Spring 2017 Anime Preview: The Royal Tutor

The Royal Tutor Apr 12, 2017, 11.02.37 AM

While the first two episode of studio Bridge’s The Royal Tutor (Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine) fall squarely into the genre of comedy, they also do an excellent job of charting a path of character discovery to give its jokes some weight.

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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.

Spring 2017 Anime Preview: TsukigaKirei

Tsuki ga Kirei - 01 Apr 10, 2017, 11.49.33 PM

Studio feel.’s latest foray into the teenage romantic drama genre with TsukigaKirei (As The Moon, So Beautiful.) strikes a pretty, but frustratingly boring premiere. The slower change of pace might have been its selling point if much of the debut didn’t feel like an ad for messaging service LINE.

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Spring 2017 Anime Preview: Alice & Zoroku

Alice to Zouroku Apr 10, 2017, 3.53.24 PM

In a double-length premiere that manages to be both action-packed and subversive, J.C. Staff’s Alice & Zoroku (Alice to Zouroku) teases a magical realism story with plenty of narrative hooks.

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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.

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Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Ep.12 Review: Flashback to Reality

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

In a significant deviation from its usual here and now focus, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon) treats us to several flashback sequences this week, setting a peaceful lull before next week’s final confrontation.

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ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Department Ep.12 Review: Perfect Twist

ACCA - 13-ku Kansatsu-ka - 12 Mar 28, 2017, 9.46.47 PM

ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Department (ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka) masterfully orchestrates a narrative feat some thought impossible with its finale: an incredibly comprehensive resolution of nearly every thread lying on the plot loom.

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