Aniwords – Bungo Stray Dogs & the Tragedy of a Good Man

Let me assure you all that I never expected anything as good as this arc out of Bungo Stray Dogs. After dropping the first season midway through and only coming back with readjusted (read: lower) expectations for the show, I was prepared for this season to be more of the fun and games with a touch of occasional out-of-place seriousness. This arc, adapted from the companion light novels to the original manga, blew those expectations completely out of the water. Series director Takuya Igarashi storyboarded all four episodes himself, and you can tell, because this is not only the best the written material has been, but also on the top levels of the show’s visual richness. What a treat this arc was.

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Bungou Stray Dogs

Aniwords – The Importance of orange

It’s been quite a while since I first wrote about the orange manga about two-thirds of the way through its publication run on Crunchyroll. That was almost two years ago. Now, an improbable anime adaptation has aired and I am compelled to, at last, put words to the feelings I have about the show. While I probably will continue to regard the manga as the superior version of the story, the merits of the anime adaptation are substantial—and, as you’ll read, ultimately none of that matters when it comes to orange anyways.

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Aniwords – The Colorful Leaves of the Fall 2016 Anime Season

I like pretty pictures and I like season. Mostly because this season is completely packed full of pretty pictures of various kinds. That’s something that’s really exciting for me, so I spent some time this week talking briefly about the directors who are bringing these shows to us and the actual formal qualities of their work. To my great chagrin, I had originally meant to talk about Lostorage Incited WIXOSS in this article, but I forgot and wound up writing about Sangatsu no Lion instead. Oh well.

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Sangatsu no Lion