Anime opening and ending songs are often the presentations for whatever show you want to watch for the first time. They try to convey the tone and themes that the story will explore in the best way possible. However, some creators are sneaky and like to sucker punch their viewers by making them believe their
At some point in history, the magical girl genre existed as the pinnacle of wholesomeness. Yet, Madoka Magica became a staple as the deconstruction of it. At this time, it is fair to say that only a few pieces of media have reached the same level of quality and fan devotion. However, does that means
When it comes to dark fantasy works made in Japan, one is not limited to only isekai light novels. Nothing against those, but it is sad to see how we are missing out so much since so many fully-fledged novels do not get the attention to be officially translated and released worldwide. From the New
Before finding success with his nostalgic “High Score Girl”, Rensuke Oshikiri went full-Michael Haneke and brought us “Misu Misou”. Bleak, cruel, and extremely tragic, this manga explores to an extreme length how bullying can become a murderous affair for everyone involved. Granted, Haruka’s journey as her town’s new punching bag is subtle as brick but
Theoretically, a vampire is one of the sexiest supernatural transformations you can have in fiction. You remain young, you become strong and agile, and nothing can kill you. However, Happiness makes us rethink the vampiric mythos by realizing that it would really suck to have those kinds of powers, at least in a world like
I remember the first time I watched Hiroya Oku’s Gantz anime. Let’s set the scene: it was the early 00s and I would hang out with my friends after school to watch whichever anime one of us could get their hands on. Unfortunately, there was this girl I hated that sometimes went to these meetings.
There is a strong style of horror that uses whatever we take for granted as safe in life, and turns it into a nightmare. However, once I started to read Blood in the Tracks (2017) by Shuzo Oshimi, I got maybe a little more than what I asked for. After catching up with this manga,
When you think about Pokemon and Digimon, there are probably 2 things that come to your mind: the power of friendship and absolutely cute magical critters. It does not matter if they come from the digital world or an alternate version of our own, the “Mon genre” seems to remain intact to any attempt to