When it comes to anime and light novels, you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting an isekai series or six. Countless stories spanning many genres have used the person-travels-to-another-world premise. To borrow language from the infamous TV Tropes, the isekai concept has been played straight, played with, inverted, subverted, parodied, deconstructed, reconstructed, and more.… Read More The World Is Not Enough: Isekai and the Hope for More
Volume three of Io Sakisaka’s two boys + two girls shoujo, Love Me, Love Me Not (Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare), begins where the last one ended, with Akari beginning to fall for Kazu. The normally cool-headed girl is confused, because until now, she’s been very aware of the kind of boys she likes, and Kazu… Read More Review: Love Me, Love Me Not (Vol. 3)
Noticing an open spot in my viewing schedule this season, I thought it would be a good time to check out some recent series that I missed but wanted to check out. I figured that I might have the time to complete an series or two this season, and went to Twitter for input on… Read More Watch ‘Til I Drop: BNA, MP100, Yorimoi, and Vinland Saga
Yo ho ho! Tis time fer another voyage on the good ship Light Novel Club. I staged a mutiny an’ took over from old Cap’n Star this time. No, I’m not sure why I decided to open this post in such a piratical way, but…moving on, today we’re discussing Of Dragons and Fae: Is a… Read More BtT Light Novel Club Chapter 22: Of Dragons and Fae
The framework of the final season of Oregairu is so interesting. In bringing the final arcs of so many characters to a close, but most fully and resoundingly with Hiki, Yukinon, and Yui, the vehicle of this “CLIMAX” season is less important than it has ever previously been. The prom is just the device, and… Read More Oregairu Season 3 (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU CLIMAX), Episode 4: Codependency and Heartbreak
One of the best parts of this ten year journey has been the connections I’ve made with some extraordinary people. Not everyone I’ve met has been nice, that’s for sure, but the vast majority of those I’ve interviewed have been as authentic and kind as they are talented. It really has been a blessing to… Read More Throwback Thursday: The Interviews
TWWK: With the possibly exception of DECA-DENCE and its story with a story structure, the most surprising series this anime season may be Japan Sinks: 2020. I tuned in because I’ve become a fan of the director, Masaaki Yuasa, with his other work from this year, Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken, locked in as one… Read More Rising and Falling with Japan Sinks: 2020
Here in the U.S., summer is a time to rest and recharge, an idea built into us from youth and which remains throughout adulthood. And so it is with the TangleCast, which is on a short break during this summer. But there’s a difference this year, as our podcast team is hard at work behind… Read More The TangleCast Returns in September!
I hope to revisit Your Lie in April one day. The initial episodes almost overwhelmed me with their beautiful depictions of how grace can sweep you away and change your world, while the final episodes were as emotional as those from Anohana, Violet Evergarden, or any other tear-inducing anime. Besides that, the series is one… Read More Your Leader in April
Welcome to Doki Doki News, your source for updates in the world of anime, gaming, and otakudom, for the week of July 18th through 24th! Check out latest episode in our player below, or subscribe to us on SoundCloud, where you can also find breaking news episodes! Are you excited for more Aggretsuko? Will you… Read More Doki Doki News: More Aggretsuko, Danganronpa, and Shin Megami Tensei!