Attack on Titan’s Troubled Relationship with the Holocaust

When Attack on Titan revealed what was in Eren's basement, the result was bound to be controversial. It's been built up as a major plot point since the first season aired back in 2014, and the show's spent so much time on it that no answer would satisfy everyone. Even so, I think it's fair … Continue reading Attack on Titan’s Troubled Relationship with the Holocaust

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One Piece 3D2Y: Byrnndi World’s Futile Journey

Shonen movies and specials like One Piece's 3D2Y have a difficult challenge: tell a satisfying story without doing anything to change the status quo. Nothing that happens in them can have a noticeable impact on the plot, the characters, or even the world outside of the context of the film itself. One Piece has circumvented … Continue reading One Piece 3D2Y: Byrnndi World’s Futile Journey

Steins;Gate 0 and The Strength to Challenge Fate

Spoiler warning for Steins;Gate and Steins;Gate 0 Throughout its run, Steins;Gate 0 features one recurring question: "Does Steins Gate exist?" That one worldline, one where Mayuri and Kurisu aren't fated to die, where the world doesn't go to hell. Is it possible to reach such an outcome? We know from the original Steins;Gate that it … Continue reading Steins;Gate 0 and The Strength to Challenge Fate

Why I Dropped Goblin Slayer and Why Dark Stories Aren’t the Same as Good Stories

I rarely drop seasonal anime after just one episode. Not because I insist on watching everything to the end, but because I'm usually able to get a good sense for whether I'd like something. Even if a show takes its time getting to the meat of the story, I'm usually willing to give it the … Continue reading Why I Dropped Goblin Slayer and Why Dark Stories Aren’t the Same as Good Stories