This summer has plenty of great anime productions, with the thoughtful and beautifully realized band drama given standing high among them. Today on Why It Works, let's explore the unique aesthetic strengths of this terrific anime drama!
The attack on Kyoto Animation was a senseless tragedy, but it cannot diminish how much this special studio has changed the lives of all its many fans. Today let's explore how my own life was changed by these incredible artists, as we celebrate Kyoto Animation's past and give thanks to these profoundly generous creators.
Helmed by the same director as the smash hit Re:Zero, this season's Granbelm offers a wild mix of giant robots, magical girls, and poignant character drama. Today on Why It Works, let's explore how this show uses its beautiful color work to illustrate its core conflicts, from its smartly designed characters to its gorgeous backgrounds!
The titanic Neon Genesis Evangelion is a massively influential title that has deeply impacted the anime industry, but few of its inheritors embody all the many things Evangelion did so well. From its psychological drama to its giant robot battles to its post-apocalyptic world, there's so much to enjoy in Eva... and today on Why It Works, we'll be highlighting a variety of other great shows that carry on all of its various strengths!
Directed by the talented Yuki Yase and based on a manga by Soul Eater's Atsushi Okubo, the first episode of Fire Force was a stunning display of visual beauty and fluid, fiery action. Today on Why It Works, let's break down a handful of highlights from this impressive debut!
With the spring season at its end, it's time to look forward and see what's worth celebrating among the soon-arriving summer anime. And for me, high among that list of summer prospects is the thrilling Fire Force. Today let's explore the staff behind this very exciting production!
With the summer in full swing, it's time to kick back and enjoy the pleasures of the country, the seaside, or wherever else your vacations may find you. Today on Why It Works, we're highlighting a bunch of shows to help inspire your own vacation, shows that celebrate all the unique attractions of the summer season. Let's get to it!
With the spring season nearly at its end, it's once again time to look forward and see what new anime attractions will soon be upon us. From highly anticipated manga adaptations to exciting anime-originals, the summer crop is looking to be a rich and diverse array of anime productions. Today let's highlight just a few of the summer's most promising picks!
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has many strengths, but one of its most central and enduring appeals is its ability to construct gripping, inventive, and tactically fascinating battle sequences. Today on Why It Works, let's explore how Bucciaratti's recent battle with Secco demonstrates all the strengths of JoJo's thrilling fight scenes!
The loving bond between siblings Tanjiro and Nezuko is one of the greatest things about this season's Demon Slayer. But anime is full of stories that celebrate the joy and frustration of brothers and sisters. Today on Why It Works, let's celebrate some of the best sibling bonds in anime!
Though we all have our own favorite anime soundtracks, there's a difference between a simply great song and a song that's actually part of the storytelling. Today on Why It Works, let's explore how a few great directors use music to actually tell their stories, be it through musically inclined characters or simply inspired musical choices!
After a decade of plotting and betrayals and shocking deaths, Game of Thrones has at last come to an end. But even though our time in Westeros may be ended, there are plenty of anime out there to satisfy your craving for thorny, brutal drama. Today let's explore five shows to scratch that Game of Thrones itch!
The anime of Kunihiko Ikuhara focus on outsiders, those who push against society's restrictions either willfully or through their very nature. For the heroes of shows like Sarazanmai and Revolutionary Girl Utena, being accepted by society would come at the cost of rejecting their very selfhood, and thus they must seek acceptance outside of its boundaries. Today on Why It Works, let's explore how that quest for acceptance informs and elevates all of Kunihiko Ikuhara's brilliant productions!
Studio ufotable having been killing it with Demon Slayer this season, using their advanced digital effects work to bring an incredible sense of motion and energy to the new show's fight scenes. Today on Why It Works, let's explore how ufotable's unique talents as a studio are able to provide Demon Slayer with such thrilling battles!
From K-On! through Sound! Euphonium and on to recent films like A Silent Voice, Naoko Yamada has made a name for herself as one of the most unique and talented creators in modern anime. Today let's celebrate the anniversary of one her greatest works, the criminally underwatched Tamako Love Story!