Deep Dives

Death of the Shounen Protagonist: The Subversion of Gurren Lagann

By Sean Aitchison In Gurren Lagann, Kamina, Simon and a number of other characters repeatedly utter the phrase “Just who the hell do you think I am?” The question is rhetorical---a defiant response to those believing they might give up...

The Traditional Japanese Storytelling Art of Rakugo, Explained

By Jonna Miller With a main character named Sherlock Holmes and an opening arc about Jack the Ripper, Case File n°221: Kabukicho might seem like an anime based on Western writing. But it has a fascinating twist! Methods of traditional Japanese...

What Does It Mean To Be on an Anime Production Committee?

By ultimatemegax You may recognize the terms: co-production, “co-pro” or “on the committee for” coming from an overseas distributor of anime. But what does that really mean? And how does it benefit you as an anime fan? So let’s talk about...

How Satoshi Kon Conveyed Horror That Reflects Reality

By Michael Pementel When it comes to horror anime, there are few minds like the late, great Satoshi Kon. Throughout his career, Kon established himself as a master of the craft—able to capture a true essence of suspense and horror...

Yu Yu Hakusho is a Master Class on Examining Grief and Trauma

By Keith Reid-Cleveland If you’re in your twenties or thirties and grew up on anime, chances are you’re familiar with Yoshihiro Togashi’s Yu Yu Hakusho. More than 20 years since its original release, it continues to remain a fan-favorite series...

What is Tama & Friends? The Cuteness Overload of Uchitama, Explained

By Tom Speelman Anime has no shortage of cute pet stories. From icons like Doraemon, Hamtaro and Hello Kitty to recent hits like Kemono Friends and My Roommate is a Cat, anime loves itself some cute kitties and puppies. And...

The Folklore of Toilet-bound Hanako-kun, Explained

By Kathleen Townsend Toilet-bound Hanako-kun is an anime filled with beautiful imagery, an adorable protagonist, and is absolutely chock-full of Japanese folklore and urban legends. Many of the characters, settings and events are based on or directly reference stories from...

The Strategic Use of Color Sets Fantasy Anime Apart

By Sean Aitchison From the colorful worlds of Fairy Tail and Black Clover to the darker tones of series like Berserk and Attack on Titan, fantasy anime is rife with diverse and appealing adventure, all woven together through the strategic...

Exploring the Harmony of Sports Anime

By Keith Reid-Cleveland Overcoming insurmountable odds. Rivalries that last a lifetime. Fighting for progress, inch by inch. These are all common tropes you’ll find in sports and in anime.  At first glance, the two might appear to be worlds apart. In...

The Isekai Afterlife of Angel Beats!

By Deanna Nguyen The following article contains spoilers for Angel Beats! Once you hear the familiar piano notes of the Angel Beats! opening, a wave of nostalgia washes over you and buried sentiments reemerge with vitality. Even if you’re just now...

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Dropout Idol Fruit Tart English Dub Announced, Cast & Crew Revealed

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