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…

Winter 2017 – Week 7 Impressions

Whereas last week generally offered more of the same, week 7 featured a handful of pretty significant developments and even a few bombshells between Rakugo Shinjuu, ACCA, and Little Witch Academia. Demi-chan came off a little plain with its most recent episode though still featured its usual insight into the societal implications of its characters. Youjo Senki took a week…

Winter 2017 – Week 6 Impressions

For the first Wednesday in a while, I’m actually current with everything I’m watching! With the midpoint of the season effectively upon us, I think I can safely say that the Winter season has been more entertaining than I had initially thought it would be. Though I have to imagine at least some of that is…

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…