Reading Between Reviews: Cowboy Bebop

Oh boy, we’re reviewing one of the classics today.

Cowboy Bebop, released all the way back in 1998 is one of the titans of anime, a revolutionary work that changed the way many people looked at Japanese Animation.  By mixing realistic Western themes and sci-fi elements, with a touch of anime flair, Cowboy Bebop truly is the work, which became a new genre itself.

And this past week, I’ve had the pleasure of watching this work for myself, and I’ve gotta say, it’s certainly one of the most unique anime I’ve ever watched.  Stick around, and keep on reading–this is Reading Between’s in-depth review of Cowboy Bebop.

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The Beauty of Daily Life: Appreciating “Everyday” in Anime

Day-to-day life can be such a drag, right?

It’s why we find such excitement from escaping to worlds beyond our comprehension.  Through experiencing stories, we are spirited away to worlds infinitely more entertaining than the one we live in now.  After all, as humans, we need something new.  Something exciting to distract us from the dull, hard, humdrum of daily life.

But really, I think anime can do better than just provide a distraction.

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Reading Between Reviews: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

Don’t you wish, sometimes, that you didn’t have to worry about your daily chores?

Wouldn’t a maid be good to have sometimes?  Someone who could just take care of everything you don’t want to deal with?  Or, even better, wouldn’t it be great to have a Maid that’s also a DRAGON?  Then they could use magic to clean things up, they could give you rides to work, it’d be GREAT!

…Right?

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid was…definitely an anime.  It was a strange one, and I mean, with a concept like that, how could it not be?  Airing earlier this year, from January 2017-April 2017, I figured I was a bit late on the ball, and decided to watch the series.

All things considered, I’m glad I did.

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Why I Love Anime, But Hate Anime Culture

Anime is a beautiful, beautiful thing.

And I don’t mean that ironically: anime has given the world some incredible, entertaining, intelligent stories.  Through this medium, I’ve made friends, had life-changing experiences, and of course, I have been given some pure, simple entertainment.  It’s been a good ride, all in all, one that I’m looking forward to continuing in the future.

But of course, I do believe that a healthy appreciation of anime is very different than obsession.  Anime is a unique medium, in that it provides Western audiences a gateway into an that we are wholly unfamiliar with.  However, this unique perspective given through anime, has created a culture in and of itself: an Anime Culture.

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Reading Between Reviews: Attack on Titan, Season 2

Season 2 of Attack on Titan had a lot to live up to.

The series erupted onto the anime scene in a huge way, becoming an instant classic in the world of shounen anime.  This instant popularity only made it more notorious, when years began to pass without any confirmed sequel date.  So when this season was  announced, many people, myself included, were hyped as all hell.

And now that’s it out, we all have different opinions.  Some people lauded it as amazing, while others provided criticism for its poor storytelling. But me?

Well, it was an interesting season, to say the least.

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Reading Between Reviews: Chaos;Head

 

Every so often, you learn about an anime that sounds great in theory, but isn’t pulled off so well in practice.

I haven’t heard much about Chaos;Head, but it certainly sounded like an anime I could enjoy.  A psychological, supernatural thriller?  That’s up my alley!  And, watching it, looking back on it, I can certainly say that it was an…interesting anime to watch.
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Crafting The Perfect Story: The Three Elements of Storytelling

Everyone looks at stories differently.  It’s why people have differing opinions when it comes to stories that we enjoy.  Some of us like anime, manga, or other similar Japanese stories.  Others enjoy the attachment of watching actors on the big screen, or experiencing stories first-hand through a video game.

Stories are universal, but as we all know, every story won’t work for everyone.  Knowing that, I’d like to introduce you today to what I consider my Three Elements of Storytelling–the three factors, that I believe makes a story great, from an objective point of view.

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Attack on Titan Analysis: Eren Jaeger’s Underappreciated Character Development

Eren Jaeger’s received some flak for his depiction in the Attack on Titan anime, for being a simplistic, basic character.  An angry, mindless protagonist who was depicted far better in the manga.

Well.  Frankly speaking, that’s not true.  Especially considering the release of Season Two, Eren’s actually been portrayed just fine in the anime, and I’d like to explain why.

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Some of My Favorites: Five of the Best Endings in Anime

The ending of an anime is what separates “great” from “legendary.”

An ending is the last hurrah, the thematic synopsis, the final moments in which an anime can distinguish itself from the rest.

These are some of my personal favorites, not the greatest literary, thematically satisfying, most powerful of all time.  So, other endings that would probably be considered the “top” might not be here!  Also, obviously, be prepared for spoilers!

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