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2016


The Long And Winding Review
Covering an ongoing series can become an exercise in minutiae or futility. Here's the strategy I chose to keep my involvement active without also having it eat me alive
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On Studio 4°C's Netflix Disappearing Act
When an anime title vanishes from streaming services, it hurts the works of the little guys far more than the big ones -- and it's often the little guys whose work most needs preserving
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In Defense Of 'Berserk', Both Old And New
The new 'Berserk' is a welcome extension to the original TV series, but it doesn't come at the expense of the '97 original -- what could?
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The Long And The Short Of It
What kind of story is best told in a short form versus over the long haul?
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The Kids Are Alright (But The Grownups Are Cool, Too)
On the benefits of anime featuring adult characters -- even if it isn't anime for an adult audience
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2015


Does Anime Have A 4K Future?
4K video is soon to be a consumer medium, but there's multiple reasons anime won't get much of a boost from it
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In For The Long Haul
Are we doing others a disservice when we recommend to them a series they might not be able to afford or complete?
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A 'Legend' Without The Myth
With 'Legend of the Galactic Heroes' finally licensed for English release, it's all the more important to examine it critically, not reverentially
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Making A Case For The Old School
Is there any way to get around the prejudices of a modern audience that looks at a classic show and just sees something 'old'?
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The Live-Action 'AKIRA': Still A Movie Without An Audience
Yet another attempt at a live-action 'AKIRA' has geared up, but the main problem remains: who would bother seeing it?
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Anime's (Partly) Crowdfunded Future
Direct financing of anime, both original works and the distribution of reissues, has just begun to show both its limits and its promise
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Somewhere Between Spectacle And Sincerity
What constitutes a 'classic' in anime, and what does it mean to define that?
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In Praise Of Slow Viewing
Binge-watching has its pleasures, but so does pacing yourself -- especially when honing a critical mentality
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A Brain Has No Off Switch
A critical mind, once engaged, is hard to disengage -- but needs to be counterbalanced by the will to be entertained
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'Noir': Killing At Their Own Pace
The deliberate pacing of this fantasy thriller is both its most important attribute -- and the one thing about it most likely to give pause to today's viewers
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Yes To The Canon, No To The Sacred Cows
Anime needs a canon, for fans both new and old-- but one that manifests as a process, rather than as a list
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What We Talk About When We Talk About Anime
Seven of the questions I ask myself about any anime, and the questions they in turn provoke
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Three Episodes, No Waiting
Just how much of a chance should you give a show before you bail?
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In Print Or Out Of Reach?
Centering criticism of media around available, in-print titles is useful in the short run, but deprives both audiences and critics of real food for thought in the long run
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2014


One Year Of Ganriki, 30 Years Of Fandom
On the first anniversary of Ganriki.org's launch, a look back at our initial year -- and anime's past thirty years
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Well, Is Anime A Genre Or A Medium?
How people see anime, as genre or medium, says as much about how we label cultural experiences generally as it does about the beholders
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If These Be The Last Days Of Studio Ghibli ...
... then at least let the industry learn the right things from its passing
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'Short Peace': Genius In Miniature
Katsuhiro Otomo's involvement in this dazzling short-film anthology is reason enough to seek it out, but there's plenty more on top of that
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'Flowers of Evil': O Rose, Thou Art Sick
An overwhelming experience, and a finely crafted one, but also harrowing and unpleasant from beginning to end -- even if that's supposed to be the idea
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'Cøde:Breaker': Someone Else's Idea Of Fun
A show this dismal is best seen as a symptom of anime's growing insularity
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