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 earnedContinue reading “The Tragedy of Tokyo Ghoul”

Steins;Gate: A Lesson in Disappointment

Steins;Gate is widely considered to be one of the best anime ever made. As of writing this, it sits at the lofty number nine of most popular anime of all time on MAL, an an even loftier number three when factoring user reviews. And if you have ever noticed that I am not afraid toContinue reading “Steins;Gate: A Lesson in Disappointment”

I Hate Blank Slate Protagonists

The blank slate protagonist is a staple of JRPGs, and I completely understand why. Video games strive to completely immerse the player, so it only makes sense that you would let them pick their character’s nme, customize their appearance, and try to make their personality as open to interpretation. This usually results in a deadpanContinue reading “I Hate Blank Slate Protagonists”

Darling in the Franxx: A Lesson in Disappointment

If you haven’t gotten the hint from many of my essays for the last month or so, I have a weakness for mecha anime. It’s just such a weird and wild concept that has a hard time thriving outside of a medium as creatively unrestrained as anime, especially after attempts like Pacific Rim: Uprising andContinue reading “Darling in the Franxx: A Lesson in Disappointment”

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 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”

Death Note: A Lesson in Disappointment

Death Note is by almost all accounts fantastic, and a classic. For 25 episodes it presents a dark tale of two masterminds playing the ultimate game of cat and mouse, fighting not just for the lives of thousands, but the very concept of justice. It’s tightly written and plotted, and stands as a premier exampleContinue reading “Death Note: A Lesson in Disappointment”