Inconsistent Adventure: A Review of Lupin III Part 1

Lupin III Part 1 changed the market for anime by introducing a cast of adult characters with adult stories and problems, attempting to breathe maturity into a medium whose initial visionary created in the shadow of the legendary Walt Disney. The show narrates the escapades of the titular phantom thief, his right hand man Jigen, …

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No-Face’s Search for Identity: Spirited Away Analysis

No-face has become an enduring symbol of Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpiece Spirited Away, likely due to its peculiar behavior throughout the film itself and its minimalist yet haunting design. Through No-face, Spirited Away’s finer points can be accessed. The film’s core themes of connection, courage, and growth are fairly apparent through its conclusion and quotes (Spirited …

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Fullmetal Comparison: Brotherhood vs 2003

Prior to the release of 2009’s Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, the original Fullmetal Alchemist was consistently ranked among the best in the medium. As a matter of fact, it lingered in myanimelist.net’s top 20 until the conclusion of its younger brother’s run, as you can see here. Then, it was uneventfully banished into oblivion as the …

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‘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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