The new death game series Squid Game has been making waves worldwide, buoyed by its inventive challenges and sharp social commentary. But ultimately, Squid Game is tapping into a sense of frustration that can be witnessed across modern media, and especially in the mechanics of isekai anime. Let's explore the thematic ties between these distinct stories!
86 EIGHTY-SIX has proven itself to be a compelling war drama, providing an unflinching glimpse of the tragedies of battle. Shows with such a ferocious political message tend to count among my favorites — so today I'll be offering some potential new favorites, as we run down a selection of shows that should appeal to you if you're a fan of 86 EIGHTY-SIX!
Though their journeys are filled with dazzling adventures, it's a pleasure just spending time with the Straw Hats at rest. What makes it so easy to enjoy time with the Straw Hats? Today we're going to explore precisely that as we dig into the charming internal team dynamics of One Piece!
Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid has come and gone in a flash, but fortunately, there are plenty of shows harboring a hint of its special magic. Whether you're in it for the absurd laughs or the charming family dynamic, today we've got a pile of recommendations for those post-Dragon Maid blues!
Over its many years on the air, One Piece has evolved in all sorts of ways, undergoing a variety of changes in both its narrative and visual style. Along with Oda's own evolution as an artist, One Piece has benefited from the unique sensibilities of hundreds of different artists and animators, many of whom have made their own stylistic mark on the franchise. Today on Why It Works, let's explore just a few of One Piece's many visual incarnations over the years!
Though attending an anime high school might seem like a fun and glamorous experience, there are plenty of factors to consider when making your selection. Sure, you might gain strange and mysterious powers, but you also might be blown up as collateral damage and miss out on your high school years entirely. Today, let's dig deep into an important topic and explore the process of picking your anime high school!
From cackling madmen to scheming masterminds, the essence of great villainy is a strange and mercurial thing. Today on Why It Works let's explore some of the fundamentals of crafting a satisfying villain, whatever your favorite villainous archetype may be!
Training arcs are often maligned as low points in action narratives, the lulls in between the big setpieces. But without effective training arcs, long-running series would lose any sense of struggle or growth. Great series can turn practice itself into a dramatic reward, and today on Why It Works, we're exploring just how series can build satisfying training arcs!
One Piece has been my constant companion for most of a year now, but its episodes are running out. With the present episode fast approaching, how am I supposed to deal with life after One Piece?
For more than a decade, Studio Khara's talented artists have been working to bring the Rebuild of Evangelion series to life. Now, with the Rebuilds at last concluded, Khara's massive shelf of talent will be unleashed on the medium at large. Let's highlight just a few of Khara's impressive creators!
Though One Piece's heroes are not related by blood, they are family all the same. Rather than a bond of obligation, they share one of trust and love ― the same bond that defines all of One Piece's most beloved families. Today on Why It Works, let's explore what family truly means in the world of One Piece!
My Hero Academia's tie-in films have proven to be regular highlights of the series at large, expanding the series' story with compelling original characters, and offering plentiful astounding action scenes. With the series' third film fast approaching, let's explore what we can expect from My Hero Academia's latest adventure!
If Luffy asked you to join him, could you answer his call to adventure? To live on the high seas is a frightening prospect, and to pursue your most closely guarded dream is scarier still. Are you brave enough, or selfish enough, to seek it out anyway? Can you truly reach for that golden horizon?
Atsuko Ishizuka has been on a meteoric ascent for the past decade, culminating in the phenomenal A Place Further than the Universe. Today, let's explore why you should be excited about her upcoming feature film!
We're in the peak of the summer, and the heat is positively scorching. Right now I don't need any reminders of the season - I want winter, and if I can't get it in reality, I'll find it in anime. Today let's run down some excellent winter-themed shows, perfect for escaping this punishing heat wave!