Winter Anime 2019: First Episode Impressions And Recommendations

Hey, it's really cold outside! Like record breaking cold (in the US anyway). But luckily we have anime to warm the cockles of our hearts. While this season doesn't have the breadth that defined much of last year, we have the return of one of the best shows in recent years to carry us through … Continue reading Winter Anime 2019: First Episode Impressions And Recommendations

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Why You Should Watch Mob Psycho 100

With the new season of Mob Psycho in full swing, it seems like a great time to get newcomers on board. Following the adventures of a psychic middle-schooler, Mob Psycho 100 is a rare anime that feels as though it can tackle any genre or tone with absolute competence. The adaptation work of ONE's webcomic is bursting … Continue reading Why You Should Watch Mob Psycho 100

My Top 3 Favorite Anime of 2018

In a year defined by escalating insanity, outrage, and non-stop affronts to human decency, the world of Japanese cartoons was a much needed escape. That can likely explain the common characteristics of my three favorite shows this year. These series all presented an empathetic view into the world of their characters. Here the forces of … Continue reading My Top 3 Favorite Anime of 2018

Why Its Hard To Get Into Anime, And Three Great Introductory Shows

Look I get it. From an outsider's perspective, anime is nothing but esoteric tropes and fanservice-y nonsense. While I won't deny that both of those accusations are accurate in the case of many shows, to dismiss the entire medium whole cloth is a bit unfair. Many series may cater to niche audiences, but with the … Continue reading Why Its Hard To Get Into Anime, And Three Great Introductory Shows

Why You Should Be Watching Run With the Wind

This season's crop of anime is easily one of the strongest that I've ever actively followed. For me the series that is currently at the front of the pack is the charming sports/ slice of life tale Run with the Wind. It demonstrates a mastery of dialogue and character writing, drawing inspiration from hangout movies to … Continue reading Why You Should Be Watching Run With the Wind

Why You Should Watch Thunderbolt Fantasy

There's almost nothing like Thunderbolt Fantasy, a wuxia glove puppet action show that is a collaboration between a Japanese novelist/screen writer and a Taiwanese puppet studio. Sure there's the other work by that puppet studio, Pili, as well as a great deal of the lead writer's work, Gen Urobuchi, but the combination of these two … Continue reading Why You Should Watch Thunderbolt Fantasy

Fall Anime 2018: First Episode Impressions and Recommendations

I'm a little bit late on this one, but after sifting through a decent number of this season's series, I can attest to the fact that this Fall batch of anime is a stacked crop of shows. While my opinions have shifted slightly on a couple of these since I wrote this, I still believe … Continue reading Fall Anime 2018: First Episode Impressions and Recommendations