Category Archives: Editorials

Top 5 Reasons to be Watching “Sweetness and Lightning”

Contrary to its Spring counterpart, the Summer 2016 anime season has a stacked lineup of solid shows. But where to start? Well allow us to make the case for why you should be checking out a favorite of ours: Sweetness and Lightning. For those who have never heard of it, Sweetness and Lightning follows a young teacher named Kohei and his toddler daughter Tsumugi. After losing his wife six months before the start of the series, Kohei is left to raise Tsumugi alone and isn’t able to provide the same quality of meals as his wife used to prepare for his daughter. As fate would have it, he happens to have a run in with one of...


Top 5 Winter 2016 Anime

As the Winter 2016 anime season is around half way over, we reflect on the current wonderful seasons of episodes that are piling out right now. Out of the large (and frankly outstanding) shows that are currently airing, here are our picks for the best (or most entertaining) shows of the Winter 2016 anime season: 5. Gate – Season 2 The second season of the modern vs. fantasy world anime Gate managed to hold up to expectations. It maintained its entertainment value through and through. At times it hit a few lull points but that’s only because, when compared to the first season, it is no longer accompanied by the world introduction aspect. 4....


New To Anime? Here is a Comprehensive Chart of Where to Begin

For those who are new to the whole anime world and are looking for a great place to start, then imgr user lukeatlook has created the perfect guide for you. What makes this chart so great is the fact that is encompasses everything across several styles, story types, and tropes. Which, when you start can be a little overwhelming at first. One thing is certain though, we definitely agree with u/lukeatlook’s suggestions and think that if you are going to get into it, let the following chart be your guide. For those that disagree and think that there are not enough older anime listed, u/lukeatlook has tackled this in his description:...


The Differences of Mecha and Robots

One thing that people who watch anime, manga or play games are unaware of are that robots and mecha are two different things. While they certainly can crossover, and often do, there are differences between them that make them separate things all together. I’m here to explain the differences that exist. So, the first thing to go over is the definitions; what is a mecha and what is a robot? In truth, it really is simple. Mecha (which I would imagine is shortened from mechanical combat unit or something along those lines) are mechanical or organic machines that require piloting to function properly, assuming that piloting is possible and under normal...


Why Cosplay is Wonderful and Totally Worth It

Over the past year of running this site, going to conventions, and interviewing and hanging out with cosplayers, I have started to understand what drives people to cosplay and what makes cons so much fun. Fortunately, while at Nan Desu Kan in Denver, I was able to sit down with a few of them to ask all about the culture, the drive, and the reward behind why cosplay is wonderful. First and foremost, for those into anime, or rather fandom in general, who haven’t been to a con yet; do yourself a favor and go. Ignoring all the awesome panels, merch, artists, and activities (just for the sake of argument), cosplay and...


BentoByte Super Fight Sunday Round 2

BentoByte Super Fight Sunday Round 2 is here for you. This week, we have two strong ladies squaring off to see who is gonna stand on top. Let’s ring that bell! Black★Rock Shooter vs Ryuko Matoi In today’s Super Fight Sunday, we have Black★Rock Shooter (from here on out, we will call her BRS) of the same series name facing off against Ryuko Matoi of Kill La Kill fame. Both of them are powerful ladies with a lot of things in their arsenal, so this one is going to be an interesting fight to see pan out.   In the blue corner, we’ve got BRS, the “other self” counterpart to Mato Kuroi. As...


BentoByte Super Fight Sunday Round 1

Alright boys and girls: BentoByte Super Fight Sunday Round 1 is here! Let’s go ahead and explain how this will work: we are going to pit two characters against each other, check out their abilities, and see which one of them is going to stand on top. Ready to get this show on the road? Then let’s ring the bell! Edward Elric vs Shirou Emiya In today’s Super Fight Sunday, we’ve got Edward Elric of Fullmetal Alchemist fame facing off against Shirou Emiya from the Fate series. Both of them are a bit stubborn and tend to jump into the fray, so let’s see which one of these two is gonna come out the winner...


A Year of Anime – A Retrospective

At this time almost exactly a year ago, I took my first huge leap into a medium I wasn’t versed in much at all and with just a simple click of the play button on Netflix. Following my first episode of Attack on Titan, things were never going to be the same. Here are a few thoughts on what I have seen and what my journey has been like over the course of the past year. As all fans of anime are aware, there is a very large stigma against this genre and animation style as a whole. Honestly, I was no different. I had the perspective of how I could only remember...


Why Your Lie In April is Great and Got Me Reinvested in Classical Music

I’ve managed to watch a significant amount of anime in the past year alone, whether it be horror, mecha, or slice of life, and I have enjoyed them all. I put a great deal of emotional value in the characters and new experiences with each coming show, however there was something about Your Lie In April that changed something in me. Before I dive into all of that, I should give a brief history of my background. As it may make more sense as to why I, of all people, fell in love with a simple slice of life show about music. Ever since I was a small child, music...