Aniwords – The Best Anime Families of Spring 2017

I’d been noodling on the family dynamics in Alice to Zouroku for weeks when I suddenly realized, “Hey, there are actually a fair number of shows about family this season! And I’m watching, like, all of them!” Take from that what you like about my preferences, but this week for Crunchyroll I wrote about the interpretations of family in Alice to Zouroku, The Eccentric Family 2, and Sukasuka. It’s basically three mini-essays all rolled into one, so you can read the piece even if you haven’t seen all three.

Here’s the link~

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Aniwords – Why I Want to Show “your name.” to Everyone I Know

If going long weeks between posts is what it takes to put out things I can be this proud of, maybe it’s an okay trade-off…

I don’t know how many of you fair readers have seen your name. (Kimi no Na Wa), but it’s the hot ticket right now like… everywhere. I’ve seen it a couple of times in the last month and finally put together all of my thoughts on it for Crunchyroll. The article’s basically spoiler-free, so even if you haven’t seen it you should give it a read!

Here’s the link~

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Aniwords – What’s the Deal with Kemono Friends?

I make my return to writing feature articles for Crunchyroll with an extremely topical question—why the heck is everyone so obsessed with Kemono Friends? If you’re curious about the most popular show of the season that you probably haven’t heard about, I’ve written a nice little introduction to it for you, along with some speculation about what it is about the show itself that’s made it such a hit!

Here’s the link~

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Aniwords – Making Anime New Year’s Resolutions

Well, it sure was a good run, wasn’t it?

I close out my time writing the weekly Aniwords column for Crunchyroll with one last plea for my readers to expand their anime watching habits to embrace things beyond their normal tastes. That this kind of point became a recurring theme during my run at Crunchyroll is an obvious thing in retrospect—given a large, far more mainstream-leaning audience than the circles I typically run in, what else was I to do? In the end, who knows how successful I was, but at least I had a lot of fun.

More thought to come on all of this in later days, likely, but for now…

Here’s the link~

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Aniwords – Competition Motivation in Scorching Ping Pong Girls & Yuri!!! on ICE

Anytime you throw two shows together in a post, you’re limiting your potential audience, but I rather think I’ve outdone myself with this one by comparing the megahit of the season with a sadly underwatched gem that have very different audience-targeting goals.

Anyways, this is kind of a combination post on two ideas I’ve had in my head about things I wanted to say about each of these shows, and somehow it all came together. Even if you’ve only watched one (or neither!) of these anime, I think there’s still some good fun to be had here, so I hope you’ll check it out! Also, please, for the love of good anime, at least give Scorching Ping Pong Girls a shot.

Here’s the link~

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