Kaguya-Sama: The Anime That Demands To Be Watched Twice

I Have already given my thoughts on the story of Kaguya-Sama, it’s the second essay I wrote on this blog. However, that was mostly about praising the strengths of its character writing, and the compelling drama that appears as a result. If you’re unfamiliar with the setting and story of Kaguya, though, I can’t sayContinue reading “Kaguya-Sama: The Anime That Demands To Be Watched Twice”

Backflip!! Review: Not Just Another Haikyuu Rip-Off

Studio: Zexcs Director: Toshimasa Kuroyanagi Streaming on: Crunchyroll You cannot overstate the importance of Haikyuu, and the impact it has had across spheres of influence. It catapulted the popularity of boys’ school volleyball, with a defining point in Japanese membership skyrocketing since the manga was first published in 2012. It had subtler impact in theContinue reading “Backflip!! Review: Not Just Another Haikyuu Rip-Off”

Those Snow White Notes: Getting The Band Together

I said it about volleyball, I said it about rakugo, and now the new hobby I find myself burdened with an undue fascination for is the shamisen. There’s one more thing I’ll get obsessed with before my spring reviews are finished, but now I’m all shamisen, and everyone has gotta know about it. The shamisen,Continue reading “Those Snow White Notes: Getting The Band Together”

Shadows House: I Never Knew I Wanted This

Studio: CloverWorks Director: Kazuku Oohashi Streaming on: Funimation I don’t like moe. I am not immune to the charms of cute anime girls starting a band or taking an expedition to Antarctica, but I simply don’t get the hype. I plan on eventually writing an essay on why moe doesn’t do anything for me, andContinue reading “Shadows House: I Never Knew I Wanted This”

Tokyo Revengers: Erased Meets Goodfellas

Studio: Liden Film Inc. Director: Koichi Hatsumi Streaming on: Crunchyroll I have a fondness for gangster flicks. Back in my days of being a real film snob, I could not get enough of mafia movies, even if they all seem to slur together in retrospect, but I was that guy who could not shut aboutContinue reading “Tokyo Revengers: Erased Meets Goodfellas”

To Your Eternity Review: This Is Going To Leave Me a Sobbing Mess

Studio: Brain’s Base Director: Masahiko Murata Streaming on: Crunchyroll This season is full of adaptations and new projects from established authors. Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song was written by the author of Re:Zero, while Combatants Will Be Dispatched was penned by the author of Konosuba. To Your Eternity is based off the manga written by YoshitokiContinue reading “To Your Eternity Review: This Is Going To Leave Me a Sobbing Mess”

86 – Eight-Six Review: Oh, Great, More Child Soldiers

Studio: A-1 Pictures Director: Toshimasa Ishii Streaming on: Crunchyroll If you are mourning the end of Attack on Titan Season 4, I think I found an adequate replacement to tide you over until its return later this year. Attack on Titan changed the landscape of anime with its world building and the way its narrativeContinue reading “86 – Eight-Six Review: Oh, Great, More Child Soldiers”

Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song Review: I Can Finally Stop Talking About Re:Zero

Sometimes I feel a little overwhelmed with having to put out two moderately sized essays or reviews a week and maintain a substantial backlog, but then I think about Tappei Nagatsuki and I feel better. The author of Re:Zero manages to write a web novel, a series of light novels, commentaries on each episode ofContinue reading “Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song Review: I Can Finally Stop Talking About Re:Zero”

Castlevania: Mourning The First Good Video Game Adaptation

You might wonder why my spring reviews are being interrupted by a show that’s nearly four years old at this point, and is not made in Japan. The best reason for that is Castlevania is the single greatest piece of media based on a video game, and its final season is slated to air inContinue reading “Castlevania: Mourning The First Good Video Game Adaptation”

Higehiro: Are You Sure Shinkai Didn’t Direct This?

Studio: Project no. 9 Director: Manabu Kamikita Streaming on: Crunchyroll Higehiro, or After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway, is the kind of synopsis that immediately puts me on edge. Whatever your tastes, anime has a track record of objectifying and sexualizing underage characters like I have a habit ofContinue reading “Higehiro: Are You Sure Shinkai Didn’t Direct This?”