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
A starving rabbit girl in a sailor school uniform and a former princess armed with a sword meet in a forest and bond over the sharing of a carrot. A member of the harefolk, the hungry Frau is overcome with gratitude and pledges to follow Sally until the “carrot debt” has been repaid. The two… Read More First Impression: Peach Boy Riverside
I was promised an epic character arc. What I got was so much more: humor, charm, and a visceral depiction of spiritual warfare—of the battlefield of the mind, the cunning strategies of the enemy, and the agape love that interrupts the downward spiral of shame and self-condemnation. Yep, I’m talking about Season 1 of Re:Zero,… Read More The Gospel of Rem
The spring 2021 anime season, soon coming to a close, was an enjoyable one through and through. It featured a diverse and expansive group of series, with there seeming to be an anime (or two or three or ten) for everyone, with several standouts among them. At first glance, this season’s line-up looks a little… Read More Summer 2021 Anime Preview
I’ve been waiting for Super Cub to take me somewhere deep, somewhere transcendent, and in episode five it finally did. I knew it could, hoped it would, and am uplifted now that it has. “Reiko’s Summer” takes us into the wilderness and up the mountain, and in doing so, points the way to a whole… Read More We Belong in the Mountains: Super Cub, Episode 5