Madoka Magica

If Yuki Yuna is an attempt at introducing cosmic horror, agency, and the personal consequences of power usage, then Madoka is the end all be all of magical girl deconstruction. It’s pastel, adorable, friendship centered, and absolutely horrifying, in the best way. Whether you watch the original series or the two recap films, the series is both beautiful and fascinating to watch unfold. Both series … Continue reading Madoka Magica

Yuki Yuna is a Hero

I was recommended this series on the grounds of both body horror and magical girls – which I love individually, but combined? Even better. With this specific combo in mind, I was a little disappointed. The magical girl aspect isn’t lacking: with flower themed battle suits and sparkling transformation sequences, Yuki Yuna more than delivered the pastel cuteness requisite of the genre. The cosmic horror … Continue reading Yuki Yuna is a Hero

Tsuritama

Fishing Ball, usually just called Tsuritama, is a beautifully animated slice of life series that follows the adventures of a young boy with social anxiety and chronicles him learning to fish. It sounds simple and slightly boring on the surface, but the visual presentation of the main character being overwhelmed in social situations by drowning while no one notices is an incredible enough detail for … Continue reading Tsuritama

Bakemonogatari

Sometimes visuals are more important than plot. The Bakemonogatari series follows a simple supernatural harem┬ástory: the major catches of the series are the stunning visuals and unique, fluid animations with beautifully detailed urban backgrounds in a silent, empty world – and the in media res beginning and surreal,┬ánonlinear order that the series order follows. There are two ways to watch the series: the chronological order … Continue reading Bakemonogatari

Neon Genesis Evangelion

By Hideaki Anno As far as classic anime goes, Eva has become more like a cult phenomena over the years since its 1995 debut. The series has spawned multiple video games, manga adaptations, movies, merchandise, and extra content. Eva takes all the familiar hallmarks of the mecha genre and injects psychological realism and an increasingly dark tone until the show itself begins to feel less … Continue reading Neon Genesis Evangelion

Hellsing

By Kouta Hirano Much like how Tolkien’s Ents were spawned from Great Birnam Wood’s failure to actually come to life in order to defeat Macbeth, Hellsing arose from the cursed ashes of Dracula’s death. Hellsing creates an alternate ending for Dracula in which Abraham Van Helsing uses his knowledge of monster hunting and the powerful tomes he has captured from witches over the years to … Continue reading Hellsing

Revolutionary Girl Utena

By Chiho Saito There is something both epically heroic and tragically Shakespearian about this series. A valorous knight fighting to save a trapped princess is a tale as old as time, and modernizations of such a familiar plot are abundant, especially as romances. Utena is one such series. It features a helpless princess trapped in poor circumstances and kept under guard by a band of … Continue reading Revolutionary Girl Utena

Sailor Moon – Original Anime

By Naoko Takeuchi My first experience with Sailor Moon was when I was a toddler; I vividly remember watching the series and having a Sailor Moon themed birthday one year. Mercury was my favorite, and at 21 years old and rewatching the series, she still is. Jupiter is coming up close, now. There are three facets to the Sailor Moon series; the manga, the first … Continue reading Sailor Moon – Original Anime

Magical Girl of The End

By Sato Kentaro A high action, intensely plot driven zombie-apocalypse style manga that uses its genres for good. “Ecchi Horror Romance” is usually a sign of – what can most kindly be called – low brow gore porn; however, this series takes those assumptions and runs with them, all the way out of the park and into reality. The first chapter is rife with typical … Continue reading Magical Girl of The End