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    Lunedì Novembre 29, 2021
  • FEATURE: How Cowboy Bebop Shows Love for Classic Cinema

    Let's break down the diverse film influences that inspired Cowboy Bebop!

    From film noir to the French New Wave to the graceful battles of Bruce Lee, Cowbop Bebop draws on decades of cinematic influences to concoct its unique blend. Today on Why It Works, let's chart a course through Bebop's diverse inspirations and discover what it truly takes to make "a genre unto itself!"

  • Lunedì Novembre 22, 2021
  • FEATURE: How Does One Piece Keep Both Its World And Its Drama So Big?

    Let's explore how Oda has solved the fundamental pitfalls of long-running shows!

    One Piece has been chugging merrily along for over twenty years now, dispatching villains and introducing new ones all the while. And yet, in all that time, it's never felt like Oda has lost track of his destination or scaled his heroes beyond the scope of their world. How can a story run for over 20 years without running out of steam? Let's find out!

  • Lunedì Novembre 15, 2021
  • RECS: The Best Anime To Check Out After You Watch The Witcher

    Let's run through a pile of post-Witcher recommendations!

    The Witcher is a delightful tale of swords and sorcery, stuffed to the brim with charming characters and exciting escapades. It also serves as a very near parallel for one of anime's most well-populated genres: Our Heroes Tramp Through The Woods For A While. Drawing from that beloved genre and many others besides, let's run down some post-Witcher anime recommendations!

  • Lunedì Novembre 8, 2021
  • FEATURE: Celebrating Dennou Coil Director's Return To The Helm After 15 Years

    Let's celebrate the return of an anime legend!

    Mitsuo Iso's career as an animator is legendary, and as a director, he helmed the one-of-a-kind Dennou Coil. Now, 15 long years after his last production, Iso is returning to the director's chair. Let's break down what we can expect from his upcoming film series!

  • Lunedì Novembre 1, 2021
  • FEATURE: Is It Even Possible to Make a Live-Action One Piece?

    Let's explore the inherent hurdles of bringing One Piece into our own world!

    Details continue to emerge about the upcoming live-action One Piece adaptation, filling me with both fear and excitement. After all, how could you possibly translate the unabashedly comic-based action of One Piece into something realistic, yet somehow not terrifying? Threading that needle will require some serious work — and today on Why It Works, we're addressing that challenge head-on!

  • Lunedì Ottobre 25, 2021
  • FEATURE: Let's Celebrate The Fascinating Works Of Tomihiko Morimi

    With the latest adaptation of his works soon to arrive, let's explore the fascinating world of Tomihiko Morimi!

    From The Tatami Galaxy to The Eccentric Family and beyond, Tomihiko Morimi's books have inspired some of our most dazzling modern anime. With a sequel to The Tatami Galaxy coming from the director of One-Punch Man, today let's explore what makes his stories so special!

  • Lunedì Ottobre 18, 2021
  • OPINION: How Squid Game Captures The Spirit Of Isekai

    What do Squid Game and isekai have in common? Let's find out!

    The new death game series Squid Game has been making waves worldwide, buoyed by its inventive challenges and sharp social commentary. But ultimately, Squid Game is tapping into a sense of frustration that can be witnessed across modern media, and especially in the mechanics of isekai anime. Let's explore the thematic ties between these distinct stories!

  • Lunedì Ottobre 11, 2021
  • RECS: Anime You Need To Watch If You Love 86 EIGHTY-SIX

    Let's highlight some anime that echo 86 EIGHTY-SIX's distinct appeal!

    86 EIGHTY-SIX has proven itself to be a compelling war drama, providing an unflinching glimpse of the tragedies of battle. Shows with such a ferocious political message tend to count among my favorites — so today I'll be offering some potential new favorites, as we run down a selection of shows that should appeal to you if you're a fan of 86 EIGHTY-SIX!

  • Lunedì Ottobre 4, 2021
  • FEATURE: Let's Explore The Power Of One Piece's Team Dynamics!

    Let's dig into how One Piece's unique team dynamics contribute to its greatness!

    Though their journeys are filled with dazzling adventures, it's a pleasure just spending time with the Straw Hats at rest. What makes it so easy to enjoy time with the Straw Hats? Today we're going to explore precisely that as we dig into the charming internal team dynamics of One Piece!

  • Lunedì Settembre 27, 2021
  • RECS: Which Anime Should You Watch After Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid?

    Let's run down some great post-Dragon Maid selections for your viewing pleasure!

    Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid has come and gone in a flash, but fortunately, there are plenty of shows harboring a hint of its special magic. Whether you're in it for the absurd laughs or the charming family dynamic, today we've got a pile of recommendations for those post-Dragon Maid blues!

  • Lunedì Settembre 20, 2021
  • FEATURE: What Is Your Favorite One Piece Art Style?

    Let's explore the One Piece anime's diverse visual evolution!

    Over its many years on the air, One Piece has evolved in all sorts of ways, undergoing a variety of changes in both its narrative and visual style. Along with Oda's own evolution as an artist, One Piece has benefited from the unique sensibilities of hundreds of different artists and animators, many of whom have made their own stylistic mark on the franchise. Today on Why It Works, let's explore just a few of One Piece's many visual incarnations over the years!

  • Lunedì Settembre 6, 2021
  • FEATURE: How To Choose The Right Anime High School

    Which anime high school would you like to attend?

    Though attending an anime high school might seem like a fun and glamorous experience, there are plenty of factors to consider when making your selection. Sure, you might gain strange and mysterious powers, but you also might be blown up as collateral damage and miss out on your high school years entirely. Today, let's dig deep into an important topic and explore the process of picking your anime high school!

  • Lunedì Agosto 30, 2021
  • FEATURE: My Hero Academia And How To Make A Great Villain

    What makes an effectively villainous character tick?

    From cackling madmen to scheming masterminds, the essence of great villainy is a strange and mercurial thing. Today on Why It Works let's explore some of the fundamentals of crafting a satisfying villain, whatever your favorite villainous archetype may be!

  • Lunedì Agosto 23, 2021
  • FEATURE: How Do You Make A Genuinely Good Training Arc?

    Let's explore one of anime's most maligned conventions!

    Training arcs are often maligned as low points in action narratives, the lulls in between the big setpieces. But without effective training arcs, long-running series would lose any sense of struggle or growth. Great series can turn practice itself into a dramatic reward, and today on Why It Works, we're exploring just how series can build satisfying training arcs!

  • Lunedì Agosto 16, 2021
  • FEATURE: The Unimaginable Terror Of Running Out Of One Piece Episodes

    How can I handle the approaching end of One Piece?

    One Piece has been my constant companion for most of a year now, but its episodes are running out. With the present episode fast approaching, how am I supposed to deal with life after One Piece?

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