Anime-Specific Essays


Yuri Kuma Arashi and the Effects of Symbolism


Hibike! Euphonium and Setting the Mood


Shirayuki and Snow White Similarities


Classroom☆Crisis, Conflict, and Resolution

Owarimonogatari / Episode 9 / Izuko Gaen explaining the current situation involving Araragi, Shinobu, Kanbaru, and the first minion

Owarimonogatari, Symmetry, and Asymmetry

Konosuba / Episode 3 / Kazuma, Aqua, Megumin, and Darkness sitting down for dinner following the mass-cabbage attack

KonoSuba and Comedy Through Theory

Boku no Hero Academia / Episode 1 / First meeting with All Might

Boku no Hero Academia and How to Hype a Fight

Orange / Episode 1 / The group having fun together

Orange and Learning Life Lessons

Fune wo Amu / Episode 2 / The Daitokai dictionary in figurative form

Fune wo Amu and the Words of Dialogue


Kemono Friends and Nostalgic Charm

Little Witch Academia / Episode 1 / Akko smiling bright

Little Witch Academia and Thematic “Magic”

Made in Abyss / Episode 1 / The city of Orth which surrounds the Great Pit, otherwise known as the Abyss

Made in Abyss and Building a World

Houseki no Kuni (left) / Toy Story (right) / Phos and Woody smiling

Houseki no Kuni, Toy Story, and Understanding Characters

Koi wa Ameagari no You ni / Episode 10 / Akira and Mr. Kondou going to a book fair

Koi wa Ameagari no You ni and the Power of Visual Storytelling