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The Adaptation of Oregairu's Confession Scene

Oregairu's Confession Scene is like most of the franchise in that there are plenty of callbacks within its text and a litany of subtext to explore...and we'l...

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The Enjoyable Mess that is Code Geass Re;surrection

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection has never heard the phrase "economy of storytelling", and completely undoes Zero Requiem. And yet I basically loved ...

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Why haven't you started Great Pretender? - A Letter from Hiatus

Legit - Los Angeles Connection - is the best anime story I've watched in recent memory. And I'll be making a long video on it in the near…

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Rent-A-Girlfriend is Driving Me Crazy

Rental Girlfriend, Kanojo Okarishimasu, Rent-A-Girlfriend - whatever you want to call it - has consumed my brain over the last few weeks as I've tried to det...

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Oregairu's OTHER Genuine Scene - Hayama Hayato & Expectations

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Did Shokugeki no Soma Ever Have Good Direction?

With Season 5 of Shokugeki no Soma back, a lot of emotions stirred up in me. My feelings about the manga, my feelings about Season 3, and my…

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The Perfect Introduction of Hyouka's First Mystery [Remastered]

Hyouka's first episode is a masterpiece from start to finish, but what if I told you that all of the usual "introductory" matters are handled all within the…

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Why Climber is my Favorite Haikyuu Theme!

Been awhile since I last updated, sorry I've been busy with writer's block, life and the pandemic which. It's also been a bit since I last spoke about…

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Sucker Punching Your Audience - How Structure Creates Empathy in ID:INVADED

While it was hard for me not to make a video about how Miyavi's Samurai 45 grew on me from me while rewatching episode 4 of ID:INVADED, instead…

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Oregairu's Culture Festival Flashback - Zoku's Smart Retcon

Hey isn't it weird that Oregairu's second season opens with a sorta retcon of the previous season's penultimate episode and then skips over the final one? Maybe in…

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Why Death Parade's Flyers is Even Better Than You Realized

Death Parade's OP get a lot of points for the music and visuals, but never for how it establishes a disparate tone from the rest of the series,…

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Replay Does Not Produce A Bunny Girl Senpai Video

Decided to have some fun with the structure of the video as a bit of an April Fools Look while we talk about Rascal Does Not Dream of…

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Expectations & The Potential of A Burnt Field - Sangatsu no Lion

One of my favorite arcs in Sangatsu no Lion is the Burnt Field, in this video we trace the evolution of the symbolism of fire and sashes, and…

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The Thematic Duality of Fireworks in A Silent Voice

A Silent Voice, directed by Naoko Yamada, has many of the visual traits that I've come to appreciate from her work, especially when it comes light. One of…

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The Collapse of Babylon & Kado: The Right Answer

Babylon went from my favorite anime of the season to something I'd rather forget in record time, but if I had paid more attention to the staff listing…

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The First Evolution of the Designing Question - Steins;Gate Analysis

Steins;Gate's third episode features the first evolution of the designing question by which the show structure's itself. Taking from Episode 1's two half plot system, Episode 3 builds…

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The Narrator, Score & the Historical Record - Legend of the Galactic Heroes

Legend of the Galactic Heroes is a work of art that's almost seamlessly transitioned to a "Classic" even as the more antiquated aspects of its style continue to…

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Miscellaneous Musings #6 - A Novel Adaptation of Hyouka Episode 22

On this miscellaneous musings we take start a trilogy of Hyouka discussions specifically about the novels. Unsurprisingly we begin with a discussion of adaptation, the final episode versus…

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A Defense of Code Geass's Euphemia Moment

It's been a long time coming - the most divisive scene in Code Geass has a lot of detractors, it's fair share of snubs, it walks into the…

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An Introduction of Words and Swords - Katanagatari Episode 1 Analysis

Katanagatari is a masterpiece, but it's certainly not one for everyone. While it is a story of swords, it may moreso be a story of words, and even…

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The Iconic Introduction of L - Death Note

For my first "Justice" themed video of 2020, because I didn't make 2019 the year of justice, we take a look at the introduction of the most important…

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How Senjougahara's Voice Acting Influences Our First Impression

The next edition of the 5-hour Analysis Blitz asked me to talk about the voice acting in the first episode of Bakemonogatari - which was quite the hard…

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Why Kaguya's Season Finale is Perfect: Fireworks Are Only Half of it!

As I was looking back on my favorite anime from 2019, Kaguya kept coming to mind - and I realized that the ending which was critically acclaimed was...perhaps…

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A Sea of Writings: How Mushishi Encourages Reflection

Mushishi is almost like a meditative experience, the act of watching it always fills me with a sense of reflection - like I've gone down an incredible personal…

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A Study on Spoilers - Impact on Viewer Enjoyment

*Contains Spoilers for: Gakkou Gurashi's First Episode, Wolf Children & The First Half of Gurren Lagann* I've been thinking a lot about spoilers and their impact on viewer…

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Oregairu's Genuine Scene - Subtext to Text and Beyond

Oregairu (My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong as I Expected / Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatteiru) is one of my favorite romance anime, especially Season 2…

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Why Am I Still Watching Sword Art Online?!?

The 5-hour analysis blitz is BACK! Special Thanks to Somewhat_Special for the submission as we try to answer the question of "why am I watching this even though…

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You Gotta Watch Babylon - Interrogation Done Right

Front-runner for the new season is a crime thriller which isn't exactly surprising...but it isn't Psycho-Pass Season 3. Babylon came out of nowhere to impress with incredible tight…

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Clair de Lune - A Thematic Journey Through Anime

As I've had some serious writers block - I decided to challenge myself to edit a "thematic evolution" without using the same anime twice in the video. Clair…

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Why Lord El-Melloi II Fails at Mystery Writing

If you told me that I was going to get to watch detective fiction in the Fate Universe a year ago, I would have been pumped out of…

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Subtle Character & Symbolic Set-Ups - Steins;Gate Episode 2 Analysis

The second episode of Steins;Gate isn't particularly flashy, but it does a lot of great set-up which is critical to later plot threads, character development, and it's got…

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The Mysterious Origin of Wrath - Hyouka Episode 6 Analysis

After the Sekitani Jun Arc we have a quick breather of two standalone episodes. This episode features a discussion of the seven deadly sins, Chitanda getting angry, and…

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Are Original Stories Superior to Adaptations?

Are original stories superior to stories that are being adapted into a new medium? We answer that question by plunging into a tangible benefit of adapting material and…

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THIS is how you Info Dump - Steins;Gate & Character Exposition

Exposition isn't the easiest thing to make feel natural, and Info Dumps are usually the bane of organic exposition. So how does Steins;Gate not only dump a lot…

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Misc. Musings #5 - Doing the Right Thing & Analyzing Steins;Gate (Dub/Sub)

A discussion of sub vs. dub in Steins;Gate, hard decisions as a content creator, my personal struggle about valuing the quality of my work over what a number…

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How Steins;Gate's Premiere Elegantly Exudes Tension

How do we establish tension? How do we properly start a Sci-Fi Thriller? In Steins;Gate's case where a lot of the tension needs to be built up subtly,…

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The Greatest Opening Minute in Anime - Steins;Gate Analysis

If you saw the previous version of this video, feel free to skip to 4:48 for the Japanese Dialogue Analysis. What you need in your premiere episode is…

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The Sound of Silence - Gon vs. Hisoka

Hunter x Hunter 2011 is a show with its fair share of fight scenes, memorable moments, and a fun score to go along with them. So what is…

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Should Themes Trump Logic - Code Geass' Chess Treatment

I love Code Geass hard stop. But it's not perfect, certainly it weighs story above common sense at points which results in some hilarious moments - but is…

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