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I Choose You! Perfectly Celebrates Pokémon’s 20th Anniversary

In 1997, the Pokémon anime series began to air on Japanese television and soon after took the world by storm. The iconic first episode starts by recreating the bootup sequence for the Gameboy, even down to the sound effects—the viewer sees nothing but a small, white rectangular box with Gengar and Nidorino stiffly attacking one another inside. When Nidorino jumps at Gengar, the camera twists, expanding the picture, adding color, and turning the traditional 8-bit Gameboy music into a...

Here’s Why You Should Start Watching Anime

  Contrary to many people’s experiences, I didn’t start watching anime when I was a kid. Cable was a luxury my household didn’t have, and even if we did, I know my parents would’ve restricted my access. Instead, my experience with anime came much later when I was a full-fledged adult and working a somewhat respectable job. The post-Christmas pause was happening across our favorite TV shows, so my husband and I decided to give anime a try. We...

Throwback Thursday: The End of Evangelion Is an Aberrant Epilogue

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. When television series head to the theater, it’s often for sequels, reboots, remakes, or spinoffs. The case was different for Neon Genesis Evangelion, the Japanese animated series that became a sleeper hit of a giant robot anime that dealt with depression whipped up with spirituality. The show unfortunately didn’t...

Rewatching Bleach Is a Complicated and Nostalgic Experience

As much as I love finding a great new anime to watch, there’s nothing like rediscovering a series I used to love. If it’s one I truly enjoyed when I first saw it, watching it the second time around is somehow both comforting and exhilarating, and it often brings back all kinds of great memories I forgot were in my brain. Most recently, I’ve had the chance to experience this with Bleach, one of my favorite series from when...

How to Choose Your Next Anime . . . and How to Know When to Quit

There’s something really satisfying about finishing an entire anime series, especially a long one. But just as strong is the other feeling that comes with it. You know the one: that feeling of emptiness and aimlessness that makes you think, “What am I going to watch next?” It’s a feeling that I both hate and love. On the one hand, it’s hard to imagine investing in a new tale just after finishing a series, particularly a really great one....

Little Witch Academia Is Adorable Magical Fun

As far as stories go, these days I find myself gravitating toward the fluffy, the cheesy, and the sweet. Maybe it’s because real life has been feeling pretty stressful lately, or maybe it’s because summer feels like the right time for lighthearted, low-stakes fun—whatever the reason, slice-of-life, upbeat stories are where it’s at for me right now. That’s why when I ran across the Little Witch Academia, watching it felt exactly right. The world of Little Witch Academia first...

Battle Angel Alita Is an Oldie and a Goodie

It’s been nearly 30 years since the manga series Battle Angel Alita came onto the scene in 1990, but Yukito Kishiro’s dystopian masterpiece has stood the test of time. It’s simultaneously a callback to the retrofuturistic cyborg films of yesteryear and a still-fresh story whose relevance has only increased over the years. The series is all set to get the live-action movie treatment in 2018, and in honor of the upcoming film, the series is getting a digital exclusive release with an...

Jump into the Deep End of Time Travel with Steins;Gate

Let me start off by saying that Steins;Gate is quite possibly the best anime I’ve seen to date. I’ll try not to make this review one long squee about the show, but . . . well, fair warning and all that. If you’re a regular reader, you may remember that I mentioned Steins;Gate in my Anime Resolutions post back in January—I’m thrilled to say that I’ve succeeded in fulfilling one stage of my new years’ resolution to watch more...

Ghost in the Shell Is a Mostly Faithful Translation of an Anime Classic

Let’s get this out of the way: Ghost in the Shell is a solid rendition that overall does a good job of bringing anime source material to the big screen. That being said, such a faithful rendition of the source material has many of the same shortcomings and a few new ones that have cropped up due to the cultural blindness of the film. First, of course, we need to address the elephant in the room—the whitewashing of the heroine. In...

Scum’s Wish Will Hurt You in the Way You’ve Always Dreamed Of

As Anime Detour, my “first love” convention, draws near, I find my free time increasingly taken up by the pursuit of new anime and manga series. While I’ll watch just about any genre of anime that comes out each season, I’m especially drawn to slice-of-life dramas, especially of the high-school-romance variety, of which there is no shortage . . . ever. With that said, Scum’s Wish has made a unique impression on me owing to how well it excels at what...
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