Lets Analyze… Bojack Horseman!

Hello ladies and gentlemen, or whatever you refer to yourself as. I guess social norms have changed a bit since I last blogged frequently haha! Anyways I have a new project, as it seems that I am still getting a fair number of viewers coming through on a daily basis. I feel ashamed that I haven’t watched an anime in about a year, however, I have been busy with other shows, such Bojack Horseman. 

To make an anime comparison, Bojack could be compared to a mix of Gin from Gintama, Hachiman from My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, among other types of cryptically comedic, yet simultaneously dark characters. Him, along with many of the other characters in the series have captured not only my heart, but also have latched to the darkest parts of my own person. I truly believe watching this show makes you reflect about your life and your own actions, and in that way it has been a massive success.  

Accordingly, I have decided to create a critical analysis series on Bojack Horseman, as a way to point out the complexities of the show to help others understand, as well as to develop my own understanding of what the show means to me and what exactly I have learned. With stellar reviews (after the first season at least) of almost 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, it is a must watch! This post serves as an announcement, as well as some background on the series. Enjoy!


Wikipedia Synopsis and Premise: 

BoJack Horseman is an American adult animated comedy-drama series created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg. The series stars Will Arnett as the title character, with a supporting cast including Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins, and Aaron Paul. The series’ first season premiered on August 22, 2014, on Netflix, with a Christmas special premiering on December 19. The show is designed by the cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt, who had previously worked with Bob-Waksberg on the webcomic Tip Me Over, Pour Me OutAlongside having a satirical take on current events, politics, and show business, BoJack is lauded for its realistic take on dealing with depression, trauma, addiction, self-destructive behavior, and the human experience.

The series takes place mostly in Hollywood (later known as “Hollywoo” after the ‘D’ in the Hollywood Sign is destroyed in a romantic gesture), in an alternate world where humans and tailless anthropomorphic animals live side by side. BoJack Horseman, the washed-up star of the 1990s sitcom Horsin’ Around, plans his big return to celebrity relevance with a tell-all autobiography that he dictates to his ghostwriter Diane Nguyen. BoJack also has to contend with the demands of his agent and on-again-off-again girlfriend Princess Carolyn, the misguided antics of his freeloading roommate Todd Chavez, and his friend and rival Mr. Peanutbutter.

Dear Reader, My Apologies [HIATUS]

Now, I have been culprit to many large promises that I have not been able to deliver on in the past. Perhaps, this post is a resolution to and realization of my time constraints and work efforts. 

This blog is not my goodbye, but rather a call for a little break until I can properly adjust to my new school. 


On Monday and Tuesday, I had my orientation at Santa Clara University, which changed my plans. There are so many amazing, intelligent, driven, people in college, and they also happen to be loads of good fun.  Even the small handful of people I met at orientation were all people I could see myself being good friends with long into the future. 

In about two months, I will begin studying at SCU. It has come to the forefront my attention that the quarter system will be a brutal adjustment (10 week classes instead of 15). As I greatly value my education, I had already planned to cut back on anime to leave large blocks of time to study. 

Between classes, meals, socialization, exercise, studying, and (of course) parties, anime has lost its place in my list of priorities. Experiences are irreplaceable, and at this point in my life, there are tons of (now realistically accomplishable) things I can do other than anime. In this light, I will probably not be watching anime with any consistency or devotion. 

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A short history moment: I have been watching anime on and off since I was in seventh grade, but the last two years have been a crazy ride packed full of hundreds of anime. I started this blog about a year ago, when I was searching for anime and found Wrong Every Time, which inspired me to write about anime. 

I have never watched so much anime for so long. I’m burned out. Though I can hand it to these Japanese Cartoons for sharpening my sense of storytelling, production, and finding inspiration, it is time to put it all down for a while and digest, as well as adapt to my new lifestyle. 

I know I could probably keep blogging, but the quality drop would be disgraceful, and it would feel more like a job than a fun hobby (which is why I write in the first place). 


With that, I leave you all with a gesture of gratitude for your attention and support of my writing, and a sentiment that this blog is not get dead. Maybe look towards winter or spring for my eventual return to anime.

Happy anime hunting! 

WINTER 2016 | Week 3 Roundup

Hey guys! Sloaner here with some of my thoughts on the Winter 2016 season! I have rounded up all the episodes from this week (organized by day they aired). This week I dropped a couple of series, so they won’t appear again until the end of the season review 🙂

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WINTER 2016 | First Impressions 3

 Premiers Watched: 6 

Hey Guys!-Sloaner here! Today I bring you my first impressions for the 2016 winter season. I will be writing my thoughts about the premier episode, and will be updating based on when the new episodes come out. I’m going to try to write about elements of character, plot, art, and sound. At the end of this blog you will find my compiled rankings so stay tuned!

First Impressions part 1

First Impressions part 2

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WINTER 2016 | First Impressions 2

Premiers Watched: 9

Hey Guys!-Sloaner here! Today I bring you my first impressions for the 2016 winter season. I will be writing my thoughts about the premier episode, and will be updating based on when the new episodes come out. I’m going to try to write about elements of character, plot, art, and sound. At the end of this blog you will find my compiled rankings so stay tuned!

First Impressions part 1

First Impressions part 3

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WINTER 2016 | First Impressions 1

Premiers Watched: 12

Today I bring you my first impressions for the 2016 winter season. I will be writing my thoughts about the premier episode, and will be updating based on when the new episodes come out. I’m going to try to write about elements of character, plot, art, and sound. At the end of this blog you will find my compiled rankings so stay tuned!

First Impressions part 2

First Impressions part 3

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Best of 2015 | Male Characters

Hey guys! Welcome to my top ten countdown for the entire year of 2015! Since it is the first full year of anime I have watched, it was only right to compile all of my favorites for the year into a collection of blogs! 

This blog consists of my favorite male characters out of all the anime I have watched this year. Keep in mind that these are all my opinion and the list does not include characters from animes that I have not seen. Enjoy!

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Best of 2015 | Endings

Hey guys! Welcome to my top ten countdown for the entire year of 2015! Since it is the first full year of anime I have watched, it was only right to compile all of my favorites for the year into a collection of blogs! 

This blog consists of my favorite endings out of all the anime I have watched this year. Keep in mind that these are all my opinion and the list does not include anime that I have not seen. Enjoy!

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RECOMENDATION | Durarara!!

Hey guys! Sloaner here today with a recombination of one of my favorite series: Durarara!! Since the synopsis on MAL doesn’t do the series any justice I thought it would be helpful if I tried to explain the awesomeness that is Durarara! 🙂

This post is spoiler free!

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