Welcome to the NHK – the anime that (almost) made me quit anime

'In this world, conspiracies exist'. Sato Tatsuhiro So begins Tatsuhiko Takimoto's novel, Welcome to the NHK, in decidedly paranoid fashion. Right after comes the next piece of the puzzle, a context-shifting statement of self-awareness that shows that at least the possibly unhinged narrator might have an inkling that his perception of reality may be slightly … Continue reading Welcome to the NHK – the anime that (almost) made me quit anime

The Deathly Calm of Depression: 3-gatsu no Lion Episode 1

It's rare for any series that you immediately begin to feel empathy for a character even before the opening credits, even before a proper introduction, but that's exactly what happened to me with Rei Kiriyama, the central character of  3-gatsu no Lion. As the credits begin, he falls into some great watery expanse. Did he … Continue reading The Deathly Calm of Depression: 3-gatsu no Lion Episode 1

Mob vs. Saitama: How ONE’s protagonists are inversions of each other

With the critically acclaimed second season of Mob Psycho 100 currently airing, and the highly anticipated second season of One Punch Man on the way soon, I decided to give myself a refresher and re-watch the first seasons of both, but to try to do so in an unconventional way: by alternating between individual episodes … Continue reading Mob vs. Saitama: How ONE’s protagonists are inversions of each other

No Game No Life Ep. 1 highlights the yearning for escapism

I had a truly bizarre, reality-bending moment while watching the first episode of No Game No Life. There were the two protagonists, Sora and Shiro, suddenly just yanked out of their world, now thousands of feet up in the sky, in free-fall, heading at breakneck speed towards the ground of another unfamiliar, alien world, and … Continue reading No Game No Life Ep. 1 highlights the yearning for escapism

GUNNM, Alita’s source material, is just as cinematic as in any other medium

I went to see Alita: Battle Angel this weekend. I'm not going to add to the deluge of hundreds of other reviews of the movie coming out on the internet right now, but I will say this: it's entertaining, groundbreaking, totally worth your time, and you should go see it, if only to reward filmmakers … Continue reading GUNNM, Alita’s source material, is just as cinematic as in any other medium