Girlfriend, Girlfriend Review: That’s Just Polygamy with Extra Steps

Studio: Tezuka Productions Director: Satoshi Kuwabara Streaming on: Crunchyroll If you’ve seen my essay where I praised Rent-a-Girlfriend for being an ecchi harem comedy with excellent writing, you may think I’d be enjoying this season’s Girlfriend, Girlfriend. You’d be incorrect there, as I put emphasis on the part about good writing. In the competition ofContinue reading “Girlfriend, Girlfriend Review: That’s Just Polygamy with Extra Steps”

The Detective is Already Dead Review: No Spoiler Warning on That Title?

Studio: ENGI Director: Manabu Kurihara Streaming on: Funimation I have been an earnest fan of the classic detective stories for most of my life. My personal library is filled with the complete collections of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Holmes, Agatha Christie’s Poirot, and Edgar Allan Poe’s Dupin, plus a lot of manga, but that’s not myContinue reading “The Detective is Already Dead Review: No Spoiler Warning on That Title?”

Does Toradora Deserve to be a Classic?

I love romcom anime. Kaguya-sama and Horimiya rank among my favorite manga of all time, and I even came around on Oregairu when it recovered from a disappointing first season. This is just a genre that anime performs particularly well in. The long-form nature of the medium means that it isn’t as suffocating as itsContinue reading “Does Toradora Deserve to be a Classic?”

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 sayContinue reading “Kaguya-Sama: The Anime That Demands To Be Watched Twice”

Rent-A-Girlfriend: My Favorite Dumpster Fire

2020 was a good year for anime, but an unfortunately scarce one. Spring and summer experienced an incredible shortage that left the seasonal selections feeling a bit bare, though the winter would later come to rectify. Despite that, the anime we did get were some absolute bangers. The second season of Kaguya, Re:Zero, and FruitsContinue reading “Rent-A-Girlfriend: My Favorite Dumpster Fire”

Bunny Girl Senpai: Why All Anime Is Set In High School

A majority of anime do not use the high school setting to their advantage, despite many finding any reason to shoehorn the setting into just about any story. They place these characters there because their target demographics are teenagers and young adults who can allegedly relate better to protagonists their age, but do they doContinue reading “Bunny Girl Senpai: Why All Anime Is Set In High School”

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”

How Oregairu Fails to Deliver (And Then How It Does)

Oregairu, or My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong, as I Expected, is one of the biggest franchises in recent romcom anime and light novels. It made waves with its subversive take on the genre and its well-developed characters, and how they navigate treacherous social standing and interpersonal dynamics. Despite the near universal acclaim it hasContinue reading “How Oregairu Fails to Deliver (And Then How It Does)”

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”

Kaguya-Sama: Love is War is the Most Realistic Teenage Drama

It’s easy to scoff at this title if you’re familiar with Kaguya-Sama, whether it is the original manga by Aka Akasaka or the stellar anime adaptation from A-1 Pictures. The so-called “Geniuses’ War of Heart and Minds’ is many things, outlandish is foremost in its qualities. The story of Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya, twoContinue reading “Kaguya-Sama: Love is War is the Most Realistic Teenage Drama”