Lucky Star’s Strength Isn’t (just) Humor

  Many criticize Lucky Star for not being funny, but what these people miss is that it’s more concerned with being relatable through exploring its characters rather than making jokes.   There are times when it makes sense to judge slice of life on how funny it is, such as when looking at an anime … Continue reading Lucky Star’s Strength Isn’t (just) Humor

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Gintama Thoughts Episodes 21-40: It’s all Starting to Make Sense

Episodes 1-20 Editor's Note: Yes, this is late by a week or two... But just be glad it's here!! 🙂 What has made Gintama great so far is that it maintains a consistent essence of varied humor and heart-string-pulling without ever becoming stale. That Gintama’s humor is effective speaks to how well it is written, … Continue reading Gintama Thoughts Episodes 21-40: It’s all Starting to Make Sense

Lucky Star Makes Inanity Interesting

What makes Lucky Star worthwhile is that it epitomizes the “nothing happens” anime and still brims with characterization. Each scene focuses on the characters expressing their respective personalities and exploring the group dynamic–creating a cast so compelling that its lack of a serious plot feels irrelevant. I’m not trying to copy Mother’s Basement, but Lucky … Continue reading Lucky Star Makes Inanity Interesting

Why is GunBuster so Good? Somebody Please Tell me

I’ve been planning to watch GunBuster for some time after I learned it is the predecessor to the likes of Evangelion and heard that it contains the prototype for Asuka’s character (the latter of which is questionable at best). Since I clearly love Hideaki Anno, with NGE, EOE, and Kare Kano all holding 10’s for … Continue reading Why is GunBuster so Good? Somebody Please Tell me

Your Name: Great at What it Does, but What it Does Isn’t so Great

Your Name cut my heart open and left me vulnerable, but I couldn't help but be bothered by its use of story, characters, and music for the singular purpose of ripping at the heartstrings and while glossing over the quality of these elements. Mitsuha and Taki drive the plot forward by leaving notes from each … Continue reading Your Name: Great at What it Does, but What it Does Isn’t so Great

Serial Experiments Lain: Reality and the Self

I’m not going to pretend I fully understood Serial Experiments Lain on my first viewing, but some of its ideas resonated with me– namely, that reality and the self are one in the same; an idea that the show explores thoroughly. The first insight that SEL offers is that there is little difference between reality and … Continue reading Serial Experiments Lain: Reality and the Self