Back from a well-deserved summer break, Peter, David, and Holly return with a focus on the one series that all three are currently watching—Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba! As they jump into the anime, one particular theme arises: the character development of the series protagonist, Tanjirou Kamado. Is he admirable? Or is he unrealistic in… Read More TangleCast 62: Too-Perfect Tanjirou
The most popular professional sport in Japan is baseball, so it’s little wonder that anime about baseball has produced some of the classics of the medium, and that of all sports anime, baseball is king. We’ve touched on past classics like Cross Game, Oofuri, and, well, Touch—but this anime season features well-regarded baseball anime, too,… Read More Can’t Get Enough Baseball Anime? Here Are Six Ways to Feed Your Addiction
Some of my loved ones and friends don’t use social media at all. They have no FOMO nor a desire to post the minutia of their everyday lives, and rarely feel the need to see how their connections are doing. I sometimes envy them. Facebook and Instagram are wonderful ways of keeping up with people,… Read More Only Yesterday (And onto Tomorrow)
Content Warning—This article briefly discusses sexual assault as presented in both Boys Over Flowers and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I love a good redemption story. From the rise and fall of Anakin Skywalker to the conversion of Saul, stories about redemption strike a nerve. These tales remind us that our humanity remains beneath our own… Read More Newman’s Nook: Redeeming Evil Flowers
I’ve been watching anime now for almost 35 years. Crazy, huh? But that’s not to say that I’ve been an otaku for that long—just as with many of you, my original viewing of the medium was as a youngster and without realizing the origin of what I was watching. It wasn’t until years later that… Read More What Anime Are Most Significant for Your Otaku Journey?
What I’ve noticed about so many anime fans is that they don’t have just a desire to consume, but also to create. Innovation runs through otaku veins, but without the proper skills, they’re left at a dead end, frustrated at the desire to create something of significance, but without the skillset to get there. I’m… Read More Sign Up for the “Novel Structure According to Harry Potter” Course with a Special Discount!
How do you begin a story? If you’re developing a saga, one that reaches over many years and across cultures and nations, that’s a tale that might be big enough to begin with a type of event that could kill a lesser one: the death of your main character. Of course, he’s not really your… Read More When a True Warrior Dies: Lead Character Deaths in Vinland Saga and Game of Thrones
Do you ever receive recommendations for anime or manga? When I do, I often answer with the generic response, “I’ll add it to my watchlist.” Oh, the watchlist. What should be a wonderful group of entertainment choices instead becomes a terror, an ever-growing burden. At least that’s how I see it. Like the National Debt,… Read More Letting Go of My Watch List (And Letting Go in Life)
The saga of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure crosses many years and multiple generations of the Joestar family, but the stage of all that follows is set very early on by one of the first characters introduced in the series. George Joestar is the father of the first JoJo, Jonathan. His life and actions have a powerful… Read More Newman’s Nook: The Grace of George Joestar
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is an ongoing anime/manga series that tells the tale of the Joestar family across multiple generations. Their story involves high adventure in the vein of Indiana Jones with the addition of magical artifacts, musical references, and intense posing. As is fitting of the title, multiple characters are each given the nickname JoJo… Read More Newman’s Nook: JoJo’s Bizarre Family Impact