Would Bofuri work if the protagonist wasn't a cute female character?

I'm no stranger to discussing the appeal of cute or kawaii characters in anime (previous posts including "Just Add Cute" and "Is Being Kawaii Enough To Make You Watch an Anime?") however today I really do just want to discuss the Winter 2020 anime Bofuri also known as "Itai no wa Iya nano de Bougyoryoku … Continue reading Would Bofuri work if the protagonist wasn't a cute female character?

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Does It Matter If An Anime Is More Style Than Substance?

As we launch into the Winter 2020 anime season viewers are now seeing the return of the Madoka franchise. One that is either beloved or seen as overrated depending on which side of the debate you choose to sit on. However one of the common arguments I heard against the original Madoka TV series from … Continue reading Does It Matter If An Anime Is More Style Than Substance?

Three Excellent Reasons For Embracing Repetition In Anime

Recently, well not so recently given its been a few weeks - what counts as recently? - Kapodaco posted some of his thoughts about how trends effect the quality of Japanese media. While there were many thought provoking points my brain latched on to the idea of repetition as being seen as a negative and so here are some of my thoughts, incredibly filtered through sleep deprivation and general over-work.

Why Do I Still Suck At Writing Anime Reviews?

I recently had someone ask me what they could do to improve their reviews (or something similar) and it occurred to me at the time that what they were writing was perfectly readable. Which then of course made me wonder what actually made for a good review and made me think about my own writing which after three and a half-years of blogging (and nearly 4000 posts) is still a work in progress.

What Does The Best Horror Anime Need? Part 3

In our quest to determine what the best horror anime needs we've meandered our way through starting the anime, the importance of a good cast and explored settings. This week it is all about the feels.

What Does The Best Horror Anime Need? Part 2

Last week we looked at how the best horror anime should start and the importance of characters that are at least believably constructed even if they aren't likeable. However, our quest to discover what the best horror anime would need is just beginning as this week we turn our attention to setting and atmosphere.

What Does The Best Horror Anime Need? Part 1

Another October rolls around and it is time to decide on what I'll be watching for Halloween. In the meantime though, I'm wondering what the best horror anime would actually need to be good. Here is part one of the discussion.

Why Is It So Hard to Find A Good Female Lead In Anime?

Friday's Feature

I'm hoping this one isn't coming out like a rant: female lead characters in anime - do we have enough of them? Are the well written? Why don't they seem to appear in the genres I largely enjoy? Jump in and let me know your opinion of female leads in anime and who your favourite female lead character is.