Gasaraki is one of the classic mecha anime. “If it’s a classic,” you ask, “why have I never heard of it before?” Despite the great animation (at least, to a connoisseur of 90’s anime like myself), many layers of intrigue, a unique plot, and great mecha battles, the dialog can be very abstruse–so abstruse that… Read More Gasaraki: the Collective, Conscience, and Freedom
Every culture is unique, and all people are different. Each one of us has our own voice, our own thoughts. Some things, however, are common across all cultures, all eras, all countries. One of these is our endless, unrelenting creativity. Princess Arete is not famous for being a thrilling or well-paced movie, but the story… Read More Princess Arete and the Magic of Creativity
While watching episode one of Gamers! one of the first things I thought was, “This feels like Genshiken: High School.” It’s a kinder, softer version of that anime about a club where otaku can share just how otaku they are. On a more specific level, Keita reminds me a bit of Kanji; both are cautious,… Read More Gamers, Genshiken, and a Group Where You Belong
Reiner is so very confused. At one point in episode 34, after joining with his partner, Bertholdt, to kidnap Ymir and Eren, he complains about how he needs a break and promotion from the military. The problem is that Reiner isn’t a soldier; he’s the enemy, but he’s lived as a soldier for so long… Read More Attack on Titan, Episode 34: Who is the Enemy?
I absolutely understand the need for teamwork. As any shrewd person, I pronounce myself a “team player” on resumes and at job interviews. But while I can exist within a team, I thrive on my own. Well…at the very least, I enjoy being on my own much more than than being part of a group… Read More Whale Hunt: Navigating Through Challenges in The Boy and the Beast and Re: Zero
Attack on Titan has been moving at a breakneck pace this season – it’s been quite a thrill ride. And it’s been much better than I thought it was going to be (though perhaps, as I mentioned on Tumblr, this is because I’ve kind of forgot how the story unfolded in the manga). This… Read More Attack on Titan, Episode 33: The Danger of Community
With my new StarStruck column, I can sometimes talk about Japan-based media outside of anime. So today, I will be talking about a character from Fire Emblem: Awakening. One of my favorite games of all time, Awakening is the 13th game in the Fire Emblem series and the game that brought the franchise out of obscurity and made it into one… Read More StarStruck: Fire Emblem Awakening – A Priest, a Scientist, and a Church