MrAJCosplay, Monique Thomas, James Beckett & The Best Songs of 2021 (Anime News Network)

While I’m not a main writer on this article, I did chime in with my Favorite Song of 2021, which was an easy choice since Winter 2021. Here’s a taste, though I hope you’ll read the rest of the article:

“Minikui Ikimono”, or “Ugly Creatures” is hands down one of the best OPs of the year, and that’s not just because it’s performed by CHICO with Honeyworks, though they definitely brought the fire to this track. No, what makes this a 2021 banger are the lyrics, as well as the striking animation, which offer peeks into Sorawo and Toriko’s antics in our reality and the unreality of the Otherside. 

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Christopher Farris, Steve Jones, Mercedez Clewis & The Best Moments of 2021 (Anime News Network)

The next installment of ANN’s Best Anime of 2021 is here with picks from @BeeDubsProwl, @vestenet, and @pixelatedlenses! Plus the editorial team’s favorite moments this year!

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Nicholas Dupree, Richard Eisenbeis, Rebecca Silverman & Best Characters of 2021 (Anime News Network)

While I’m not a main writer on this article, I did chime in with my Favorite Character of 2021. Here’s a teaser:

Super Cub’s lead Koguma has had the strongest staying power for me as one of the slice of life genre’s best female leads. Her backstory is simple: she’s a girl characterized by a life absent of friends, family, and very little in the way of joy. It’s the perfect set-up for dynamic growth, which is what happens to Koguma over the course of the series…

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Advanced Review: Life of Melody by Mari Costa (Seven Seas + Hiveworks)

Life of Melody

What’s The Story?
When Razzmatazz, a snazzy fairy godfather, and Bon, a burly beast-man, find a human child in the woods, they decide to co-parent the mortal babe… at least for now. What they don’t expect is love: love for their brand-new human charge, love for caretaking, and a blooming love between them both. Will this fantastical found family become a true family, or will love fail to come full circle?

Reviewer’s Note: I received a review copy of Life of Melody as part of my work for ANN. However, as Life of Melody is an OEL/American graphic novel, I was unable to publish the review there. However, I was given permission to publish my review elsewhere, so it’s found a home on my blog. All reviews are spoiler-free and image-free. Opinions are my own.


Life of Melody is a full-color, LGBTQ+/queer graphic novel published, initially, as a webcomic via Hiveworks and now, as part of the Seven Seas + Hiveworks lineup.

The story centers around odd couple Razzmatazz (i.e. Raj) and Bon (i.e. Lancelot) as they raise a little human foundling in a town full of magic, trees, and a very pretty lake. We follow their adventures with their found daughter Melody across the years, witnessing the growth of their partnership from barely cohabitating to something more.

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REVIEW:‌ ‘The‌ ‌Promised‌ ‌Neverland‌,’ ‌Season‌ ‌2‌ ‌Episode‌ ‌11 — But Why Tho? A Geek Community

The Promised Neverland Episode 11 marks the end of season 2, and the anime in general. It leaves a lot to be desired.

REVIEW:‌ ‘The‌ ‌Promised‌ ‌Neverland‌,’ ‌Season‌ ‌2‌ ‌Episode‌ ‌11 — But Why Tho? A Geek Community

REVIEW: ‘Idoly Pride,’ Episode 11 – “A Place That Cannot Be Reached Alone” — But Why Tho? A Geek Community

Idoly Pride Episode 11 changes perspective to Moon Tempest and Nagase Kotono, who is still struggling to be the kind of idol her late sister was.

REVIEW: ‘Idoly Pride,’ Episode 11 – “A Place That Cannot Be Reached Alone” — But Why Tho? A Geek Community

REVIEW:‌ ‘The‌ ‌Promised‌ ‌Neverland‌,’ ‌Season‌ ‌2‌ ‌Episode‌ ‌10 — But Why Tho? A Geek Community

The Promised Neverland Episode 10 takes viewers back to Grace Field with the survivors, only to throw in too many plot twists to count.

REVIEW:‌ ‘The‌ ‌Promised‌ ‌Neverland‌,’ ‌Season‌ ‌2‌ ‌Episode‌ ‌10 — But Why Tho? A Geek Community

REVIEW: ‘Otherside Picnic,’ Episode 12 – “Sorawo and Toriko” — But Why Tho? A Geek Community

In Otherside Picnic Episode 12, Sorawo, Toriko, and the U.S. Forces face off against Kankandara in an attempt to finally leave the Otherside.

REVIEW: ‘Otherside Picnic,’ Episode 12 – “Sorawo and Toriko” — But Why Tho? A Geek Community