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?

Is It Okay To Enjoy An Anime When The Characters Act Questionably?

You've watched an anime that you mostly enjoyed but you know one or more of the characters have behaved in a way that has gained some criticism. Do you still tell people you enjoyed the anime or do you censor your own enjoyment in order to avoid criticism of being called 'degenerate' for enjoying the story? This is a real issue for anime fans on the internet and I'd love to know your story.

Shiki Series Review

Shiki is one of those horror anime I return to again and again. Those who aren't the biggest fans of slow and suspenseful stories that ultimately go full blood bath are unlikely to find much here of interest, but for fans of the horror genre and vampire stories, there's a lot to appreciate. Read the full review. First published May 2016.

Which Isekai Anime Is Superior At Handling Character Death?

I've been catching up on Season 2 of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime and it made me start thinking about how different stories approach death. So I decided to think about it a little bit more and ended up going off on a bit of a tangent looking closely at season one of Slime compared to season two and then threw in Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash because I could. Be sure to read the full post and leave me a comment sharing your thoughts on the subject.

Why Writing Smart Anime Characters Isn’t Easy

When I finally get to my review of season 1 of Moriarty the Patriot one of the points I kept getting stuck on was that in order to make Moriarty seem so smart so many other characters ended up feeling like they were being dumbed down. This made me wonder about the difficulties faced in authors creating smart and genius anime characters. - Now with podcast.

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.