Sword Art Online: A Lesson in Disappointment

Long before I started watching anime, I heard whispers of a show called Sword Art Online on Discord. Some of my acquaintances were in love with it, while others derided it and told me to steer clear. That sort of controversy piqued my interest more than rave reviews ever could, but it wouldn’t be untilContinue reading “Sword Art Online: A Lesson in Disappointment”

Konosuba: The “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” of Anime

Have you ever tried to recommend a series or movie to someone by mixing and matching elements of other series? “Yeah, you should watch My Hero Academia, it’s basically the anime Sky High.” or “Jujutsu Kaisen is great, it’s the best parts of Demon Slayer and Bleach.” It’s an effective cultural shorthand, and with manyContinue reading “Konosuba: The “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” of Anime”

Noblesse Review: Webtoon’s Last Shot

Director: Yasutaka Yamamoto Studio: Production IG Streaming on: Crunchyroll I have had a rocky relationship with Crunchyroll’s originals, and more specifically, the adaptations of Webtoon manhwa. Tower of God dropped this spring, and while its lore and worldbuilding were impressive, it didn’t quite live up to the monumental hype associated with it. Still, it wasContinue reading “Noblesse Review: Webtoon’s Last Shot”

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity First Impressions

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been my favorite game of all time since the moment I watched Link run out of the Shrine of Resurrection onto the mountain cape, surveying the great expanse of Hyrule beyond him. It is one of the most effective calls to action in gaming, managing toContinue reading “Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity First Impressions”

Demon Slayer Knows Why You Love Shonen

Shonen battle anime is not just a popular and defining genre of the medium, it’s a phenomenon, a formula. The shonen genre dates back more than a century in one form or another, but it wouldn’t be until series in the 1970s and 80s codified what we recognize today as shonen. Early hits like Devilman,Continue reading “Demon Slayer Knows Why You Love Shonen”

The God of High School: A Lesson in Disappointment

Summer 2020 was a pretty dry season for anime due to coronavirus slowing production down drastically in the spring, but the season was not without its breakouts and returning masterpieces. Re:Zero returned in triumph, while The Misfit of Demon King Academy was a laugh riot, and Rent-A-Girlfriend was the perfect train crash in slow motion.Continue reading “The God of High School: A Lesson in Disappointment”

Haikyuu!! To The Top Season 2 Review: More Of The Same Is A Compliment

Director: Susuma Mitsunaka Studio: Production I.G. Streaming on: Crunchyroll To be clear, I am not a fan of sports. I understand the appeal, having played them as a kid and watching the occasional local game in high school, but I can’t put myself into them fully. I think it is because professional sports rely onContinue reading “Haikyuu!! To The Top Season 2 Review: More Of The Same Is A Compliment”

Genshin Impact Review: A Little New, A Lot of Old

Reviewed on: Playstation 4 Developer: miHoYo Release Date: September 28th, 2020 Full disclosure; I am a sucker for a JRPG. I’m still grinding through Persona 5 Royal, I haven’t stopped playing Fire Emblem Three Houses since its release date, and I’m desperately trying to find time to chip away at Dragon Quest XI. Through aContinue reading “Genshin Impact Review: A Little New, A Lot of Old”

Jujutsu Kaisen Review: I Hope You Miss Bleach

Director: Park Sung-Hoo Studio: MAPPA Streaming on: Crunchyroll Jujutsu Kaisen is the latest adaptation of a Shonen Jump manga, and the newest addition to the growing catalogue of Crunchyroll Originals. Directed by Park Sung-Hoo, fresh off the dumpster fire that was The God of High School. However, while The God of High School’s story wasContinue reading “Jujutsu Kaisen Review: I Hope You Miss Bleach”

Kaguya-Sama: Love is War is the Most Realistic Teenage Drama

It’s easy to scoff at this title if you’re familiar with Kaguya-Sama, whether it is the original manga by Aka Akasaka or the stellar anime adaptation from A-1 Pictures. The so-called “Geniuses’ War of Heart and Minds’ is many things, outlandish is foremost in its qualities. The story of Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya, twoContinue reading “Kaguya-Sama: Love is War is the Most Realistic Teenage Drama”