Quotorium Reviews: Free! Dive to the Future (and Some Analysis Too)

Would you look at that, an in-depth look at a recent show! I have followed the Free! franchise since the beginning and had some thoughts and opinions on its most recent third season, Dive to the Future. This post is going to be part review, part analysis -a reviewlysis- to help me figure out the latest that Free! has to offer. That being said, spoiler warning, if there are even any spoilers for a sports anime!

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Sports Anime Breakdown: Kuroko no Basuke and Haikyuu!!

Over the past few months we’ve seen a lot of major sports events come and go such as the World Cup and the Pyeongchang Olympics, both of which saw some really incredible results! As I watched these events, I started to wonder how sports are treated in anime. What makes it tick? How does each show differ? Let’s find out! This post has been a long time in the making and will definitely result in more articles like it focusing on other sports anime, but for now I want to look at two giants of the genre: Kuroko no Basuke and Haikyuu!!

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Yuri on Ice Part 3: Fairy Tale, Storytelling and Media

Hi and welcome back! After my last post on Yuri on Ice’s narrative, it didn’t feel right leaving out what got me interested in this subject in the first place: storytelling! If you have not yet read my other posts on YOI, I suggest you do that to make sense of what I talk about here. Part 1 is on the Victuri dynamic, and Part 2 is on secondary characters and skating programs. This time round, I hope to focus on how YOI uses stories and media to connect ideas to larger audiences. Without further ado, onto the analysis!

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Yuri on Ice Part 2: Figure Skating, Secondary Characters, and the Love Narrative

Welcome back! In my last post covering Yuri on Ice, I focused on the use of love in the narrative of the show, with particular attention to the dynamic of Victor and Yuri. If you haven’t read it yet, you probably should to make sense of the points I develop here. This time around, I will be looking into how secondary characters, figure skating, and various storytelling techniques aim to expand on love in the show. As we will discover, figure skating is not only the sport of choice, but a great narrative device that YOI uses to elaborate on love.  Continue reading “Yuri on Ice Part 2: Figure Skating, Secondary Characters, and the Love Narrative”

Yuri on Ice Part 1: Love as Narrative

Long time no blog! After a few hectic weeks, I’ve decided to look into Yuri on Ice. Since it came out, many have approached YOI from the standpoint of it either being perfect, or not being good enough, especially due to the highly invested fan base and the desire to go against the majority opinion. I don’t know if my readings count as one or the other, but I really wanted to look at an aspect of YOI that is narrative-focused because for all that it may not do well, YOI manages to use narrative in an innovative way, at least as far as anime is concerned. In this article, I hope to look at how YOI uses love as its narrative, and how that affects characterization, organization and importance of events, etc.

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Slice of Life Breakdown: K-On! and Tamako Market

Slice of life is one of those slippery genres that can change depending on the situations they incorporate. For many though, slice of life is best defined as the depiction of everyday occurrences in a character’s life onscreen. In slice of life, even the most mundane event can be made interesting. Take the coffee-ordering scene in Nichijou, or swimming class in Toradora! as examples. In order to figure out how slice of life works, I’ll be looking at how K-On! and Tamako Market use slice of life and whether or not it’s effective. Without further ado, let’s isolate some variables!

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Little Witch Academia: Some (Seasonal) Nostalgia

Not a huge post this week, but I wanted to just real quick mention a show that is near and dear to my heart right now. So in honour of Halloween, here’s a mini-discussion about some emotional aspects of Little Witch Academia!

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Monthly Girl’s Nozaki-kun: Comedy at its Core

When I decided to watch Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun (GSNK), or Monthly Girl’s Nozaki-kun, as it is known in English, I did so because of its comedy. And no doubt, GSNK is really hilarious. However, when describing the show’s merits to friends, I find that “it’s funny” is just about the only thing I can say about it. How and why does GSNK, a show with so much potential, end up being about nothing regardless of its interesting romantic premise and manga-creation context? Hopefully I will be able to come to a conclusion by the end of this article.

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