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    Monday July 13, 2020
  • Where Does My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Go From Here?

    With its third season having finally premiered, today let's explore the potential paths of SNAFU's final season!

    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. 

  • Friday July 10, 2020
  • How Rock Lee vs Gaara Became A Premier Anime Fight

    IT'S FIGHT SCENE FRIDAY, Y'ALL

    This week, we're gonna take a look at the fight that defines early Naruto: Rock Lee vs Gaara. Why is it set up so perfectly? What makes it so thrilling? And why are those guitars in the background so especially awesome? Hit the jump to find out!

  • Monday July 6, 2020
  • The Endless Generosity of Kyoto Animation

    Let's celebrate Kyoto Animation by exploring the unique strengths of some of their very best productions!

    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!

  • Friday June 26, 2020
  • Why Luffy vs Enel Is The Peak Of An Early One Piece Trend

    It's FIGHT SCENE FRIDAY, y'all!

    Today, on FIGHT SCENE FRIDAY, I'm gonna take a look at Luffy vs Enel, the fight that rocked Skypiea. What makes this fight so special and why does it indicate a change in the way that One Piece uses its battles to tell a story? Hit the jump to find out!

  • Tanks for the Memories: Remembering GIRLS und PANZER

    "Cruising the Crunchy-Catalog" looks back at the moe sports show that puts the heavy in heavy ordinance

    What do you get when you cross military otakudom, moe aesthetics, slapstick comedy, and sports anime heart? You get something like GIRLS und PANZER, an original TV anime from the Fall 2012 season with direction by Tsutomu Mizushima and animation production by Actas. Hit the jump to join "Cruising the Crunchy-Catalog" as we look back at this gem of a series.

  • Monday June 29, 2020
  • Five Insane Symphogear Moments That Couldn’t Happen Anywhere Else

    Today let's highlight the absurd dramatic turns of the incomparable SYMPHOGEAR!

    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!

  • Tuesday June 30, 2020
  • Anime vs. Real Life: The Many Dark Alleys of SING "YESTERDAY" FOR ME

    Check out more of the real-world locations of SING "YESTERDAY" FOR ME

    In this installment of Anime vs. Real Life, check out almost 50 real-life comparison images from Doga Kobo’s superb character drama, SING "YESTERDAY" FOR ME’. From all of the show’s long and dark alleys, to all of Rikuo’s workplaces, see how the show’s locations stack up to their real-world counterparts, right after the jump!

  • Monday June 22, 2020
  • Let's Highlight the Top Artists of the Summer Anime Season!

    With the summer season nearly upon us, today let's explore some of the most talented artists and directors working on upcoming productions!

    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!

  • Friday June 12, 2020
  • My Girlfriend is an Alien: Looking Back at Ano Natsu de Matteru

    "Cruising the Crunchy-Catalog" goes waiting in the Summer with a TV anime from Winter 2012

    With the current Fall season concluding, it's time to make some summer memories with a look back at Ano Natsu de Matteru, a Winter 2012 TV anime about teenage romance, amateur film-making, and close encounters with extra-terrestrial tourists. Hit the jump to beam up.

  • Sunday June 14, 2020
  • Let's Celebrate the Birthday of Studio MAPPA!

    Today we're celebrating the birthday of the acclaimed studio MAPPA!

    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!

  • Monday June 8, 2020
  • Here's Why You Absolutely Need to Catch Up On My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU!

    With its third and final season fast approaching, let's explore what's so special about My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU!

    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!