Though we all appreciate a good soundtrack, it can be easy to overlook just how much a well-chosen song can elevate a critical moment in anime. Today in Why It Works, let's celebrate those critical moments, as we explore some of the most effective and powerful uses of music in anime!
The God of High School's first few episodes have already demonstrated an absurd array of fluidly animated martial arts feats, establishing the show as one of the Summer's action powerhouses. But if you've been following the career of director Sunghoo Park, then this impressive production would seem like a logical next step in a career filled with such high-octane highlights. Today let's explore the director behind this Summer's top action anime!
Nick Creamer takes a look at the next generation of anime film directors, including Masaaki Yuasa, Naoko Yamada, and Makoto Shinkai!
After five long years away, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU has finally returned for its third and final season. The road to self-love and maturity is a long and winding one, and though our leads have already suffered plenty of harship, they've still got a few mountains left to face. Today on Why It Works, let's brush up on the main conflicts our progagonists still face, and attempt to decipher where their story might lead.
Kyoto Animation have for years been regarded as one of the most noteworthy anime studios, be it for their beautifully animated productions, or for their uniquely laudable studio culture. Today on Why It Works, let's explore just a few of the things that make their shows so special, as I run down five of the KyoAni shows that have meant the most to me!
Combining fragments of Nanoha, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, and a special madness all its own, Symphogear is one of the most absurd and absurdly entertaining anime of recent years. Today on Why It Works, we'll be celebrating just a few of the show's most entertaining and ridiculous moments!
It may have seemed impossibly brief, but the Spring anime season truly is almost over. Today on Why It Works, let's look forward to the upcoming season, and see which artists and productions we should be looking out for this Summer!
Nine years ago today, studio MAPPA was founded by one of Madhouse's lead producers, heralding a unique and thrilling history of MAPPA productions. Today, let's explore the origins of this acclaimed studio, and break down some of their greatest productions over the years!
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU stands as one of my all-time favorite anime dramas, full of rich characters, funny jokes, and insightful lessons about youth and identity. Today on Why It Works, let's explore why you should catch up on this excellent show, just in time for its upcoming final season!
From One Piece to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and beyond, many of the best shonen properties succeed not just by exemplifying the best qualities of shonen adventure, but by drawing from a broad array of genres, and applying the dramatic strengths of those genres to their own tales. Today on Why It Works, let's explore how Hunter x Hunter's Yorknew City arc exemplifies the strength of this approach to storytelling!
Avatar: The Last Airbender has been an acclaimed and beloved cartoon ever since its release, and recently, a whole new audience has been introduced to it via streaming. Today on Why It Works, let's rummage through some great anime that echo the best elements of Avatar's appeal!
The Pokemon anime has been experiencing something of an animation renaissance lately, culminating in the fantastic Sword and Shield miniseries, Pokemon: Twilight Wings. Today let's catalog the changes in Pokemon over time, and explore what makes this new series so impressive!
A-1 Pictures have a number of massive hits to their name, but they've also produced a wide variety of lesser-known and experimental features, providing the opportunity for many unique directors to make their mark on the industry. Today on Why It Works, in honor of A-1's birthday, let's explore some of their most distinctive productions!
Konosuba has developed a well-earned reputation as one of the funniest comedies among Isekai anime. But this season's Princess Connect! Re:Dive is no slouch either, and actually carries on the legacy of Konosuba in all sorts of ways. Today let's explore how Princess Connect! Re:Dive embodies the spirit of Konosuba!
It's a tricky thing to instill the over-the-top spectacle of shonen action with a sense of weight and consequence. It's easy enough to make attacks look flashy, but how do you convey a character cleverly outwitting their opponent, when every single character has magic powers? Today let's explore how Hunter x Hunter's Nen system answers these questions, and turns all of its battles into tactical tightrope acts!