First Impression: Yuki Yuna is a Hero: the Great Mankai Chapter

Fuu on drums, Itsuki on keys, Karin “Nibosshi” on bass, Togo “Wasshi” on…biwa? And Sonoko thrashing on a Les Paul, roaring out “Udon! Udon! Udon! Udon! Rawwwwrrrr! Tasty!” With Yuuna as awkward background performer. The Hero Club Rock Band Yuyuyu is born! (Think K-On meets Aggretsuko.) But wait, after some karaoke and a feast, we… Read More First Impression: Yuki Yuna is a Hero: the Great Mankai Chapter

Does God Speak Through Anime? Or, What Madoka Taught Me About God & the Trees

On 22 April 2011, Kaname Madoka used the most powerful of wishes to save all magical girls. About eight years later, I watched her do it, and it taught me something about the savior of the real world and his plan for humanity.  I am of course talking about Puella Magi Madoka Magica, which celebrates… Read More Does God Speak Through Anime? Or, What Madoka Taught Me About God & the Trees

Madoka Side Story Magia Record, Episode 02: Broken Friendships, Crumbs for Clues

Anime series come and go—even popular and impactful ones don’t often stand the test of time. However, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, a series that so intensely captured popular and critical imagination almost a decade ago, some of that based on a surprise twist (and thus would seem to be among series that have been dismissed… Read More Madoka Side Story Magia Record, Episode 02: Broken Friendships, Crumbs for Clues