March comes like a Lion, or 3-gatsu no Lion, is one of those series you’d completely dismiss if someone else hadn’t talked you into watching it in the first place. I mean, why would anyone want to watch a 40-plus episodes anime about a sad teen who plays shogi? I’ll tell you why. This borderline masterpiece of a series is heartbreaking, heartwarming, and everything in between.Read More
Anime was one of the things that I thought I would grow out of, and for a while that was true. But as it turns out, it’s just something that grew and matured with me. Don’t get me wrong, there are still some ridiculous shows out there that make think “Damn, anime really is trash.” But one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, I suppose.
You know what isn’t trash? Shinsekai Yori, also known as From the New World.Read More
There are many things that I grew out of over the years (thankfully), but anime isn’t one of them. If anything, I’m even more immersed in it now thanks to a combination of my brother’s newfound interest in anime, recommendations from friends, and a growing list of covers to learn on the piano. With the exception of Attack on Titan, I didn’t watch anime between my third year of high school and months after graduating from university, so I’ve basically been playing this never-ending game of catch-up.
As you can guess, I was beyond excited to attend Anime Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center this year. I’ve been an on and off attendee for nearly a decade, but this was my brother’s first year at AX – the first of many, according to him. While I have been to AX plenty of times before, this has to be one of the best years yet. It takes an immense amount of work to organize the largest Japanese animation convention in North America, but the SPJA team, staff, and volunteers pulled it off.Read More
When I first got the idea to restart my blog, one of the posts I was looking forward to writing the most was about my favorite things for the year. And boy, what a year it turned out to be. 2016 was rocky from start to finish, but there were many people who got me through it, along with things that made the year just a tad less stressful.Read More