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

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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

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Review – Heroism with Heart

There is just such pure optimism at the heart of My Hero Academia, an optimism that is routinely portrayed in the most genuine and expressive way possible. While it's battle-shonen pacing and slavish recreation of panels that were better served in manga can hurt its appeal at times, Bones adaptation is nothing short of a marvel to … Continue reading My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Review – Heroism with Heart

How Attack On Titan Season 3 (Partially) Addresses My Three Biggest Problems With The Series

Attack on Titan may be well into its third season, but it still remains one of the most talked-about blockbuster anime series around. Admittedly, I've been somewhat lukewarm on the show, slowly cooling after the bombast and twists of its first few episodes. While I love its premise, and think it succeeds at crescendoing climaxes, … Continue reading How Attack On Titan Season 3 (Partially) Addresses My Three Biggest Problems With The Series

Anime Summer Season 2018 Wrap Up: My Recommendations

As we head into the cold times, another season of anime comes to a close. While this crop of shows had quite a few disappointments, its stars shined very brightly. Although the second half of My Hero Academia Season 3 was a let down in comparison to its excellent first half, Attack On Titan Season … Continue reading Anime Summer Season 2018 Wrap Up: My Recommendations