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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Is Ajin Really A Commentary on the Selfish Nature of Humans?

Kei Nagai from Ajin is one of those characters I kind of love to hate. Within his story he works beautifully but he would be a horrible person to know in real life. Today I'm taking a closer look at this student who ends up on the run after learning he isn't exactly human.

Top 5 Anime Underdogs

Tuesday's Top 5

I'm not the biggest fan of the underdog character arc, mostly because it has been done to death. Yet every now and then a character catches my attention who seems ill suited for their dream or has a lot of baggage standing in their way and for whatever reason I'm drawn into their story. These are my 5 favourite underdog characters in anime, but I'd love to know who your favourites are.

Why Ririchiyo Was Doomed To Fail Alone

Ririchiyo Shirakiin from Inu x Boku is an interesting character type. Not the usual sharp tongued tsundere, Ririchiyo falls into the Tsunshun category and regularly falls into bouts of self-loathing and second guesses herself. I definitely loved watching her character in action and I was really happy to take a bit of a closer look at her in this post.

Naofumi’s Progress From Zero to Hero to Not-So-Anti-Hero

This week I'm turning my attention to Naofumi from The Rising of the Shield Hero. As a character he's already been criticised and mocked and I'm not jumping on that band wagon. Rather I want to look at what his character was trying to achieve, what he did achieve, and where he was found wanting.

Up Close with Liliruca Arde

Yes, we are back to DanMachi (Is It Wrong to Try To Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon) with another of Bell's companions. This time our focus is on Lily, his supporter in every sense of the word. Previously I've looked at Hestia and sooner or later I'm going to have to turn my full … Continue reading Up Close with Liliruca Arde