Beastars: The Animals Are Surprisingly Human

I did not expect to like Beastars nearly as much as I did. Despite hearing hype from multiple sources, I had seen Zootopia pretty recently, so I felt pretty confident I knew every trick up their sleeve. Okay, that was only half of a joke. However, I was delightfully surprised. The story was well-written andContinue reading “Beastars: The Animals Are Surprisingly Human”

Seven Deadly Sins: A Lesson in Disappointment

When writing a Lesson in Disappointment, I have always initially liked the anime I’m discussing at one point. Shows like Death Note, The God of High School, or Sword Art Online had a lot of promise at one point, before the flaws began to overwhelm any enjoyment I derived. I watched Seven Deadly Sins atContinue reading “Seven Deadly Sins: A Lesson in Disappointment”

The Great Pretender Cases 1-3 Review: The Style is the Substance

Studio: Wit Studio Director: Hiro Kaburagi Streaming on: Netflix I have a weakness for heist movies. There is something about these slick films populated by con men recruiting a team for ‘one last job’ that pokes at the happy center of my brain. At a young age I discovered this passion through Ocean’s 11, leadingContinue reading “The Great Pretender Cases 1-3 Review: The Style is the Substance”

Mob Psycho 100: Coming of Age with ESP

Mob Psycho 100 is one of the strongest written anime series in recent memory. It balances the strong comedy chops with hard-hitting emotional moments like the very best of Fullmetal Alchemist. Very few series can bounce between slapstick comedy and legitimate gut-wrenching grief with this level of agility, and Mob makes it look easy. OnContinue reading “Mob Psycho 100: Coming of Age with ESP”

Sword Art Online: A Lesson in Disappointment

Long before I started watching anime, I heard whispers of a show called Sword Art Online on Discord. Some of my acquaintances were in love with it, while others derided it and told me to steer clear. That sort of controversy piqued my interest more than rave reviews ever could, but it wouldn’t be untilContinue reading “Sword Art Online: A Lesson in Disappointment”

Konosuba: The “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” of Anime

Have you ever tried to recommend a series or movie to someone by mixing and matching elements of other series? “Yeah, you should watch My Hero Academia, it’s basically the anime Sky High.” or “Jujutsu Kaisen is great, it’s the best parts of Demon Slayer and Bleach.” It’s an effective cultural shorthand, and with manyContinue reading “Konosuba: The “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” of Anime”

Noblesse Review: Webtoon’s Last Shot

Director: Yasutaka Yamamoto Studio: Production IG Streaming on: Crunchyroll I have had a rocky relationship with Crunchyroll’s originals, and more specifically, the adaptations of Webtoon manhwa. Tower of God dropped this spring, and while its lore and worldbuilding were impressive, it didn’t quite live up to the monumental hype associated with it. Still, it wasContinue reading “Noblesse Review: Webtoon’s Last Shot”

Demon Slayer Knows Why You Love Shonen

Shonen battle anime is not just a popular and defining genre of the medium, it’s a phenomenon, a formula. The shonen genre dates back more than a century in one form or another, but it wouldn’t be until series in the 1970s and 80s codified what we recognize today as shonen. Early hits like Devilman,Continue reading “Demon Slayer Knows Why You Love Shonen”

The God of High School: A Lesson in Disappointment

Summer 2020 was a pretty dry season for anime due to coronavirus slowing production down drastically in the spring, but the season was not without its breakouts and returning masterpieces. Re:Zero returned in triumph, while The Misfit of Demon King Academy was a laugh riot, and Rent-A-Girlfriend was the perfect train crash in slow motion.Continue reading “The God of High School: A Lesson in Disappointment”

Haikyuu!! To The Top Season 2 Review: More Of The Same Is A Compliment

Director: Susuma Mitsunaka Studio: Production I.G. Streaming on: Crunchyroll To be clear, I am not a fan of sports. I understand the appeal, having played them as a kid and watching the occasional local game in high school, but I can’t put myself into them fully. I think it is because professional sports rely onContinue reading “Haikyuu!! To The Top Season 2 Review: More Of The Same Is A Compliment”