One Piece and the Art of Doing Flashbacks

Spoiler Warning: The following contains major spoilers for One Piece Everyone knows that flashbacks are never the best part of a story. At best, they give crucial information that sets up and explains the actual story and characters. At worst, they come off as wasting time. Either way, flashbacks aren't known for being good stories … Continue reading One Piece and the Art of Doing Flashbacks

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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood-A Final Act that Defines the Show

Warning: The following article contains major spoilers for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Back when I first started blogging, I wrote an article on the importance of endings and used Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood as an example of a great ending. I briefly explained what I liked about it there, but I feel like it deserves a more thorough … Continue reading Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood-A Final Act that Defines the Show

How to do Shounen Right (and Wrong)

Warning: This editorial contains minor spoilers for Naruto and One Piece. Out of the many genres in anime, there's one that's undoubtedly the most popular: shounen. The term shounen means something like "young boy" and is used to refer to anime and manga directed at adolescent and teenage boys. Shounen series are primarily action based and outdo … Continue reading How to do Shounen Right (and Wrong)