“Haikyuu!!” Gives Me Life and This is Why

For most of my life, sports-themed anime was some of the most boring content I’d ever seen. Most of the old-school stuff was hardly engaging, and I couldn’t help but want something more. Something flashy or exciting. Sports anime also tend to follow the same tropes, of underdogs trying to get an edge in an…

Exploring Gothic Fairy Tale in “Wolf’s Rain”

There aren’t many anime that my family will watch, but this was the show that my dad and siblings loved right along with me. We even brought it on our family vacations in the mountains, and watched each episode well into the night, camping in the forests of Yosemite. Very fitting. “Wolf’s Rain” is one…

Top Underrated Anime Ending Songs

A few posts ago, I wrote about how Japanese anime shows give relevance to both their opening title and credit sequences, especially more so than American television. Heck, for a lot of American TV the title sequence is 10 seconds or less, just a splash of instrumentals and an impactful visual. But I’ve grown to…

Crossing Genres with “Samurai Champloo”

Have you and your friends ever come up with stupid ideas for combo films? Like zombies in space, or Batman in a western, these ideas are often something that’s just joked about or pursued in fiction. But there are some visual works out there that take the leap and challenge the norm, crossing unlikely genres…

The Anticipation Kills Me: New Shows to Get Excited About

It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten back into exploring some good new TV, and with the announcements of all sorts of new projects on the horizon, I’m getting excited about what’s coming down the pipe. Here are six shows, three live action and three anime, that I’m looking forward to most this year. Pictured above:…

“Cowboy Bebop”: 3, 2, 1…Let’s Jam!

Happy Friday! I’ve been putting off this review for a while. I’ve started and paused many a sentence for a post like this, but was held back by the fear that I wouldn’t be able to do the show justice. Then I realized if I kept putting it off, it wouldn’t matter, so I bit…