Spoilers for The Night is Short, Walk on Girl. Those who have been watching anime for a while likely know about the legend of the red string of fate - an invisible wire that ties future lovers together by their pinkies. The string has played large symbolic roles in many renowned productions, like last year’s … Continue reading The Night is Short, Walk on Girl: Wishes Don’t Fulfil Themselves
Hakumei to Mikochi, Violet Evergarden, and Historical Context in Anime
The Industrial Revolution irreversibly altered the world. The mark it made upon society can still very much be seen today, and it serves as the baseline for many fictional works, such as those of the steampunk genre. Two anime I’ve eagerly been watching this season are Hakemei to Mikochi and Violet Evergarden, both of which … Continue reading Hakumei to Mikochi, Violet Evergarden, and Historical Context in Anime
Is it Fair to Compare Works by the Same Studio?
The critical evaluation of anime (and media in general) is driven by comparison. This is only natural since we base all our opinions off of previous experiences. If this wasn’t the case we’d have to pull ratings out of thin air. Drawing parallels between anime we have already processed and ones we are still processing … Continue reading Is it Fair to Compare Works by the Same Studio?
The ‘A-1 Protagonist’
Spoilers for the first episode of Darling in the Franxx below. The first episode of Darling in the Franxx, a collaboration project between the studios Trigger and A-1 Pictures, aired this Saturday. It displays great mecha animation, as is to be expected of the anime’s staff, which consists largely of ex-Gainax employees. And along with … Continue reading The ‘A-1 Protagonist’
The Employment of False Visuals in the Monogatari Series
The other day I concisely twittered with Tim from Thoughts That Move about the Monogatari Series, an anime that I have been bewitched by ever since first laying eyes on it. Tim eloquently exhibits one of Monogatari’s greatest strengths in his analysis series (spoilers), pulling apart many of Bakemonogatari’s visuals and then defining why they’re … Continue reading The Employment of False Visuals in the Monogatari Series
An Interesting Take on Character Development
Spoilers for the anime Land of the Lustrous (Houseki no Kuni) below. A few days ago I watched Land of the Lustrous to see what all the fuzz was about. I was met with an intriguing production. It being fully CGI, though not being able to live up to the charm of 2D in my … Continue reading An Interesting Take on Character Development
The Importance of Ambience in Anime
Over the past few days I’ve been finishing the anime Silver Spoon by A-1 Pictures. It was alright but in my opinion not exceptional. I just couldn’t quite put my finger on why that was however. The characters were good, so was the story. The concept was unique and interesting, I’d never seen an anime … Continue reading The Importance of Ambience in Anime
Prison School is Oddly Relatable, Obscene and Hilarious
Prison School is an ecchi comedy anime that I finished only yesterday. Already though, have I come to the conclusion that it is one of the funniest anime I have ever watched alongside the likes of Nichijou and The Everyday Lives of Highschool Boys. It shamelessly uses its eroticism, which is honestly borderline hentai, to … Continue reading Prison School is Oddly Relatable, Obscene and Hilarious
Oblige is an indie game I had the pleasure of playing about a month ago. I found out about it in a stray PC Gamer tweet. The pixel art depicting a 1979 Hong Kong neighbourhood (which can be seen above) immediately drew my attention. As I do for most things that look appealing I decided … Continue reading Oblige