Jeskai Angel continues our Holy Week series on anime and disability by examining a condition that might quality as the latter, but which as he mentions, can certainly be significantly disabling. Shame is an extremely common result of being abused, and it can happen with any kind of abuse: physical, emotional, sexual, etc. Shame isn’t… Read More Nice Shoujo Protagonist You’ve Got There…Shame If Anything Happened to Her
We continue our Holy Week series on anime and disability with an article about two recent popular shows featuring characters with disabilities—Violet Evergarden and In/Spectre. If there’s one series in recent years that expertly pulls at the heartstrings, it’s Violet Evergarden. But as stirring as the show is and despite how beloved it’s become, Violet… Read More In/Spectre, Violet Evergarden, and Invisible Disability
Hina, soon to be starting high school, just moved to a new town. Out for a walk, she meets an older girl fishing. Kuroiwa turns out to attend the same school, and she…basically proceeds to bully Hina into the joining the fishing club, despite Hina’s own strong preference for handicrafts. Of course, technically it’s called… Read More First Impression: Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater
We continue our Holy Week series about anime and disability with a guest post by my former editor, Allison Alexander. Her newest work, Super Sick: Making Peace with Chronic Illness, will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, The Book Depository, and other major booksellers beginning on April 17th. “If you’re not busy, you’re doing… Read More All Might and the Importance of Rest
Following a cryptic intro and the OP (both of which imply that the two leads will be romantically involved eventually), a girl named Iris is queen of a shiny happy sky kingdom under attack by dark monsters. There’s also a kingdom shrouded in darkness, where the yet to be named male lead sees his village… Read More First Impression: Shironeko Project ZERO Chronicle
Of the many positive outcomes that results from a focus on diversity is this: Diverse thoughts and inclusion of many peoples opens individual minds, helping us all to more deeply understand what we probably already know, which is that the world is much bigger than what we personally see and experience. With that in mind,… Read More Holy Week: Anime and Disability
Based on the first episode, Shachibato is a generic fantasy adventure story about an utterly bland main cast. In this setting, the world’s infrastructure is sustained through crystals, which are collected by clearing dungeons, which are reached by going through magic gates. Protagonist Minato’s dad was president of a small adventuring company, but recently ran… Read More First Impression: Shachibato! President, It’s Time for Battle!
Summer in Odaiba—a time for traveling, summer camps, and…a massive cyber attack? Taichi Kamiya and his new friend, Koushiro Izumi, are thrust into a network security assault that throws Tokyo into chaos. As Taichi attempts to help his mother and sister, who have boarded an out-of-control train, he and Koushiro not only discover the reason… Read More First Impression: Digimon Adventure: (2020)
Minare Koda is barely holding down her job as a waitress, and her personal life is in disarray following her most recent breakup. But something serendipitous is about to happen. A recording of Minare complaining about her ex-boyfriend is played over radio, and her unfiltered grumbling is a hit! But us there more to her… Read More First Impression: Wave, Listen to Me!
Sometimes dinosaurs can be a premise for hilarity, as in this magnificent Calvin and Hobbes strip. Sometimes absurdity can also be a premise for hilarity, as in the literary classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This is not one of those times. Gal & Dino centers on a so-called dinosaur. The titular gal is Kaede, who,… Read More First Impression: Gal & Dino