From film noir to the French New Wave to the graceful battles of Bruce Lee, Cowbop Bebop draws on decades of cinematic influences to concoct its unique blend. Today on Why It Works, let's chart a course through Bebop's diverse inspirations and discover what it truly takes to make "a genre unto itself!"
One Piece has been chugging merrily along for over twenty years now, dispatching villains and introducing new ones all the while. And yet, in all that time, it's never felt like Oda has lost track of his destination or scaled his heroes beyond the scope of their world. How can a story run for over 20 years without running out of steam? Let's find out!
The Witcher is a delightful tale of swords and sorcery, stuffed to the brim with charming characters and exciting escapades. It also serves as a very near parallel for one of anime's most well-populated genres: Our Heroes Tramp Through The Woods For A While. Drawing from that beloved genre and many others besides, let's run down some post-Witcher anime recommendations!
Mitsuo Iso's career as an animator is legendary, and as a director, he helmed the one-of-a-kind Dennou Coil. Now, 15 long years after his last production, Iso is returning to the director's chair. Let's break down what we can expect from his upcoming film series!
Details continue to emerge about the upcoming live-action One Piece adaptation, filling me with both fear and excitement. After all, how could you possibly translate the unabashedly comic-based action of One Piece into something realistic, yet somehow not terrifying? Threading that needle will require some serious work — and today on Why It Works, we're addressing that challenge head-on!
From The Tatami Galaxy to The Eccentric Family and beyond, Tomihiko Morimi's books have inspired some of our most dazzling modern anime. With a sequel to The Tatami Galaxy coming from the director of One-Punch Man, today let's explore what makes his stories so special!
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?