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    Monday November 28, 2022
  • FEATURE: Slice-of-Life Anime Offer a Wide Variety of Themes for Everyone to Enjoy

    Let's explore the expansive world of slice of life anime!

    From soothing pastoral dramas to hilarious comedies of errors, the world of slice of life anime is vast and various. Today let's build off this season's top notch slice of life offerings, and seek out the perfect slice of life anime for you!

  • Monday November 21, 2022
  • FEATURE: Dressed to the Nines — the Finest Suits (and Their Owners) in Anime

    Let's highlight some of the most well-dressed stars of anime!

    With both Loid Forger and Chainsaw Man's Devil Hunters currently attesting to the power of a well-cut suit, it seems like the perfect time to celebrate some of anime's other smartly dressed heroes. Let's run down some of the greatest suit fits in anime history!

  • Monday November 14, 2022
  • FEATURE: Anime Meets Shakespeare, From Ranma 1/2 to Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury

    Let's explore how Shakespeare has been revised and revisited across anime!

    Shakespeare's stories have undergone more interpretations and revisions than perhaps any other writer and anime is no slouch when it comes to adapting his tales. Let's explore how Shakespeare's influence is reflected in both direct and structural ways across the medium!

  • Monday November 7, 2022
  • FEATURE: Don’t Let the Smile Fool You, These 7 Kindhearted Anime Characters Can, and Will, Annihilate You

    The Witch From Mercury's Suletta is far from the only mild-mannered murder machine!

    The Witch From Mercury's heroine Suletta occupies a long and storied tradition in anime: the meek, kind-hearted character who could nonetheless absolutely destroy you. Today, let's celebrate some of Suletta's equally timid-yet-terrifying companions!

  • Monday October 31, 2022
  • FEATURE: Exploring the Anime and Literary Inspirations of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury

    Let's explore the parallels between Gundam, Utena, and Shakespeare's The Tempest!

    Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury has proven itself one of the fall season's most fascinating shows, and seems to draw clear influence from both Revolutionary Girl Utena and The Tempest. Let's explore how Mercury's textual forebearers inform its ongoing drama!

  • Monday October 24, 2022
  • FEATURE: BORUTO is a Successful Return to the Small-Stakes Thrills of Early Naruto

    Let's break down the unique appeal of Naruto's successor!

    My favorite memories of Naruto mostly concern the saga's early stages, when our young ninjas were still embedded in the daily life of Konoha Village. As such, my recent journey through BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS has been an utter delight, reviving and in ways even surpassing my fondness for its predecessor. Let's explore the choices that make BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS special!

  • Monday October 17, 2022
  • FEATURE: Let's Plan Your Crunchyroll Anime Movie Night!

    Here are some of the best films now available on Crunchyroll!

    Along with our sprawling pile of seasonal anime, Crunchyroll has also been steadily amassing some top tier anime films. Let's run down a list of top selections and get fully equipped for your next anime movie night!

  • Monday October 10, 2022
  • FEATURE: Need More Rings of Power or House of the Dragon? Try Anime

    Let's explore anime's multiple approaches to the fantasy genre!

    We're currently exploring a bit of a live-action fantasy renaissance with prestigious adaptations of both Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings' supplemental materials proving their stories are far from over. While we're all in a fantasy-minded mood, why not check out some of anime's own fantasy selections? Let's see what we can find!

  • Monday October 3, 2022
  • FEATURE: Much Like SPY x FAMILY These Anime Series Understand the Significance of Found Family

    Let's highlight some shows that explore the power of chosen families!

    One of my favorite aspects of SPY x FAMILY is how well it articulates the power of families we choose for ourselves. Today, let's highlight some more great anime that celebrate the unique bonds of found families!

  • Monday September 26, 2022
  • FEATURE: Five Characters I'm Excited to See in the Next My Hero Academia Season

    Let's highlight some characters who could use the extra attention!

    My Hero Academia's sprawling ensemble cast means it's frankly tough for any one season to give them all their due. Today on Why It Works, let's highlight some of the heroes who deserve to return to the main stage!

  • Monday September 19, 2022
  • FEATURE: Let's Explore The Continuing Bounty of the Legacy Content Added to Crunchyroll!

    Let's highlight some of the titles added from Funimation!

    The Funimation migration continues to offer all manner of top-quality anime, so much so that sorting through it all can be a little intimidating. Today on Why It Works, I return once more to the spoils and highlight just a few excellent productions for your perusal!

  • Monday September 5, 2022
  • FEATURE: Let's Explore The Marvelous Music Videos of One Piece Film: Red's Uta

    Let's dive into the beautiful music videos connected to One Piece's new film!

    In the leadup to Film Red's release, we've received a dazzling variety of animated music videos starring Shanks' daughter Uta. Today on Why It Works, let's explore this rich collection of anime shorts, and celebrate the diverse ways they reimagine the world of One Piece!

  • Monday August 29, 2022
  • FEATURE: The Fall Season is Overflowing With Spectacular Anime!

    Let's explore the many highlights of the upcoming fall season!

    The upcoming fall season is looking to be one of the most star-studded anime seasons in years, featuring a vast array of highly anticipated sequels, originals, and adaptations. Today on Why It Works, let's highlight as many of these all-stars as possible, and get prepped for the spectacles awaiting us in just a few weeks!

  • Monday August 22, 2022
  • FEATURE: How Slice-of-Life Anime Complements Other Genres

    Let's explore the infinite potential of one of anime's most unique and expansive genres!

    Though we often consider "slice of life" a single and staple genre, the instincts that define it can be applied to almost any sort of story. Today on Why It Works, let's explore the remarkably diverse potential of slice of life storytelling!

  • Monday August 15, 2022
  • FEATURE: What Makes Natsume Yujin-cho Feel Like Both a Horror and Slice-of-Life Anime?

    With a Natsume dub just released, let's explore what makes this series special!

    The warm, inviting fantasy of Natsume's Book of Friends is like little else in anime. With its new dub just released, let's take a walk in Natsume's woods and explore the finer points of this fantastic series.