My Thoughts on Deconstructions in Anime

It seems there is a lot of confusion to be had when it comes to deconstructions in anime. I am not going to claim I have all, or any, of the answers, but here are my thoughts on the subject matter at hand.

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Can We Stop Overusing the Word “Dark” to Describe Anime Series?

The anime blogger and critic community have always had a soft spot for buzzwords. However, this post will be focusing on a very specific word that I consider to be overused to the point of basically being meaningless. I’m talking about the word, “dark.” Continue reading “Can We Stop Overusing the Word “Dark” to Describe Anime Series?”

Fall 2016 Anime Midseason Musings

All of the anime shows that are currently airing this season have reached at least episode 6 by now (save a few late starters), which marks this week as the midway point (roughly) of the season. How do the shows I review on a weekly basis stand?

(Spoilers in this post)

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Yuki Yuna wa Yusha de Aru – Anime Series Review

Episodes: 12

Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Mahou Shoujo, Slice-of-Life

Aired: Oct 2014 to Dec 2014

Also known as結城友奈は勇者である, Yuki Yuuna is a Hero, YuYuYu

Synopsis: What does it mean to be a hero? Yuki Yuuna thinks she knows. As part of the Hero Club in her middle school, Yuki always does her best, wants to help others, and strives to bring smiles to people’s faces, no matter who they are.

But Yuki is about to become a much bigger hero. Mysterious and powerful forces are approaching and threatening to destroy the world Yuki knows and loves, and it’s up to Yuki and the Hero Club to stop them. Together with her companions, Yuki uses a special phone app to transform into a magical girl and battle against strange beings called vertices.

In between studying and putting on shows for kids, Yuuki has to fight for the very existence of her world. Can five middle school girls really stop the vertices from entering their home world and destroying it?

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Selector Infected WIXOSS – Anime Series Review

Episodes: 12

Genres: Card game, Drama, Fantasy, Supernatural

Aired: April 2014 to Jun 2014

Summary: It’s hard being the new girl, and Kominato Ruuko knows this better than anyone. She has yet to make any new friends after moving to a new town. Her brother sees her struggling and gives her a deck for the popular trading card game, WIXOSS, hoping that it would help Ruuko connect with other people and forge new friendships.

In Selector Infected WIXOSS, each WIXOSS deck comes equipped with a LRIG card, which serves as a player’s avatar during matches. It all seems pretty straightforward…except for one thing. The girl drawn on Ruuko’s card moves and talks! Is that normal? She soon finds out when a fellow student at her school approaches her and challenges her to a WIXOSS battle.

Over the course of their match, Ruuko learns a few things. First of all, she is a Selector, a special girl who is gifted with a living LRIG. Secondly, Selectors have the opportunity to make a wish come true. But, finally, if they lose three matches, they forfeit their chance to realize a wish and instead become cursed. Ruuko’s fight for her heart’s desire begins now!

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Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku Episode 1 Review – “Welcome to a World of Dreams and Magic!”

First impressions: the artstyle really reminds me of Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Hidamari Sketch. I know some people can’t stomach that kind of artstyle, so I just wanted to give a heads-up.

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