Anime ABC’s U is for Uchouten Kazoku

So Many Themes, So Few Thoughts

Image result for the eccentric familyUchouten Kazoku, or The Eccentric Family, is an anime that has been sitting on my shelf (and watch list) for a few years now. A lot of people in the blogging community have sung its praises and recommended it a great number of time to me, and it did look good. Centered on a disjointed family comprised of some tanuki, a tengu, and a human there is a story about unbreakable bonds, hardship, and interpersonal drama. There are so many themes and ideas present within the anime, but while I enjoyed the show, I don’t have much to actually say about it. Don’t go just yet though, because contrary to what I just said, I do actually have quite a bit to say. Continue reading “Anime ABC’s U is for Uchouten Kazoku”

Anime ABC’s T is for Tokyo Godfathers

Remembering a Legend

Image result for tokyo godfathersIf there is one person I’ve wanted to talk about for some time now, it’s the late Satoshi Kon. I’ve seen nearly all of his work and it is something that is certainly worth talking about, but finding the words hasn’t been easy. However, you guys voted and here we are today to discuss the 2003 film Tokyo Godfathers. If you are here just looking for a recommendation, you have it in full. This is a great movie to watch whenever, but especially around Christmas time. You can find the film pretty easily and legally, so go out and watch it. Continue reading “Anime ABC’s T is for Tokyo Godfathers”

Anime ABC’s S is for Silver Spoon

Finding One’s Self

Silver Spoon is about a boy named Hachiken who doesn’t really know what he wants to do with himself. In middle school he was pushed to perform at the top of his class by his parents, and as a result, lost himself in the process. Now in high school, he has chosen to enroll in a school as far away as possible. The problem? A city kid now living the farming lifestyle isn’t easy! Continue reading “Anime ABC’s S is for Silver Spoon”

Anime ABC’s R is for Run with the Wind

Motivation & Inspiration

Image result for run with the wind animeWhen Run with the Wind first aired back in the Fall 2018 season I almost gave it a pass without a second thought. That is, until I learned that it was based on a novel of the same title by author, Shion Miura. Why is that important? It’s important because I had watched an anime called The Great Passage which I had loved! Can you see where this is going? Yup, that’s right, it is also based on a novel by Shion Miura. I sat down and started giving it a watch only to put it on hold, the season was just TOO packed, until this series got chosen for the Anime ABC’s article series. So after the long wait, was it worth it? Continue reading “Anime ABC’s R is for Run with the Wind”

Anime ABC’s Q is(n’t) for Cowboy Bebop

A Little Context

For those of you out of the loop, Anime ABC’s is a series where I review an anime for each letter of the alphabet in order. Typically these are longer-form essays where I try something unique/different each time. This round should be Q, but instead I hosted a redemption round since there just aren’t a ton of Q anime. The winner of that vote was the famed Cowboy Bebop. Now that you know what’s going on, let’s dive right into the review. Continue reading “Anime ABC’s Q is(n’t) for Cowboy Bebop”

Anime ABC’s P is for Psycho-Pass

Living in a “Perfect” World

Image result for psycho passImagine a world where you have the most ideal job for you. In this world you have access to incredible health care, especially in regards to your mental well-being. This is a world where everyone truly belongs, a utopia, if you will. Well… at least for most people. Sure, some folks fall through the cracks but society didn’t really need them any way. No big loss. Welcome to the world of Psycho-Pass.
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Anime ABC’s O is for Ouran High School Host Club

Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

The original idea for this review was to discusses why you shouldn’t always judge a book, or in this case, anime by its cover and branch out into new territory if you are one of those folks who watches only one or two genres. Unfortunately, that version of the review came out poorly and fairly condescending so rather than make the entire review about that, it’ll just be a part of it with the main focuses being why Ouran High School Host Club is well worth your time. Continue reading “Anime ABC’s O is for Ouran High School Host Club”

Anime ABC’s N is for NHK ni Youkoso!

Welcome to the Depression

Image result for welcome to the nhkFor this entry in the Anime ABC’s series I’m taking a look at NHK ni Youkoso!, or Welcome to the NHK as it’s known in English. It’s a depressing story that has a positive spin in the end but man is it a long journey. This 2006 adaptation of the novel of the same title is one that offers a unique story that shouldn’t be missed by more serious anime viewers. For some, Welcome to the NHK is going to hit pretty close to home but for others it offers an interesting look into the world of hikikomoris and the dangers of social isolation taken to extremes. Continue reading “Anime ABC’s N is for NHK ni Youkoso!”

Anime ABC’s M is for Mob Psycho 100

Always Strive to be a Better You

Image result for mob psycho 100After the great amount of success for ONE’s first webcomic to anime adaptation, One Punch Man, a lot of the anime community was clamoring for more. That show was fun, provided some commentary on the superhero genre, and was something a lot of people didn’t expect. Rather than be met with a second season like many had hoped, instead we were given another adaptation of a different ONE webcomic:  Mob Psycho 100. Did this follow up live up to the hype or should things have stopped while they were ahead? Let’s find out! Continue reading “Anime ABC’s M is for Mob Psycho 100”

Anime ABC’s L is for Little Witch Academia

Believing in Yourself is Your Magic!

Little Witch Academia is an anime that came out of Studio Trigger after the release of two popular OVA’s. Announced during the airing of Space Patrol Luluco (I recommend that by the way) back in Spring 2016, I was pretty excited for a full series. The OVA’s were very fun and the world of witches seemed inviting. Did the TV anime manage to woo me with its magic and positive messages or was it a disappointment? Read on to find out! Continue reading “Anime ABC’s L is for Little Witch Academia”