Kyoto Animation is an industry giant, and for very good reason. Every single show that they make in a year is looked forward to by millions of anime fans, and even their shows with the most mediocre of writing are salvaged by the ungodly amounts of eye candy put into every episode.
However, I did notice something on my recent binge of KyoAni shows, and that’s the fact that they all start almost the exact same way. Today, we’ll be breaking down that formula! Continue reading The KyoAni Formula (And Why It Works)
[Repost, because this dumb hiatus is taking longer than expected. Also, for a short update on my life rn, it’s pretty busy. Birthdays, work and other stuff has been happening, but rest assured, I am still writing!] I finished Watamote a LONG time ago, and first things first, this is what struck me: Tomoko is a pathetic loner. Not a quirky loner in most other … Continue reading Watamote: How to make a loser protagonist feel like an ACTUAL loser.
[Repost, mainly because I’ve wanted to bring attention to my older posts from when I had fewer followers.] I am not one of those people who believe the anime industry is dying. Some people do, and they are welcome to that opinion, but anime is reaching more and more people every year, and I think it will only get better. However, we aren’t growing as … Continue reading Gatekeeping in Anime
[Repost, because the Citrus manga just ended recently, and I have been pretty busy, so this is me being relevant and keeping my schedule consistent.] Contrary to popular belief, a lot of yuri stories exist for reasons other than fan service. While a lot of them are portrayed as bubbly and sweet, quite a few, either through a misunderstanding of the orientation or just plain … Continue reading Bittersweet Yuri Love: Scum’s Wish vs Citrus
A quick blogpost because I JUST noticed it, and I had to confirm my suspicions. Remember the famous “Moon” scene in Koe no Katachi? Well, it turns out there was a famous way for a person to confess in Japan back in the old days. The person would say, “the moon is beautiful, isn’t it” (tsuki ga kirei, desune?) ,as it was considered to be … Continue reading Shouya’s Indirect Confession To Shouko During The Moon Scene!
Ironically enough, for a movie about a deaf girl, Koe no Katachi has one of the most beautiful soundtracks and sound design I have ever heard in any movie, let alone anime, where sound may be distinct, but it usually lends itself more to simplicity and music. I was inspired to make this post after watching a few videos analyzing Koe no Kotachi’s music, so … Continue reading The Warmth of Voice: A Short Analysis of Koe no Katachi’s Beautiful Sound Design and Shot Composition
In light of recent news about DDLC, specifically ignorant and toxic people misjudging it and keeping people away from it, I have decided to repost my old DDLC analysis of the girls’ mental illnesses to show how fairly and honestly the game portrays mental illness. Special thanks to ahogegirl for posting about the situation on her blog. Read her post here, it is her well-written … Continue reading [Analysis] Doki Doki Psychology Club Redux
I’m sure all of you who follow me know about my love for Anzu at this point. She started out as just an annoying side character/rival and quickly grew to be the focus of the best character arc in the anime! Today, I’ll be talking about her and why she is such a captivating and empathetic character. Bratty Rival Anzu starts out as your typical … Continue reading [Analysis] Anzu’s Journey from Rival to Street Rat to Best Girl
I think I’m always fated to like the one who loses in the love triangle. I’m a fan of the Betty more than I am of the Veronica in most love triangles, though not necessarily because I think they should end up with the main character by the end. It doesn’t help that the promotional posters and art are pretty blatant about who wins. It … Continue reading Why The Best Girl Always Loses In Love Triangles
My Hero Academia pays homage to all the different flavors of edge in media and pop culture, from the stoic badasses of manga, to the dark and brutal comic book heroes of the 90s, to the rash and loud shounen protagonists of the early 2000s, there are plenty of things to talk about. In this context, edge is what I use to refer to what … Continue reading Revelry in the Dark – The Refined Edginess of My Hero Academia