Izetta: The Last Witch & the Hiroyuki Yoshino Effect

This one’s a little bit different from my normal stuff, as I take an in-depth look at the resume of anime screenwriter Hiroyuki Yoshino (of Macross FrontierCode Geass, and Guilty Crown fame) in anticipation of his forthcoming show Izetta: The Last Witch. I did some fact-checking on this one with a friend who’s much more knowledgable about the anime writing process than I am, so I think it paints a fairly accurate (although inevitably somewhat indecisive) picture of Yoshino and what his involvement with Izetta might mean for the show.

Here’s the link~

Izetta: The Last Witch

Aniwords – Power, Kindness, & Adulthood in Mob Psycho 100

We’re back at it again with Mob Psycho 100, a show I never really thought I was going to get a chance to talk about on a theme level because it was just so disjointed. But here we are, as it turns out, “Be kind,” is a rightfully powerful unifying force. It’s pretty neat to see how such a simply idea can bring together so many scattered thoughts and make sense of them. And for it to be one as important as kindness is pretty cool, too.

Here’s the link~

Mob Psycho 100

Help Choose Mage in a Barrel’s Next Episodic Project!

Hello, friends!

It’s taken a while, but I’ve finally recovered enough from the (what felt like to me) Herculean effort that was my Hyouka episodic posts and I’m ready to pick up something new. I’ve got a shortlist of things that you can vote on, but if you’d like to really make a cast for something on this list – or, better yet, recommend something not on here at all – leave me a comment!

Note that the upper limit here is 26 episodes. Maybe someday I’ll do episodics for Turn A Gundam, but I’m just not there yet.

Here’s the shortlist poll—and I’ve got more thoughts on why I’m interested in writing on these shows below. As always, I reserve the write to chuck all feedback out the window and do something else entirely (although I doubt that’ll happen in this case).


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Aniwords – Finding Gold in an Everyday Art Club!

I’m back to Konobi this week, which I realized yesterday is probably rivaling 91 Days for the most consistent show of the season. But while 91 Days has been plagued with production problems (oh Studio Shuka), Konobi‘s production values have stayed pretty consistent, which has allowed it to consistently do the kind of stuff I talk about in this column—take additional care with certain scenes to really make them special. I’d love to read some interviews with this creative staff to hear what they think of the show they’re working on…

Here’s the link~