How Spirited Away Is About Unflinchingly Accepting Adolescence

Miyazaki’s masterful storytelling and fine-tuned artistic vision is apparent in many if not all of the Studio Ghibli films, especially in one of the most iconic, Spirited Away. I remember watching Spirited Away for the first time in middle school. I had to ask my mom to buy it off the cable’s pay-per-view, patiently waiting as she fiddled with the remote’s buttons to punch in … Continue reading How Spirited Away Is About Unflinchingly Accepting Adolescence

Your ‘Stranger Things 3’ Summer Bucket List

You did it. You finished the last episode of Stranger Things 3, thoughts screaming through your head at the [spoilers redacted] in the [spoilers redacted]. Then as the credits continue to roll, you stare blankly at the screen, wondering what you could possibly do to fill your time now that it’s over. After you cry into your pillow (justice for [spoilers redacted]!), see how many … Continue reading Your ‘Stranger Things 3’ Summer Bucket List

The New ‘Cats’ Looks Weird AF, and I’m So Here for It

What do Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Ian McKellen, and Rebel Wilson have in common? If you guessed that all their bodies have been turned into horrifying human/cat hybrids that will unsettle your sleep for years to come, you’d be right. The trailer for Cats dropped yesterday, and it’s…something. Something wonderful, something off-putting, something mystifying and magical and so effing weird. The internet is full of … Continue reading The New ‘Cats’ Looks Weird AF, and I’m So Here for It

Books to Read After Watching ‘Stranger Things 3’

Stranger Things 3 arrived in a blaze of fireworks, Russian conspiracies, and mind-melding monsters, but after binge-watching all eight episodes, we’re right back where we started, wanting more. If, like us, you’re eager for more Stranger Things vibes, check out one—or all—of these books while you wait anxiously for more information about a potential season four.  The Stranger Things Tie-In Books The easiest fulfillment for … Continue reading Books to Read After Watching ‘Stranger Things 3’

Why Woody Deserves the Ending of ‘Toy Story 4’

*Spoilers included for Toy Story 4* Like most people, I thought the Toy Story franchise would end with the tear-jerker of Toy Story 3. What could be better than ending their tale with them saying goodbye to Andy as he drives off toward college and adulthood? So it came as a surprise when Pixar announced that a fourth movie would be made. This time, however, … Continue reading Why Woody Deserves the Ending of ‘Toy Story 4’

Slytherins Are Not Bad People

Despite her best attempts to keep her greedy little niffler paws in it, the Harry Potter universe has grown beyond the machinations of the great J.K. Rowling. We’re eternally grateful she blessed us with the story, but the fans have since taken it and made it their own. From fanfiction and fanart to quidditch clubs and book clubs, at this point more young people probably … Continue reading Slytherins Are Not Bad People

The Beginner’s Guide to Anime: The Art of Respect

My very first anime was not Pokémon, Sailor Moon, or Dragonball Z. It was Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland. Look it up. It was preciously beautiful (and terrifying, thanks to the Nightmare King), but as I grew from Pokémon dweeb to Moonie to anime club official, I’ve learned a few things. First off, anime is not an all encompassing term for children’s cartoons. In fact, … Continue reading The Beginner’s Guide to Anime: The Art of Respect