Anime Today: Young Black Jack’s Cognitive Dissonance

Many people today like to refer to the famed Studio Ghibli director, Hayao Miyazaki, as the proverbial "Disney of Japan," but this analogy doesn't seem to stand for very long upon analysis. While Miyazaki has surely gained enormous fame domestically, and even worldwide, his approach to animation and impact upon the industry both differs greatly… Continue reading Anime Today: Young Black Jack’s Cognitive Dissonance

Anime Today: Discipling and Parenting, Saitama-Style

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One of the (many) funny aspects of One Punch Man is the relationship between Saitama and Genos. With very different (and equally clueless) personalities, the two are quite a match. Genos adopts Saitama as his mentor early in the series, but despite their closeness, the two never seem to be on the same wavelength. In… Continue reading Anime Today: Discipling and Parenting, Saitama-Style

Anime Today: Beautiful Bones and Beautiful Death

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I'm totally digging Beautiful Bones. It seemed silly at first, like, "Let's get a pretty girl, give her a young boyfriend-type, and make her singularly obsessed with bones. I smell a hit!" But the show quickly hooked me. I enjoyed the character interactions, the animation has some key, sweeping moments, and the show's just been… Continue reading Anime Today: Beautiful Bones and Beautiful Death

Anime Today: Worshiping Bishamon

I'll be covering Anime Today as our normal columnist, Japes, takes a break to deal with, you know, real life. I was not a fan of season one of Noragami. The anime-only ending really killed it for me - it felt so patchwork and underwhelming and, well, "anime only" that it left me with bitter… Continue reading Anime Today: Worshiping Bishamon

Anime Today: In the Minority

Fellow Beneath the Tangles writer, Kaze, and I share many things in common, but one always immediately comes to mind: We are both hopelessly critical of what we consume. I think nothing illustrates this more clearly recently than the general reception of Charlotte. I think I can say with relative certainty, albeit having not consulted… Continue reading Anime Today: In the Minority

Anime Today: When People Unexpectedly Enrich Your Life

Confession time: I am kind of an obsessive maniac. Moderation is not a word in my dictionary, or at least not one I make use of very often. Because of this, when I was younger I spent far too much time playing video games in marathon sessions or reading novels late into the night. On the… Continue reading Anime Today: When People Unexpectedly Enrich Your Life

Anime Today: Childlike Innocence

If there's one complaint that has arisen more than any other regarding Ore Monogatari, even from our own writers, it's that the show's characters are undeniably one-dimensional. As much as I enjoy and look forward to watching a new episode each and every week, not even I can deny the predictable nature of each personality.… Continue reading Anime Today: Childlike Innocence

Anime Today: Why You Should Be Watching What I’m Watching (And Why I’m Always Right)

The moment you've been waiting for has finally arrived: Japes has returned from Japan! Please, don't make too much of a fuss. Put the confetti away, save the cake for another time, the fireworks were a nice thought, but I'm sure there's a better time to break them out... Nah, who am I kidding. It's party… Continue reading Anime Today: Why You Should Be Watching What I’m Watching (And Why I’m Always Right)

Anime Today: Different Goals for Cinderella Girls

After a season-long break, The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls is back, and I for one could not be happier. As my numerous posts about this show earlier this year might indicate, I am a big fan of this show, as well as the original iM@S anime. The second half of Cinderella Girls continues right where the… Continue reading Anime Today: Different Goals for Cinderella Girls

Anime Today: No Dandelions in God’s Castle Town

This season, the new show that surprised me with how much I liked it is Joukamichi no Dandelion, a.k.a. Castle Town Dandelion. The premise sounds like some kind of faux-reality-TV show: nine siblings of a royal family with superpowers mingle with commoners in a normal suburb, but they have their lives monitored by cameras as… Continue reading Anime Today: No Dandelions in God’s Castle Town