Category: Essays

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Anime Characters that Only Work on Paper

I have been watching an anime recently and thinking to myself, this would be great if it weren’t for the characters… Le sigh… That’s not exactly a flaw that’s easy to sweep under the rug. It reminded me of Demon Slayer. Not that the animes have anything in common. However, if I remember well, most...

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Are Pink Haired Anime Girls Either Airheads or Evil ?

This is not a serious post you guys. Don’t get upset and start valiantly protecting your favourite pink-haired waifu or anything. I quite like pink-haired girls both in and out of anime myself. But I had this random thought and I wanted to share it. I once wrote a weird and very silly post about...

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I’m impressed with Crunchyroll’s Production Division

I heard the news that Crunchyroll hit a milestone 3 million subscribers recently and I thought it was about time I talked a bit about the currently reigning anime streaming service. I’m not that knowledgeable on it mind you and there are still many aspects of the business model that are obscure to me. However,...

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Anime Rivals, Antagonists and Villains

And somehow this became a history of the Sports! anime genre… I’m pretty sure that people who take classes in creative writing, i.e. people who are not me, are told that stories need conflict. That’s a fairly old fashion view that isn’t true in all cases and they probably also say that in the classes....

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I Just Wanna Talk About Tsukumogami

It’s what it says on the can folks.. It’s been a while since I took the time to write about Yokai and I just got a hankering for it all the sudden. By sheer coincidence, OWLS is doing folklore in honour of the Taylor Swift album as a theme this month and Yokai is one...

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How Could Anyone Like That Anime?

Sometimes with anime fans you’re damn if you do and you’re damned if you don’t… There are animes that I just don’t enjoy that much. It’s just not my thing. It happens. But depending on the series, there are certain shows where fans have gotten very aggressive when I mention I don’t like it. This...

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Knowing When to Give Up – Anime’s Love Affair with Determination

Never give up! Never surrender!!! If you’ve watched any amount of shonen anime (or really any popular action based media aimed at a younger audience) it’s a sentiment you must be very familiar with. Heck, determination might be the one universal trait of any action hero worthy of the name. That and abject coolness. It’s...

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Spoiler Etiquette

It’s just good manners… If you have a blog that reviews or even just discusses current media, you have probably had to pay attention to spoilers. More specifically, how to write a complete article while avoiding any and all spoilers. One thing I have noticed about anime blogs in particular is that a lot of...

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Webtoon Adaptations and the Challenges of Serial Fiction

Anime fans all over have most likely heard of the two recent Crunchyroll vehicles based on popular Webtoons. Namely last season’s Tower of God and the brand new God of HighSchool. So lots of Gods… I watched Tower of God and plan on continuing to watch God of HighSchool, I’ve also partially read each webtoon...

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Wait… There’s Something Called Anime Alienation? Animenation??

Before some of you jump at me, I’m not saying that anything I’m about to discuss is fact or even true. I simply read a thesis that put forth a couple of theories about the rise of anime popularity and how to interpret that in a social context which I thought was interesting. It was...