Tag: 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 I […]

  • 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 the […]

  • 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 would […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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 say […]

  • 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 the […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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 about […]

  • 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 Yoshitoki […]

  • 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 narrative […]