Amid shots of gorgeous scenery, a handful of elementary and middle school-age kids attend the Japanese equivalent of a one-room country schoolhouse. Silliness ensues, periodically interrupted by more landscape shots. The heart of Non Non Biyori is Renge, a precocious and hilarious first-grader. Then there’s Hotaru, a former city girl whose family moved out to… Read More First Impression: Non Non Biyori, Season 3
…no, not in that way. In the Land of Leadale is a light novel published in English by Yen Press. In this story, Keina is a girl who had unfortunately been involved in a bad accident and spent her days on life support in a hospital. Her main solace is being able to play the… Read More Making Children In the Land of Leadale
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!
The demon king has kidnapped the princess! Oh noes! The overly serious hero is working on the problem, but what’s going on with Princess Syalis in the meantime? The food is good, but she’s bored. And restless. Obviously the solution is to brush her teddy bear jailers to collect their fur, as well as borrow… Read More First Impression: Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle
Set in Florence, Italy, early in the sixteenth century, this is the tale of a young noblewoman named Arte trying to become a proper artist and make a living. Her supportive father died recently, and now her mother is calling the shots: we meet her as she sets ablaze a pile of her daughter’s drawings.… Read More First Impression: Arte
As a new year starts, anime fans are certainly looking forward to all the new anime the year will bring. They are also looking over at the past year and making their “best anime of 2016” lists, or putting in their write-in votes for Crunchyroll’s Anime Awards. Something about a new year makes people want… Read More The Secret Stars of Anime: Yuyushiki
The slice-of-life genre will always be one of the more fringe genres for Western anime fans. While the genre is popular enough in Japan for a few works to sell decently or even become a top-seller, in the US most such works only gain the attention of niche audiences, with the mainstream audience wanting something… Read More The Secret Stars of Anime Special: The Spring 2016 Slice-of-Life Season