My Anime 3×3, or Celebrating a Year of the Otaku Exhibition

When I began this blog, I didn’t think it was going to last. A month or two, three at the most. I have a tendency of creating big, ambitious plans that I fail to follow through on. Making a blog where I organize all my weird thoughts about anime and games was a neat idea,Continue reading “My Anime 3×3, or Celebrating a Year of the Otaku Exhibition”

So, Was I Right? Summer 2021 Edition

I have often gone on the record to say that my reviews are fallible. I recommend or bash a show based on its first two or three episodes, and it is often impossible to predict where many anime can wind up. A brilliant gem in its first few episodes can fumble. Something unremarkable can developContinue reading “So, Was I Right? Summer 2021 Edition”

The Tragedy of Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul is one of my favorite manga of all time. It’s dark, filled with rich characters, possesses philosophically complex themes, and has some of the best and most creative fights to ever grace the pages of Shonen Jump. For over 300 chapters, Sui Ishida has constructed an enticing, fantastically written world that has earnedContinue reading “The Tragedy of Tokyo Ghoul”

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part Three: Stardust Crusaders Retrospective

There was a longer gap between these retrospectives than I intended, mostly because I’ve been trying to keep a part or two ahead of schedule. Having to rewatch and reread every part in between the demanding schedule of anime and manga I already have has proven quite difficult. On top of that, MangaDex shut downContinue reading “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part Three: Stardust Crusaders Retrospective”

Is Being Faithful to the Manga Even Important?

It might feel like this comes as a direct sequel to my essay on the original Fullmetal Alchemist. There, I defined the merits of a series that played fast and loose with its source material. However, this question is bigger than Fullmetal Alchemist, and I’d say even bigger than the relatively small world of animeContinue reading “Is Being Faithful to the Manga Even Important?”

Re-Main Review: Does MAPPA Sink or Swim?

Studio: MAPPA Director: Masafumi Nishida Streaming on: Funimation For better or worse, MAPPA has become one of the most dominant studios in the anime studio, and a household name in the anime community. After producing popular and well-regarded anime for much of the 2010s, they experienced an explosion in popularity thanks to their high-profile adaptationsContinue reading “Re-Main Review: Does MAPPA Sink or Swim?”

Remake Our Life! Review: Where Have I Seen This Before?

Studio: Feel Director: Tomoki Koboyashi Streaming on: Crunchyroll One of the weird and strangely enjoyable things about anime is that there are distinct types of genres that are so weird and specific that they’d never be a genre anywhere else. This can often contribute to a premise feeling tired; since these genres are so specific,Continue reading “Remake Our Life! Review: Where Have I Seen This Before?”

The Case Study of Vanitas Review: Behind Blue Eyes

Studio: Bones Director: Tomoyuki Itamura Streaming on: Funimation Longtime readers will know of my great weakness for the bishonen subgenre, the pretty boys. SK8 The Infinity, Banana Fish, Free, pretty much all projects pertaining to and adjacent with Horoko Utsumi. I make no secret of it, and have in fact come to you today withContinue reading “The Case Study of Vanitas Review: Behind Blue Eyes”

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Review: A Paperwork Anime? I’m In!

Studio: J.C. Staff Director: Takashi Watanabe Streaming on: Funimation We have gotten a lot of isekai over the last decade. And I mean a lot. Considering the genre as we know it was popularized and its conventions set in stone by the smash success of Sword Art Online in 2012, we have gotten heaps ofContinue reading “How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Review: A Paperwork Anime? I’m In!”

Girlfriend, Girlfriend Review: That’s Just Polygamy with Extra Steps

Studio: Tezuka Productions Director: Satoshi Kuwabara Streaming on: Crunchyroll If you’ve seen my essay where I praised Rent-a-Girlfriend for being an ecchi harem comedy with excellent writing, you may think I’d be enjoying this season’s Girlfriend, Girlfriend. You’d be incorrect there, as I put emphasis on the part about good writing. In the competition ofContinue reading “Girlfriend, Girlfriend Review: That’s Just Polygamy with Extra Steps”