Anime is one of the great forms of art in the modern world. It is unique in its ability to portray human life in a human way while appearing completely non-human. That dichotomy, that contradiction, is one of the most remarkable things about this art form. And it does so beautifully. So much care and effort is poured into every production, and that is almost always apparent. I could go on and on, but I’ll spare you my outpourings for now. Sufficient to say, I believe it is one of the greatest art forms to arise in the modern era, and it places highly in the history of art, period. It is truly beautiful.
Since I got into the anime world in college, I have consistently been disappointed by the amount of outright reviews of anime out there. Oh sure, the Facebook groups have lots of people offering a lot of opinions (and a lot else to go along with it!), and there are lots of forums for anime. There are other popular anime blogs that tend to speak generally about everything anime, but they seem to devote little time or effort to full reviews. That’s fine for them. They contribute nicely to the anime world. But I wanted to provide something more focused and specific.
So this idea was literally born overnight. I was tired of the fact that I couldn’t find what I was looking for, and I wanted to give the anime world a place to come to just to read heartfelt, in-depth reviews of the shows we know and love. I can think of no better name for the place for the anime world to gather together than the famous Anteiku.
For those that don’t know what Anteiku is, stop what you’re doing and go watch Tokyo Ghoul immediately. For those that do, I’m sure you’ll agree that it represents much of what anime enthusiasts love most about anime. Release, freedom, security, acceptance, encouragement, relief, emotion, on and on, all these powerful things are embodied by that little Ikebukuro cafe. And therefore here we will remain true to the mission, separating the 2D from the 3D, and enjoying that state freely.
The primary purpose here is anime reviews. I encourage all of you to comment your own thoughts on my posts. I will allow only moderate comments lightly as much as possible in the spirit of freedom. I would love to see what other views arise out of what I prompt, or just generally how others view the same shows I love. Posts will rarely stray from reviews, but when they do, it will be solidly about anime. The chief idea bubbling in my head as I say this is perhaps some kind of exchange of information regarding where you can find certain shows. As most of you have experienced, subscribing to a single streaming service rarely suffices, as half of what you’re looking for simply won’t be there. But that’s just an idea right now. The point is the vast majority of posts will be reviews.
Enjoy yourselves and your time here! I look forward to hearing from you all.
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