Anime March Madness 2018, Round 2 (Sweet Sixteen)

Thank you to all who have voted in our first round of Anime March Madness. Based on a compilation of our votes here on the website as well as those on our Instagram and Facebook pages, our bracket has adjusted to the following: Closest match of Round 1? Sword Art Online vs Your Lie in… Continue reading Anime March Madness 2018, Round 2 (Sweet Sixteen)

Fall Anime 2016 Review (Part 3/3)

JoJo no Kimyou Na Bouken: Diamond wa Kudakenai JoJo's Bizarre Adventures: Diamond is Unbreakable Kaze - 8/10 And so part 4 of Jojo's Bizarre Adventures comes to an end. As always, it was a fun ride and an excellent adaptation by David Production. In some ways, part 4 is the most interesting part so far in the… Continue reading Fall Anime 2016 Review (Part 3/3)

Sports Anime – Your Move

Haikyuu! Karasuno Group Shot

Thanks to Annalyn convincing me to watch Haikyuu!! back in around January, I ended up binging the entire season and a half that had aired and eagerly anticipated the upcoming episodes of season 2 (and later, waiting desperately for Fall to come so I could watch season 3). I was shocked, as sports anime had… Continue reading Sports Anime – Your Move

Annalyn’s Corner: Sports Anime and Joining the Team

Beneath the Tangles | Joining the Team

Last month, I started thinking about all the reasons anime characters get into sports—or any type of hobby or commitment, whether a school club, a job, or something as life-changing as religion. I'm the type who's reluctant to make changes or try something new until I've thoroughly researched it and am fairly certain I won't… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Sports Anime and Joining the Team

Winter Anime 2016 Review (Part 2/3)

Here's part 2 of our winter anime 2016 review! Schwarzesmarken Schwarzesmarken Kaze - 5/10 Schwarzesmarken (fun fact: a purposely misspelled German word) is a side story to Muv Luv Alternative (MLA), a widely praised visual novel. Unfortunately, this creates a kind of inherent problem in that enjoyment depends on knowledge of the original story. While certainly… Continue reading Winter Anime 2016 Review (Part 2/3)

Annalyn’s Corner: Haikyuu!!, Grace, and Boldness

In sports anime, characters have to learn that their failures don't define them—or their place on the team. Once they learn they are unconditionally accepted, valued, and forgiven, they're able to play without any more pressure than necessary. I've noticed this often on Haikyuu!!, but the most recent episode struck me in a slightly different way. For Ennoshita,… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Haikyuu!!, Grace, and Boldness

Annalyn’s Corner: Valuing Strength that Lasts

I love how sports anime portray different strengths and weaknesses. In Haikyuu!!, for example, Hinata Shouyou enters high school volleyball majorly lacking in two areas: height and experience. People consistently underestimate him because of this, and no one would blame Hinata if he gave up—at the very least, they'd expect him to envy his taller peers. Instead,… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Valuing Strength that Lasts

Fall Anime 2015 Review (Part 1/2)

While the new year has already begun, let's take some time to look back at this past season. Our review this season is shorter than usual, as many of us were quite busy towards the end of the year, but we hope you still enjoy what we have to offer. Haikyuu!! Second Season Haikyuu!! Annalyn - 8/10… Continue reading Fall Anime 2015 Review (Part 1/2)

Annalyn’s Corner: Seeking Advice from Peers and Rivals

This week, Hinata and the other first-year volleyball players in Haikyuu!! 2 impressed me with how they seek and accept the advice of more experienced athletes. This isn't a new thing; they've been getting help from peers and coaches pretty much since day one, and over the past several episodes especially. But this time, it's drawing a… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Seeking Advice from Peers and Rivals

Annalyn’s Corner: When Fear Stunts Growth

"Is the baby crow about to evolve? And will that be a blessing or a curse for their team? Though in the end, those who do not wish to change will not evolve. If that is what you wish for… you need to greedily proclaim that you are the best.” —Nekomata Yasufumi, Nekoma's coach Episode 5… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: When Fear Stunts Growth