Just in time for St. Valentine this year, I’ve been rewatching Toradora with my teen siblings and have found that my appreciation of it has only grown. I like its summer night skies and its dark winter, its bittersweet songs, the red or golden evenings at the school or near the river. The brilliant, casual… Read More The Code of Kushieda
Just as the new year began, there was a lot of buzz among our staff writers about Smile Down the Runway, a new series adapted from a shounen manga set in the world of fashion and modeling. Portraying the challenges of aspiring fashion designer Ikuto and too-short model Chiyuki as they reach for their dreams,… Read More Macy Anne Johnson Smiles Down the Runway
Halfway through, one thing that Magia Record is doing right is that it continues to deepen the mystery. We’re still drilling in instead of making our way out. Episode seven, for instance, isn’t particularly concerned with Iroha and her sister—instead, we’re asking more questions about what’s going on in Kamihama City, and are made to… Read More Madoka Side Story Magia Record, Episode 7: A House Divided
Throughout 2020 we’ll be looking back at blog posts from the past we celebrate our 10th year. Ten years…that means ten Christmases, ten Pocky Days, ten birthdays for me (yikes), and 10 Valentine’s Days. That’s not a happy thing for some people (sorry). For others, it can a unique way to look back at our… Read More Throwback Thursday: Valentines Past
As the train on which she rides approaches its destination, Violet Evergarden sees a palatial school atop a lush hill, surrounded by a picturesque village. But the next shot quickly establishes dissonance between that beauty and the life experienced within, as a young lady with messy auburn hair coughs asthmatically into a gloomy room only… Read More Violet Evergarden I: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll (Review)
Anime adaptations of an established work, whether light novel, manga, visual novel, video game, or whatever else, are a tricky business. The medium of anime is almost always vastly different from what they are adapting from, and what works well in the original medium might translate poorly to animation. The job is only made harder… Read More BtT Light Novel Club Extra Chapter: Infinite Dendrogram Anime Adaptation Thoughts
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so what better time to talk about love? Our podcast team takes a look at one of the most popular romcom anime of recent years, Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, and especially at the communications problem at the center of the series. Join David and Holly as they share their… Read More TangleCast 71: Nozaki-kun and Communicating Love
Well…that was a disappointment. I’ve spoken thus far of my admiration for Magia Record, even though it’s started to settle into the formulaic. Episode six solidified the structure: Introduce new magical girls (one of whom has a problem), investigate a rumor, and fight against the rumor while also solving the magical girl issue and moving… Read More Madoka Side Story Magia Record Episode 6: So Lucky, So What?
Gods tend to come off badly in fiction. Really, really badly. No, wait, “badly” isn’t strong enough. Worsely? Worstly? Anyway… There are stories with evil gods. There are stories with insane gods. There are stories where the gods are actually unfathomable horrors misidentified as deities. Going back to ancient mythology, many fictional gods are deeply… Read More Finding God in a Light Novel!?
20/20 in 2020 Article: Our blog’s theme for this year is “20/20 in 2020: Setting Our Vision on Christ.” Throughout the year, we’ll post articles which relate to this theme, which encourages you, our readers, to turn away from the world and toward the Holy One. Enjoy the post below, which is part of our… Read More The Bartender of Eden’s Hall