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 Hukemei to Mikochi and Violet Evergarden, both of which … Continue reading Hakumei to Mikochi, Violet Evergarden, and Historical Context in Anime

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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 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