Edmonton International Fringe Festival 2017: My Reviews Are In

20840841_10155568418183334_2190212906951960103_nTo Be Moved/Blarney Productions

I reviewed 15 shows at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival for Vue Weekly‘s EdmontonFringe.ca this weekend. Here they all are in one place, ordered from fav to least.

Continue reading

Sakura Quest Ep.4 Review: Promotional Problems and Marketing Missteps

Sakura Quest - 04 Apr 27, 2017, 2.24.24 PM

With the establishing arc out of the way, Sakura Quest delves into more of Mayotama’s issues, and it does it with smart exposition and an economic focus.

Continue reading

Sakura Quest Ep.3 Review: What Makes a Small-Town Community Special?

Sakura Quest - 03 Apr 20, 2017, 10.37.31 AM

Sakura Quest steadily eases into its narrative this week with a bit of introspection from Yoshino about the small town she commits to live in.

Continue reading

‘Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid’ Series Review for Enthuse.ca

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon - 12 Mar 30, 2017, 8.44.20 PM

I’ve got a full review of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon) over on Enthuse.ca today.

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid strikes a confident and consistent tone that meets and exceeds the animation and story pedigree set by previous episodic Kyoto Animation shows.

It tells the story of shapeshifting dragon Tohru, (Yūki Kuwahara) and her sudden ambition to freeload in the apartment of Kobayashi (Mutsumi Tamura), a female programmer by day and occasional, maid-otaku drunkard by night. Read more

If you want to read my full thoughts on one of the best Kyoto Animation anime ever, definitely check out my full series review on Enthuse. Of course, if you want to follow along as my heart fell for the characters in each episode, my weekly reviews are still live.

Still in Enthuse’s editing pipes: A fun podcast breaking down Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name.

List of 4 Great Winter 2017 Crunchyroll Streaming Anime For Enthuse.ca

Enthuse Crunchyroll Top 4 Winter 2017 Anime1

I’ve got a list of some of my must-watch shows from the winter 2017 anime season live on Enthuse.ca today.

Last season, anime streaming service Crunchyroll broadcasted subtitled simulcasts of 40 of the 46 new anime debuts from Japan, but here in Canada, those free, ad-supported streams only stay up for 13 weeks after they air. So before those episodes are locked away behind the $6.95 per month vault door of Crunchyroll Premium, here are four great shows you should watch from winter 2017. Read more

Still to come from me and Enthuse.ca, a podcast breaking down Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name, and a full series review of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid.

Makoto Shinkai’s ‘Your Name’ Animated Film Review for Enthuse.ca

Your Name

Over on Enthuse.ca, I’ve got a review of Makoto Shinkai’s latest film, Your Name.

Your Name deserves the historic commercial success it’s enjoying — It takes the strongest points from director Makoto Shinkai’s earlier films and focuses them into a palatable, coherent experience that’s filled with human emotion.

High school students Taki (Ryunosuke Kamiki) and Mitsuha (Mone Kamishiraishi) mysteriously find themselves swapping bodies with each other, despite living in different parts of Japan and having never met. Read more

I’m having a lot of fun working with the Enthuse.ca team this week. You can anticipate a podcast talking more about the film, a series review of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, and a recap of four of the best anime to watch from winter 2017.

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Ep.13 Review: Everlasting, Rebellious Love

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon - 13 Apr 7, 2017, 9.31.39 AM

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid’s (Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon) finale is an excellently paced conclusion, charged with spectacular animation that compliments its nuanced and progressive themes.

Continue reading