Why Does Teamwork Serve as an Excellent Story Cornerstone?

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We've all heard the groans, and probably groaned ourselves when an anime pulls out the power or friendship/teamwork finale and characters overcome all obstacles just by working together and recognising each other's strengths and weaknesses. It is a little twee and a lot overdone and when done poorly, groaning is the appropriate response to a trite conclusion. However, and this is a big however, many fantastic and emotionally moving stories continue to embed teamwork as the central concept around which the characters and narrative develop.

Friday’s Feature: Strong Female Character?

I've mentioned before that I am a huge fan of Joss Whedon's work. As a teenager in the 90's it was more or less impossible not to get on-board the Buffy bandwagon, and it was such a great bandwagon to be on. A female character who was reasonably attractive, had street smarts (though struggled at … Continue reading Friday’s Feature: Strong Female Character?

Tuesday’s Top 5: Female Characters in 2017

Tuesday's Top 5

Here is is. My top 5 female characters of 2017. These girls have personality, purpose, they entertain and I get where they are coming from. As such, it is a highly personal list and I understand that everyone is going to have their own opinion on this one. So please, feel free to share your … Continue reading Tuesday’s Top 5: Female Characters in 2017

Tuesday’s Top 5: Opening Themes in 2017

Tuesday's Top 5

Last year I wrote my list on the top opening themes of 2016 and unsurprisingly Yuri On Ice's History Maker took out the top spot. This year there wasn't a single stand out song that really stuck with me, but there were lots of opening themes that really matched their show so it ended up … Continue reading Tuesday’s Top 5: Opening Themes in 2017

Tuesday’s Top 5: Surprisingly Good Shows That Came Out in 2017

Tuesday's Top 5

One thing I'd like to make really clear is that this is not my list of best anime from 2017. That will come out in a few weeks time and will also include the results of the reader poll, so for the time being, I'm going to give some of my other top 5's from … Continue reading Tuesday’s Top 5: Surprisingly Good Shows That Came Out in 2017

Princess Principal Series Review: These Spies Are Cute and Deadly

Overview: Five girls attend a prestigious school in the Kingdom of Albion (a Kingdom split in half by a wall). However, these girls are actually spies using their specific skills to complete their jobs. Review: Princess Principal is going to be a hard show to review really. Mostly because I loved the experience of watching … Continue reading Princess Principal Series Review: These Spies Are Cute and Deadly

The Best of Summer 2017

Okay, we have made it to the announcement for the best of Summer 2017. Starting with my favourites of the season and then the reader's poll results. With over 100 votes again, and a few more than Spring, I am hoping that the poll is becoming more reflective of the feelings of the community, however … Continue reading The Best of Summer 2017

Summer 2017 Final Thoughts

This is my final week on Summer anime and I'll be getting around to series reviews very soon with Sagrada Reset coming out next week (it was the first one finished so only fair really). I still have my best and worst of the season posts to come out and on that note remember that … Continue reading Summer 2017 Final Thoughts

Princess Principal Episode 12: Everyone Wants To Go To Casablanca

Review - Some Spoilers: It is no surprise that Ange returns this episode, though the sheer length of time it takes her to come to that decision and act is a little questionable. Once she's in motion though it is hard to imagine she was ever going to fail. This episode takes us back to … Continue reading Princess Principal Episode 12: Everyone Wants To Go To Casablanca

Summer 2017 Week 12

Okay, some shows are done and others are close to drawing to a close and I'm now having to seriously think about my plans for the Autumn season. Here's my list but there will be one more to draw the season to a close. Remember polling for the best and worst anime of the Summer … Continue reading Summer 2017 Week 12