Feature: I Am Human – But What Does That Mean?

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Anime does a lot of things. It shows us amazing places and takes us on wild adventures. It can make us laugh or cry or wince or groan. It can make our eyes widen in shock and it can bore us to tears. However, what it does every now and then is really make us … Continue reading Feature: I Am Human – But What Does That Mean?

Why Do We Criticise Main Characters For Being Overpowered?

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Why is an overpowered main character considered a bad thing? Admittedly, I do like anime where the underdog comes forward and finally overcomes the seemingly unbeatable peril, but that doesn't mean every main character has to be a wimp or a developing hero. It's nice sometimes to have someone competent, in control, and at times even confident to follow along on their quest. In those instances, it isn't tension that you are wanting to experience but rather the satisfaction of seeing someone overcome a challenge in a fairly capable manner. So, different emotional payoff but still entertaining, right? First published June 2016.

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

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Post now sponsored by Crow's World of Anime: 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.

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

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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?

Anime: Does It Matter If A Show Is More Style Than Substance?

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Whether it is the visual spectacle that the K anime delivered or the slick presentation of the witches in Madoka, the question of whether style can compensate for the absence of substance (whatever that even means) is one that many an anime fan asks. Join the discussion and share your thoughts around whether an anime can survive on the merits of being stylistically interesting even when it may not have anything particularly new to say. Repost of a 2020 feature - now with podcast.

Am I Being Too Judgemental Or Is My Hero Academia Season Four Just Not Good?

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I'm just going to say it: I'm not enjoying My Hero Academia season 4. So rather than moping about it I decided to consider why that is and whether the situation is reparable or whether I'm just done with the franchise.

I’m No Anime Connoisseur: I’m An Anime Glutton

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I've always described myself as a consumer of anime but lately I've been looking at my diet in general and somehow my brain decided it was a good time to take stock of my anime diet... The connection made sense to me at the time but to be perfectly frank it is probably a little … Continue reading I’m No Anime Connoisseur: I’m An Anime Glutton

Is There A Right Anime To Watch Right Now?

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There are so many great anime out there so it is natural that newer viewers would ask those who have watched more for recommendations about what to watch. Yet for me this question is a mine-field as recommending the wrong anime might just scare away a potential friend in the fandom. How do you go about anime recommendations or do you just not over-think it?

How Long Is The Romantic Anime Drought Going To Last?

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I miss a story of simple boy meets girl (or you know, boy meets boy, girl meets girl, alien meets time travelling war lord) and they end up thrown together for whatever reason before they grow to fall in love. Something will cause a hiccup in the relationship but they overcome it and we end with a beautiful scene of the two together. Simple. Predictable. Beautiful. Be sure to read the whole post.