One of our Twitch streamers, negativeprimes, recently tagged a number of our staffers on a Twitter post that’s making the rounds asking users to name their five favorite non-shonen anime. Non Shonen anime that are excellent: A Place Further Than the UniverseHinamatsuriJuni TaisenInterviews with Monster GirlsGATE Turns out there's quite a few! https://t.co/JLlaIXAyKH — Black… Read More What Are Your Five Favorite Non-Shonen Anime? Here are Ours!
It reached 110 degrees here where I live in Texas last week. In other places of the country, it’s even hotter or feels worse because of the humidity. Man, summer may be a time for fun and sunshine, but it can also just be really, really hot and uncomfortable. What are you doing to stay… Read More How Are You Staying Cool This Summer?
Picking up where season two, Eternal Summer, left off, Free! Dive to the Future takes us from high school to university. Haru has opted to attend a large university with a swim team so he can pursue his swimming goals. There, he reunites with old rivals like Kisumi and a friend from his early swimming… Read More First Impressions: Free! – Dive to the Future
Last fall, I wrote a paper on how I think about literature—including anime. I’ve wanted to adapt and share pieces of it with you, but eleven pages of academic writing don’t translate well to blog posts. I read over it again this past week, intending to write about the role our worldviews and religions have in our personal… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Being a Humble Viewer
Every year, I revisit the lyrics for “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music and revise them to fit the anime I’ve watched and manga I’ve read over the previous years. I do this just because I like it. Maybe you’ll like it, too, and do what I do – sing the words below… Read More My Favorite (Anime) Things, 2014
It looks as if sports anime are in a revival these days. Yowamushi Pedal, Free, Haikyuu!, Baby Steps, and Ping Pong are among very recent (and very well-reviewed) sports series, and though very different in tone from past classics, continue with some of the same addicting elements that draw people to these shows, like the… Read More Top 5 + Guest: Our Favorite Sports Anime
Overabundance of “swimming with animals and with each other” imagery aside, the final episode of Free! Eternal Summer (and of the franchise, I suppose, though wouldn’t a return for the 2020 Olympics in Japan be neat?) was excellent. The reactions from my Tumblr follows was pretty much this: tears, tears, and more tears. Although I… Read More Free Eternal Summer Episode 13: The Whole Story
Because the series almost doubled it’s main cast this season, it’s easy to forget that Free! Eternal Summer has two primary leads – Haruka and Rin. And while Haruka’s angst has been on full display this season, Rin has mostly tended to be in the background, influencing the rest of the cast in significant ways,… Read More Free Eternal Summer, Episode 12: Rin’s Serving Heart
With one episode remaining, Free Eternal Summer has surprised me in how good it’s become. The first season had it’s moments, but it was mostly mediocre, and the same could be said for much of season two. It sometimes felt like a conglomeration of tropes and ideas that, though well put-together, were very artificial. But… Read More Free Eternal Summer, Episode 12: Taking the Plunge
I’m not a terribly big fan of Free! I really don’t remember season one too well, and two has been meh for me as well. But beginning with the last episode, the series has really picked up, and in episode ten, it does something really unexpected – it takes all the build up from this… Read More Free! Eternal Summer Episode 10: And Make Disciples of All Swimmers