‘Your Name’ and being the objectively greatest anime of all time ™

subtitle: watch me lose my mind as I rant about nothing in the heat of the moment It sort of makes sense, in retrospect, that Makoto Shinkai was so worried about the level of fame and popularity garnered by Your Name. “Do not see this film,” he cautioned in an interview. And perhaps his latest …

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Fullmetal Alchemist and the Importance of Ideas in Art

After all of my recent attempts to write meaningful analysis of really good anime seem to be falling flat lately (breaking down direction in Gunbuster’s amazing finale, exploring post-nationalism with Zankyou no Terror, and considering the nuance that intricate philosophical opposition adds to a hero/villain dynamic in Mawaru Penguindrum), I sit again at my keyboard …

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Tomorrow’s Still Ahead: A Reflection on Cowboy Bebop

This is the type of essay that proves the most difficult to write. Here I am staring down a cultural monolith of art, a piece so universally ingrained into the collective consciousness of the anime fandom that my words are bound to be an insignificant trickle in a vast river of nostalgia, affection, and loyalty. …

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Imaishi, Kill la Kill, Gurren Lagann, Self-Indulgence, and the Curse of Subjectivity

If you would have asked me, say, a year ago what I thought of Hiroyuki Imaishi, my answer would have been simple and instant: he’s a genius. Why?  He directed my favorite anime (and piece of art in general) Gurren Lagann.  Gurren Lagann will always be to me the epitome of what I love about …

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Sorry to Keep You Waiting! Fall 2016 Seasonal Coverage

Yo! I'm venturing into new territory this fall: seasonal anime coverage!  It's an exciting way to interact with the aniblogging sphere in a way that long form analysis really can't provide.  Namely, it opens up a lot of opportunities for discussion and engagement, since a lot of people watch seasonals. I'll be doing weekly coverage …

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Where’s the Love? Kyousougiga, Samurai Flamenco, One Piece, and Understanding Art

If you’re anything like me, you’ve taken an interest in anime because it’s a medium of wacky ideas and wondrous creativity that is a world of difference from what can be found in the West. If you’re not, then yeah, Death Note and Attack on Titan are fine, and this is by no means an …

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The Divinity of Sin (or: Neon Genesis Evangelion’s religious imagery DOES matter. A lot.)

Forward: an excerpt from the conversation with a friend that inspired me to write this essay cloud0ix-Today at 12:30 AM lmao i am i'm writing my essay on it.  the trouble about focusing so narrowly on one subject though (in this case eva's response to God) is that it precludes the things I love so …

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[New Shuffle Post!] Unconventional anime shorts: an analysis of experimental art

Aaaaaand I'm back!  It's been a long time coming, but it's time to stop this place from looking so lonely.  To warm things up, here's a Shuffle Online post from me about the wonderfully odd world of anime shorts.  Next up?  An analysis on Jesus and Evangelion that's been stewing around in my brain since …

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