12 Anime Things that Made Me Happy in 2018

2018 was yet another year of evolution in my journey as an anime fan. Throughout the year, I spent less time watching anime and less time engaging in anime-related activities like doing freelance writing, blogging, and livetweeting shows. So as I started to consider “my year in anime,” I wondered if I would have much to say.

I needn’t have worried. The year is 2018 and anime is still good, so in the spirit of the 12 days of anime project (that I didn’t do this year)—here are twelve anime things that brought me some joy this year.

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Tragedy and Healing: Why Maquia Makes Us Cry

Recently, Crunchyroll got in touch with me to ask if I could put together a review for Mari Okada’s directorial debut, Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms. Any long-time readers of the blog will know I’m a huge Okada fan, so of course I jumped on the opportunity to write about her magnificent film and how it deftly weaves narrative, theme, and aesthetic together to create a gorgeous emotional tapestry.

Here’s the link~

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[Review] Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple

As you may or may not have heard, Crunchyroll brought the Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple film over the states as part of their Movie Night series. I was lucky enough to check it out, and I wrote up a review of the film with my thoughts! It’s no Heartcatch Precure movie, but few franchise films are so I can’t knock it that bad for being visually stunning while kind of flat narratively.

Here’s the link~

Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple