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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...

Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale Is a Satisfying Wrap-Up for Fans of the Series

On March 9, I had the chance to attend one of the limited-release showings of anime film Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale. Sword Art Online is an anime series I’ve recently gotten into, and I was excited to see what direction the story would take in movie form. The movie is based directly on the anime—to date, there have been two series of SAO, but the movie is primarily based on the first. The original series is set in the near...

3 Lighthearted Anime Series for Dark Winter Days

I don’t know about you guys, but every time this part of the year rolls around, I find myself settling deep into Winter Doldrum Land, where the world comes in shades of black and white and apathy is the prevailing emotion. Getting out of the house to get some Vitamin D and shake those hibernation vibes certainly helps, but sometimes, staying at home for a little lighthearted escapism is just what the doctor ordered. Thankfully, there are lots of...

Sekai Project and the Rise of the Visual Novel’s Western Audience

Although not especially well known outside the fandom community, the visual novel is a popular genre of video game among anime fans (not to be confused with the similarly named graphic novel). These games, produced in Japan, consist of narrative prose accompanied by pretty pictures in the familiar aesthetic found in anime and manga, and they play somewhat like a Choose Your Own Adventure book but with a longer story, the player making periodic choices that influence the direction the narrative...

See Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale in Theaters for FREE!

First it was a light novel. Then came the manga, the TV series, and the video games. Now, it’s a movie—Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale opened in Japan on February 18, 2017! On March 9, it’s coming to US theaters for one night only by way of Fathom Events, and what kind of geeks would we be if we didn’t give you the chance to see it for free? When: 8:00 p.m. Central on March 9, 2017...

Making the Nerdy New Year’s Resolution to Watch More Anime

I go back and forth a bit on whether I think New Year’s resolutions are a good idea. On the one hand, I like the nice, clean starting point that January 1st brings—manufactured or not, it gives me a fresh feeling of determination every year. But on the other hand, I don’t really think there’s anything magical about January 1 in particular, and resolving to make good changes at the beginning of the year doesn’t necessarily make me more likely...
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