Little Witch Academia: Characterization through Passion

Given its many depictions of magic and adventure, Little Witch Academia is a show best defined by its fantasy and imagination. From its imagery of the prestigious Luna Nova Academy to the gnarled and forbidden Arcturus Forest of the first episode, Little Witch Academia attempts not only to create a world for itself but one that fully embraces the magic and…

Tales of Zestiria and Problematic Idealism

From the very beginning, Tales of Zestiria has presented a variety of issues that have compromised its ability to match its stunning visuals with an equally engaging narrative and cast of characters. While the issue of pacing plagued the first 12 episodes of the show and continues to haunt the new season, what has made Zestiria’s most recent…

Conceptualizing Monster Girls: Demi-chan wa Kataritai

If there’s any characteristic of Demi-chan that stands out within its first 5 episodes, it’s how thoughtful it is in regards to its cast. As it stands, Demi-chan partially revolves around the premise of exploring the everyday, school lives of its characters as their extraordinary qualities manifest in mundane and endearing ways. The most important element of this investigation is…

Visualizing Loneliness in 3-gatsu no Lion

Driven by its emotionally focused storytelling and breathtaking art style, 3-gatsu no Lion is without a doubt one of the visually loneliest shows I have ever seen. In its narrative exploration of Kiriyama Rei and his nebulous mentality, the show’s use of visual metaphors and melancholic imagery have led people to describe its presentation as depressingly beautiful, and rightfully so.…

The Eccentric Cohesion of Occultic;Nine

[Description]: A breakdown of how the various unconventional elements of Occultic;Nine play into one another in order to become more engaging. I explore how visual and narrative techniques that might compromise a show’s appeal by themselves strike an unpredictable harmony with one another through Occultic;Nine’s presentation.