After a decade of plotting and betrayals and shocking deaths, Game of Thrones has at last come to an end. But even though our time in Westeros may be ended, there are plenty of anime out there to satisfy your craving for thorny, brutal drama. Today let's explore five shows to scratch that Game of Thrones itch!
The anime of Kunihiko Ikuhara focus on outsiders, those who push against society's restrictions either willfully or through their very nature. For the heroes of shows like Sarazanmai and Revolutionary Girl Utena, being accepted by society would come at the cost of rejecting their very selfhood, and thus they must seek acceptance outside of its boundaries. Today on Why It Works, let's explore how that quest for acceptance informs and elevates all of Kunihiko Ikuhara's brilliant productions!
Studio ufotable having been killing it with Demon Slayer this season, using their advanced digital effects work to bring an incredible sense of motion and energy to the new show's fight scenes. Today on Why It Works, let's explore how ufotable's unique talents as a studio are able to provide Demon Slayer with such thrilling battles!
From K-On! through Sound! Euphonium and on to recent films like A Silent Voice, Naoko Yamada has made a name for herself as one of the most unique and talented creators in modern anime. Today let's celebrate the anniversary of one her greatest works, the criminally underwatched Tamako Love Story!
Though we've already discussed the manifold dangers of planes, liquids, and other deceptively innocuous objects, surviving a bizarre adventure takes far more than that. Today on Why It Works, let's break down a few more key rules for making your own Stand-filled adventures a rousing success!
A new anime season is upon us, and the last week has featured a striking array of premieres in all number of genres. Sifting through all those new shows to find the seasonal gems can be a challenge, but fortunately, I've already surveyed the terrain, and returned with fresh recommendations for all you readers. Today on Why It Works, let's highlight some of the most promising premieres of the spring season!
From killer babies to evil birds, the resident dangers of any bizarre adventure are as unexpected as they are plentiful. Fortunately, with the proper tools, any committed hero can be made ready to expect the unexpected, and see enemy Stands wherever they lie. Today let's equip ourselves with those tools, as we browse through JoJo's Bizarre Survival Guide!
This spring season is packed with exciting properties of all shapes and sizes, but few possess the creator pedigree of Ikuhara's Sarazanmai. From Revolutionary Girl Utena through Yurikuma Arashi, Kunihiko Ikuhara has directed some of the most creative, insightful, and poignant anime of all time. Today let's run through his dazzling career, and try to discover what we can expect from his latest production!
Shinichiro Watanabe is a household name amongst anime fans, with his classics like Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo inspiring a whole generation of fandom. But Watanabe's work since has been equally compelling, and this spring, all of his influences will collide in the new Carole & Tuesday. Today let's explore the career of this anime titan, and try to figure out what we can expect from his latest show!
Though it's natural to see running as a solitary activity, Run with the Wind earnestly believes that even when it comes to running, we are stronger together. Through the course of its winding narrative, it has built up a team of runners who utterly trust each other, and whose mutual faith has actually brought them to a greater understanding of themselves. Today on Why It Works, let's explore the core thesis of Run with the Wind!
Ever since the beginning of the fall season, Run with the Wind has been steadily impressing me with its wonderfully realized characters, warm sense of atmosphere, and ability to make both the tactical and emotional drama of relay running utterly clear. Today on Why It Works, let's explore just a few of the highlights of this terrific show!
Inspired by the dubious mentorship of Reigen Arataka, today we'll be taking a journey through some of the best anime parents of recent years. Whether your family is composed of mostly dragons or entirely tanukis, great parenting is integral to a loving family. Let's celebrate those relationships that make our favorite families shine!
Though he's not literally Mob's father, Reigen Arataka's mentorship comes closer to portraying a messy yet loving parental bond than the vast majority of seasonal anime. Today on Why It Works, let's explore how Mob Psycho 100 illustrates the complex trials of Reigen, and his struggles to become an adult that Mob can believe in!
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is always presenting a strange balance of tactics, suspense, and bizarre narrative invention. But there's a difference between "you underestimated my powers" and "my hand is a squirrel, deal with it," and today we're celebrating those times JoJo entirely crossed that line. Today on Why It Works, let's celebrate JoJo's most truly ridiculous moments!
At long last, this season's whimsical dogfighting extravangaza has arrived on Crunchyroll. The Magnificent Kotobuki is here, and is already demonstrating it's a fine addition to its creator's formidable roster. Today let's explore the rich career of the man behind this show, Tsutomu Mizushima!