Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: When Adaptive Scripting Goes Too Far

Note: I'm not writing this as a hit piece on Funimation, the script writer, or dubs in general. I'm only writing to analyze the place of dubs and adaptive scripting. I don't condone harassment of any sort and this shouldn't be taken as me having anything against the people involved with the dub. Funimation's dub of Miss … Continue reading Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: When Adaptive Scripting Goes Too Far

Why do Stories Matter? Re:Creators and the Power of Fiction

Spoiler Warning: This post contains spoilers for Re:Creators. What makes stories matter? They're not real. Nothing in them ever happened. They're just ideas that someone thought sounded good, and yet we place so much importance in them. This very question is one of the central themes of Re:Creators. Upon entering the "real" world Alicetaria and many of the other … Continue reading Why do Stories Matter? Re:Creators and the Power of Fiction

Your Name. vs. Fullmetal Alchemist: Why Plot Holes Don’t Matter as Much as You Think

Spoiler Warning: This post contains spoilers for Your Name. and Fullmetal Alchemist. A couple of weeks ago I came upon an interesting thread while I was browsing r/anime. The thread in question was people listing/discussing plot holes in anime. The existence of plot holes isn't anything noteworthy-any story-driven medium is going to have stories with plot holes … Continue reading Your Name. vs. Fullmetal Alchemist: Why Plot Holes Don’t Matter as Much as You Think

A Silent Voice is a Good Movie that Deserved to be Great

Spoiler Warning: This post contains spoilers for A Silent Voice and Cowboy Bebop. Kyoto Animation's film adaptation of the manga A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) has gotten a lot of hype lately, and for good reason too. The manga's very well respected, Kyoto Ani is one of the most highly regarded studios in anime, and the … Continue reading A Silent Voice is a Good Movie that Deserved to be Great

“I am Here!” The Value of My Hero Academia’s Sincerity

"Fear not citizens, hope has arrived! Because I am here!" With these words, All Might, the world's greatest hero in My Hero Academia, proudly introduced himself as he saved people from a major disaster. When I first watched this scene, I was a little skeptical. I thought he sounded kind of pretentious and full of himself. I couldn't … Continue reading “I am Here!” The Value of My Hero Academia’s Sincerity

The Importance of Style in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

Warning: The following editorial contains spoilers for the first two seasons of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Style over substance is a term that's often used to refer to works (not just anime) that are perceived to value appearance and presentation over raw story. The general perception is that the way a story is presented is less important than … Continue reading The Importance of Style in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure