Since my esteemed colleague stardf29 has already provided the basic premise for this show, I shall forgo the usual pleasantries and jump straight into my reaction. Watching this first, 45-minute-long episode, two things struck me as different from the manga. First, the anime helps fill in some of the details, making the story easier to… Read More First Impression: The Rising of the Shield Hero (part deux)
Dr. Stone, a manga currently running in Weekly Shonen Jump, really rocks! It takes place thousands of years in the future, when a worldwide (and mysterious) tragedy in our own day has kicked humanity back into the stone age. (A truly petrifying thought.) There are a handful of survivors from our time (this is a manga,… Read More Dr. Stone’s Philosophy of Science
One of my favorite J-Pop songs is “CLOSER” by Joe Inoue, which served as the fourth opening song for Naruto Shippuden. Every time I hear it, I get chills. You can find the full version of the song and its official music video on YouTube. Most of the music video—admittedly with quite campy visuals—is a simple… Read More What a Hero Desires (“Closer” by Joe Inoue)
Resemblances notwithstanding, I promise you that this post is not a rehash of TWWK’s stellar reflection. There are at least four scenes in MHA when All Might or Midoriya use One for All and go beyond their full power. Of course, Plus Ultra is one of the series’ catch-phrases, so it’s natural that we’d see… Read More All Might, Midoriya, and how to go beyond your limits
In Black Clover 33, “To Help Someone Someday”, Asta and two companions battle to rescue a group of children from the nefarious mages who seek to extract their magic. One of his allies is a fellow young Black Bull, Gauche; the other is the old nun who cares for many of the kids in that… Read More The Nun and the Scientist: Upside-Down Values in Black Clover
My kids and I have been making our way through Dragon Ball Super (though given its emphasis on food, we tend to refer to it as “Dragon Ball Supper”!). Episode 9 struck me as particularly inspiring for two reasons, one of which I’ll go into today. The setting is this: Beerus, God of Destruction (and… Read More What is the Measure of an Unborn Saiyan?
After everything I said about Megalo Box, I have to eat my hat. I’ve actually found a sports anime that seems pretty compelling to me. It’s called Gurazeni: Money Pitch, and it’s the story of Bonda, a pro baseball player. Now, I’m not that partial to baseball, so that wasn’t what drew me in. Here’s… Read More First Impressions—Gurazeni: Money Pitch