What is Overthinking Anime?

OverthinkingAnime.com takes a critical look at the popular art form using tools of analysis from philosophy, psychology, the social sciences, and just a smidgen theology. Sure some of the conclusions may push way past what the makers of the shows intended, but the world was never harmed by thoughtful reasonable reflection. So I invite you to put your thinking caps on while we talk about anime. Articles about shows and episodes are written for those who have seen the subject under discussion and so should be considered full of spoilers.

There are limitations, of course, I haven't watched every anime. Also, though I study physical sciences and math, they are not my strong suits. Therefore I turn back to you, gentle reader, and ask for your help. Is there some glaring point I missed? Is there some show I should watch? Please do let me know by using the contact page or comments. Let's have fun overthinking anime.

Summer Season fun

Natsuyuki explores the complications of relationships in ways that are both realistic and fantastic.

The Spring season has given way to Summer; some really good show wrapped up their stories (Sakamichi no Apollon), some really stinky shows slithered away in ignomy (Hiiro no Kakera), some left us with surprising revelations just before concluding (Jormungand), and some continued on into the Summer season. My viewing schedule is packed beyond capacity …

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Why can’t Zoro Find His Way?

Why can't this man find his way?

Two years (and change) after parting ways the crew of the Straw Hat Pirates gather again at the Sabaody Archipelago. Each character arrived in his or her own time, and it was reasonable as a viewer to expect that Roronoa Zoro would be the last to arrive. Why? It is because the master swordsman Zoro …

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Thinking about Anime, May 28- June 1

The fleet of dancing fishermen says that whatever's coming next on Tsuritama is going to be big

This week seemed to be a water treading week for most of the series that I follow. While some plots progressed by small increments most spent the week talking about where they are. Which is not to say that I regret having spent the time it takes to watch these twenty episodes. Here’s a quick …

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Getting Started in Anime, part three

Ristorante Paradiso reminds us not all anime look the same

Yay!! Here we are for the third and final installment of a beginner’s guide to watching anime. In the previous sections I discussed the major categories of shoujo and shounen and some of the major genres that they cover. This time around we’ll take a look at some shows that aim for an older demographic. …

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Getting Started in Anime, part two

Monkey D. Luffy (red vest, center left) is a classic example of a shounen hero

Welcome back!! This is part two of a beginning viewer’s guide to getting started in anime. Part one has a more complete explanation and shoujo recommendations. Part two will cover shounen and movies. Just as shoujo is aimed at girls, shounen is aimed at boys. There are a wide variety of sub-genres, but many regardless …

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