(Spoilers for Astra: Lost in Space! You have been warned!) As a long-time fan of the Astra manga, I’ve enjoyed watching the reactions of viewers who are unfamiliar with the story. Early on this season, a number of viewers expressed confusion over whether Luca was male or female. Context seemed to settle question in favor… Read More The Gospel According to Luca
In lieu of working through my current backlog of anime, I’ve instead been streaming through Ace of Diamond with my family. I’m a fan of sports anime, and enjoy baseball in real life (blame Ken Burns’ Baseball and a man crush on Bob Costas), so it’s a wonder I never watched this series until now.… Read More Pitching and Working Out of a Dead End
I was not a particularly active youth, but I think I must have seemed like a mountain child compared to kids of this generation. I spent time outdoors most every day, and all morning and afternoon long during summertime. I walked trails cut in the desert near my home, searching for rattlesnakes and horny toads.… Read More When Shinkai and Fan Art Remind You That “Gee, Nature is Pretty Gorgeous!”
Trains play a heavy role Pokémon Detective Pikachu—they come and go in key points in the narrative. Sometimes Tim Goodman, the young man at the center of the film, boards a train; other times, he chooses not to. His decisions not only lead to physical closeness or distance from his father, Harry Goodman (recently missing… Read More Pokémon Detective Pikachu and Getting off (or on) the Train
Harem romances are fairly common in anime and light novels. That is, many of these stories feature a male protagonist with several female love interests (only two love interests is merely a love triangle, not a harem). A harem story may or may not involve the guy marrying all the girls. I’m not a huge… Read More On Harem Romances
The tragic attack on Kyoto Animation was a shock to us all. I felt devastated as I read the reports, but turned a bit toward hope when I came upon the fundraiser. The people who created many of my favorite anime, such as Violet Evergarden and Tamako Market, were now reeling from the loss of… Read More Angel Beats and Accepting Death
Hachiman Hikigaya is many things: a smart-mouth, kind soul, teen philosopher, and of course, loner of epic proportions. He’s one of anime’s great modern characters and perhaps the best reason to read the early volumes of My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong as I Expected. With volume one serving as the current selection for our… Read More Light Novel Kindling: Happy Birthday to our Hero-gaya
I’m in the middle of watching Mawaru Penguindrum, which is shaping up to be my kind of show—fantastically weird, formalist and borderline nonsensical. It centers on three orphaned siblings: Kanba, Shoma and Himari. Himari is, unfortunately, suffering from some some sort of unspecified terminal illness, which takes her life during an outing to an aquarium.… Read More Penguindrum: Destiny, or…?
How do you begin a story? If you’re developing a saga, one that reaches over many years and across cultures and nations, that’s a tale that might be big enough to begin with a type of event that could kill a lesser one: the death of your main character. Of course, he’s not really your… Read More When a True Warrior Dies: Lead Character Deaths in Vinland Saga and Game of Thrones
I recently received permission to post artwork from Siya_Ho, who focuses on Attack on Titan among many other series. I posted one of her pieces on our Instagram account, where it received a ton of attention, so I thought I’d bring this fun post here as well! Which character from Attack on Titan are you,… Read More Which Attack on Titan Character Matches Your Height?