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
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 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
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
This post is about games again, sorry for that. My next post will be on anime. I do deliberately try to write about games that don’t require any conventional gaming expertise or expensive hardware though. Yesterday a friend of mine recommended Doki Doki Literature Club to me. He doesn’t like anime or Japanese media at … Continue reading Games That Break the Fourth Wall
Solanin is a manga by mangaka Inio Asano who is renowned for his realistic, psychological and dark stories. The first manga of his that I read was Oyasumi Punpun, which deserves a post of its own but I don’t think I’m capable enough to do it justice yet. Punpun was written after Solanin, and … Continue reading Solanin is About Life and the Decisions You Make in it
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