I’ve been revisiting a lot of anime that I have watched this year, seeing how this is about the time when we look back on everything 2016. That includes anime. And in all that time of reflection, I have to say:
orange is my pick for Anime of the Year 2016.
Yeah, I said it! And based on literally every poll I’ve seen lately, I’m in the minority for saying that. I’m sure for the next couple of days, anime fans will be arguing over why their favorite anime is the best. But for me, the reason is rather simple. orange didn’t just make me think about its narrative. It became part of my own.
The time travel. The murder mystery. The unflinching domestic violence. The reference to the Tale of the Spider’s Thread. The determined mother. The humanized criminal. The nihilistic plot. The town superhero. There are a lot of things to talk about in this series, but there is one theme I want to focus on for this review: the will of the artist.
Why? Because somehow I feel like only the artist (which I will keep ambiguous) could possibly coast us along and weave together every last detail of this series and make sense of all of it, from the protagonist’s struggle to the words from the pizza girl. And also, it’s the main reason I consider this a great series, despite the fact that (here we go) I found this anime to be annoying.
That’s not to say that I didn’t like it. I just… as a critic… look, do I really have to spell out how overly idealistic this series about an unlikely superhero is?
Hi all. Sorry for the lateness of this post, even though I announced that I would have it ready sooner. Seriously, I should start being more realistic and just say that I’m posting on days other than Tuesday! But anyway, let’s get into this underrated favorite of mine, shall we?
For this review, I will be examining both the first and second seasons of Kagewani together, as I don’t anticipate (for now, anyway) the possibility of a third. While this series is essentially a low-budget horror that aims to entertain us, I found myself really liking the character development involved. I mean, there’s not too much of it for the sake of each episode length, but it did get me to think about that monster that I have lurking within, too.
Or… maybe it’s just the fact that the main character is a professor, kind of like my alter ego on this blog! Hah! I don’t have a monster within, do I? Do I?
Hey everyone, I’m back from my hiatus. I might get around to telling you guys what I’ve been up to since or where I’m going in another post. But right now, I’d rather just dive into what I do best on this blog: share my in-depth thoughts on recent anime.
So this series was notoriously received poorly by a lot of fans, with plenty of polarizing opinions. And honestly, I kind of liked this one. But I’m not here to defend it per se, I’m just here to describe how I felt about this anime original as a whole and what makes it worth watching, despite its many, many criticisms.
So let’s dive right into it, because right now, my own personal demons have been kicking my ass as of late, and I won’t let that happen in the little time I have!