I adore Gokushufudou. It's also a remarkably static, one-note comedy. And yet it pulls some clever tricks to get away with that supposedly-narrow thesis.
Everybody seems to be picking up an extra hobby right now, after all, and model-kit-building has always struck me as a fun pastime. Except when it immediately becomes a time trap.
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is available to stream on Hulu, HiDive, and VRV. When the world becomes inherently stressful, people’s taste for fiction tends to gravitate toward one of two directions: Escapism, running pell-mell in the opposite direction from dreary reality (the Animal Crossing approach)Terror or tragedy, leaning right into the stress of it all (the Grindhouse or Grave of the …
One Week Friends is available to stream on Crunchyroll, HiDive, and VRV. Anime has a tendency to pull some weird concepts out of its collective hat. See, for example, the the buddy comedy film where Buddha and Jesus share an apartment. Or the show about an after-school club for piloting (remarkably accurately-drawn) tanks as a …
Everybody loves a comeback story. They're flat-out inspiring. But like in Stars Align, to get back up again, you have to get knocked down first.
The very first thing to excite me about Pokémon: Twilight Wings was its staff in Studio Colorido. But that’s hardly reflected at all in its international release.
Stock characters are, generally, delightful. The exception tends to be protagonists, and for all I love anime, it suffers a lot from lead characters being the flattest members of their casts.