Shin Sekai Yori: The Best Anime in Years


For anyone who has read our annual Year in Review articles, it should come as no surprise that I hold From the New World (Shin Sekai Yori) in high esteem. It is the best anime to come out 2013 and one of the best shows I’ve seen in years. I suppose our review can be seen as sufficient enough praise for Shin Sekai Yori, but for those who want a more focused argument on the specific aspects that make the show is so special, here is my take on the series.

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Friday Anime Podcast 51: Winter 2014 Reflections


Welcome to Friday Anime Podcast (FAPcast) hosted by The Nihon Review.

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Yowamushi Pedal: Inside Japanese Culture

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I’ll be honestI’ve never been a huge fan of cycling. Watching the movements of dozens of athletes hunched over two-wheeled vehicles has never really appealed to me in the same way that soccer or Starcraft have. Yet Yowamushi Pedal, a show I picked up first thinking it would be a relatively light watch, has hooked me into a sports anime for the first time since Cross Game. A good sports anime can turn the topic of a sport you’ve never had interest into entertainment, and Yowamushi Pedal is just that.

No doubt if I was still a student, I would have been entertained by the show without thinking much of it, but after working in Japan I noticed that Yowamushi Pedal is a fantastic representation of some of the unrealistic expectations Japanese society places on its youth. Before I delve deeper into what I mean by that, let me describe just what it is about the series that has me thinking.

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Friday Anime Podcast 50: Spring 2014 Preview


Behind the Nihon Review is excited to present the latest Friday Anime Podcast (FAPcast)! We’re looking forward to hosting the show going forward. If you’re a bit confused by the title, it’s because the podcast was previously hosted on Desu ex Machina, the blog of one of our own staff writers, kevo.

Apologies for the late upload, but without further ado here’s this week’s show!

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Wuds v Society: Discrimination in Wizard Barristers

"She's a Wud"

“She’s a Wud”

As I wrote in my mid-season impression, Wizard Barristers established a few episodes in that the legal premise was going to be the background of the series and not the focus. Instead, the story has pursued the protagonist Cecil as the chosen one in some prophecy. Funny, I feel like I might have seen that somewhere before.  But just because the series isn’t focusing on the legal aspect doesn’t mean I can’t read way too much into it! It’s probably obvious, but let me state for the record that I am not a lawyer, just in case.

(Some spoilers for Wizard Barristers)
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