The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman The was a hand in the darkness and it held a knife. Without having read the book in several years, I can still recall the iconic opening line perfectly. Gaiman is a talented writer, and this book shows it well; from the masterful opening line to the clever and effective illustrations interspersed throughout. Even with such a violent opening and with death as … Continue reading The Graveyard Book

Over the Garden Wall

From fairy tale tropes to singing frogs, to witches and heroic quests, this quaint, animated miniseries captures the feeling of a perfectly whimsical eternal autumn. At ten episodes, each only twelve minutes long, OTGW is a quick, extremely satisfying watch. The animation is simple, with bright, autumnal colors and unique character designs; it is used to the fullest to inject a heavy dose of fantastic … Continue reading Over the Garden Wall

Trout Fishing in America

By Richard Brautigan A review on the back of this book used the term “mayonnaise” to describe Trout Fishing in America – and they were exactly right. Reading it was like eating a sandwich with an odd amount of mayo. Sometimes there was too little and it felt dry, sometimes too much and it felt creepy to eat, sometimes there was the perfect amount and … Continue reading Trout Fishing in America

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

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