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.
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. Its plot is a busy, haphazard mess. The characters are outlandishly over-designed (some brazenly feeding the male gaze). Even the title is kinda sorta really stupid. And …
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 and retold the story of The Magnificent Seven Samurai? Doesn’t Peter Cullen get tired of being tapped for a new Transformers continuity every other year? Didn’t Fullmetal Alchemist get remade less than five …
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 a time trap.
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 two directions: Escapism, running pell-mell in the opposite direction from dreary reality (the Animal Crossing approach)Terror or tragedy, leaning right into the stress of it all (the Grindhouse or Grave of the …
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 example, the the buddy comedy film where Buddha and Jesus share an apartment. Or the show about an after-school club for piloting (remarkably accurately-drawn) tanks as a …
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.
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.