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  • My Top 10 Western Animated Shows of the Decade

    My Top 10 Western Animated Shows of the Decade

    The 2010s were the best decade ever for animation, featuring an increasingly diverse array of excellent shows in different genres and aimed at different types of audiences. That diversity looks to be only increasing, which makes me very optimistic for […]

     
  • Nausicaä and Frozen II: Courage and Peace in the Valley and the Fjord

    Nausicaä and Frozen II: Courage and Peace in the Valley and the Fjord

    “Some were disappointed by the film’s ‘miracle’ ending. […] Perhaps [Miyazaki’s] reason was that he simply needed to ‘tie up the [carryall]’ and deliver a completed movie to an awaiting audience.” -Susan Napier, Miyazakiworld: A Life in Art Moral courage […]

     
  • A Meditation on Butch Identity in Animation and Life

    A Meditation on Butch Identity in Animation and Life

    Years ago, I was asked a question that left me a bit at a loss. A coworker and I were passing time, trying to move the clock further along to the end of the shift, and she asked me rather […]

     
  • Top Ten “Hey Adora” Moments

    Top Ten “Hey Adora” Moments

    One of the more endearing traits of the re-imagined version of Catra in She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is her propensity to begin any interaction with our main heroine with a sometimes genuine, sometimes sardonic, sometimes sinister "Hey Adora". Nevertheless these moments are always appreciated.

     
  • Top 30 Star Butterfly Outfits

    Top 30 Star Butterfly Outfits

    A year ago after the Season 3 finale, I ranked the top 25 Star Butterfly outfits. Now after the series finale I thought it might be time to revisit that article. Maybe see if I changed my mind on some […]

     
  • OVAnime: Spring 2019 Recommendations and Overview

    OVAnime: Spring 2019 Recommendations and Overview

    Spring has come at last and with it a new season of anime is in bloom. I mean you could spend time outside but what with all the pollen and the seemingly random changes in weather patterns who could bother? […]

     
  • OVAnime: Winter 2019 Wrap-Up and Retrospective

    OVAnime: Winter 2019 Wrap-Up and Retrospective

    This article is a follow-up to my original piece on the Winter 2019 Anime Season, in which I gave a brief (sometimes long) review of more or less every anime airing as well as my recommendations. If you were looking […]

     
  • “This Magnificent Cake” Review: An Offbeat Offering

    “This Magnificent Cake” Review: An Offbeat Offering

    My late 1800’s history isn’t the greatest, but today I learned that the king of Belgium wanted to have a colony in Africa and feel big and important like the other European powers. As such, he colonized what is now […]

     
  • The History of Best Animated Feature Presentations at the Oscars

    The History of Best Animated Feature Presentations at the Oscars

    While in recent years, ceremonies such as the Annies and the OVA-ies have popped up to bestow yearly honors onto the medium of animation, the Oscar remains the most high-profile award an animated film can be considered for. While Best […]

     
  • Sam’s Lovey-Dovey (Mostly) Nostalgic Valentine’s Day Animation Episode Recommendations!

    Sam’s Lovey-Dovey (Mostly) Nostalgic Valentine’s Day Animation Episode Recommendations!

    Love is in the air my friends. Valentine’s Day is upon us! Valentine’s Day has always been my favorite holiday; the cards, the chocolates, and the kitschiness of it all are nice but taking the time to celebrate love in […]