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The Long And Winding Review October 31, 2016
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
On Studio 4°C's Netflix Disappearing Act September 7, 2016
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
In Defense Of 'Berserk', Both Old And New July 5, 2016
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?
The Long And The Short Of It February 9, 2016
What kind of story is best told in a short form versus over the long haul?
The Kids Are Alright (But The Grownups Are Cool, Too) January 19, 2016
On the benefits of anime featuring adult characters -- even if it isn't anime for an adult audience
Does Anime Have A 4K Future? September 22, 2015
4K video is soon to be a consumer medium, but there's multiple reasons anime won't get much of a boost from it
In For The Long Haul September 9, 2015
Are we doing others a disservice when we recommend to them a series they might not be able to afford or complete?
A 'Legend' Without The Myth July 3, 2015
With 'Legend of the Galactic Heroes' finally licensed for English release, it's all the more important to examine it critically, not reverentially
Making A Case For The Old School June 13, 2015
Is there any way to get around the prejudices of a modern audience that looks at a classic show and just sees something 'old'?
The Live-Action 'AKIRA': Still A Movie Without An Audience June 10, 2015
Yet another attempt at a live-action 'AKIRA' has geared up, but the main problem remains: who would bother seeing it?
Anime's (Partly) Crowdfunded Future June 6, 2015
Direct financing of anime, both original works and the distribution of reissues, has just begun to show both its limits and its promise
Somewhere Between Spectacle And Sincerity May 18, 2015
What constitutes a 'classic' in anime, and what does it mean to define that?
In Praise Of Slow Viewing May 2, 2015
Binge-watching has its pleasures, but so does pacing yourself -- especially when honing a critical mentality
A Brain Has No Off Switch April 25, 2015
A critical mind, once engaged, is hard to disengage -- but needs to be counterbalanced by the will to be entertained
'Noir': Killing At Their Own Pace April 13, 2015
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
Yes To The Canon, No To The Sacred Cows April 3, 2015
Anime needs a canon, for fans both new and old-- but one that manifests as a process, rather than as a list
What We Talk About When We Talk About Anime March 20, 2015
Seven of the questions I ask myself about any anime, and the questions they in turn provoke
Three Episodes, No Waiting March 9, 2015
Just how much of a chance should you give a show before you bail?
In Print Or Out Of Reach? January 9, 2015
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
One Year Of Ganriki, 30 Years Of Fandom November 3, 2014
On the first anniversary of Ganriki.org's launch, a look back at our initial year -- and anime's past thirty years
Well, Is Anime A Genre Or A Medium? October 13, 2014
How people see anime, as genre or medium, says as much about how we label cultural experiences generally as it does about the beholders
If These Be The Last Days Of Studio Ghibli ... July 30, 2014
... then at least let the industry learn the right things from its passing
'Short Peace': Genius In Miniature July 28, 2014
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
'Flowers of Evil': O Rose, Thou Art Sick July 21, 2014
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
'Cøde:Breaker': Someone Else's Idea Of Fun June 30, 2014
A show this dismal is best seen as a symptom of anime's growing insularity