The Detective is Already Dead Review: No Spoiler Warning on That Title?

Studio: ENGI Director: Manabu Kurihara Streaming on: Funimation I have been an earnest fan of the classic detective stories for most of my life. My personal library is filled with the complete collections of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Holmes, Agatha Christie’s Poirot, and Edgar Allan Poe’s Dupin, plus a lot of manga, but that’s not myContinue reading “The Detective is Already Dead Review: No Spoiler Warning on That Title?”

Persona 5: Living an Anime

For the sake of abandoning all objectivity, I will admit that Persona 5 is one of my favorite games of all time. That’s a problem with writing about JRPGs, I have to put in dozens or hundreds of hours just to hit that end screen. I can tell you that Star Wars Jedi: Fallen OrderContinue reading “Persona 5: Living an Anime”

The Perfect Slice of Life Spin-Off

Slice of life is a real hit or miss. On the one hand, stories reflecting everyday life can be as important and as emotionally stirring as any other kind, and have the bonus of often being more relevant than less grounded fantasy. On the other hand, the genre is defined by a lack of story,Continue reading “The Perfect Slice of Life Spin-Off”

The Best Protagonist in Anime

Code Geass is one of the most popular anime of all time, and more than that, it’s a personal favorite. It reinvigorated my interest in mecha, especially when I had been in a slump of post-Evangelion depressing, but just before finally getting around to watching Gurren Lagann. It is this bizarre cross of a warContinue reading “The Best Protagonist in Anime”

Beastars, or the Troubling World of Allegory

When I first wrote about Beastars, which you can find here, I tried to focus on its character writing. Don’t get me wrong, Beastars has an excellent story and Paru Itagaki’s world building is second to none, but her character writing is somehow even better. The issue I had at the time was that IContinue reading “Beastars, or the Troubling World of Allegory”

Vinland Saga: How to Kill Off a Character

At the start of the 2010s there was this fascination with ‘lethal’ media. The type of television that had dominated in recent decades: sitcoms, game shows, reality TV, began to take a backseat to scripted dramas that emphasized their deadliness, that no character was safe. To put it mildly, this phenomenon launched some of theContinue reading “Vinland Saga: How to Kill Off a Character”

Devilman Crybaby: Resurrecting a Story

Devilman is one of the most influential manga ever written. You cannot understate the impact that Go Nagai’s initially simple story of a boy forced to house a demon on its genre or the medium it was created within. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration or even a stretch to say that without Devilman, we wouldContinue reading “Devilman Crybaby: Resurrecting a Story”

Processing Grief Through Anime Part One: Your Lie in April

Everyone should be familiar with the tearjerker anime, or at least I assume they are, as they’re frequently ranked among the best anime of all time. Tearjerker isn’t a genre, exactly, although it’s a category with its own hallmarks and tropes. It just happens to expand across every genre of anime, though they’re usually melodramas.Continue reading “Processing Grief Through Anime Part One: Your Lie in April”

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”