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Restrictions of Consistency

Restrictions of Consistency

The year of 2010 was teeming with experimental approaches to jumpstart the medium, be it the attempts at original storylines, the omnibus format, or the use of unconventional execution. While such bursts of creativity have given us some memorable stories, most are remembered not for their ingenuity but for their spectacular failure to pull through. […]

Who’s Had a Good Year in 2010?

Who's Had a Good Year in 2010?

It’s December, the time when the anime blogosphere reflects on the year that’s been, so we can expect a swathe of “the year in review” articles coming soon. Our own “Year in Review” article will be published in the first few days of January (here’s last year’s for those unfamiliar to our yearly tradition), and […]

The Nihon Revue, Episode One

The Nihon Revue, Episode One

That’s right, kids— The Nihon Review now has a podcast! It’s called The Nihon Revue, and features the ever-so-charming Sorrow-kun and everyone’s least favorite blogger (yours truly) doing what The Nihon Review does best: reviewing anime. For our pilot episode, we have for you five of last season’s hits. Most of these shows have finished […]

Ambition and Profit in Anime – What do We do About “Failed” Experiments?

Ambition and Profit in Anime - What do We do About

When omo, writing for his site Omonomono, gave his final impression of Angel Beats, he talked about seeing it fall under its own weight, and likened it to what a “failed” attempt to make ef – a tale of memories might look like. It got me thinking about the concept of ambition in anime, and […]

The Unpredictability of Angel Beats

The Unpredictability of Angel Beats

There are two types of people in the world: those who like Angel Beats, and those who don’t… which, of course, completely ignores the third type that haven’t heard of Angel Beats, let alone seen an episode, which constitute the vast majority of the world’s population. Either way, there’s one thing common across both types […]