K-on! Season 1: Cohesive Slice of Life

While other slice of girls are aimless or defined by their activity, K-on!’s characters feel real because their light music club gives them purpose without overshadowing their group dynamic.   K-on! feels fast paced. No, it’s not filled with action scenes or quick cuts from one shot to the next, but the first season covers … Continue reading K-on! Season 1: Cohesive Slice of Life

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Gintama Thoughts Episodes 41-57 and the Movie: Gintama Hasn’t Even Begun to Peak

Special Thanks to BlueTotoro for Inspiring me to finally write this!Episodes 21-40 After 58 episodes and a movie, can’t I safely say Gintama's gotten as good as people say it will? My friends...after what I’ve seen, I must conclude that Gintama hasn’t even begun to peak! I can’t help but compare the series to the … Continue reading Gintama Thoughts Episodes 41-57 and the Movie: Gintama Hasn’t Even Begun to Peak

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

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

Ichigo Mashimaro is a Carefree Dreamscape of Happiness

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