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…

Winter 2017 – Week 5 Impressions

Somehow I still have yet to catch up on Little Witch Academia despite it being one of my favorite shows of the season but there was plenty of other stuff to recap. All of the seasonal front-runners continued to put up strong performances and some even climbed to new highs with their most recent developments. For the…

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…

Winter 2017 – Week 4 Impressions

I have yet to establish a clear-cut method of which shows I’ll be recapping each week but there’s no way I could get to every show I’m watching. For the time being, I’ll just be writing about episodes that stuck out to me with some mainstay shows like Rakugo Shinjuu, 3-gatsu no Lion, and ACCA. I haven’t been able…

Review: JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken (TV)

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure chronicles the extraordinary tale of the Joestar family and its decedents throughout the years. The story begins in the late 1800’s in Great Britain when an adolescent Jonathan Joestar (Okitsu Kazuyuki) first encounters his rival Dio Brando (Koyasu Takehito), after his adoption into the family. Dio endeavors to maliciously ruin Jonathan’s life and supplant him…

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.…

Winter 2017: Initial Impressions (Weeks 1-3)

All things considered, this Winter season is shaping up about how many of us expected it might. There aren’t really any breakout shows so far and the general quality isn’t particularly high. For the most part, if you aren’t already a fan of any of the myriad of airing sequels, of cute slice of life shows,…

Cauthan Reviews: 2017 Update

With the new year comes a new site design! I just wanted to take a brief aside from all of the reviews and analyses to talk about the blog for a minute – why I’ve made the changes I have and what intentions I might have for the site in the near future.

The Best Anime of 2016

I hadn’t originally planned on writing a retrospective of 2016 however between the somewhat dry Winter season and the recent Crunchyroll award results, I thought I’d draft up my own list of shows worth mentioning. In doing so, I realized that my list would probably read more unconventionally than most and so I decided to…

Fall 2016: Seasonal Retrospective

The end of the season has come once again and with likely all my reviews now done, I wanted to take the time to briefly talk about what shows ended up being worthwhile. If you’re interested in learning more about any of the shows, I’ve provided links to their MAL pages as well as links to…