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

Killing Stalking

By Koogi If you’re looking for a complex survival horror mired with morally gray and downright twisted characters that keeps up an engaging plot, this is the manhwa for you. Killing Stalking follows a stalker after he breaks into the home of his current obsession – and accidentally discovers that the boy he thought was kind and crushworthy is actually a murderer with a penchant … Continue reading Killing Stalking

Jack Frost

By Jin-Ho Go There are many interpretations of Jack Frost found across all types of media, but only one interpretation pegs him as a supernatural assassin living in a school for the dead called Amityville High. Amityville High is where the dead go to finalize their deaths – by killing each other. The unfortunate protagonist, Noh-A, finds herself there under unusual circumstances which upset the … Continue reading Jack Frost

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

The Ring Companion

Meikle, Denis. The Ring Companion. Titan Books, 2005. For my resources on Ring and The Ring: click here, or here for my Ring novel review. While this a definitive resource on the facts surrounding the various Ring films – of which many are included and examined in this book – the author’s tone is remarkably pretentious. He introduces his research by stating that his book … Continue reading The Ring Companion

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