Make A Wish, But Will That Help The Story?


Make a Wish... Many characters make wishes in stories but is this the best way to progress a plot?

The Importance of the Final Impression


With the recent ending of Seirei Gensouki which kind of left a sour taste in my mouth at least, I decided it was timely to revisit my thoughts on the importance of the final impression of a story. How important are endings to you?

That Time I Decided To Take An Adventure-Comedy Anime Too Seriously

That Time I Decided To Take An Adventure-Comedy Anime Too Seriously

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is coming to the end of the second part of its second season (and can I just ask that anime stop splitting their seasons) and I have to wonder if I'm just taking this anime too seriously. Be sure to read the full review.

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


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?

Overpowered Feature

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? So why do we criticise main characters for being overpowered? First published June 2016.

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

Friday's Feature

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. And let's try to answer the question: why is it so hard to find a good female lead in anime?

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

Feature Bofuri

I often wonder if some anime plots would work if forced to stand on their own. So would Bofuri with its super cute set-up work if the protagonist wasn't a cute female character.

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

Feature Style

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?

Feature Academia

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

Feature Glutton

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