Warning: The following editorial contains spoilers for the first two seasons of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Style over substance is a term that's often used to refer to works (not just anime) that are perceived to value appearance and presentation over raw story. The general perception is that the way a story is presented is less important than … Continue reading The Importance of Style in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
Warning: The following contains major spoilers for Your Name. and 5cm Per Second. Makoto Shinkai's Your Name. is without question a hit. It topped the box office in Japan for months, surpassed every Ghibli movie except Spirited Away, was wildly successful outside of Japan and has been discussed in the English-speaking anime community for months … Continue reading Your Name. and What Makes a Hit
Spoiler Warning: The following contains major spoilers for One Piece Everyone knows that flashbacks are never the best part of a story. At best, they give crucial information that sets up and explains the actual story and characters. At worst, they come off as wasting time. Either way, flashbacks aren't known for being good stories … Continue reading One Piece and the Art of Doing Flashbacks
Warning: The following article contains major spoilers for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Back when I first started blogging, I wrote an article on the importance of endings and used Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood as an example of a great ending. I briefly explained what I liked about it there, but I feel like it deserves a more thorough … Continue reading Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood-A Final Act that Defines the Show
Warning: This editorial contains minor spoilers for Naruto and One Piece. Out of the many genres in anime, there's one that's undoubtedly the most popular: shounen. The term shounen means something like "young boy" and is used to refer to anime and manga directed at adolescent and teenage boys. Shounen series are primarily action based and outdo … Continue reading How to do Shounen Right (and Wrong)
The following article contains major spoilers for every show mentioned. Read at your own risk. Character deaths can be extremely impactful in both anime and fiction in general. If done right, they can be the most emotionally moving scenes in a story and can signal a major shift the plot. They're also very easy to do wrong. … Continue reading How to Kill off Characters
A common complaint among anime fans is that certain shows have too much 3D CGI. Some are primarily CGI, like the new Berserk, but most modern anime have at least some CGI, which isn't always a bad thing. It's not always good, but there are enough examples of good CGI in anime that it's not worth … Continue reading CGI in Anime: The Good and the Bad
Warning: This editorial contains major spoilers for Bleach. I've been following Bleach for a long time. I first picked it up back when the anime was airing on Toonami and I've followed both the anime and the manga ever since. With the manga having just ended, I'd like to look at how it went from one of the most … Continue reading Where did Bleach go Wrong?
The topic of fanservice comes up pretty frequently in discussions about anime, and for good reason. Every season has at least one show that obviously just exists as a vehicle for fanservice, and even anime that doesn't prioritize it sometimes has fanservice. Some people like it and some people hate it, so the question I'm … Continue reading Is Fanservice a Problem?
It's pretty common knowledge that most anime is an adaptation of something. Manga, light novels, visual novels and even mobile games all provide source material for anime. There are a few original anime, but they're vastly outnumbered by all the adaptations produced every season. As with any adaptation, there are plenty of people who are … Continue reading Is Anime Only Content Always Bad?