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Silver Spoon and Home Turf

Man does anime love to geek out over oddly-specific stuff. That can be a real trip when, like Silver Spoon, it hits on something personal.

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Animal Crossing, Rune Factory, and Intrinsic Motivation

Animal Crossing and Rune Factory both hold my attention long after their objectives run dry. Sometimes, you get to write your own quests.

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Guilty Crown, Supercell, and Showcases

Guilty Crown is available to stream on Hulu and on Funimation’s website. I appreciate Guilty Crown quite a lot. I am also acutely aware that Guilty Crown is not a great show.…

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Kindred Spirits and Progress Markers

Kindred Spirits on the Roof is available on Steam and other digital PC storefronts. People still love the look and feel of physical books – they’re just nice…

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Megalobox and Invented Nostalgia

Megalobox is available to stream on Netflix and Crunchyroll Everybody loves the good ol’ days, huh? Reboots and revisits are nothing new; how many times have we told…

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Persona 4, Yosuke, and Messaging

Persona 4 is available on Playstation 2. Persona 4 Golden, an expanded version, is available on Playstation Vita and PC (Steam). I’ll be honest; I had very different…

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Komi-san, Gokushufudou, and Single-Concept Comedies

I adore Gokushufudou. It’s also a remarkably static, one-note comedy. And yet it pulls some clever tricks to get away with that supposedly-narrow thesis.

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Superstar Saga and Personality

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga is available on Gameboy Advance, 3DS, and Wii U. I’ve always loved it when Mario gets out of the Mushroom Kingdom for a spell. Sure,…

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Mobile Suit Gundam and On-Ramps

Everybody seems to be picking up an extra hobby right now, after all, and model-kit-building has always struck me as a fun pastime. Except when it immediately becomes…

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Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 and Perseverance

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is available to stream on Hulu, HiDive, and VRV. When the world becomes inherently stressful, people’s taste for fiction tends to gravitate toward one of…

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One Week Friends and Distancing

One Week Friends is available to stream on Crunchyroll, HiDive, and VRV. Anime has a tendency to pull some weird concepts out of its collective hat. See, for…

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VA-11 Hall-A and Low Perspective

It’s hard for me to consume stories about war. They always leverage it to say something important, and I deeply appreciate that. But for me, they’re simply too…

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Stars Align and Rock Bottom

Everybody loves a comeback story. They’re flat-out inspiring. But like in Stars Align, to get back up again, you have to get knocked down first.

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Untitled Goose Game and Expression

Untitled Goose Game is available on PC, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, and XBox One. Untitled Goose Game is the best role-playing game I played in 2019. Sure, it’s billed…

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Pokémon Twilight Wings and Credit

The very first thing to excite me about Pokémon: Twilight Wings was its staff in Studio Colorido. But that’s hardly reflected at all in its international release.

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Xenogears and Ambition

Xenogears was ahead of its time in a lot of ways. Its plan for long-form storytelling across multiple games is something we see everywhere in franchises now. The…

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A Certain Scientific Railgun and Designated Protagonists

Stock characters are, generally, delightful. The exception tends to be protagonists, and for all I love anime, it suffers a lot from lead characters being the flattest members…

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