Here's a fact: the deaf community are criminally underrepresented in TV, movies and videogames. But you know what's arguably worse than being underrepresented? Being represented poorly, which deaf characters almost exclusively are, in pretty much every medium. I'm not sure why, but writers and developers across the world seem totally incapable of creating intelligent, confident,... Continue Reading →
Darling in the Franxx: 576 minutes of mechs, sex and the enduring need to love.
What is Darling in the Franxx? Boy oh boy. I have a lot to say about Darling in the Franxx. On the surface, Darling in the Franxx looks like just another generic 'mecha' anime - which wouldn't be a bad thing necessarily since who doesn't like mechs? - after all it's got all the necessary... Continue Reading →
Horimiya – a wholesome AF rom-com
What is Horimiya? Horimiya (Horisan to Miyamurakun in Japanese, really inventive name there) is a slice-of-life rom-com that aired in early 2021. It is a short, self-contained anime with 1 season and 13 episodes. It was based off of a pretty niche self-published manga series which is probably why it took more than a decade... Continue Reading →
Fire Force’s protagonist is not only a snack, but he also comes with a healthy side of positive representation for trauma survivors
Let's be honest. A lot of people start watching Fire Force because they think there's going to be lots of hot firefighters to oggle at. If that's you, then let me save you some time. Fire Force is about fighting fires in much the same way that Attack on Titan is about attacking titans -... Continue Reading →
Sorry, My Hero Academia – Black Clover is my stand-out shounen of 2021.
Shounen is the most popular genre of anime by a country mile. Dragon Ball Z, Naruto, Attack on Titan, One Piece, Bleach, Death Note, Fullmetal Alchemist, Haikyuu!!, My Hero Academia, the list goes on and on. What is it that makes shounen so popular? Could it simply be because people love rooting for the good... Continue Reading →
Bungo Stray Dogs: adventures of a self-loathing werebeast and a suicidal maniac
Here's something I always wondered: why do so many anime insist on having names that have absolutely nothing to do with the actual anime. Like, you would have no idea what kind of show Bungo Stray Dogs was going solely on the name, would you? Well, while Bungo Stray Dogs may have a strange name,... Continue Reading →
Sword Art Online is not a bad anime, guys. You just don’t like it when male protagonists express their feelings.
Sword Art Online is truly a cursed series. Not because it's bad - but because it's cursed to be constantly crapped all over just for having been super popular in 2012. It's like the Nickelback of anime: nobody knows why they hate it; most people haven't even watched past the first series; but everybody else... Continue Reading →
A Castlevania megafan reviews the Netflix Castlevania series.
Boy, do I love Castlevania. But you know what I don't love? Crappy cash-in movies based off my favourite franchises. I don't trust Hollywood with any of my beloved IPs for a second, not after what they did to Warcraft and Monster Hunter. When I heard Netflix was adapting Castlevania into its own anime series,... Continue Reading →
Let’s talk about Goblin Slayer, and its depiction of sexual violence.
So let me set the scene. I'm browsing my local HMV for a new anime series to watch (I'm old-fashioned so I like to own products outright instead of renting them from streaming services) when season one of Goblin Slayer catches my eye. Huh, Goblin Slayer, I thought. That's Funimation and Crunchyroll's little project. How... Continue Reading →
Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance – A challenging tactical RPG, but with added anime.
For many centuries, the world's greatest philosophers and thinkers have pondered over why all the most ridiculous and over-the-top creations always seem come out of Japan. Whilst we are no closer to answering this most confounding of conundrums, in the meantime, Japanese videogame developers continue to anoint the world with some of the weirdest and... Continue Reading →