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
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?