Tag: anime

  • What Makes the Best Harem Anime?

    Harem anime don’t enjoy a lofty reputation, or get the same respect as their monogamous peers. That’s a shame, but the stigma isn’t entirely undeserved. You could easily name a dozen harem anime who use their premise merely as an excuse for some cheap lucky perv gags and easy fanservice. That being said, just because […]

  • Why Haven’t You Watched Tokyo 24th Ward?

    Winter 2022 was stuffed to bursting with more banger anime than any person could reasonably watch. The obvious heavy hitters got their time to shine: Attack on Titan is the biggest show in the world, Demon Slayer redefined how good TV anime can look, and My Dress-Up Darling’s Marin Kitagawa is in the fight of […]

  • Demon Slayer is Mid Except for the Animation

    You’ve heard it before. I lamented that you can’t go five minutes on the dumb bird app without someone saying Demon Slayer would be forgettable if not for Ufotable’s work on the series. I’ve pushed back against that line of thinking pretty much for the entire time I’ve spent writing on this blog, in an […]

  • The Seasonal Anime Round-Up: Spring 2022

    You might be wondering what the heck is going on. I mean, I’ve reviewed anime like clockwork ever since I started writing this blog in October of 2020. My consistency is a point of pride, actually, so I don’t change my approach lightly. I’ve just grown dissatisfied with the way I was publishing my reviews. […]

  • What Makes The Best Anime Protagonist?

    Last year, I wrote an essay on Lelouch, explaining how Code Geass created what I believe to be the best protagonist in anime, and I got a fair amount of disagreement from peers and readers. I mean, it’s a subjective question, but any time I’m confronted by our nature to needlessly debate that which is […]

  • 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 […]

  • To Your Eternity Drags on for Eternity

    To Your Eternity was one of the biggest releases this spring, and by far the most positively received. In a single episode it was an undeniable phenomenon, plucking heartstrings and setting the stage for a grand narrative. My expectations for the series were unfairly high, but it met them and continued to do so. After […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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 develop […]

  • 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 earned […]