Madoka Side Story Magia Record, Episode 7: A House Divided

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

Violet Evergarden I: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll (Review)

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)

BtT Light Novel Club Extra Chapter: Infinite Dendrogram Anime Adaptation Thoughts

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

Madoka Side Story Magia Record Episode 6: So Lucky, So What?

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?