Review: 3-gatsu no Lion

3-gatsu no Lion revolves around Kiriyama Rei, a 17-year-old professional shogi player who lives alone in Tokyo. Rei’s introverted personality and troubled past cause him to lead a reclusive and unhealthy lifestyle however his encounters with his energetic shogi peers as well as the endearing Kawamoto sisters disrupt his bleak isolation. Through both shogi and his developing…

Winter 2017 – Week 12 Impressions

Considering how tragic and emotionally ingrained several of last week’s episodes were, week 10 took a turn for the uplifting. For some shows like 3-gatsu and Rakugo Shinjuu, it was the calm following a storm and the resolution of some of the show’s climactic moments. For other shows like ACCA, this week felt like the breath before the plunge. […]

Winter 2017 – Week 11 Impressions

Considering how tragic and emotionally ingrained several of last week’s episodes were, week 10 took a turn for the uplifting. For some shows like 3-gatsu and Rakugo Shinjuu, it was the calm following a storm and the resolution of some of the show’s climactic moments. For other shows like ACCA, this week felt like the breath before the plunge. […]

Winter 2017 – Week 10 Impressions

Considering how tragic and emotionally ingrained several of last week’s episodes were, week 10 took a turn for the uplifting. For some shows like 3-gatsu and Rakugo Shinjuu, it was the calm following a storm and the resolution of some of the show’s climactic moments. For other shows like ACCA, this week felt like the breath before the plunge.…

Winter 2017 – Week 9 Impressions

All things considered, this was a pretty big week for some of this season’s front runners. Rakugo Shinjuu delivers on yet another emotionally climactic episode, 3-gatsu sees the Lion King Tournament come to a dramatic and sentimental close, and ACCA pulls back the veil and reveals some of its innermost workings which have remained hidden for so long. Little…

Winter 2017 – Week 8 Impressions

Hey look, it’s another week of me actually being caught up on all of the shows I’m watching. Rakugo Shinjuu, 3-gatsu no Lion, and Little Witch Academia were certainly the high-points of the week though ACCA had a particularly strong episode as well. Kobayashi-san managed to combine the philosophical introspection of human ephemerality along with the passionate sentimentality of loving something in…

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,…

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…