Wonder Egg Priority is a beautiful, uncomfortable, moving and confusing series that starts out engaging all the things we don’t talk about—self-harm, abuse, rape, bullying, gender dysphoria, and homosexuality, to name a few. Our silence and blindness to these issues have a weight and pressure to them, and WEP shows how this reinforces the isolation… Read More Wonder Egg Priority, Episode 11: “The Temptation of Death”?
Love is always Like looking through clear water Go to accept it And it leaves Just like you Love is always In a sunshine-filled place Even if I can’t see you Can’t touch you It’s like you’re by my side -“Letter” (Violet Evergarden Special end song) by TRUE Anime has become harder to watch for… Read More Violet Evergarden Special: What God Is Known For
In This Corner of the World, one of the most critically acclaimed anime films of recent years, went relatively under the radar. Following the life of the joyful and ditzy Suzu, the film mixes whimsical elements with gut-wrenching realism, taking place in the years leading up to and through WWII, reaching a climax with the… Read More TangleCast 66: The Meaning of Life in This Corner of the World
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
I perceived a fascinating juxtaposition in the new arc of Boogiepop and Others. Boogiepop refers to herself as a shinigami or the Reaper, aka Death, but what are we to make of the Imaginator? The Imaginator is obviously the villain, but I wondered why a villain should be referred to as “he who imagines”? While pondering… Read More Death vs. the Devil in Boogiepop and Others
I won’t share it here, but recently a friend messaged me a photograph of a family I know only by name, only by what they were struggling through. The photo depicts a tired man looking toward the left-bottom. In his arm he’s holding one of his sons, whose back is turned to us. Two others… Read More Journeys on Which We’re Taken by the Dead
As you may have noticed from our recent Narcissu giveaway, Narcissu Zero is the newest release of the Narcissu series. This time, while the story returns to the 7th floor, it instead takes us back to the very origins of the 7th floor. It is a fairly simple story and one that was more romantic… Read More Narcissu Zero: Proof of Existence
A few weeks ago my Grandfather passed away. It was hard for me for a variety of reasons. It was the last Grandparent my wife and I had between us. It was challenging for my children, especially my 7 year old son. He had an actual relationship with his GG (what he called my Grandfather).… Read More Newman’s Nook: Death and Acceptance
We are all going to die. Eventually. That’s a simple fact of life – death and taxes are coming for you. Nothing reminds us of our mortality more clearly than the popular (over 6 million downloads and counting) Japanese mobile game Survive! Mola mola (Apple, Android). If you haven’t played it before, Survive! Mola mola! is… Read More Newman’s Nook: Death is Imminent, Don’t Fear It
The best anime—really, the best stories in any medium—capture a little bit of what it means to be human. The characters wrestle with themes like freedom, death, family, love, and corruption, whether in dialogue or action, and the audience relates, because we’re trying to figure out how and why these themes play out in our… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: What is Freedom?