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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
In this week's Aniwords, Isaac dives deep into the unfair world of Lostorage Incited WIXOSS to explore the three main, somewhat familiar, elements of the show that make it so tense. Willing to risk your very soul to find out more? Then hit the jump...
In this week's Aniwords, Isaac takes a closer look at the latest show from My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU author Watari Wataru, Girlish Number, and at the show's smug protagonist. Hit the jump for some lively discussion about the ownage, cynical humor—and maybe some life lessons, too!
In this week's Aniwords, Isaac ponders the elegant tragedy of the Dazai backstory arc of Bungo Stray Dogs's second season. What makes the tragedy of the arc so potent? And how does the show manage to find hope at the end of death and despair? Hit the jump to find out!
On this week's Aniwords, Isaac takes us back to last season's heartwrenching and heartwarming drama, orange, to explore just what it is about the show that makes it so special and important. If you're ready to return to the bittersweetness of orange, then hit the jump!
In this week's Aniwords, Isaac can't choose which new Fall 2016 show has the best visuals, so he tackles four of his personal favorites by breaking down their premieres and talking about the directors behind them. To learn a little bit and see a whole lot of pretty pictures, make sure you hit the jump!