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…?
What I’ve noticed about so many anime fans is that they don’t have just a desire to consume, but also to create. Innovation runs through otaku veins, but without the proper skills, they’re left at a dead end, frustrated at the desire to create something of significance, but without the skillset to get there. I’m… Read More Sign Up for the “Novel Structure According to Harry Potter” Course with a Special Discount!
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?
Do you ever receive recommendations for anime or manga? When I do, I often answer with the generic response, “I’ll add it to my watchlist.” Oh, the watchlist. What should be a wonderful group of entertainment choices instead becomes a terror, an ever-growing burden. At least that’s how I see it. Like the National Debt,… Read More Letting Go of My Watch List (And Letting Go in Life)
It is indeed an odd relic of history that September, October, November, and December are our ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth months rather than our seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth months respectively. So with Octogust just around the corner, we should all probably consider making the most of our time as the school year approaches… Read More Ask Sensei: Octogust edition
Steam had its summer sale not long ago, and I picked up a few visual novels to try. Each is available for both Mac and PC. Magical Diary: Horse Hall Magical Diary: Horse Hall is a very “meh” sort of visual novel. Bland backgrounds, forgettable music, and somewhat ugly character sprites do nothing to salvage… Read More A Trio of Visual Novel Reviews
As the long toward rehabilitation, healing, and justice begins, we want to continue to keep the victims of the KyoAni fire in our thoughts, prayers, and action. A couple of financial outlets towards helping the victims have been made available, and we encourage you to check those out. But we also want to partner with… Read More Folding Cranes for KyoAni