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  • 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 a […]

  • 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 seemed […]

  • 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 always […]

  • 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. Maybe […]

  • 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 day […]

  • 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 overlap […]

  • 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 I […]

  • Platinum End Review: Sharp Edge, Handle With Caution

    Studio: Signal.MD Director: Kazuchika Kise Streaming on: Crunchyroll, Funimation I consider myself a reluctant fan of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. The manga-making duo have collaborated thrice in their careers, the first time to make Death Note. I’ve got a special place in my heart for Death Note, as the first proper anime I’ve ever […]

  • 86 – Eighty-Six Season Two Review: Back to the Battlefield

    Studio: A-1 Pictures Director: Toshimasa Ishi Streaming on: Crunchyroll 2021 has been a bizarre year for anime, and not just because we’re expecting JoJo before long. Winter came in like a lion, with a dozen sequels that were delayed thanks to the world coming down with a bad case of hangnails, a handful of high-profile […]

  • Takt Op. Destiny Review: Fate stay/night the Musical

    Studio: MAPPA x Madhouse Director: Yuki Ito Streaming on: Crunchyroll Believe it or not, I have a favorite child when it comes to seasonal anime. Usually once a season, a certain kind of anime comes out. It’s an original project propelled by a strong creative vision, and it shows me something I have actually never […]