Whiffs and Aces: Birdie Wings' Mixed Depiction of Golf

The surprise spring 2022 hit anime is...not about golf. Directed by and produced by , the anime is instead about making the most of bad situations, finding ways to profit from the things you're passionate about while still engaging with them on your own terms, and, most prominently, lesbian camp romance. Golf is the means through which Birdie Wing explores these ideas, though, so it's only fair to examine what the anime original series gets right and wrong about its namesake sport. As someone w

‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’ Spin-Off Manga Review

December of 2021 saw the release of two JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure spin-off manga, Fujiko’s Bizarre Worldly Wisdom -Whitesnake’s Miscalculation- and Crazy Diamond’s Demonic Heartbreak. These couldn’t have released at a more opportune time, with the premiere of the Stone Ocean anime driving interest in the franchise to an all time high, and JoJolion’s conclusion in August leaving manga readers desperate for more material.

How No More Heroes Tackles Otaku Toxicity

About once every three or four months I find myself asking, “Do I even like anime?” While anime and manga make up some of my formative media experiences and tie into the personal and professional achievements that I’m most proud of, I just can’t deal with them sometimes. I think this is why 'No More Heroes', a 2007 game for the Nintendo Wii, resonates so deeply with me. Developed by Suda 51’s Grasshopper Manufacture, this game’s protagonist, Travis Touchdown, is a parody of undeservedly boisterous cishet fanboys who wrongly think that they are the only real anime and manga fans.

Chainsaw Man’s Beautiful Depiction of Platonic Relationships

Chainsaw Man, a Shonen Jump series by Fujimoto Tatsuki, has its main character, Denji, realize the value in having a strictly platonic relationship with the leading female protagonist, Power. How Denji reaches this conclusion is incredibly messy and more than a little frustrating in places; which is to say that it epitomizes the uncomfortable struggle of navigating platonic relationships with someone you have the potential to be attracted to, a common aspect of growing up for many, and it’s both heartwarming and validating to see a character experience this part of life in a shounen manga.

I Wish Quarantine Was More Like Demon’s Souls

Demon’s Souls (2020), much like the other great roguelike of 2020, Hades, is far too relatable during quarantine. Watching my character struggle and fail against a horrible situation created by a self-interested leader mirrors my own hardships and growth during this pandemic. However, unlike Hades which imparts the idea that you can take little steps to make a bad situation better by improving relationships, a player can beat Demon’s Souls and conquer the trial before them.

How ‘Devilman Crybaby’ Subverts the Tropes it Helped Create

The Netflix original anime Devilman Crybaby is unlike any other anime in recent memory. Based on Go Nagai’s 1972 manga Devilman, Devilman Crybaby follows the same general plot of the manga, but adds a collection of new characters, plot points, and story beats. While these additions help improve the series’ pacing, characters, and dramatic tension, it also casts a critical eye on the tropes that the original manga helped popularize.