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    Saturday October 14, 2017
  • Getting Hyped for RWBY Volume 5!

    Here are 5 good reasons to be excited for RWBY Volume 5!

    With the first episode of RWBY Volume 5 releasing today on VRV and next Saturday on Crunchyroll, it's time to take a look into the future for what to expect from the newest season. Reflecting on where RWBY's come from in the past four volumes, Isaac takes a look at where the show might be going in the future. Hit the jump to read more!

  • Friday June 23, 2017
  • How "Concrete Revolutio" Redefines the Meaning of Heroism

    A Hero Week Essay.

    For Hero Week, Isaac takes a look at two of his favorite anime about superheroes and the ways they challenge our idea of what heroism means. Curious about two of the smartest hero anime of the last five years? Then make sure you hit that jump! Up next: Concrete Revolutio!

  • Wednesday June 21, 2017
  • How "Gatchaman Crowds" Challenges Our Need For Heroes

    A Hero Week essay.

    For Hero Week, Isaac takes a look at two of his favorite anime about superheroes and the ways they challenge our idea of what heroism means. Curious about two of the smartest hero anime of the last five years? Then make sure you hit that jump! Up first: Gatchaman Crowds! B-b-bird, go!

  • Tuesday May 23, 2017
  • FEATURE: Aniwords – The Best Anime Families of Spring 2017

    Which of Spring 2017's anime families is the best? Depends on what you like in a family!

    It's a season of anime families! From The Eccentric Family to WorldEnd to Alice & Zoroku, the spring 2017 anime season has brought us a varied selection of family dynamics. In this week's Aniwords, Isaac takes a closer look at the ways these different shows portray their ideas about what it means to be a family. Hit the jump to check it out, and weigh in on your favorite anime family of the season!

  • Tuesday May 9, 2017
  • FEATURE: Aniwords – Why I Want to Show "your name." to Everyone I Know

    A reflection on your name., its successes, and its meaning.

    After seeing Makoto Shinkai's hit film, your name., in theaters twice, Isaac's back with the Aniwords column to offer his thoughts on the biggest anime movie of the last two years—and why he wants to show it to everyone he can! Hit the jump to check out his thoughts!

  • Friday March 17, 2017
  • FEATURE: "Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale" Review

    It's time to review one of the biggest anime movie events of the year!

    The highly anticipated film Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale came out last week, so we sent Isaac to investigate the latest offering from one of the decade's biggest anime franchises! Hit the jump to check out all his thoughts on the movie!

  • Tuesday February 28, 2017
  • FEATURE: Bananya Character Poll Results

    Which banana cat is the best of the bunch?

    Mirror, mirror, on the wall—who is the ripest Bananya character of all?

     

    Well, the result of our Bananya character poll are in, so it's time to find out! Hit the jump to see which banana cat the voters loved most, and to see where your favorite ended up.

  • Tuesday February 21, 2017
  • FEATURE: Aniwords – What's the Deal with Kemono Friends?

    A closer look at Japan's favorite anime of the Winter 2017 season!

    Kemono Friends, the CG anime adaptation of a defunct mobile phone game, has come out of nowhere this season to become a hit with Japanese and English-speaking fans alike! In a special return of the Aniwords column, Isaac provides an introduction to the biggest anime you haven't heard about this season and speculates about the ways Kemono Friends seems to tap into the viewer's curiosity to make a seemingly normal anime feel like a whole lot more. Sound fun? Sound interesting? Then hit the jump!

  • Tuesday December 27, 2016
  • FEATURE: Aniwords – Making Anime New Year's Resolutions

    Let's find something new in the old!

    In this week's Aniwords, Isaac reflects on a couple of his anime-watching New Year's resolutions from 2016 and what he learned from them. Pondering how we often find ourselves caught up with the allure of the new with our yearly resolutions, he takes those lessons and offers his own thoughts on a few unique ways you can make your 2017 anime-watching resolutions ones that find newness in the past. Curious what those ways are? Hit the jump to find out!

  • Tuesday December 20, 2016
  • FEATURE: Aniwords – Competition Motivation in "Scorching Ping Pong Girls" & "Yuri!!! on ICE"

    These two shows may be fire and ice, but they have something in common too!

    In this week's Aniwords, Isaac takes a look at the some of the similarities between two of the season's best sports anime—Yuri!!! On ICE and Scorching Ping Pong Girls. Although it might seem like the two shows couldn't be more different, are there some hidden commonalities that they share as sports anime? Hit the jump to find out!

  • Tuesday December 13, 2016
  • FEATURE: Aniwords – On "A Certain Scientific Railgun" and Canonical Fanfiction

    Why bother writing fanfiction when Kazuma Kamachi will do it for you?

    On this week's Aniwords, Isaac uses a new addition to the Crunchyroll family, A Certain Scientific Railgun, as the starting point for a discussion about shows that mix slice-of-life elements typically associated with moe shows into more serious action plots. What's the appeal of this kind of cocktail for us fans? Isaac thinks it might have something to do with the reason we write fanfiction... but you'll have to hit the jump to find out more!

  • Tuesday December 6, 2016
  • FEATURE: Aniwords – Assassination Classroom’s Eternal Schoolhouse

    You're never too old to learn.

    On this week's Aniwords, Isaac celebrates the recent addition of Assassination Classroom to Crunchyroll's backlog by taking a look at the lessons of the show's first season—and what they mean for us. Skeptical how a tentacled alien could possibly make you a better person? Hit the jump to find out how!

  • Tuesday November 29, 2016
  • FEATURE: Aniwords – In Defense of Liking Things

    If you like a show and know it clap your hands!

    In this week's Aniwords, Isaac takes some time away from examining individual anime to consider the broader idea of "liking something." What does it mean to like something, and why do we so often shy away from telling other people about what we like or hide our likes behind social defenses? Isaac explores these questions and more this week—so hit the jump!

  • Tuesday November 22, 2016
  • FEATURE: Aniwords – The Evolution of RWBY (Part 2)

    How have RWBY's visuals evolved since Volume 1?

    In this week's Aniwords, Isaac finishes up his two-part series looking at the growth of Rooster Teeth's hit show, RWBY, from its first episode until today. In the spotlight this week is the way the series's visuals have evolved over the years, so make sure to hit the jump to read more!

  • Tuesday November 15, 2016
  • FEATURE: Aniwords – The Evolution of RWBY (Part 1)

    How has RWBY's storytelling evolved since Volume 1?

    In this week's Aniwords, Isaac kicks off a two-part series looking at the growth of Rooster Teeth's hit show, RWBY, from its first episode until today. In the spotlight this week is the way the series's storytelling has evolved over the years, so make sure to hit the jump to read more!