-3 Review: The Style is the Substance

Studio: Wit Studio Director: Hiro Kaburagi Streaming on: Netflix I have a weakness for heist movies. There is something about these slick films populated by con men recruiting a team for ‘one last job’ that pokes at the happy center of my brain. At a young age I discovered this passion through Ocean’s 11, leadingContinue reading “The Great Pretender Cases 1-3 Review: The Style is the Substance”

Re:Zero & Shield Hero: Why We Still Love Isekai

In the past couple of years, anime has been dominated by isekai. Isekai, if you’re blissfully unaware, is the Japanese word for another world, and refers to the genre that was previously known as portal fantasy. The common factors have been well known tropes: an otaku protagonist is transported or reincarnated into a fantasy worldContinue reading “Re:Zero & Shield Hero: Why We Still Love Isekai”

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Understands Why You Game

As I stated in my first impressions review of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, Breath of the Wild is my favorite game of all time from my favorite series, and I can make no claim to be impartial. Breath of the Wild is a special game for me, and it’s the reason that I playContinue reading “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Understands Why You Game”

Mob Psycho 100: Coming of Age with ESP

Mob Psycho 100 is one of the strongest written anime series in recent memory. It balances the strong comedy chops with hard-hitting emotional moments like the very best of Fullmetal Alchemist. Very few series can bounce between slapstick comedy and legitimate gut-wrenching grief with this level of agility, and Mob makes it look easy. OnContinue reading “Mob Psycho 100: Coming of Age with ESP”