March comes in like a lion has offered a stirring portrait of depression and personal anxiety all through its strong run. Its protagonist Rei has spent many years suffering alone, not wanting to burden others with his unhappy feelings. Today on Why It Works, let's explore just how well the show articulates that instinct, and the hope it promises for all those who keep their pain locked away.
Juni Taisen has been steadly whittling down its remaining cast, but its choices still contribute to a greater whole. Today we'll explore how the last episodes of its first act set the stage for the show to come!
It can be hard to manage the contrasting demands of audience investment and constant murder implicit in a battle royale. This is even more true when that battle royale only has twelve contestants, meaning characters will be exiting pretty much just as soon as we get to know them. Today on Why It Works, let's explore how Juni Taisen handles this dilemma, and puts its characters to their best possible use!
In a season full of long-awaited sequels and stunning newbies, Recovery of an MMO Junkie has turned out to be one of my unexpected favorites. Let's dive into MMO Junkie, and explore a few reasons why this scrappy MMO story is such a delight!
Magic in The Ancient Magus' Bride is not something to be tamed, and never a power you can rely on. It is something ancient and dangerous and temperamental, something we can hope to harness briefly, but never seek to master. Today on Why It Works, let's explore the unique style of magic in The Ancient Magus' Bride!
With the fall season now fully underway, the number of great new shows available feels a little overwhelming. Today on Why It Works, I'll be offering some watch suggestions in a wide variety of genres, and helping you start off this season in the best way possible!
Do you hear the call for adventure? Do you want to travel beyond this place, to find what's waiting in the far field? Today we'll explore three new shows that embrace that urge, and offer fantastical journeys well worth taking. Hit the jump to discover this season's most wanderlust-ready contenders!
Class 1-A's talented students have overcome a great deal in their first semester at U.A. High. Their many prior feats demand their final exams set a high bar, and the U.A. faculty are ready to provide. Today on Why It Works, we conclude our report on the trials and triumphs of U.A.'s most promising students!
As a warm romantic comedy, Tsuredure Children is an absolute gem from start to finish. But it's not just the good times that make Tsuredure Children such a strong show. Today on Why It Works, let's explore how Tsuredure Children's most painful moments actually make it that much stronger and kinder of a show!
Class 1-A's students are indeed talented, but they're still a mottly bunch, riddled with weaknesses and far too reliant on inconsistent strengths. In light of that, we're going to be putting them through the crucible for their final exams, and hoping they all emerge stronger for it. Let's break down the results of Class 1-A's final exams so far!
Crunchyroll have been snatching up some very fine shows recently, in a wide range of genres. Looking back at their recent acquisitions, I noticed several shows whose striking mastery of atmosphere make them uniquely captivating experiences. Today I'll be highlighting these shows, and hopefully offering everyone something new to explore!
With the exit of Tatsuya Oishi as director, the Monogatari franchise underwent a series of transformations in its later seasons. Today on Why It Works, we'll explore a few of its various artistic tangents, highlighting many of the aesthetic tricks that make this series special!
The Monogatari franchise has gone through many diverse incarnations across its various seasons, OVAs, and films. Today we'll take a look back at the series' wild art design, starting with Tatsuya Oishi's Bakemonogatari!
The often incompatible strengths of manga and anime can make adapting a visually powerful manga into a seemingly impossible task. Today we'll explore how My Hero Academia tackled that challenge, and brough the thrilling hero killer arc to life!
Horror in anime can be a very tricky thing to pull off. To put it bluntly, it's very tough to make people feel scared of animation. Crunchyroll's newly acquired Shiki threads that difficult needle with ease, offering a satisfying horror drama from start to finish. Today we'll explore some of the finer points of this terrific show!