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My Dress-Up Darling Review: Work Hard, Cosplay Hard

Studio: Cloverworks Director: Keisuke Shinohara Streaming on: Crunchyroll, Funimation In my essay “How Anime Excels in Making You Care” I wrote about the niche genre of anime; a…

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Demon Slayer Entertainment District Arc Review: The Fate of the Series Going Forward

Studio: Ufotable Director: Haruo Sotozaki Streaming on: Crunchyroll, Funimation It’s been quite a while since I’ve properly spoken about Demon Slayer. The current format of releasing an…

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The Otaku Exhibition’s Anime of the Year 2021

It doesn’t feel like very long ago I was writing my Anime of the Year post for 2020, and I can still vividly recall the tremendous difficulty I…

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Breaking Down Attack on Titan’s Best Fight

This falls outside of my usual content, if it’s not clear. I specialize in melodramatic, pondering, philosophically rambling essays where I think about anime a lot harder than…

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Chainsaw Man is the Perfect Shonen

Chainsaw Man ages like fine wine. It feels like not too long ago that I read Chainsaw Man as it was serializing, and while I enjoyed it, I…

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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part Four: Diamond is Unbreakable Retrospective

JoJo’s strength has always been its versatility. While the series’ peculiar storytelling sensibilities can be an acquired taste, the one thing it’s always had going for it is…

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My Complicated Feelings Towards Metroid Dread

To begin, I’d like to highlight that the discourse surrounding Metroid Dead has been an absolute cesspool, and I’d prefer not to contribute to that environment. If you…

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Given Plays a Flat Tune

This started as a completely different essay. I wanted to write about how good and compelling music anime can be; my problem was that I didn’t have enough…

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Komi Can’t Communicate Review: Interpersonal Relationships 101

Studio: OLM Director: Ayamu Watanabe Streaming on: Netflix Without us noticing, the anime community has enjoyed a renaissance of a genre that doesn’t quite have a name. It’s…

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Blue Period Review: The Broad Strokes

Studio: Seven Arcs Director: Koji Masunari Streaming on: Netflix Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, as the poem goes, and I’ve always felt that strongly. I thought…

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Platinum End Review: Sharp Edge, Handle With Caution

Studio: Signal.MD Director: Kazuchika Kise Streaming on: Crunchyroll, Funimation I consider myself a reluctant fan of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. The manga-making duo have collaborated thrice i…

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86 – Eighty-Six Season Two Review: Back to the Battlefield

Studio: A-1 Pictures Director: Toshimasa Ishi Streaming on: Crunchyroll 2021 has been a bizarre year for anime, and not just because we’re expecting JoJo before long. Winter came…

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Takt Op. Destiny Review: Fate stay/night the Musical

Studio: MAPPA x Madhouse Director: Yuki Ito Streaming on: Crunchyroll Believe it or not, I have a favorite child when it comes to seasonal anime. Usually once a…

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To Your Eternity Drags on for Eternity

To Your Eternity was one of the biggest releases this spring, and by far the most positively received. In a single episode it was an undeniable phenomenon, plucking…

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My Anime 3×3, or Celebrating a Year of the Otaku Exhibition

When I began this blog, I didn’t think it was going to last. A month or two, three at the most. I have a tendency of creating big,…

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A Note About the Otaku Exhibition’s Posts

We have arrived at the one year anniversary of the Otaku Exhibition. For those of you who weren’t counting, that was 110 posts, 169,000 words, and more garbage…

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My Hero Academia is Really About Therapy and German Philosophy

It’s become trendy to dump on My Hero Academia as of late, and I’m just as guilty as anybody. I still love the anime, but there’s no denying…

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Blue Box Review: Shonen Jump’s Sports Romcom Scores

Art and Story by Koji Miura All chapters available on the Shonen Jump app I’ve been doing my best to catch more manga in the early stages so…

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Kaiju No. 8 Review: Oh, No, There Goes Tokyo

Art and Story by Naoya Matsumoto All chapters available on the Shonen Jump app For nearly 70 years, kaiju have been one of Japan’s most significant cultural exports.…

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So, Was I Right? Summer 2021 Edition

I have often gone on the record to say that my reviews are fallible. I recommend or bash a show based on its first two or three episodes,…

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Mushoku Tensei is the Worst Anime Ever Made

This essay will reference sexual assault, child predation, and miscellaneous unsavory content. If that makes you uncomfortable or is unsuitable for your age group, this is your chance…

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86 – Eighty-Six Will Change How Anime is Made

86 was the best anime to come out last spring, and considering the caliber of its competition, that’s no easy feat. In a world that’s leaving mecha behind,…

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Rebuild of Evangelion Has Redefined a Classic

I have made my dislike of Neon Genesis Evangelion abundantly clear. Across two essays and a flurry of Tweets, I have stood firm that the anime which is…

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How Anime Excels in Making You Care

There is a phenomenon within anime that I refer to as the “niche genre”. You don’t have to go very far in order to stumble upon it. It…

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Tatsuki Fujimoto’s Look Back is Life-Changing

Chainsaw Man is the first manga I reviewed (and also the only one), accidentally coinciding with the series’ unexpected end last December. In it, I discussed how its…

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What Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop Has to Do Right

The live-action anime adaptation is the rightly shunned corner of film adaptations. Books are regularly made into successful and critically-acclaimed films and television series, while even video g…

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Danmachi is Fun Fantasy Done Right

I did not intend for this to become a series. If I’m being perfectly honest, Dororo: Dark Fantasy Done Right was a title I devised simply because it…

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Shonen is Ready to Grow Up

In the world of manga and anime, battle shonen indisputably reigns supreme. Of the top ten most popular anime on MAL, seven are specifically battle anime, not counting…

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How Haikyuu Does Character Growth on the Court

Haikyuu is in many ways the definitive sports anime. Not the first, but no sports manga since Slam Dunk and Eyeshield 21 has had this level of influence…

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The Tragedy of Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul is one of my favorite manga of all time. It’s dark, filled with rich characters, possesses philosophically complex themes, and has some of the best and…

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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part Three: Stardust Crusaders Retrospective

There was a longer gap between these retrospectives than I intended, mostly because I’ve been trying to keep a part or two ahead of schedule. Having to rewatch…

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Is Being Faithful to the Manga Even Important?

It might feel like this comes as a direct sequel to my essay on the original Fullmetal Alchemist. There, I defined the merits of a series that played…

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Why I Still Love Fullmetal Alchemist (2003)

If you became an anime fan in the last couple of years, you have it pretty good. In the early 2000s, a hot shonen manga would receive an…

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Re-Main Review: Does MAPPA Sink or Swim?

Studio: MAPPA Director: Masafumi Nishida Streaming on: Funimation For better or worse, MAPPA has become one of the most dominant studios in the anime studio, and a household…

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Skyward Sword HD Review: The Best-Worst Zelda Takes Flight Again

It isn’t exactly a hot take to say you don’t like Skyward Sword. It is the single-most maligned game in a beloved franchise. It suffers from a series…

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Remake Our Life! Review: Where Have I Seen This Before?

Studio: Feel Director: Tomoki Koboyashi Streaming on: Crunchyroll One of the weird and strangely enjoyable things about anime is that there are distinct types of genres that are…

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The Case Study of Vanitas Review: Behind Blue Eyes

Studio: Bones Director: Tomoyuki Itamura Streaming on: Funimation Longtime readers will know of my great weakness for the bishonen subgenre, the pretty boys. SK8 The Infinity, Banana Fish,…

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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Review: A Paperwork Anime? I’m In!

Studio: J.C. Staff Director: Takashi Watanabe Streaming on: Funimation We have gotten a lot of isekai over the last decade. And I mean a lot. Considering the genre…

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Girlfriend, Girlfriend Review: That’s Just Polygamy with Extra Steps

Studio: Tezuka Productions Director: Satoshi Kuwabara Streaming on: Crunchyroll If you’ve seen my essay where I praised Rent-a-Girlfriend for being an ecchi harem comedy with excellent writin…

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The Detective is Already Dead Review: No Spoiler Warning on That Title?

Studio: ENGI Director: Manabu Kurihara Streaming on: Funimation I have been an earnest fan of the classic detective stories for most of my life. My personal library is…

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Persona 5: Living an Anime

For the sake of abandoning all objectivity, I will admit that Persona 5 is one of my favorite games of all time. That’s a problem with writing about…

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The Perfect Slice of Life Spin-Off

Slice of life is a real hit or miss. On the one hand, stories reflecting everyday life can be as important and as emotionally stirring as any other…

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The Best Protagonist in Anime

Code Geass is one of the most popular anime of all time, and more than that, it’s a personal favorite. It reinvigorated my interest in mecha, especially when…

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I Hate The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda is my favorite game franchise of all time, which is a position you only get to claim if I hate many of the games…

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Atmosphere in Games (Hades and Hollow Knight)

The opening scene or sequence in a game is the most important, more so than any other medium. A film or an anime can wait to draw you…

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The End of Evangelion Deserves to be a Classic

The first installment in the “Does X Anime Deserve to be a Classic” series was a collection of my thoughts on the original Neon Genesis Evangelion, and how…

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Beastars, or the Troubling World of Allegory

When I first wrote about Beastars, which you can find here, I tried to focus on its character writing. Don’t get me wrong, Beastars has an excellent story…

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The Hands of Time

Hi, everyone. This is a little different from my regular content, but My Anime List recently partnered with the web novel site HoneyFeed for a writing contest. I…

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Vinland Saga: How to Kill Off a Character

At the start of the 2010s there was this fascination with ‘lethal’ media. The type of television that had dominated in recent decades: sitcoms, game shows, reality TV,…

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Devilman Crybaby: Resurrecting a Story

Devilman is one of the most influential manga ever written. You cannot understate the impact that Go Nagai’s initially simple story of a boy forced to house a…

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