Demon Slayer Entertainment District Arc Review: The Fate of the Series Going Forward

Studio: Ufotable Director: Haruo Sotozaki Streaming on: Crunchyroll, Funimation It’s been quite a while since I’ve properly spoken about Demon Slayer. The current format of releasing anime films in the west several months after initial screenings makes it impossible to talk about them while they’re still relevant, so I didn’t get a chance to reviewContinue reading “Demon Slayer Entertainment District Arc Review: The Fate of the Series Going Forward”

Chainsaw Man is the Perfect Shonen

Chainsaw Man ages like fine wine. It feels like not too long ago that I read Chainsaw Man as it was serializing, and while I enjoyed it, I wasn’t blown away. I’m aware of what that says about me; perhaps I was simply inexperienced in analyzing manga, and what makes one truly great. It seemedContinue reading “Chainsaw Man is the Perfect Shonen”

Kaiju No. 8 Review: Oh, No, There Goes Tokyo

Art and Story by Naoya Matsumoto All chapters available on the Shonen Jump app For nearly 70 years, kaiju have been one of Japan’s most significant cultural exports. The precise cultural importance of creations like Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidora has been lost in translation, but the world at large has no qualms about enjoyingContinue reading “Kaiju No. 8 Review: Oh, No, There Goes Tokyo”

Shonen is Ready to Grow Up

In the world of manga and anime, battle shonen indisputably reigns supreme. Of the top ten most popular anime on MAL, seven are specifically battle anime, not counting the non-battle shonen Death Note or the action-oriented isekai Sword Art Online. Of those seven but technically eight series, six are based on manga that originated inContinue reading “Shonen is Ready to Grow Up”

Why I Still Love Fullmetal Alchemist (2003)

If you became an anime fan in the last couple of years, you have it pretty good. In the early 2000s, a hot shonen manga would receive an anime maybe a year or two into serialization. However, the average anime based off of a manga needs to use 1.5 to 2 twenty page chapters toContinue reading “Why I Still Love Fullmetal Alchemist (2003)”

My Hero Academia: Anime’s Rule Breaker

If you have read my essay exploring hard and soft magic systems through different applications in anime superpowers, you might have an idea of where I am going with this. If you haven’t, you can read it right here, it’s actually one of my more creative pieces. However, this title is not as deceiving orContinue reading “My Hero Academia: Anime’s Rule Breaker”

Kemono Jihen Review: The Monster Mash

Studio: Ajia-do Animation Works Director: Masaya Fujimori Streaming on: Funimation Deep in rural Japan, a village has been plagued by a string of strange animal deaths, with corpses rotting before daybreak. The concerned townspeople hire a Tokyo detective to determine the cause, but the PI realizes all is not as it seems after meeting Kabane,Continue reading “Kemono Jihen Review: The Monster Mash”

Shonen Superpowers: What Makes Battle Anime Tick

Shonen anime is defined by many things: spiky-haired protagonists, the power of friendship, but one of its most prominent features is a power system. A power system is simply the rules and expectations attached to characters’ abilities in the story, usually a type of power that most of the characters can use. They can adhereContinue reading “Shonen Superpowers: What Makes Battle Anime Tick”

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?”

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”