Tag: anime

  • 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 anime […]

  • 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 adaptations […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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 with […]

  • 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 of […]

  • 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 of […]

  • 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 my […]

  • 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 Order […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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 war […]