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

Annalyn’s Corner: Bungou Stray Dogs and Messy Justice

Bungou Stray Dogs is a decent action anime about an orphan weretiger and the "Armed Detective Agency" that gives him a job and a place to belong. Between the quirky characters and the action, it has all the ingredients for a basic, fun show. Still, I found it unremarkable until the seventh episode, "Love for… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Bungou Stray Dogs and Messy Justice

Annalyn’s Corner: The Role of Imagination and Wonder

I recently watched The Secret World of Arrietty, and I was struck by the way its details not only captured my imagination, but planted an urge to create my own story. With great interest, I followed Arrietty through her family’s home—a pile of bricks on the outside, but a homey, uniquely decorated house on the… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: The Role of Imagination and Wonder

Annalyn’s Corner: Tanaka-kun and Becoming Your Ideal Self

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless (Japanese: Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge) might be the first slice-of-life anime that I've chosen to watch without the recommendation of others. I generally seek excitement to keep my attention. But I've had plenty of excitement in my life lately. This season, I wanted more of that soothing vibe I picked up from Grimgar last season.… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Tanaka-kun and Becoming Your Ideal Self

Annalyn’s Corner: Jealous of Sakamoto and Jealous of God

In case you didn't notice: there was no post in my Corner last week. My column has turned biweekly for the time being as I take on other writing and editing projects—such as this article about anime and religion on MAL. Busyness has cut my anime intake down. I've only started three of this season's anime,… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Jealous of Sakamoto and Jealous of God

Annalyn’s Corner: Grimgar and Discordant People

I didn't expect to like Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash. But, as I wrote in the season reviews, it turned out to be fairly enjoyable. In fact, I found it soothing, almost like something from the slice of life genre: a perfect wind-down show for the end of a busy day. I saw it as a kind of… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Grimgar and Discordant People

Annalyn’s Corner: The Cloud of Witnesses in Daiya no Ace

The second season of Daiya no Ace (aka Ace of the Diamond) ended today. And this time, it's really ending, at least for now, not just switching air dates like it did between the first and second seasons. It's catching up with its source material, the manga, and it needs to take a break to let the manga get ahead… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: The Cloud of Witnesses in Daiya no Ace

Annalyn’s Corner: Aokana and Fearing Failure

Of all the full-length anime I'm following this season, AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across the Blue is my least favorite. I don't have a good explanation for why I kept watching after the first two episodes. But the plot did become somewhat interesting by the seventh episode. And in the eighth, the characters hit on a universal theme: fear… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Aokana and Fearing Failure

Annalyn’s Corner: Rakugo Shinjuu’s Traditionalists and Rogues

The ninth episode of Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu is marked by conflict that leads to separation. It's also marked by beautiful animation, but I decided to focus on the conflict instead. [Spoilers ahead. If you haven't watched the latest episode yet, I recommend you do, even though the big events in this episode were rather predictable.… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Rakugo Shinjuu’s Traditionalists and Rogues

Annalyn’s Corner: Satoru’s Purposed Revival

Boku dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED) has quickly risen as a favorite, not only among this season’s anime, but among anime all-time. It’s currently at the #1 spot on Anime-Planet (knocking FMAB down a peg) and the #5 spot at MAL. Anime fans in general love it, while the more picky critics… well, I think… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Satoru’s Purposed Revival