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Anime Feminist Recommendations of Fall 2021

In which a late-game contender for anime of the year makes its appearance!

Anime Feminist

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Top Anime of 2021 (and Year in Review)

I was going to open this article with “it’s been a year, huh,” but then looked back and saw that’s exactly how I opened my last Year in Review, which…

Wrong Every Time

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Interview: The Heike Story Music Composer Kensuke Ushio

Composer kensuke ushio, who has collaborated before with director Naoko Yamada on critically-acclaimed films such as A Silent Voice and Liz and the Blue Bird, talks about the…

Anime News Network - Views

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Staff Picks: Our Favorite Anime of 2021

The final entry in our 2021 Staff Picks series ranks not kings, but anime — specifically those that aired in their entirety this year or ended in it. There…

Ani-Gamers

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First Impression: Akebi’s Sailor Uniform

Rice paddies and those that call them home: a songbird, a couple of farmers and a girl who runs for the pure joy of it. She pauses to…

Beneath the Tangles

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Returning to Anime? The Best Anime Series of 2021 That You Missed

Been away from anime for awhile? We understand. You go out and have your life, anime will always be waiting for you when you come back. They always…

Recommend Me Anime

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The Heike Story: A Tale of Forgiveness?

There are many lessons to learn from The Heike Story: the cost of pride, the trauma of war, the insidiousness of bitterness. Every episode conveys these truths with…

Beneath the Tangles

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~SPOILER FREE~ FINAL THOUGHTS: FALL 2021

Huh… We got a pretty good season this time. It’s been a long while since I’ve watched so many shows in a single season, and miraculously I came…

Please, no hate.

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Anime Series Like The Heike Story

The Taira Clan, also known as the Heike, have developed authority in Japan. When a young girl disrespect a representative of the clan, her father pays the price…

Recommend Me Anime

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A Very GLORIO 2021: The Top 10

2021 had a lot of good anime. What shows made the top 10? What made #1? Has our running gag of choosing an ironic header image for this…

The Glorio Blog

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Sakugabooru Animation Awards 2021

Our yearly animation awards have once again gathered animators, directors, producers, writers, translators, fans, and everything in between to pick the greatest contributions to anime and the world…

Sakuga Blog

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BtT’s Top 10 Anime of 2021

They made us laugh; they made us cry. They wowed us with their artistry, inspired us with their soundtracks, and moved us with their depth of emotion. But…

Beneath the Tangles

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A Very GLORIO 2021: Zigg’s State of the Union

Zigg talks about how 2021 saw a resurgence in high quality, creator creator-driven anime, and how that resulted in the strongest slate of shows in quite some time.

The Glorio Blog

Animecast: Fall 2021 Anime Season Review Part 1

With the wrap up of the Fall 2021 Anime Season, the hosts of the Otaku Spirit Animecast are here to give their reviews of 15 amazing titles for…

Otaku Spirit

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A Very GLORIO 2021: Gee’s Year in Review

2021 was an unbelievably strong year with some legitimate generational contenders. I look back on the year and for as much shit as I love to give anime…

The Glorio Blog

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Storytelling in the Midst of History: Reflections on Heike Monogatari

While the initial reception has been relatively subdued, many will no doubt look back on Heike Monogatari both for what it is and for what it represents; a…

Animétudes

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[12 Days of Anime] Day 2: The Heike Story

Let me preface these next two posts by saying that it was ridiculously difficult to order them—both The Heike Story and ODDTAXI took my breath away with their…

Anime B&B

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A Very GLORIO 2021: Iro’s Year of Surprisingly Good Shows

We’ve done this for another year somehow, and Iro’s back to give a brief look at the shows he thinks are worth mentioning. There’s more than usual this…

The Glorio Blog

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Special Review: The Heike Story

Rating: 4.5 (of 5) The Tale of the Heiki is a 12-chapter epic assembled no later than the early 14th century from a collection of oral traditions. It…

USA Anime

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The Five Most Magical Anime of 2021

2021 is pretty much done. What were the 5 most magical, bewitching, fantastical anime of the year? Let’s find out.

The Magic Planet

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Kaiseki Anime Ep. 89 — Tale of the Heike

Come listen to us chat about one of our favorite shows of the year! We’ll be taking a short break after this until early January. 00:00 Intro 01:13…

Draggle's Anime Blog

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Kaiseki Anime Podcast Episode 089 – The Heike Story (Also, Happy Holidays!)

00:00 Intro01:13 The Heike Story23:29 Outro You can find Kaiseki Anime Podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Play. Subscribe to us now! Please also take a moment…

Anime B&B

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Another Look At Heike Monogatari’s Incredible Final Act

Although it was a short affair, Heike Monogatari was able to deliver a phenomenal experience from start to finish.

Full Frontal

Sakuga Espresso – Heike Monogatari

A visual analysis of the climax scene to the ninth episode of Heike Monogatari through the lens of cinematography.

Full Frontal

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Heike Monogatari – Why Do Visual Metaphors Matter? | GITM Podcast Ep. 108

What ties rich historical narratives like Heike Monogatari together? On this episode of Get In The Mecha I complete my trilogy of discussions on Heike Monogatari by taking…

Get In The Mecha

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Heike Monogatari – 11 (END)

Heike Monogatari’s TV finale contained just its second substantial portrayal of armed conflict, following episode 5’s Battle of Uji Bridge. One might think it a bit strange that…

Star Crossed Anime

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The GLORIO Chat Episode 99: Like Finding Bad Whiskey in a Desert

We bid farewell to The Heike Story, welcome back Eighty-Six: 86, and go in hard on the latest developments in Sakugan.

The Glorio Blog

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The Frontline Report [11/29/21]

This week, The Heike Story comes to an end. Plus: please watch Ranking of Kings.

The Magic Planet

Heike Monogatari – 11 (END)

「諸行無常」 (Shogyō Mujō) "The Impermanence of Worldly Things" Like the shrike that impales its prey upon branches, I feel as if this adaptation has impaled my heart upon its sharp…

Random Curiosity

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Heike Monogatari – 11 (End) and Series Review

It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. Read more

Lost in Anime

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Heike Monogatari: Humanity in War

Possible spoilers for an 800 year old story Heike Monogatari (The Tale of the Heike) is a historical epic chronicling the struggle between the Taira/Heike and Minamoto clans…

The Fabulaphile

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Heike Monogatari – 10

Episode 10 of Heike Monogatari felt slightly more measured than last week’s blitz of character deaths, family reunions, and political/military developments, but upon closer inspection, the two installments…

Star Crossed Anime

Heike Monogatari – 10

「壇ノ浦」 (Dan-no-ura) "Dan-no-ura" The sunset of the Taira.

Random Curiosity

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Heike Monogatari Episode 9 – A Visual Masterclass | GITM Podcast Ep. 107

I couldn’t stop thinking about the anime Heike Monogatari so I decided to make another episode on it – this time, I’m focusing on Episode 9, storyboarded and…

Get In The Mecha

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Heike Monogatari Episode 9 – A Visual Masterclass | GITM Podcast Ep. 107

I couldn’t stop thinking about the anime Heike Monogatari so I decided to make another episode on it – this time, I’m focusing on Episode 9, storyboarded and…

Get In The Mecha

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Heike Monogatari – 10

The tragedy of the Taira really comes through here, carried on the source material's wings of glory. Read more

Lost in Anime

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Heike Monogatari – 09

The year is 1184. Having fled Fukuhara to escape Genji troops, the Heike are forced to undergo several further relocations in order to avoid their pursuers. In the…

Star Crossed Anime

Heike Monogatari – 09

「平家流るる」 (Heike Nagaruru) "Heike Flowing" The real carnage here is the butchery the script-writers do to the characterization and epic action of the original story.

Random Curiosity

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Heike Monogatari – 09

Watching this has literally become a physically painful experience for me. Read more

Lost in Anime

Heike Monogatari – 08

「 都落ち」 (Miyako Ochi) "Leaving the Capital" The Taira scrape a final spoonful out of their now almost finished bowl of victories

Random Curiosity

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2021 Fall Three Episode Check-In

This is a Fall of firsts--including the tentative death of Netflix jail (kinda). Join us as we check in on some hotly anticipated adaptations.

Anime Feminist

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Heike Monogatari – 08

Biwa’s role in Heike Monogatari is a strange thing. Despite having been introduced as our main character, she’s operated mostly as an observer since the third episode, and…

Star Crossed Anime

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Heike Monogatari – 08

If one was going to punt on preserving the moral ambiguity of the original, it's much easier to make the Minamoto non-people than the Taira. Read more

Lost in Anime

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Animecast: Fall 2021 Anime Season First Impressions

After getting fully invested in the Fall 2021 Anime Season, the hosts of the Otaku Spirit Animecast are here to dive into 39 titles of the season. Listen…

Otaku Spirit

Animecast: Fall 2021 Anime Season First Impressions

After getting fully invested in the Fall 2021 Anime Season, the hosts of the Otaku Spirit Animecast are here to dive into 39 titles of the season. Listen…

Otaku Spirit

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Seasonal Sampler Fall 2021: Ranking of Kings, The Heike Story, Sakugan, & More

Evan and Ink recap they shows they watched from the summer season — Sonny Boy, Kageki Shoujo!!, The Duke of Death and His Maid, and Yamishibai. Then it’s time…

Ani-Gamers

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Fall 2021 Anime Overview

The Fall 2021 anime season is frontloaded with a few truly exceptional creative efforts, then chockful of titles with interesting teams having to brawl with this industry’s circumstances.…

Sakuga Blog

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The Frontline Report [10/31/21]

This week; things get komplicated in Komi Can’t Communicate. Plus: does Rumble Garanndoll know what it’s doing?

The Magic Planet

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Heike Monogatari – 07

The year is 1181. Not long after achieving political dominance in western Japan, the Taira clan’s power has already begun to fade. Their move to Fukuhara is short-lived,…

Star Crossed Anime