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Nichijou and the Standard Failings of Random Comedy

Nichijou and the Standard Failings of Random Comedy

I have a great deal of respect for movie reviewer Roger Ebert and equal respect for the respective geniuses (a word I don’t throw around lightly) of Trey Parker and Matt Stone, so when the two parties clash, it’s very difficult not to have mixed feelings. One such clash took place in the distant past, […]

3rd Anime Oscars?

3rd Anime Oscars?

For the third year running, I’ve set up a mock award for anime, based on the Oscars and timed to coincide with Hollywood’s most prestigious annual awards. I’ve tried to make this award resemble the real Academy Awards as closely as possible, with a couple of allowances for the sake of relevance and convenience. This […]

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 […]

Fall 2010 Mid-season Impressions

Fall 2010 Mid-season Impressions

It’s half-way through another season, so it’s time for another Mid-season Impressions from The Nihon Review! There has been quite a nice variety of anime this season to fit most any taste or niche, and a number of very interesting and controversial shows to generate a ton of discussion. Thus, a few of us here […]

An Educator’s Role in Fostering Creativity

An Educator's Role in Fostering Creativity

Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru is turning to be a rather entertaining little comedy, and while it probably isn’t the best anime Shinbo Akiyuki has ever made, it’s more than watchable. One of the highlights of the first three episodes has been the way main character, Hotori, and super serious maths teacher, Mr. Moriaki, play off […]