Ascendance of a Bookworm

Every once in a while, I’ll read a description for an anime that makes me go “Huh…that actually might work.” It’s usually something that sounds either super outlandish (such as Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai) or so mundane that I’m not sure how it will be entertaining (such as The Great Passage).…

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The Promised Neverland

One of the most talked about anime from the Winter 2019 season is The Promised Neverland. There are many people who’s interest in otaku culture begins and ends with anime, so source manga and light novel spoilers are a non-issue when watching. This doesn’t matter for all anime; there are many shows who are incredibly…

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Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

Anime has a special talent for mixing the worlds of fantasy and reality. Among the anime that I’ve experienced so far (which I admit is limited), it’s rare to see an anime focused on the adult workforce that also brings the fantasy into the real world. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid does exactly this, with the…

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Fruits Basket (2019)

Writing a review for an anime like Fruits Basket (2019) is incredibly difficult. The nature of the story they are telling leaves me with a lot to unpack both emotionally and as a narrative. And this is only the first season. I’ll do my best to convey the spirit of the anime, as I feel…

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Isekai Quartet

This year, we reached peak isekai. And by that, I mean the genre has become so popular as of late that we’ve now taken our isekai characters from several different shows and isekai’d them again into yet another world, all together. What would happen if you take a bunch of formerly Japanese protagonists and placed…

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Review: Anthem of the Heart

Anime likes to explore the human psyche, and because it’s such a visual medium, it often does that in out-of-the-box ways since the only limitations are what you can draw on paper (and occasionally augment with some special effects). Things that might look silly when using real people can pass as totally believable in anime…

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