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

A Silent Voice Review – Bullying and Redemption

Kids are cruel, and there is no shortage of depictions of this cruelty in the world of film. The annals of cinema is littered with bullying heels, and under-aged villains who ridicule the protagonist for their perceived differences. Whether it's this year’s realist Eighth Grade, the bountiful Hughes-esque teen-comedies of the 80s, or the hyperbolic … Continue reading A Silent Voice Review – Bullying and Redemption

Anime Summer 2018: First Episode Recommendations

At first blush, it seems as though we have a decent crop this season, with a sprinkling of comedies, hot-blooded action, and some juicy character dramas. Using my highly scientific process of sifting through the Anime News Network's Season Preview Guide,  I've selected seven shows for culling. I don’t entirely believe in the “three episode” … Continue reading Anime Summer 2018: First Episode Recommendations

Anime Spring 2018 Wrap Up: My Recommendations

As the we move into the summer, it’s finally time to look back at the most recent crop of Japanese cartoons. This spring’s season of shows didn’t have a great deal of breadth, but featured a few great action and comedy series backed by some complete surprises (the biggest surprise was that I somehow liked … Continue reading Anime Spring 2018 Wrap Up: My Recommendations

Toradora Series Review: The King of Rom-Coms

Modern anime is often criticized for being increasingly niche and cliche-driven. While that claim is somewhat reductive, it is also partially true. The difficult prospect of creating a hit-manga or animated series is made easier when that property is being targeted at an existing market. While a sizable percentage of new anime series released each … Continue reading Toradora Series Review: The King of Rom-Coms

Sunshine Blogger Award

Thanks a bunch to Benjamin Ferrarini for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Over on The Glitch he writes review/editorials on games, TV, and movies. Check out his review of the new Netflix series Lost in Space here. The Sunshine Blogger Award is a way for bloggers to recognize and promote new blogs. It allows the community of … Continue reading Sunshine Blogger Award

Thunderbolt Fantasy: The Sword of Life and Death Review

*Spoilers ahead Oh Thunderbolt Fantasy, how I’ve missed your weird marriage of wuxia, Taiwanese puppet animation, and maximum ham-level anime flourishes. For the uninitiated, Thunderbolt Fantasy was a 12 episode TV series created and written by Gen Urobuchi, one of the premier auteurs in the world of anime. Urobuchi coordinated the collaboration between Nitroplus, Good … Continue reading Thunderbolt Fantasy: The Sword of Life and Death Review

Mary and the Witch’s Flower: Quick Review

As Ghibli prepares for its (alleged) final release, the torch has been passed to the recently formed Studio Ponoc. Created in 2015 as Miyazaki and Takahata announced their retirement and the eventual shuddering of their legendary animation studio, Ponoc is made up of many ex-Ghibli employees who have sought to carry on the legacy of … Continue reading Mary and the Witch’s Flower: Quick Review