The setting is medieval Japan in an era where a loose word against the local lord can cost you your life—or that of your family member, as young Biwa learns tragically in the opening moments of this episode. The child has heterochromia, a fairly common visual trope in anime, but this particular case of the… Read More First Impression: The Heike Story
Elephants! Germans! Love Triangles! Oh my! That’s right folks, it’s time for Emma: A Victorian Romance Season 2! Buckle your elephant-riding seatbelts, prepare your mechanical bathing machines, and get your ship building tools ready to hand because we’re in for another great adventure circumnavigating the choppy waters of Victorian England and no less than two Bermuda… Read More Emma: A Victorian Romance, Season 2 (BD Boxset Review)
We don’t always need an epic character arc. Not in anime, and not in real life. Sometimes, it’s the smallest of steps that transforms a life. At its heart, despite all the fantastical creatures, stunning scenery and heroic destinies of an isekai adventure, this is what The Wonderland is about: the minor, muted act of… Read More The Small Things that Save the Worlds—or Christian Imagery in The Wonderland’s Isekai
This is a movie worthy of moving to the front of your watch list and then finding an excuse to take the next ninety minutes away from whatever it is you’re doing and go watch. Go on, I’ll wait. Seriously, it is a beautiful film that tells a charming story of young love using a… Read More Review: Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop
Season 1 of Emma: A Victorian Romance is like Neapolitan ice cream—when you only like strawberry. You have to eat the chocolate and vanilla to get to the part you like. I mean, it is all ice cream though, so it’s not exactly torture, but if you’re honest, you only really enjoy a third of… Read More Emma: A Victorian Romance, Season 1 (BD Boxset Review)
This week, Kageki Shojo!! surprised me more than the two exclamation marks in its title convey: it went far deeper than I ever expected of a series about an all-girls theatre training school. In fact, it may just have set itself up as a spiritual heir to Wonder Egg Priority, only engaging with its troubling… Read More Hope for the Abused & Traumatized: is Kageki Shojo!! the new Wonder Egg Priority?
A boy lying on the floor of a classroom, staring at the ceiling. Seated on the teacher’s podium, a snot-nosed cat with sleep crusting its eyes. A strange girl appears, peering down at the boy and asking if it’s fun to lie on the floor. The setting is familiar enough, but the details are…incongruous to… Read More First Impression: Sonny Boy
Tsushima is a generously proportioned stray tabby who channels Garfield but with a much deeper voice and infinitely better manners—albeit only towards other cats. When it comes to humans, not so much. Which is only amplified by the fact that he can talk, and people can hear him. If I write any more than this… Read More First Impression: I, Tsushima
The Red Flower Opera Music School (Kouka for short), trains young women for the all-female acting troupe of the same name, and is auditioning its 100th class. With a screening process as demanding as Tokyo University, only 40 girls out of over 1100 candidates make the cut. Among the successful applicants are twins Chika and… Read More First Impression: Kageki Shojo!!
In a steampunk Paris where the men wear top hats and capes and the women faint due to over-tight corsets, vampires—long thought purged from the earth—are hunting humans once again. But there is one man, heir to the book and name of the mythical Vanitas, who is hunting them in return. Rumor of the book’s… Read More First Impression: The Case Study of Vanitas