Akira

Beautifully designed typefaces and tall, slender blondes are the treasures of a nation. Current favorite artists: - Eretto - Kantoku - Mizoguchi Keiji - Ueda Ryou - Morii Shitsugi

The Loli Lifestyle?

The Loli Lifestyle?

I’ve amused many (and irked at least one person!) with my oh-so-brilliant outburst during the inaugural episode of Three-Way Action. I’m going to defend myself a bit here.

What’s Missing from Hanasaku Iroha?

What's Missing from Hanasaku Iroha?

A measure of maturity and a useful supporting cast.

The Nihon Revue, Episode Four

The Nihon Revue, Episode Four

おまたせ!Here’s the fourth episode of our seasonal podcast, The Nihon Revue, featuring original cast members Sorrow-kun and Akira. In this episode we take pretension to new heights in our analysis of Wandering Son, talk about Yamakan‘s hubris, and review a Subaru advertisement. Major spoilers for Wandering Son, minor spoilers for all other series discussed. My roommates […]

Moe Archetypes and the Organizational Man

Moe Archetypes and the Organizational Man

Archetypes dominate anime— so much that when critics find shows and characters which defy classification, they are hailed as revolutionary. The focus of today’s article is not on those revolutionary shows. It’s about everything else— the vast majority of anime which seeks to articulate themselves within a tired niche.

Fractale and the Myth of Post-Scarcity Utopia

Fractale and the Myth of Post-Scarcity Utopia

There’s been much discussion surrounding Fractale and its setting. 2DT over at 2D-Teleidoscope has postulated that Fractale falls into the sub-genre of science fiction that concerns itself with post-scarcity dystopia, and TIF proposed a Marxist reading of the show. Let’s take a look at these claims in more detail.