Magia Record: The “Joey” of Unnecessary Spinoffs

I put off watching Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story for a while because of my baggage with the original series. Madoka Magica is one of my top 5 favorite anime. The art, music, and pacing are phenomenal, and I love the mashup of its cutesy magical girl aesthetic and existential horror (and... Continue Reading →

Music in Anime: How Yuki Kajiura Defined Modern Anime OSTs

Maybe it's from playing classical piano as a kid, but I've always been fascinated by movie, TV and game soundtracks. A lot of artistry and craft goes into writing the perfect piece to stir and audience's heartstrings, and often these composers don't get the credit they're due. So today I wanted to talk about one... Continue Reading →

How Anime Uses Surrealism To Tell A Story

Disclaimer: This post contains minor spoilers for Paprika, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and Revolutionary Girl Utena. There's nothing that would ruin your experience if you haven't seen these anime yet, but I just wanted to give a heads up. Anyway, let's talk about some avant-garde shit! Anime is weird, in a good way. It can... Continue Reading →

My Top 10 Anime Series of the 2010’s

The 2010's were as awesome a decade for anime as they were terrible for pretty much everything else. The arrival of streaming changed the game completely, and there are now more awesome anime coming out now than ever before. Digital animation is mind-blowingly good now, and tons of shows have really pushed the envelope in... Continue Reading →

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