Have you ever wondered what it’s like to make an anime? The series SHIROBAKO takes viewers into the world of anime making through the eyes of the animators, production assistants, voice actresses and others who make it happen. In this episode, David, Holly, and Peter look at the characters and scenes from the highly rated… Read More TangleCast 78: Let’s Make an Anime!
An early 90s nostalgia trip, Hi Score Girl is an anime series about hardcore 2-D fighting game enthusiast, Haruo Yaguchi, and the two girls he meets at the arcades. The first is Akira Oono, who is one of the most popular girls in school. Akira gets top marks in all of her classes and will… Read More Newman’s Nook: Haruo’s Passion in Hi-Score Girl
The sports anime drought ended in early July, and your resident sports anime fangirl is back in action! I’m only watching DAYS for now, since it’s the most easily accessible of this season’s sports anime, and I’m pleased to say it’s much better than the last soccer anime to plague my screen. DAYS centers on a… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: DAYS and Living… Foolishly?
Boku dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED) has quickly risen as a favorite, not only among this season’s anime, but among anime all-time. It’s currently at the #1 spot on Anime-Planet (knocking FMAB down a peg) and the #5 spot at MAL. Anime fans in general love it, while the more picky critics… well, I think… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Satoru’s Purposed Revival
I recently stumbled on the anime Charlotte. Intrigued by the fact it’s by the same producers as Clannad and Angel Beats! (both of which I adore), I started watching. As a general, spoiler-free summary, the show follows the story of Yuu Otosaka, a young boy with the special power of taking over people’s minds/bodies for… Read More What the “Incomplete Powers” of “Charlotte” Can Tell Us
Chris Kincaid wrote a really interesting article recently comparing Superman and Goku, grounding it in the idea that the two heroes are fundamentally different – the first represents American, individualism, Christianity, and a perfect idea to strive for, while the latter represents community, Buddhism, fatherhood, and growth. Chris contends that “[Superman] inspires us, but his… Read More Something More: Goku/Superman/Jesus, Riku’s Sinful Nature, and Loving Death Like Sakurako-san
The latest episode of Haikyuu!! 2 surprised me—not because of a plot twist or a character’s outrageous new volleyball skill, but because it focused on Karasuno’s new manager, a first year named Yachi Hitoka, and I actually cared about her. I rarely care much about the managers in sports anime. At best, they’re a pleasant addition to… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: You Don’t Have to be Passionate
I just watched episode sixteen of Ore Monogatari, and I was hit yet again by Takeo’s love for Yamato. It is passionate, spontaneous, and faithful. Everything she does makes his heart exclaim, “I love you!” She says something sweet. “I love you!” She blows on her food longer than anyone else. “I love you!” She presents… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Takeo’s Spontaneous and Faithful Love
Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun won our “pick an anime for me to watch” poll…but Shirobako won my heart. Or something like that. I decided to start watching Shirobako in addition to Nozaki-kun, mostly because of Japes’ post on the series and because of its surprisingly high placement in the Anime Power Rankings. A few episodes in,… Read More Shirobako: Live Out Your Passion
Welcome back, Japes! We’ve all missed you! This month has been painful without you! I’m so happy to see you back in action and cannot wait to read all of your upcoming articles and their brilliance! Aw shucks… thanks, Japes! I’m glad to be back, too! Japan was great and all, but there’s nothing quite… Read More Anime Today: Love is a Fickle Beast, Indeed