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Dog X Scissors (Anime Review)

Posted by Devin McCullough on

Stories are an integral part of human nature. This narrative communication is used to explain the past, hopes and fears for the future, provide advice or instruction, or to entertain an audience. One of the most enduring forms of narrative is the medium of written stories. While stories have different meanings to many people, there are some that become obsessive about particular authors or types of stories. In Dog x Scissors, Kazuhito Harumi is a high school student obsessed with reading books of all types, and in particular he is a zealous follower of the author Shinobu Akiyama’s work. While...

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No-Rin (Comedy Anime Review)

Posted by Devin McCullough on

Fandom is an interesting sensation within the human psyche. Those who are reading this are either fans of anime, looking to become fans of anime, or are trying to better understand fans of anime. While all fandoms may be slightly different, it is always amazing to the people from all walks of life that are brought together to enjoy the commonality their fandom provides. However, all fandoms and creators must endure some fans that are overly obsessed with the stars and creators of their favorite medium. Some fans are intrigued beyond normal fandom, because it is a way for them...

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Bakuon (Slice of Life Anime Review)

Posted by Devin McCullough on

Motorcycles are more than a mode of transportation in media, they are the epitome of all that is cool. From American classic films such as The Wild One, Easy Rider, and The Wild Angels, with the motorcycle comes an element of cool edginess. Even the futuristic motorcycle from the anime classic Akira carries this connotation, as its rider is trying to outrun police after gaining telekinesis. With this in mind, it is important to remember that in areas of the world where space is limited the motorcycle is an optimal mode of transportation. Often times looked down upon, due to...

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New Game! (Slice of Life Anime Review)

Posted by Devin McCullough on

With many nuanced protocols, myths, and seniority privileges, Japanese business culture creates a fascinating dichotomy for Westerners to observe. Similarly, fans of video games are often fascinated by how their favorite games are created. New Game! attempts to give some comedic insight into both of these business cultures in the form of a slice-of-life anime. New Game! focuses on Aoba Suzukaze, who recently obtained her dream job, immediately after graduating high school, as a digital artist for her favorite game company, Eaglejump. In grade school, Aoba’s favorite game series was Faries’ Story, which was created by Eaglejump, and now she...

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Glitter Force (Kid's Anime Review)

Posted by Devin McCullough on

Netflix’s new anime series Glitter Force uses many stereotypical tropes of the magical girl anime to weave together a simple and cute story. Also known as Smile PreCure!, or Smile Pretty Cure!, this is the ninth series within the Pretty Cure franchise. This particular review will be focused on the Netflix English dub of the series, for multiple reasons that will be explained. When Emily transfers to Rainbow Hills Middle School, the last thing she expects is to literally have a magical book fall out of the sky. As this book falls a cute character named Candy pops out of...

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