Silver Spoon Is an Amazing Slice-of-Life Tale That Transcends Its Genre

I generally hate slice-of-life stories. I find them meandering and pointless. But Silver Spoon stands at the pinnacle of the genre and weaves a tale so full of life lessons, deep characters, and thematic exploration that even I can’t help but love it. » 4/15/14 8:00am Tuesday 8:00am

Nagi no Asukara is Emotionally Heart-wrenching and Thematically Deep

When I heard there was another anime by the creator of Anohana called Nagi no Asukara in the works, I braced for another round of emotional masochism. But while still a story of loss and love, I was treated to a world under the sea that was as beautiful as it was thematically deep. » 4/11/14 6:40am 4/11/14 6:40am

Kill la Kill Is a Rare Breed of Anime

Kill la Kill is a rare breed of anime. It perfectly mixes comedy and action while reveling in taking everything to the extreme. And the fact that it has now ended leaves each week looking a little less bright. » 4/04/14 7:00am 4/04/14 7:00am

Sakura Trick is My Favorite Anime of the Winter Season

The 2014 winter anime season was full of over-the-top action, tongue-in-cheek comedy, and interesting thought experiments. But even with all those possibilities, the anime I most looked forward to wasn't one of those, but rather the lesbian romantic comedy Sakura Trick. Here's why. » 4/01/14 7:40am 4/01/14 7:40am

Log Horizon Makes You Really Think About Being Trapped in an MMO

Log Horizon is one of the fall season's best anime. It’s not particularly action-filled, but it takes its sci-fi premise and runs with it—addressing the logical implications of being trapped in an MMO world. The second half of the series steps it up a notch and adds war, international politics, and magic to the mix. » 3/25/14 7:00am 3/25/14 7:00am

The Princess and the Pilot Is Full of Aerial Adventure and Tragic Love

What happens when you mix a classic fairytale premise with World War II-style airplanes in a fantasy world setting? You get The Princess and the Pilot: a beautiful film of aerial adventure and tragic love. » 3/21/14 6:00am 3/21/14 6:00am

Tiger & Bunny: The Rising Is an Average Epilogue to a Great Series

Tiger & Bunny: The Rising is the newest film in the Tiger & Bunny series, which features a world where superheroes and reality TV have come together to make fighting crime a popular game show. And while the series was unique and enjoyable from start to finish, this theatrical adventure is only marginally above average. » 2/11/14 7:30am 2/11/14 7:30am

Valvrave’s Second Season Is a Fun Yet Disturbing Twist on Gundam

I’ve watched a lot of Gundam in my time. As a franchise, it is built around using the same story formula again and again with subtle twists. Valvrave is what happens when you stop being subtle and intersperse Gundam clichés with horrible consequences. » 2/07/14 7:00am 2/07/14 7:00am

The New iDOLM@STER Movie Tugs at Your Heartstrings Until They're Raw

The latest chapter in The iDOLM@STER franchise, THE iDOLM@STER MOVIE: Kagayaki no Mukouhe (Beyond the Radiance), came out this past weekend, and while it doesn't stray too far from the established story, it does open up some interesting possibilities. Just be prepared for some lengthy depressing moments. » 2/06/14 7:00am 2/06/14 7:00am