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    Monday October 26, 2020
  • ESSAY: What Are the Fundamentals of Great Horror Anime?

    Today let's explore what makes a great horror anime effectively spooky!

    With Halloween fast approaching, I've got spooky cartoons on the brain. Today in Why It Works, let's explore the fundamentals of great horror storytelling and how those apply to animation!

  • Monday October 19, 2020
  • FEATURE: What's Your Anime Nostalgia Era?

    Today let's explore our histories with anime, as we tackle the topic of anime nostalgia!

    We all have specific eras of anime that we feel a particular closeness to, when either the medium's releases or our own circumstances solidified an emotional bond with the shows we love. Today on Why It Works, let's explore those bonds, as we reflect on the fall's nostalgia-rich catalog!

  • Monday October 12, 2020
  • FEATURE: The New Pokemon Music Video is an Explosion of Animation Talent!

    Let's highlight the fantastic artists beyond the recent "Gotcha!" Pokemon video!

    For her latest short project, the stunningly talented Rie Matsumoto has teamed back up with animation director Yuki Hayashi to make something truly special. Today on Why It Works, let's explore how their unique talents elevate this charming Pokeproduction!

  • Monday October 5, 2020
  • FEATURE: The World is the Game, Designing Worlds after Breath of the Wild

    Let's explore how Breath of the Wild has changed developers' approach to game design!

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was a revelation when it came out back in 2017, and many of its gameplay innovations are only now filtering out into the works of the developers it's inspired. Today on Why It Works, let's examine just how Breath of the Wild reimagined the gameplay of open world games!

  • Monday October 28, 2020
  • FEATURE: Introducing the Incredible Director of the Horimiya Adaptation!

    With a Horimiya adaptation on the way this winter, let's take a look at the style of its phenomenal director, Masashi Ishihama!

    Masashi Ishihama is one of the most talented directors working in anime, and yet he's frequently overlooked when discussing the medium's new stars. Today on Why It Works, let's take a journey through his fascinating work, and find a few reasons to get excited about this winter's Horimiya adaptation!

  • Monday October 21, 2020
  • FEATURE: Let's See What's in Store for the Fall Anime Season!

    With the summer season almost over, today let's look forward to what we can expect from the season to come!

    It feels like it was gone in an instant, but somehow we're in the midst of September, and the summer anime season is nearing its end. But there's plenty of fresh shows to look forward to for the fall, so today on Why It Works, let's get a birds' eye view of the season to come!

  • Monday October 14, 2020
  • FEATURE: Animating the Impossible, The Breathtaking Works of Kou Yoshinari

    Today let's get acquainted with the works of one of animation's brightest stars!

    If you've been keeping up with Sword Art Online, you might have noticed an almost indescribable feat of animation in recent episodes, a climax that looked more like a living painting than a sequence of drawings. That impossible feat is the work of Kou Yoshinari, and he's been spending years animating similarly absurd highlights across the industry. Today let's get acquainted with the elder of the famed Yoshinari brothers!

  • Friday October 4, 2020
  • FEATURE: Let's Check Out Some Can't-Miss Guests of Crunchyroll Expo!

    Today let's highlight a few of the upcoming attractions of this year's Crunchyroll Expo!

    There may not be an in-person event, but Crunchyroll Expo is still offering a wide array of guests and events this year, all available from the comfort of your home. Today let's highlight just a few of the many guests that will be appearing at this year's Crunchyroll Expo!

  • Monday August 31, 2020
  • FEATURE: Here Are Some Anime to Prolong the Last Days of Summer!

    Today let's highlight some shows to make up for the summer that never was!

    Summer's already over, and even more than usual, it feels like it's barely even begun. With everyone stuck inside, this summer has likely been a disappointing experience for many of us — fortunately, we've still got anime to let us vicariously experience the joys of vacation. Today on Why It Works, let's highlight a few shows to make up for our absent summer!

  • Monday August 24, 2020
  • OPINION: What Does It Truly Mean to Be "Over 9000?"

    Today let's see what that famous Dragon Ball meme can tell us about the mechanics of storytelling!

    If you've watched Dragon Ball or simply spent any time on the internet, you're probably aware of the "it's over 9000" meme. But why does that one line have such enduring power, and what can Nappa's famous exclamation tell us about storytelling? Today on Why It Works, let's examine what Dragon Ball Z's famous meme really means!

  • Monday August 17, 2020
  • FEATURE: The Directors Leaving A Mark On The Anime Industry

    Today let's highlight more of the fascinating film directors making a mark on the industry!

    It's an exciting time to be a fan of anime films, as we're currently enjoying a flourishing of anime directorial talent. From familiar names who've only recently stepped into the directorial seat, to fresh artists who've ascended at an almost unbelievable pace, let's explore some more key directors of this new film vanguard!