Gasaraki: the Collective, Conscience, and Freedom

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… Continue reading Gasaraki: the Collective, Conscience, and Freedom

12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 12: The iDOLM@STER’s Family Gathering

Last year during this season I talked about the Christmas episode from The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls, so it is only fitting that this year I would talk about the Christmas episode, Episode 22, from the “original” The iDOLM@STER anime. (And no, I do not mean Xenoglossia; the one from 2011.) Our 13 girls of 765… Continue reading 12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 12: The iDOLM@STER’s Family Gathering

12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 1: Tokyo Godfathers

I watched Tokyo Godfathers for the first time recently, and, in addition to inspiring the ink drawing above, the thing brought me to the point of tears. The third movie directed by the late Satoshi Kon, it tells the story of three homeless people who find an abandoned baby girl on Christmas Eve and embark… Continue reading 12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 1: Tokyo Godfathers

When Community Fails: Tomoya and the Failure of Clann

The beauty of Clannad is in how it shows love expressed through family of all different kinds - that kind of love has the power to heal, to restore, to give life, even in the midst of extraordinary difficulties, even when life itself isn't fair. There's a sincerity to the series that's lacking in most… Continue reading When Community Fails: Tomoya and the Failure of Clann

Mamoru Hosoda and God’s Unconventional Family

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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

Newman’s Nook: Who is Your Family?

What is family? It's a weird question to ask, but it's one that Nyanbo! unintentionally answers throughout the series. The Nyanbo are a group of box-shaped anthropomorphic cats. The series takes a lot of interesting turns in its short-form silliness, but throughout the series we find the Nyanbo constantly coming back together to unite as… Continue reading Newman’s Nook: Who is Your Family?

Annalyn’s Corner: Rakugo Shinjuu and Life-Giving Love

Beneath the Tangles | Rakugo Shinjuu and Life-Giving Love

"No matter how I try to wipe it away, your love continues to cling to me." —Eight Generation Yakumo, Descending Stories: Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu episode 8 Yakumo, formerly known as Kikuhiko, formerly known as Bon, has never been the most cheerful of men. He has a lifelong habit of pushing people away, only letting them… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Rakugo Shinjuu and Life-Giving Love

12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 4: A Gintama Christmas

Some of you know that I am a big fan of Gintama.  No show surpasses Gintama in variety: the plots cover all kinds of genres and moods, the animation stretches across the spectrum of awesome to mediocre, and the humor ranges from wordplay to toilet humor.  All episodes of Gintama are not created equal.  Yet,… Continue reading 12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 4: A Gintama Christmas

The Secret Stars of Anime: The Church of Castle Town Dandelion

In some cases, this involves doing what you only think you cannot do...

Hello everyone! One of my favorite things to do as an anime blogger is to bring to light some less popular shows and talk about their good qualities, perhaps even encouraging others to check out some new shows. Hence, in this new column of mine, I will be looking at some of the themes and things we… Continue reading The Secret Stars of Anime: The Church of Castle Town Dandelion

Annalyn’s Corner: Working!!! and Communicating Across Personalities

So, we finally found out why Yamada Aoi ran away from home. I wondered how they'd weave serious backstory into this lighthearted show, but they actually did it pretty well. Spoilers ahead, in case you didn't guess. Basically, Aoi's mother isn't good at talking. She overthinks everything, and when she finally opens her mouth, very few… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Working!!! and Communicating Across Personalities