Watching Ichigo Mashimaro is like dreaming about relaxing in a strawberry spaceship that's lazily floating its way through a galaxy of marshmallow stars and barely thrust forward by girls with distinctive character designs on hamster wheels. It’s nice, to say the least. The first episode flaunts its disregard for narrative progression with long dialog sequences, … Continue reading Ichigo Mashimaro is a Carefree Dreamscape of Happiness
The most interesting thing about Watamote is that it depicts Tomoko Kuroki’s bleak teenage life with both humor and unflinching accuracy. The series starts with an omniscient narrator proclaiming this is a trivial story about a girl–Tomoko Kuroki, who is sat alone in her dark room with her first day of high-school on the horizon and … Continue reading Watamote’s Humorous and Unflinching Depiction of Teenage Suffering
Currently holding a 9.14 on MAL and the fourth place among the highest rated anime on the site, Steins;Gate is beloved by anime newcomers and veterans alike. The anime has an incredibly compelling and complex narrative and a cast of fun characters along with it, but this still doesn’t quite explain its dominance in popularity. … Continue reading Steins;Gate Review. Good, but Not Without Flaws.
Eccentric characters bring anime to life. Sometimes by design, like a Shounen protagonist but other times a quirky side character steals the show. In the worst-case scenario, a character only stands out because everyone else is so boring. Realistically, most characters are a fusion of aspects that make them interesting. Of course, if all interesting … Continue reading Three Eccentric Characters in Anime
Warning: This post contains spoilers for the first half of Parasyte. In a time where many shows are content with being unambitious and shallow, it’s important to rewards attempts at quality. However, we can’t pretend that some anime don't try to be good and still fail. Parasyte, in my opinion, is like this; a show that … Continue reading On Parasyte: Is Trying to be Interesting Good Enough?
I try not to put too much of my personality into my posts. While I should be trying to find a voice, it’s better to focus on expressing interesting ideas as concisely as possible and let the voice shine through. There have been exceptions, like my posts on Parasyte and my personal taste, but those aren’t … Continue reading Wow, I Actually Posted for a Whole Week, and Other Context on this Blog.
The power of silence as an artistic tool is habitually overlooked by our fast-paced society. Yet, its common expressions, such as the gap of sound before the bass drops, the silent treatment, or even just a meaningful pause all exemplify its strength in even our culture. Based on the absence of experience, silence breaks up the … Continue reading The Power of Silence in Art & Anime