So you're ani-curious, are you? The first bit of good news is that nobody uses the term ani-curious, so you'll never hear that stupid dribble again. However, you might hear a lot of baffling words and phrases that are simply part of the medium. Anime is its own culture, and it can be a confusing … Continue reading Intro to Anime: Terms You REALLY Need to Know
The best I've seen of all that I've seen (or played) in 2017. Why? Because art is awesome and we should celebrate it. Particularly, I'm looking at books, movies, video games, and anime. Note: these are not all things that came out in 2017, but things I experienced for the first time in 2017. So … Continue reading 2017: A Year in Art
You've heard the hype, you've seen the posters, just WHAT is this anime thing all about? Unfortunately, answering that question is like describing how the letter V tastes. I can answer, but it might not make sense. Anime has become its own culture, and it can be hard to pop that bubble without getting even … Continue reading 5 Anime for Newbies
Some tropes we just love. We've seen them 8 million times and we'll happily see them again...if they're done right. This series explores good and bad tropes in books, film, anime, and video games. What was the very first twist ending? I'm guessing it was the whole Jesus-came-back-to-life moment, but plot twists are some of … Continue reading Trope Teardown: Good Twist, Bad Twist, Cheap Twist, Seuss Joke
While I've loved anime for several years now, I never considered myself an otaku. If you haven't heard that phrase, picture the guy in the expensive World Series seats, with no shirt and a team logo painted on his chest, crying tears of uttermost bliss when his favorite player hits a home run. Switch that … Continue reading What Makes an Otaku?
2016 was kind of like playing Jenga with a mongoose while wearing a top hat and getting an enema from an oompa-loompa. Awkward, uncomfortable, and you're not quite sure how it happened. However, I'd like to focus on the good. Early in 2016, I decided I wanted to track and follow how much art I consumed, … Continue reading 2016: A Year in Art
Anime is awesome. Let me start by saying that. This post is not to eviscerate the medium itself, but when anime fails, it fails hard. Four years ago, I wrote the original 10 Anime Tropes That Need to Die, and it's still one of most popular posts ever, so clearly it resonated with you guys. … Continue reading 10 More Anime Tropes that Need to DIE!
I'm not sure where I stand on the geek spectrum. I own some anime, but I haven't been to a con yet. I loved The Killing Joke, but I haven't read The Dark Knight Returns. And I played the Mass Effect trilogy twice in three months, but I don't own any t-shirts or action figures. I'm light … Continue reading The Best Thing About Geek Culture
I was this close to crying in the middle of the laundromat. A twenty-eight-year-old guy surrounded by strangers and I was holding it all in. Did I receive bad news, see something horrible, cap off a bad day? Nope. I'd just read a manga (Japanese comic book) called 5 Centimeters per Second. The phrase that keeps circling … Continue reading The Beauty of Tragedy
What's worse than a bad TV show? A good TV show that wastes what it has. That feeling of "so close yet so far" is agonizing, and somehow it's more so in anime. Maybe that's because anime is a gorgeous medium with phenomenal capacity for storytelling. So join me in lamenting five anime that could … Continue reading 5 Anime That Completely Wasted Their Potential