Mob Psycho 100 made a big splash when it first came out in 2016, but a great first season doesn't guarantee a great sequel. Fortunately, I am happy to announce that at least so far, Mob Psycho II is living up to all the grand promise of its predecessor. Today on Why It Works, let's explore how this new season exemplifies Mob's greatest strengths!
The beginning of a new year can be a stressful time even before we get to the matter of a new year's resolution, and many of our ultimate resolutions only last a few weeks. Today I'd like to celebrate a few shows that acknowledge that, and that encourage self-improvement while accepting that personal growth is a very difficult road. Let's count down some anime to truly inspire your new year's resolutions!
Tsurune's characters generally aren't the most overtly expressive sort: they hide their feelings, performing strength with friends while leaving their true thoughts unspoken. Instead, it is through Tsurune's gorgeous color work and stage setting that they express themselves, their feelings made most clear through the very world they inhabit. Today let's explore how Tsurune brings its characters' feelings to life!
From its ridiculous over-the-top outfits to its weird grudge against dogs, there's nothing out there that's quite like JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. But even if there's nothing exactly as JoJo as JoJo, there are still plenty of anime that might appeal to lovers of the Joestar saga. Today on Why It Works, let's highlight some recommendations for the JoJo lover in your family!
From Mob Psycho 100 to Boogiepop Never Laughs, there are a variety of acclaimed properties receiving adaptations next season. But beyond source material, we are extremely lucky to have many of the most talented directors in anime working on a variety of new shows. Today let's highlight just a few of these anime stars!
Between its somber personal drama and its bombast robot battles, Gridman has always felt like a negotiation between two very distant poles. Today on Why It Works, let's explore the identity crisis lying at the heart of this show, and perhaps find some clues as to where its heroes must go from here!
Though he's perhaps more known for his hit One Punch Man, ONE's Mob Psycho 100 is just as compelling, and the first season of its anime adaptation was a true marvel. Today, with the premiere of the second season just a few weeks away, let's explore all the myriad strengths of this terrific show!
Each new season of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure offers its own unique style and dramatic strengths, building on everything that came before and adding its own novel twists. Today on Why It Works, let's explore how Golden Wind's recent battle exemplified this latest arc's style, and offered one of JoJo's most thrilling fights to date!
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure may be an action show, but the show's love of horror in all its forms is also a key part of its appeal. Today on Why It Works, let's explore how JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has relied on a classic and ever-terrifying horror subgenre: the home invasion narrative.
Since it arrived 2 weeks into an already stacked season, you might have overlooked the debut of Kyoto Animation's archery-focused Tsurune. Today let's explore the unique strength of this tardy arrival, as we run through a gauntlet of reasons to pick up this very special show!
From its cold and alienating cityscapes to its cramped, claustrophobic interiors, this season's SSSS.Gridman is incredibly good at bringing its scenes and the feelings of its characters to life. Today on Why It Works, let's explore the thoughtful visual storytelling that makes this show so special!
A show's choice of ending song is often overlooked in terms of impacting that show's overall effect; after all, we generally don't play through the full ending of a show every time we watch it, and often just skip right to the next episode. But a well-chosen ending can actually elevate the dramatic power of an anime, and smartly employing ending songs is a storytelling skill in its own right. Today on Why It Works, let's explore a few of the ways a strong ending can make a great show better!
The season premieres have largely ended, and as usual, the curse placed on my family name compelled me to watch through every single one. Fortunately, the folly of my ancestors is a clean win for you folks, as I now return with a full load of fresh recommendations. Today let's highlight some of the most compelling contenders of the new season!
With the introduction of Mirio, the talented heavyweight of the Big Three, My Hero Academia has once again highlighted the unique and often oddly-defined nature of its signature quirks. Today on Why It Works, let's explore how My Hero Academia finds dramatic weight in its superpowers, and how its approach compares to other titans of the shounen genre!
In a season dominated by major action sequels and other noteworthy properties, the humble Planet With may have slipped through the cracks a bit. I think that's a terrible injustice, and today on Why It Works, I've got a few reasons why you should catch up on this bizarre and heartwarming show!