Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood-A Final Act that Defines the Show

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

How to do Shounen Right (and Wrong)

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)

Serial Experiments Lain Review

Serial Experiments Lain is weird. Not in the way Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo is weird with random comedy and unfamiliar cultural references. Serial Experiments Lain is weird in the End of Evangelion style of weirdness: abstract symbolism and striking imagery mixed with a story that values theme and atmosphere over a clear narrative. When I say weird, I don't mean it … Continue reading Serial Experiments Lain Review