Naruto: What it Did Right and Where it Went Wrong Part 1

This past week was a major milestone in Naruto's history: the Boruto anime finished adapting The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring storyline. This may not sound significant, but The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring was the last Naruto story written by Masashi Kishimoto himself (Boruto is written by Ukyō Kodachi and illustrated by Mikio … Continue reading Naruto: What it Did Right and Where it Went Wrong Part 1

Hunter x Hunter’s Chimera Ant Arc is a Brilliant Mess Part 3: The Price of Ambition

Part 1 Part 2 Warning: This post contains major spoilers for Hunter x Hunter. There's no question that the Chimera Ant arc deserves a lot of the praise it gets. I've spent parts 1 and 2 analyzing just a few of it's major characters and themes, and there's still so much more that I didn't … Continue reading Hunter x Hunter’s Chimera Ant Arc is a Brilliant Mess Part 3: The Price of Ambition

Hunter x Hunter’s Chimera Ant Arc is a Brilliant Mess Part 2: The Significance of Names

Part 1 Warning: This post contains major spoilers for Hunter x Hunter. Names play a crucial role in the Chimera Ant arc. Giving people and things names is a fundamentally human trait, after all, and is a major factor in showing the Chimera Ants' growing humanity. At the start, none of them even have names of their … Continue reading Hunter x Hunter’s Chimera Ant Arc is a Brilliant Mess Part 2: The Significance of Names

Hunter x Hunter’s Chimera Ant Arc is a Brilliant Mess Part 1: The King’s Humanity

Spoiler Warning: This post contains major spoilers for Hunter x Hunter. There's a lot to be said about the Chimera Ant arc in Hunter x Hunter. Clocking in at around 60 episodes, it's by far the longest and most densely packed arc in the anime. It's also the show's best and messiest arc yet. Explaining … Continue reading Hunter x Hunter’s Chimera Ant Arc is a Brilliant Mess Part 1: The King’s Humanity

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