Anime in Bite-Size: Good Anime Shorts


Sometimes one of the biggest deterrents to watching anime, at least for me, is that I simply don’t have the time or energy to invest in a complicated or long-running story. Sure, I could try and find a light-hearted episodic series, but with a usual run time of just over 20 minutes per episode (assuming you skip the OP and ED), at times even that isn’t feasible.

That’s where anime shorts come in. While you wouldn’t necessarily think a show with only a few minutes per episode would have the room to tell a decent story, let alone one with any particular emotional depth, the below titles are proof that such a thing is definitely possible. From comedy to good ol’ slice-of-life, drama to fantasy and even horror, here are some titles that make the absolute most of their short episode length to deliver stories that are both well-written and entertaining. Read More

Anime Taste Testing: Fall 2014 (Part II)

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It’s finally started to cool down in my neck of the woods, and while I don’t exactly welcome the colder weather, I’ll take just about any excuse to bunker down with a mug of hot chocolate and some anime – though I’m clearly nowhere near as enamoured with the current season as some others appear to be. Having already quickly dropped Ai Tenchi Muyo!, Donten ni Warau, and Amagi Brilliant Park last time around, eight other titles remained in the line-up… two more of which have now been dropped. See what made the final cut and what ultimately failed to tickle my fancy below. Read More