While dialogue-heavy, the episode uses rotoscoping, character animation, and camera movements to draw our eyes to the characters and their experiences. Art and excellent color choices were on display with some great scenery and focused shots.
Zeke's tragic story does more than expand on his motivations. A kid yearning for love, Zeke only found more reasons not to live. More than the Eldian Question, "Sole Salvation" explores the meaning of life and the many ways the world shows its utter cruelty.
The Yeager brothers face different challenges as they disrupt the current order amidst a coming invasion. Levi, Mikasa, and Armin are confronted with the meaning of their struggles as more details of their journeys are recontextualized by their encounters with the hated "devils."
Following Gabi and Falco's journey in "Deceiver," we look at the cycle of violence as characters confront the devils within them and the dark truth that humanity is lost and caught in the storm of fear and hatred. Here's my review of season 4, episode 13 of "Attack on Titan."
An intense political drama unfolds as more distrust against Eren and censorship provoke mass protests and an alarming military uprising. This episode puts forward the clear message of the rise of fascism borne from corruption, failure of implementing the law, and appeasement of extremes.
Sanji is more than his improper pervertedness and cool moments. He is the product of the kindness of the people around him. What some may not easily recognize is that he is the man he is today because of the women whose kindness encouraged his humanity.
The violence of discrimination is highlighted in season 4, episode 11 of "Attack on Titan." Here, the protagonists experience changes and burdens as fleshed out over the past three seasons.
Season 4, Episode 10 of "Attack on Titan" focuses on international relations. Changes in character dynamics also occur, especially for Eren and his friends. Here's my review.
Continuing the run of quality episodes, MAPPA presents a clear discourse on racism and the difficulty of buying peace. Time runs out for our leads. Armin reflects on his journey so far, grasping a seashell that was once a symbol of his future. Eren fights, moving forward to the hell he sees afar.
Presenting Reiner's POV, "The Door of Hope" changes how we see the Warriors. It explains their mental states for the past three seasons and shows the deep scars in Reiner that explain much of his behavior and motivations, while making him the perfect parallel to Eren Jaeger in more ways than one.
"Attack on Titan" Season 4, Episode 8 leaves viewers with a somber realization that the world will never be the same again. Find out how it provokes questions about viewer morality and understanding real-life conflicts.
War is hell. Marley's whole thesis is shown in its most horrifying form through the carnage left behind by the heroes we once admired. Are we sure we know which side we are on? Or if we know that there is a point to taking a side at all?
"Attack on Titan" Season 4, Episode 6 highlights the Attack on Marley. A formidable foe appears against Eren, and the return of the Survey Corps feels different. Here's my episode review.
Season 4, Episode 5 of "Attack on Titan" has strong visuals containing evocative imagery, impressive direction, and gripping yet meaningful tension. Here's my review of "Declaration of War."
A strong start to the final season, episode one delivers on the four-year timeskip, the consequences of Marleyean hegemony and the start of a deeper exploration into the other side of the conflict. Studio Mappa delivers well in terms of animation, implementation of CGI and character design
A year-long journey that defines the lengths by which obsession, classism, and insecurity create, destroy, and define relationships. This article argues for Walang Hanggan (2012) to be considered an example of how to write teleserye storylines that remain impactful even after close to a decade.
As a classic battle shounen series, Naruto remains one of the most important contributions to the action genre. In particular, the training arcs and montages reveal how well-executed the progression of Naruto and the cast are in terms of their skill set.
The character of Jaime Lannister exemplifies self-loathing and the feeling of being trapped in the world more than any character in the series. The journey we spend with him could also help us confront our own sense of hopelessness, particularly when we see no hope for change in our politics.
"Beast Morphers" was teased as an RPM-inspired series and a continuation of the Disney Era since the start of the Hasbro Era of the iconic TV series "Power Rangers." Here are the hints (with spoilers included) suggesting that possibility.
Return to the classic beat of "Ang Huling El Bimbo" and see how the music of Eraserheads helps Filipinos today understand unnerving social issues.
Berserk explores the journey of Guts, a man who lives by the sword and seeks some meaning in the cruel world he lives in. Guided by Griffith, a charismatic mercenary leader and rising star, he finds a home among the Band of the Hawks. This article explores their dynamic as the struggler and dreamer
Frozen 2 is an exciting adventure into the unknown and along for the ride are some of the fandom's lingering questions slowly resolving themselves through a number of daring risks Disney has navigated without restraint.
Disney's "Tangled" was one of the best movies to come out in the 2010s. Having established a refreshing version of the classic tale of a girl trapped in a tower, not many expected the story to expand so much but here we are! Here's my take on the 2017 animated series "Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure."
The series ends with so many problems that began as soon as it was carried to high levels of popularity. This article investigates how Kadenang Ginto struggled with its nuanced storyline by prolonging the key plot points that fans wanted resolved.
"Los Bastardos" has ended and with it, more concerns about how teleseryes (also known as Philippine television dramas) continue to recycle old tropes without improving on their weak points.
Starting September 9, ABS-CBN is rolling the red carpet for not only the upcoming Ball but for exciting moments in their top teleseryes. A few noteworthy names come to mind and the expectations they bring will surely capture the heart of any viewer.
As "Los Bastardos" draws to a close, let us take a look at some of its highs and lows to find out if the series is worth giving another shot.
The "Kadenang Ginto" formula for nuanced characters continues to intrigue and amaze Filipino audiences. However, what seems to be an improved take on typical teleserye tropes is a simple but powerful lesson on writing engaging stories most teleseryes nowadays have taken for granted
"Los Bastardos" explores the lives of five sons and their father as they navigate through parental drama and shifting tensions among themselves. As the series goes on, more new conflicts between existing characters are introduced, some of which feel more forced than others.
Anime reviews on Youtube have inspired me to try analyzing the shows we watch and what important lessons we can learn from them. From social commentary to emotional release, there is so much to talk about and much to discover about our favorite shows