Tag: manga

  • 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 earned […]

  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part Three: Stardust Crusaders Retrospective

    There was a longer gap between these retrospectives than I intended, mostly because I’ve been trying to keep a part or two ahead of schedule. Having to rewatch and reread every part in between the demanding schedule of anime and manga I already have has proven quite difficult. On top of that, MangaDex shut down […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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 the […]

  • 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 has […]

  • 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, […]