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?

You May Have Seen This Before in Anime, But Is It Entertaining?

Entertaining Feature

It is that time of season again where we open so many new shows and look for that magical spark that draws our interest. The problem for anime reviewers in particular though, is that we watch so many anime it is hard to keep from thinking they are all kind of melting together into some kind of indistinguishable mass. Have I seen this before? Are anime all kind of the same or is it the small details that make or break a title?

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.

3 Ways Magic Can Undermine Good Anime

Magic Undermines

As a fantasy fan from the cradle I love a good dash of magic in my narratives. That said, sometimes the very presence of magic can hurt the story. Here are 3 ways magic can undermine what might otherwise be a pretty good story.

Friday’s Feature: What Makes Something ‘Near Great’


As a self-proclaimed anime fan, it is sometimes hard to step back from something and really think about it. Aiming for some form of objectivity in reviews, which is never overly objective, compared with simply letting out my inner fan-girl and letting her scream "I love you anime" at the top of her lungs. Anyone … Continue reading Friday’s Feature: What Makes Something ‘Near Great’

Avoiding the Paradoxes of Time Travel or Plunging Headlong Into Them with Sagrada Reset


Sagrada Reset definitely has a unique way of looking at time travel but has it managed to avoid the paradoxes of time travel or is it just setting itself up for a worse knot to try and unravel?

Can Anime Stories Change Your World?


Narratives are a fundamentally important part of sharing the human experience. Anime is a particularly special medium where we get some truly amazing stories and experiences shared in novel ways. Here I muse about the nature of fiction and its value.

Big Order Series Review


Big Order Overview: This anime has a very promising write up, telling us the story begins after the world has ended. A world where a fairy named Daisy grants wishes (or orders) to people and because of this there is conflict. We follow Eiji as he tries to live a normal life after causing a … Continue reading Big Order Series Review