Annalyn’s Corner: Sports Anime and Joining the Team

Last month, I started thinking about all the reasons anime characters get into sports—or any type of hobby or commitment, whether a school club, a job, or something as life-changing as religion. I'm the type who's reluctant to make changes or try something new until I've thoroughly researched it and am fairly certain I won't… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Sports Anime and Joining the Team

Annalyn’s Corner: Working!!, Shinto, and Prayer’s Effectiveness

Episode 4 of www.Working!! manages to incorporate Shinto, Christianity, and a realistic but humorous discussion of prayer into its comedy. So as soon as I saw it yesterday, I dropped my original blog post plans and switched to this. Shinto, Japan's oldest and most widespread religion, shows up all over anime. Shinto folklore is key in anime… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Working!!, Shinto, and Prayer’s Effectiveness

Annalyn’s Corner: DAYS and the Need for… Selfishness?

Most sports anime put a lot of emphasis on teamwork. One of my favorites is Kuroko's Basketball, and I've written about how Kuroko's humble gameplay reminds me of the humble way Jesus calls us to live. But DAYS takes a different approach, as Tsukamoto's soccer mentors encourage him to stop thinking so much about the team and… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: DAYS and the Need for… Selfishness?

Annalyn’s Corner: Mob Psycho 100 and Being Beat up for Love

It might be silly of me to write a serious post about Mob Psycho 100. After all, nothing about this show is meant to be taken seriously, right? The main character, Mob, is overpowered, but he can't even tell that his master is a fraud. His master, Reigen, has most of the wise, moral-of-the-story lines, easily identified… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Mob Psycho 100 and Being Beat up for Love

Annalyn’s Corner: Are You a “Self-Proclaimed Knight”?

I'm four episodes behind on Re:Zero, partially because I started it so late, but mostly because the main character, Subaru, is unlikeable, and I have very little motivation to keep watching. Maybe he does eventually improve. But at this point, it's really hard not to hold his actions from the first eighteen episodes against him (he wasn't too… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Are You a “Self-Proclaimed Knight”?

Annalyn’s Corner: Empty Prayer in 91 Days

91 Days is one of the least flashy—and thus most intriguing—anime of the season. I could comment on candle symbolism in the first episode or the interesting choice of art style for the backgrounds, but this is Beneath the Tangles. And the religious references caught my eye. I'm especially interested in the use of prayer… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Empty Prayer in 91 Days

Annalyn’s Corner: Survival of the Strongest in Shokugeki

Ever since I started watching Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara (Food Wars! The Second Plate), I've had a growing desire to write about this fun culinary anime. Some of the show's young chefs are so focused on being the best, they forget the essentials of cooking—like caring about the people who will eat their food. The way… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Survival of the Strongest in Shokugeki

Annalyn’s Corner: DAYS and Living… Foolishly?

The sports anime drought ended in early July, and your resident sports anime fangirl is back in action! I'm only watching DAYS for now, since it's the most easily accessible of this season's sports anime, and I'm pleased to say it's much better than the last soccer anime to plague my screen. DAYS centers on a… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: DAYS and Living… Foolishly?

Annalyn’s Corner: Girls, Tanks, and Gender Stereotypes

I avoided Girls Und Panzer for a long time, because “panzer” sounds a lot like “pansu,” which, well… I’m sorry, more innocent fans, but I won’t explain further. Thankfully, my first reaction to the title was completely off base: “und Panzer” isn’t a Japanese (or even Engrish) phrase, and it has to do with tanks, not… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Girls, Tanks, and Gender Stereotypes

Annalyn’s Corner: Totoro and Childlike Delight

The title character in My Neighbor Totoro is iconic. He doesn't just represent the movie—he's part of Studio Ghibli's logo. He is big, imaginative, and adults and children all over the world want to hug him. But he's not the main reason I love that movie. No, it's the children, Satsuki and Mei, who stand out… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Totoro and Childlike Delight