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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
We often compare shows in terms of their worldbuilding or narrative premises, but less often in terms of what the stories actually do with those elements. Today on Why It Works, let's explore some new methods of comparing anime, and hopefully discover some new shows to watch in the process!
Though we all appreciate a good soundtrack, it can be easy to overlook just how much a well-chosen song can elevate a critical moment in anime. Today in Why It Works, let's celebrate those critical moments, as we explore some of the most effective and powerful uses of music in anime!
The God of High School's first few episodes have already demonstrated an absurd array of fluidly animated martial arts feats, establishing the show as one of the Summer's action powerhouses. But if you've been following the career of director Sunghoo Park, then this impressive production would seem like a logical next step in a career filled with such high-octane highlights. Today let's explore the director behind this Summer's top action anime!
Nick Creamer takes a look at the next generation of anime film directors, including Masaaki Yuasa, Naoko Yamada, and Makoto Shinkai!