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
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
First of all, no, I’m not finished writing. There’s more to come! I set out in January to make a post for a whole week and I reached that goal, but right after I decided to go further and said I would be as active as I could for the rest of the month. In … Continue reading Wow I Was Actually (Sort of) Active for a Month, Now What?
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
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 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
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
Mob Psycho 100’s most interesting idea is that personal development is superior to comparing oneself to others; a lesson that it illustrates through its character’s inner struggles. The Body Improvement club at Mob’s Highschool epitomizes the mindset of personal development. The leader of the group, Musashi Goda, grew up on a farm and is unskilled … Continue reading Mob Psycho 100’s Most Interesting Idea