Mushishi Analysis Part 2: Ginko the Mushi Master

For an episodic series like Mushishi, with its emphasis on harmony and humanity, to be engaging, it needs a protagonist who is in tune with nature and of impartial view while also being empathetic towards its denizens. One who stands between the flowing, natural world of the mushi and the fickle, uneven world of flawed villagers, capable of…

Mushishi Analysis Part 1: A Shinto World

Mushishi is widely regarded as one of the best TV anime ever made, and with good reason. The strong audio presentation, with its haunting piano pieces and chillingly fitting ambient sounds, melds with the exceptionally detailed and atmospheric environments and often excellent animation to create a world that feels both authentic and spiritual. However, one of the most under-discussed…

How Snow White with Red Hair weaves a wondrous and endearing world

Snow White with Red Hair is something of a divisive title among its viewers, and the reasons behind these reactions are obvious. Throughout much of the first cour, and towards the end of the second, it primarily centres around isolated occurrences (which do, for the most part, pay off one way or another further down…

Fate/Zero Analysis Part 2: Family, Pragmatism and Tokiomi Tohsaka

Fate/Zero is a series that tackles a multitude of broad psychological and philosophical themes through its characters and their respective conflicts. These articles will be spoiler filled, and if you haven’t seen Fate/Zero yet then I recommend that you read my review and watch it before continuing. This week, I delve into the philosophies of…

Fate/Zero Analysis Part 1: Psychopathy, Utilitarianism and Kirei Kotomine

Fate/Zero is a series that tackles a multitude of broad psychological and philosophical themes through its characters and their respective conflicts. These articles will be spoiler filled, and if you haven’t seen Fate/Zero yet then I recommend that you read my review and watch it (it is also available on Australian Netflix) before continuing. This week,…