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Manga Roundup No. 1: Spooky Season Edition

I think a lot of the reason why manga discussion lives in the shadow of anime discourse is the insularity of the manga community’s tastes. I could go…

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The soundscape of Berserk (1997)

Berserk has had a rough history in being adapted to anime. I don’t think that sentence will rustle too many jimmies; it’s about as milquetoast and cliché a…

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Adequately explaining the greatness of Ojamajo Doremi

Toei Animation’s Pretty Cure series is often touted as “Super Sentai meets magical girls,” and while I don’t have a real problem with that designation (especially for the…

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Seething about a terrible Evangelion take for fun

You ever see something and think, “Holy fuck, I don’t want to share an atmosphere with the person who said this?” Yeah, I do often, because I’m equal…

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Let’s cope with 3.0+1.01 (Spoilers, obviously)

I wrote this in less than an hour while the experience was still fresh in my head so please excuse it if I sound like a dumbass.

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Explaining myself through an infographic of my favorite characters (Pt. 1)

This is part one of my one-year anniversary special. You all know I love my infographics, I love clarifying myself, and I love character-based writing more than anything…

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Another cool fun update post

Greetings, one and all. You know I strongly dislike update posts, at least, writing them myself, but you all deserve to know what TF going on. Evangelion taught…

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MAL scores are impressions: my quest to remember what it means to be a database animal

This is another one of those super personal posts that are really boring if you’re not following my weird meta-lore. I’ve never read Otaku: Japan’s Database Animals, but…

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Angel’s Egg, Explained

This is an analysis, not a review, so expect the entirety of Angel’s Egg to be spoiled in here. (Generally, don’t take my word on any work. Watch…

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A Shonen Manga Masterpiece, Lost To The Sands Of Time In Under A Decade

Here Be Spoilers! Also, you’ll probably notice me use different arc names than the names on the wiki, and that’s because no one can agree how to spell…

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In which I explain how Serial Experiments Lain Explains Itself

“If you can hear it, it’s speaking to you.” Well, ok, that quote is from Layer 05, but it still applies here. And to all of Serial Experiments…

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The Greatness Of Serial Experiments Lain, That “You Don’t Seem To Understand”

Serial Experiments Lain is quite possibly the most analyzed anime series ever made. It exists at the intersection of comprehensibility and insanity, just making itself knowable enough to…

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Kyoto Animation’s Brilliance From A Dark Age

My love for urban fantasy light novels is a well-documented thing. As I write this, the Suzumiya Haruhi series and the Nasuverse are both in my top five…

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Is it wrong to watch MAPPA’s upcoming slate?

Studio PA Work’s 2014 masterpiece Shirobako chronicles the ins and outs of the incredibly stressful business of anime production. Over its 24-episode run it breaks down the problems…

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The Tragedy Of Ryougi Shiki, and how it destroyed and rebuilt my mental state these last couple days

I’m writing about type moon again! I’m prepared to get absolutely ass-blasted by the life-long fans, but hey, I can’t help when I got into the Nasuverse. Well,…

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What the hell is Fooly Cooly: or, nonsense is perfection

FLCL is a 6-episode OVA from the year 2000… Who the fuck am I kidding. FLCL is a 2-hour trip into Instrumentality with the immediate post-Anno Gainax crew,…

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I made an infographic

If you didn’t know, I collect recommendations and databases. I figured I should make my own, and so I did. Feel free to share this around.

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Finally getting around to: Vinland Saga (Or at least, the first 6 volumes)

Spoilers; this is analysis, not a review. If you didn’t know, for about the last six months I have been semi-addictively buying manga. Lots of it. My collection…

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Chimera Ant is greater than the sum of its parts (But that sum is pretty great, too)

Hunter x Hunter is one of the most well-regarded shonen manga of all time, and that’s due in no small part to the famous Chimera Ant arc. These…

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Re:Creators and creative philosophy: What it did and what I thought

Re:Creators is a two-cour anime original series from 2017. While that makes it stand out from its contemporaries, it’s far from the most interesting thing about the show.…

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Life lessons in manga: Hunter x Hunter lifting a curse on my brain

It’s crazy to think that I’ve been into anime for over a year after so long spent wanting to get into it. In this past year I think…

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How Fate/Zero possibly jumped my entire favorites list (An attempt to do this actual masterpiece justice by analysis)

I positively adore the Fate franchise. This is known. I knew I would, from the moment I heard the premise, but I didn’t expect that something so pulpy…

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Higurashi and Gakkougurashi: the terror in out-of-the-ordinary perception

(I just now realized how similar those titles are, there’s no relation to them as a series. Higurashi is a species of cicada endemic to Japan’s temperate regions,…

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Puking up my thoughts in memoriam of Kentaro Miura

Before anything else, I want to say that I’ve never really had to deal with grief before now and if I say anything that comes across as in…

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Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood: One Truth Does (not) Prevail

This post was made possible by MyBooksOnAShelf lighting a fire under my ass to read FMA. Go read his blog, it’s S-tier stuff. Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood is…

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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is true art (“It belongs in a museum!”)

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is fucking awesome. No one needs to be convinced of this. In recent years the series has exploded in popularity in Western anime fandom and…

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Chobits is pretty cool

I am not very well versed in the “magical girlfriend” genre. I have nothing in particular against it, just never really found a gap in the armor of…

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Bunny Girl Senpai Broke Me… But Not In The Way You Might Expect

We’ll see how much mileage I can get out of that title format for analysis of shows I don’t like. And, yeah, I really didn’t like Rascal/Teenage Pig…

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Interstella: 2impressionistic5555me

Interstella 5555 is a feature-length music video/visualizer for Daft Punk’s 2001 album, Discovery. It’s a classic album from an artist whose music I always respected even if it…

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Getting galaxy brained about the beginning of Neon Genesis Evangelion

Welcome back to EVApril! If you haven’t read them already, please check out posts 01, 02, 03, 04 and 05, if you want to see my full multi-part…

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My biggest problem with Neon Genesis Evangelion (and how I got past it)

If you’ve been keeping up with EVApril, then you know it’s been almost endless gushing about how great Neon Genesis Evangelion is. I wanted to make this post…

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How we all run away, and why you should care: A Weird Metanarrative Ramble

Welcome back to EVApril! If you haven’t read them already, please check out post 01, 02, and 03, if you want to see my full multi-part analysis of…

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Eva is (not) a genre deconstruction

Welcome back to EVApril. If you missed posts 01 and 02 they can be read here and here, respectively. Also, spoilers abound for Neon Genesis Evangelion and End…

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How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Identify With Shinji And Asuka

This is a very personal and terrifying post to make. If you want something more research driven, and not depressing, I would recommend the posts I did on…

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Getting galaxy brained about the beginning and end of End Of Evangelion

Because what better way to analyze Neon Genesis Evangelion than in anachronistic order?

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The Update Post I Swore I Would Never Make

Greetings, dear readers. I don’t like making update posts, but I had to break my rule against them to put this out there. The last week has been…

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Yuuki Yuuna Is A Hero: What It Did And What I Thought

This post contains spoilers for all three anime in the Yuuki Yuuna series. Yuuki Yuuna Is A Hero is a dark magical girl series that started in 2014,…

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Blame! As Aesthetic As Narrative

Maybe the Earth, maybe the future, basically an artbook.

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Chainsaw Man does (not) need an anime (or, the medium could be the key to success)

This post will contain spoilers for the excellent manga Chainsaw Man, as well as general assholery and elitism on my part. If you somehow don’t know, Chainsaw Man…

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The Colorful Stories Tag

I recently had the honor of being nominated for a blog challenge tag! Big thank you to Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan for tagging me, you should all…

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Shirobako: What It Did And What I Thought

Shirobako is an anime about anime. On the surface, it’s a workplace drama that happens to center around anime production, or essentially a high school club show with…

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Analyzing How Neon Genesis Evangelion Impacted Me

Well, Anno finally did it, the madman. At the time of writing, Rebuild 4.0, or 3.0+1.0, whichever you prefer, has just released. If you don’t know, Neon Genesis…

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Shout-Outs As Visual Texture In Berserk

Is this a new series I’m starting? Is it just an excuse to justify buying all the Berserk volumes? Read it to find out.

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The Interesting Manga-to-Anime adaptations

You’ve probably seen more anime based on manga than from any other source material. Of the ten most popular anime on MAL, seven are based on manga, and…

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The Loving Parody Of Anime Figures (That You’ve Probably Never Seen)

If you’re a core enough otaku to have found my blog, there’s a good chance you collect anime figures. I have a good couple dozen, myself. It’s not…

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Give Clannad Season 1 More Credit!

I try to only make posts that I think bring something new to the table. There’s a reason I made my Berserk post about my personal experience with…

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The February 17th Nintendo Direct Is A Mixed Bag

Hey, so how about that new Nintendo Direct? Yeah, I don’t just watch anime, I’m pretty into games too. So of course I lost my shit upon finding…

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Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust: An Unconventional Masterpiece

Before you read this, check out parts one and two of me looking over Yoshiaki Kawajiri’s filmography. It might seem a little weird for me to consider this…

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Yoshiaki Kawajiri: My Favorite Anime Filmmaker (Part 2)

Before reading further, check out Part One HERE. This won’t make sense without the context there. We left off right before I was about to talk about Demon…

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