Mamoru Hosoda and God’s Unconventional Family

Never turn your back on family, even when they hurt you. Sakae's final words in Summer Wars reminds the Jinnouchi clan of the importance of family. It's a significant message, both in how most of us can connect to that idea and its complexity. The quote above, and the longer message it accompanies, instructs her… Continue reading Mamoru Hosoda and God’s Unconventional Family

Action Heroine Cheer Fruits Episodes 1-3: A Determined, But Narrow Outlook

What if magical girls were real, not in the sense of actually being magical, but as an elaborate marketing strategy?Action Heroine Cheer Fruits takes place in a world where this has not only happened, but became a trend so popular that most districts already have their own local heroine. An exception is Hinano, a city… Continue reading Action Heroine Cheer Fruits Episodes 1-3: A Determined, But Narrow Outlook

First Impression: Dive!!

My first impression of the new anime about a boys' diving team came before even one second of the actual anime had elapsed, when I saw the noitaminA credits sequence roll by. My thoughts immediately turned to the same company's ill-fated baseball anime Battery, which last year I found to be a directionless hodgepodge of potentially… Continue reading First Impression: Dive!!

Is Griffith More Like Benson’s or Lewis’ Antichrist?

While watching Berserk, it struck me that Griffith is essentially a type of Antichrist. Griffith deceives the nations with his power and glamour, has an army of demons at his beck and call, and has gained his power from hell. What could be more like the Antichrist? Yet, this sort of Antichrist is more like… Continue reading Is Griffith More Like Benson’s or Lewis’ Antichrist?

Winter Anime 2017 Review (Part 2/3)

Youjo Senki Saga of Tanya the Evil Kaze - 7/10 Youjo Senki was a very different kind of anime than we normally get, and in this case, that was a good thing. Although it still has some of the familiar tropes like starting life in a new world (although in this case, literally starting life back from… Continue reading Winter Anime 2017 Review (Part 2/3)

Winter Anime 2017 Review (Part 1/3)

Demi-chan wa Kataritai Interviews with Monster Girls stardf29 - 8/10 One of my favorite shows this season, Demi-chan took the ever-popular subject of monster girls and approached it with plenty of heart. On a surface level, the show explores some of the interesting specifics on how the demis’ monster-like traits work, why they came about, and other details… Continue reading Winter Anime 2017 Review (Part 1/3)

ACCA: Hope Despite Uncertainty

Only one episode remains in ACCA. The story has come so far, and although some of the recent episodes have been weaker, there’s still a lot of potential for a satisfying conclusion. There is still one more episode to go, and if feels like we know so little. The ending looms uncertainly, but Jean has… Continue reading ACCA: Hope Despite Uncertainty

ACCA: The Cost of Trust

Despite what people believe about happy endings, whether they think they’re the paragon of a good series or trite and boring, they can be done well. They have come to be what we expect in all stories, even if they are poorly written. As we now arrive at the point leading to ACCA’s conclusion, it… Continue reading ACCA: The Cost of Trust

ACCA: Truth Never Hides Forever

We live in a complicated world where truth is often uncomfortable and so everyone is always trying to hide it. But such efforts are often only temporary, and sooner or later the truth is going to come to light. I am so glad that we’ve finally come to the point in ACCA where the truth… Continue reading ACCA: Truth Never Hides Forever

ACCA: A Person Caught Up In Things

One of the strongest feelings I get while watching ACCA is that none of this can last. The characters are living relatively peacefully for now, but eventually the sinister plots will come to light and everything will turn sideways. None of that has happened yet, though, and even though we don’t know the true extent… Continue reading ACCA: A Person Caught Up In Things