Naofumi’s Progress From Zero to Hero to Not-So-Anti-Hero

This week I'm turning my attention to Naofumi from The Rising of the Shield Hero. As a character he's already been criticised and mocked and I'm not jumping on that band wagon. Rather I want to look at what his character was trying to achieve, what he did achieve, and where he was found wanting.

Up Close with Liliruca Arde

Yes, we are back to DanMachi (Is It Wrong to Try To Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon) with another of Bell's companions. This time our focus is on Lily, his supporter in every sense of the word. Previously I've looked at Hestia and sooner or later I'm going to have to turn my full … Continue reading Up Close with Liliruca Arde

Up Close with Saitou Kazuki

This week I'm returning to Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens to look at one of the characters who manages to appear in almost every story, play a fairly central role in a lot of the resolutions, and yet gets the absolute least attention. Yes, it is the luckless Saitou Kazuki who after suffering some kind of trauma … Continue reading Up Close with Saitou Kazuki

Up Close with Jean Otus

This week I'm turning my attention to Jean Otus from ACCA. As an employee of the inspection department, ACCA, Jean gets the fun job of touring each district in the kingdom for the purpose of inspection (he also gets to eat some really good food). However, while Jean goes about his job rumours of a … Continue reading Up Close with Jean Otus

Up Close With Angelo Lagusa

Someone probably should have given Angelo Lagusa from 91 Days a quote book from Confucius: "Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves." Only, even then that advice probably wasn't enough because there were a lot more dead than just two by the time the dust settled in Lawless. There will be … Continue reading Up Close With Angelo Lagusa

Up Close – The Expressions of the Soma’s

Something a little bit different this week as instead of looking at one character from a series I wanted to look at the range of facial expressions used by members of the Soma family in Fruits Basket. For an anime that deals heavily with the emotions of its characters it really manages to convey a … Continue reading Up Close – The Expressions of the Soma’s

Up Close With Reiko

For a character who has been mentioned in Natsume Yuujinchou since season one, Reiko remains the character most shrouded in mystery. For every flash back or memory Natsume has of Reiko dealing with yokai we're presented with just one more puzzling piece of a complex character who died a long time ago. Yet she remains … Continue reading Up Close With Reiko

Up Close With Haruitsuki Abeno

This week I've decided to look at one half of the duo that make up the centre of The Morose Mononokean, Haruitsuki Abeno who is the human master of the Mononokean. I'm assuming at some point we'll find out how Abeno came to meet Aoi and why a human was raised by a yokai and … Continue reading Up Close With Haruitsuki Abeno