Horimiya: The Art of Butchering an Adaptation

Side note before I begin: today’s essay just so happened to coincide with the release of the final chapter of the Horimiya manga. Complete accident on my part, but a happy little accident nonetheless. I don’t get the chance to talk about manga here as often as I should, and that’s mostly for good reasons.Continue reading “Horimiya: The Art of Butchering an Adaptation”

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part Two: Battle Tendency Retrospective

I last left you and this retrospective series with the deaths of Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando in a sinking ship over the Atlantic Ocean. I return a month-ish and 50 years later in the metropolis of New York City, but quickly expanding across the world, with Battle Tendency. Part Two is one of theContinue reading “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part Two: Battle Tendency Retrospective”

Horimiya Review: They’re All So Pretty

Studio: Cloverworks Director: Masashi Ishihama Streaming on: Funimation Most of my content might lead you to believe I am a brick-headed shonen fanboy who can’t pay attention to any show where someone isn’t getting beaten to a pulp. The joke’s on you, because I can’t pay attention to anything, at any time, ever. That hasContinue reading “Horimiya Review: They’re All So Pretty”

Dororo: Dark Fantasy Done Right

It is difficult to take an old piece of art and make it relevant to younger generations. To make Troy, they had to turn the Trojan War from a clash of demigods and kings into Orlando Bloom having a spot of romantic issues. I could argue the original Iliad is more interesting than the movie,Continue reading “Dororo: Dark Fantasy Done Right”

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part One: Phantom Blood Retrospective

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is a special manga, where the enjoyment is somehow irrevocably tied to the meme culture that surrounds the series. No one familiar with anime has completely escaped JoJo, and indeed most people on the internet have failed to dodge the phenomenon. When my concept of anime began and ended with Pokemon andContinue reading “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part One: Phantom Blood Retrospective”

Chainsaw Man Review: The New Devilman?

Written & Illustrated by: Tatsuki Fujimoto Published by: Shonen Jump Shonen manga, particularly the most popular magazine of the genre, Shonen Jump, has been on a bit of a roll lately with horror action manga. I’m not sure what is in the water over at their publishing offices, but they have been putting out successContinue reading “Chainsaw Man Review: The New Devilman?”

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”

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”

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”

Jujutsu Kaisen Review: I Hope You Miss Bleach

Director: Park Sung-Hoo Studio: MAPPA Streaming on: Crunchyroll Jujutsu Kaisen is the latest adaptation of a Shonen Jump manga, and the newest addition to the growing catalogue of Crunchyroll Originals. Directed by Park Sung-Hoo, fresh off the dumpster fire that was The God of High School. However, while The God of High School’s story wasContinue reading “Jujutsu Kaisen Review: I Hope You Miss Bleach”