Anime Review: Rin-ne

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Do you like anime? Anime where the hero is awesome? The girls are cute? The villains are multi-layered? And the plot sucks you into its narrative? Well then prepare to throw everything you thought you knew about anime out the window (although the girl is still cute)!

Created by one of the most successful artists in the manga/anime industry Rumiko Takahashi, Rin-ne is the anti-anime, where the hero is… okay, the girl is average, the villains are just dumb, and the plot punches you in the gut for expecting anything more than flat-out comedy. AND IT’S GLORIOUS!

After all, this anime makes fun of the one thing fans hate to love and critics love to hate: the tropes.

Tamako

Lots.

Masato

And lots!

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Recent Anime that Subtly Broke their Genre Molds

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I’m going to do something a little different. I have been seeing a lot of gripes about how anime is getting repetitive lately, and to be honest, that is true on a basic, oversimplified level. While the industry does favor anime with similar stories and themes in terms of being “safe” choices for viewers, there are others that enjoy making fun of tired tropes in the form of parodies, or completely deconstruct their genres. These kinds of shows are the ones that fans and critics alike will talk about the most, whether they liked or disliked them.

However, I’m more interested in a handful of “middle tier” anime: shows that weren’t necessarily bad or good, but altered their themes slightly where they felt original to me, but also maintained important aspects of their respective genres. Some of these have become popular, but I thought that they were very creative in offering something different. For limitation’s sake, these are anime series that I have already reviewed on this blog. By the end of this post, I hope you’ll appreciate the idea that no two anime are alike.

These are in no particular order.

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Anime Review: Space Patrol Luluco

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So my last batch of reviews have been very theory-driven, analyzing the use of very real concepts in very unreal situations. Well not this time.

I’ll get back to thought-provoking anime another day. Today, I’m just going to cover something fun. And while I’m sure someone out there is hard at work making fan theories for this fun short series, I’ll be looking at Studio Trigger’s recent gem as it is: a tribute to everything they have created thus far. Why? I don’t know. I guess I’ll have to figure that — JUSTICE!

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Anime Review: Your Name.

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There is a tale in Chinese and Japanese folklore about a red thread. Because of its divine properties, it cannot be seen, nor felt. You will never even notice that it’s there. But by some other worldly chance, the red thread will always bind two people together, across time and space. It is said that two people who are bound by this red thread will make history together.

For modern interpreters, the meaning of this tale is rather simple: the two who are bound by this red thread are soul mates; and thus, they will be romantically attracted to each other. But if you were to ask a classic Eastern interpreter, the red thread goes beyond just erotic love. A higher love, you might say. It is this quality of the red thread that I am reminded of when I saw one of the highest grossing anime films of 2016 recently: Your Name.

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