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

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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

Mob Psycho 100’s Most Interesting Idea

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

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

Watamote’s Humorous and Unflinching Depiction of Teenage Suffering

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