Rec – Supporting Each Other

Life Sometimes Takes Unexpected Turns

Image result for rec animeThe other day I was listening to Digi talk about his favorite OP’s on YouTube when he reminded me that Rec existed as an anime. I was in the mood to watch a romance show, and at only 9 episodes, each really only ~12 minutes apiece, I decided to give it a watch. It’s a Shaft production and I had some expectations for something interesting, so, was it? Continue reading “Rec – Supporting Each Other”

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The House of Small Cubes – A Lot Packed Into Just 12 Minutes

A Film That Time Should Not Forget

Image result for the house of small cubesLast week you may recall my look into The Diary of Tortov Roddle, a short six episode ONA series that offered unique visuals while being thought provoking at the same time. I expressed interested in seeing more work like this and so decided to look into creator Kunio Katou. This lead me to the last project Robot Communications did in 2008, and today’s point of discussion, The House of Small Cubes. Continue reading “The House of Small Cubes – A Lot Packed Into Just 12 Minutes”

The Diary of Tortov Roddle – A Moving Painting

A Sense of Lonely Whimsy

Image result for The Diary of Tortov Roddle animeOnce again my paying attention to Digi has paid dividends. Love him or hate him, I do often stumble across excellent recommendations, especially of more obscure titles. One of his recent videos, “Finish or Fail A-pocalypse #2: Ayashi no Ceres & The Traveler’s Diary” convinced me to check out the show in question today. With six, three minute episodes, The Diary of Tortov Roddle is worth checking out for just the novelty alone. Continue reading “The Diary of Tortov Roddle – A Moving Painting”

Critique ≠ Being Critical – A General Discussion on Reviews & Analytical Works

Hold Up, Something’s Not Right!

You are probably thinking that I’m off my rocker here, “Jon how can a critique not be critical?” and that’s a totally fair question. When I say this I am not saying that a critique of something can’t criticize something, but instead mean that a critique does not always have to be negative. There’s a general misconception that these two things must always come hand-in-hand but do they really? I’d argue, this doesn’t always have to be the case. Continue reading “Critique ≠ Being Critical – A General Discussion on Reviews & Analytical Works”

Le Portrait de Petite Cossette – Beauty Effects us in Mysterious Ways

Definitely a Shinbou Work

Here we are at the conclusion of Obsucre Week and our October Review Fest. Today I’ll be looking at an interesting title:  Le Portait de Petite Cossette. This anime is a three episode OVA series that came out of studio Daume back in 2004. Haven’t heard of them? Think again, this is the studio behind some fan favorites like Yuru Yuri, and another great Halloween title, Shiki. Is this title a hidden gem, or something that was best left buried in the past? Let’s find out. Continue reading “Le Portrait de Petite Cossette – Beauty Effects us in Mysterious Ways”

Is Anime Jargon Necessary? – Inspired by Digi & Other Community Members

You All Know the Terms:  Otaku, Moe, Hentai, ETC…

It’s a right of passage for us in the anime community to learn these words, and others, as we engage with the medium we love so much as well as each other. However, there has been recent discussion, particularly from YouTube’s Digibro, about how necessary any of this terminology is. Given that, I thought I’d throw my two cents out there and see what you all thought on the topic as well. Continue reading “Is Anime Jargon Necessary? – Inspired by Digi & Other Community Members”