Why It Works: A Monogatari Art Exhibition, Part Two

Today I conclude my journey through Monogatari’s various art styles, diving into its evolution in the post-Oishi era. This piece bounces between general style shift appreciation and digging into the actual dramatic effect of Monogatari’s various visual choices, and on the whole I’m pretty happy with it. I hope you enjoy the piece!

Why It Works: A Monogatari Art Exhibition, Part Two

Decapitation: Kubikiri Cycle

I wouldn’t call myself a person who likes mystery stories. Locked rooms, remote islands, strange killings with no earthly explanation – all of that stuff strikes me as arbitrary in a way I don’t really want to read. Part of it comes down to the fact that such stories are often liars, or at least not tellers of the whole truth. Sherlock Holmes stories are deceivers – Sherlock Holmes himself is not a detective, but a magician. When Sherlock Holmes pulls out a solution, we are astonished not because he used the same information we had in a more elegant or insightful way, but because his brandishing of new, unheard information was so dazzling that we believed in the trick anyway.

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Why It Works: A Monogatari Art Exhibition, Part One

Today on Crunchyroll, I’m embarking on another two-parter, this time cataloging the shifting art design of Monogatari. I’ve collected so many damn images of this series that at this point, it’s fun just to sift through my own personal galleries, picking out the best representations of all of Monogatari’s myriad visual styles. This article only gets through the Oishi Monogatari material, but there’s certainly more than enough to dig into there!

Why It Works: A Monogatari Art Exhibition, Part One

Why It Works: Translating Tension in My Hero Academia

Today on Crunchyroll I looked back on the Hero Killer arc, in an article that’s more or less trying to suss out my own feelings as to why this arc felt more effective in anime than in manga. The added material for the anime was all pretty great, but I also just felt the anime polished the Stain battle in a variety of ways, and it was fun to break those things down. Hope you enjoy the piece!

Why It Works: Translating Tension in My Hero Academia

Why It Works: The Soul of Horror in Shiki

With Crunchyroll having just picked up Shiki’s streaming rights, I felt it was pretty much required for me to write an article hyping the show. Shiki’s one of my all-time favorites, and also one of the shows that’s least-known among those favorites. The show winds up being one of the smarter “ugly nature of mankind” shows I’ve seen in anime, but its immediate strengths were more my focus for this article. Check it out!

Why It Works: The Soul of Horror in Shiki

Why It Works: Tsuredure Children and the Mechanics of Dialogue, Part One

Aw hell yeah, let’s get crafty. This week’s Why It Works basically uses Tsuredure Children as a jumping-off point to talk about how exactly stories bring dialogue to life, with handy examples from our silly children. Hope you enjoy the piece!

Tsuredure Children and the Mechanics of Dialogue, Part One

Why It Works: Terminal Fuzzy Wuzzies in Tsuredure Children

This week on Why It Works, I took the opportunity to rep this season’s terrific Tsuredure Children. The show’s consistently excellent dialogue allows it to get away with sequences that would almost certainly feel sterile in a lesser show, and I’m happy to have a chance to show it some support. Anime shorts tend to get ignored by a lot of the community (myself included), but Tsuredure Children is just as strong as any full-length I’m currently watching. I hope you enjoy the piece!

Terminal Fuzzy Wuzzies in Tsuredure Children

Why It Works: Nick’s Picks for Summer 2017

Today on Why It Works, it’s time for my regularly-scheduled Crunchyroll recommendations for the season. Amazon picking up the season’s actual highlights did make this one a bit tougher to write, but my tastes are very specific anyway, so it’s not too hard to find shows other people might enjoy. Here’s the piece!

Nick’s Picks for Summer 2017

The Wild Brilliance of Symphogear

Hell yeah I wrote an article about Symphogear. FUCK yeah. The new season’s streaming situation is still up in the air, but it still felt like the appropriate time to hype the hell out of the previous three seasons. Symphogear is a treasure, and more people deserve to be introduced to its brilliance. SYYYYYMMMMPHOOOOOOOGEAARRRRRRRR.

The Wild Brilliance of Symphogear

Why It Works: The Stunning Highlights of Anime’s Hero Renaissance

Today I took advantage of Crunchyroll’s Hero Week to rep some of the best goddamn shows of the last few years. Gatchaman Crowds, Samurai Flamenco, and Concrete Revolutio are all near and dear to my heart, so I was happy to get a chance to celebrate them, and hopefully turn a few more people on to some of the most compelling stories in recent memory. Everybody deserves a little Nice Justice in their life.

Why It Works: The Stunning Highlights of Anime’s Hero Renaissance