Becoming The Battle Girl: How The 2010s Transformed The Magic in Magical Girl Anime

The New 10s saw the transformation of the magical girl genre into something different, but what?

Ranking Every 2020 Anime (That I Actually Finished), From Worst to Best – Part 4

In this final part of the year-end ranking list, it’s the Top 5 best anime of 2020. Nothing more, nothing less.

Ranking Every 2020 Anime (That I Actually Finished), From Worst to Best – Part 3

In this monstrous, 4-parts-and-an-index list, I rank all 20 anime I finished in 2020, from the very worst to the very best.

Ranking Every 2020 Anime (That I Actually Finished), From Worst to Best – Part 2

In this multi-part list, I rank every anime I finished in 2020 from worst to best, highlighting the good, the bad, and everything in-between.

Ranking Every 2020 Anime (That I Actually Finished), From Worst to Best – Part 1

In this monstrous multi-part article, I rank all 21 anime from 2020 that I actually watched front-to-back. In this first part of the list, we cover the worst of the lot, looking at how and why they failed.

Under The Deep Pale Moon: Revisiting THE ROLLING GIRLS Five Years Later

Whatever else may be said about it, there is almost nothing else like The Rolling Girls. From its circumstances of creation, to its odd hodgepodge of themes and aesthetics, to even its place in the broader continuum of 2010s TV anime. The Rolling Girls is a true original, one of the few directorial turns fromContinue reading “Under The Deep Pale Moon: Revisiting THE ROLLING GIRLS Five Years Later”

in defiance of the Sun: The Eternal Midnight of ZUTOMAYO

Depending on how often you use the site, and what your browser history is like, you may recently have seen this two-tone haired character staring out at you from somewhere in your Youtube recommendations. That’s how I first learned of Zutomayo, at least. The rock group’s full name (Zutto Mayonaka de Iinoni) means something likeContinue reading “in defiance of the Sun: The Eternal Midnight of ZUTOMAYO”

to pick up the pen and sing again – Another Late Night “Idolm@ster” Ramble

A common, but under-examined aspect of the human experience is paralysis. The feeling of “I can’t do that.” The inability to move on, the shock of freshly re-opened trauma, the crushing mundanity and idleness of simple insecurity. I recently lost part of my primary writing tool. This, coming off a rather difficult week of responsesContinue reading “to pick up the pen and sing again – Another Late Night “Idolm@ster” Ramble”