When it comes to anime, no genre is more synonymous with the medium than Shonen. Having spent nearly three decades growing up beside it, one of the things we take for granted is just how much choice we have. The last decade saw the rise of several promising titles — many of which I covered on this very site when I first started writing about anime seriously.

As the traditional approach to Shonen began to modernize, the genre has gradually shifted from its humble battle roots into something much more grounded in reality. In recent times, titles like Spy x…


SK8 the Infinity

Welcome back to another edition of my Anime Playlist — your short guide into some of the best anime openings, endings, and original soundtracks! Contrary to popular belief, the news of my untimely demise has been greatly exaggerated.

Jokes aside, it’s been nearly three months since I last posted anything, so I have some catching up to do. As much as I’d like to be able to say I was busy or had some other external factor inhibiting my ability to post content, the real story is far less interesting.

I took some time off — sort of.

Many of…


The Best Anime of 2020

Folks, I have a confession to make.

I had a previous script for this, but I’m starting over.

Last month, I wrote a rather lengthy post-summary of my future endeavors here along with how I planned to roll out my annual Best of the Year nominees. I knew this year would be different for many reasons, and that’s before we get into an ongoing pandemic. As I thought of the direction I wanted these awards to take, I settled on promoting a theme. For the Game of the Year section which went up last week, I focused on accountability. …


The Best Games of 2020.

Welcome to the first half of the inaugural Aether Awards — a collection of some of the best games and anime of the year! Back when we were kinja.com, I ran an annual top 10 games list every year, with the exception of 2018. With new platforms comes new opportunities, hence I opted for a slightly different arrangement by announcing some of the nominees ahead of time through my personal Twitter handle.

This will technically be my fourth game of the year list, but before we dive in, I regret to inform you that Fire Emblem Heroes was not included…


Dorohedoro

Welcome to the final edition of my seasonal Anime Playlist for the year — your short guide into some of the best anime openings, endings, and original soundtracks along with some brief anime impressions!

With all of my playlists officially uploaded to TAY2 and AniTAY, along with my most recent playlist for Fall 2020 posted up last week, I wanted to do something special that I haven’t done before. …


If my first year of AniTAY was figuring out where exactly I fit in at this oddball consortium of anime opinions, my second year at AniTAY would be defined by figuring out what kind of writer I wanted to be in the new decade. In addition to publishing my own self-contained reviews, pursuing my passions, and following up on stories by “keeping them honest,” I wrote a whole lot of things with my fellow collaborators. Let’s take a look back at 2020:

Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun (Winter 2020)


Jujutsu Kaisen

Welcome back to another edition of my Anime Playlist — your short guide into some of the best anime openings, endings, and original soundtracks along with some brief anime impressions! This being my first new “real” content on AniTAY’s new platform for Medium (and TAY2 if you happen to be reading there), let’s talk for a bit:

With the unexpected closure of Kinja, I wrote most of this list in post haste. Normally, this would be the last playlist for the year, but while I was busy finishing up my archives on Medium, I took the opportunity to revisit some…


Checking the list twice.

Every night for the past 10 months, I’ve had a ritual. I’d stay up late either chatting folks up on Discord, reading, streaming television, or just lie awake well past whatever time I had planned to turn in that evening. Having no physical obligation to leave my home on account of COVID, this led me to form several odd new habits as a result of this extended flexibility. …


Welcome back to another edition of my Anime Playlist — your short guide into some of the best anime openings, endings, and original soundtracks along with some brief anime impressions!

I’m mostly caught up at this point with archives, but rather than just upload 4 old playlists to Medium (which are now up!), I’m curating some of my favorite anime theme songs from their respective year. Next volume (name pending) will be the last as it will be for 2020, along with some new stuff from the current Fall season. …


Back when I started on AniTAY in 2019, I had participated in a number of seasonal “collabs” and select group reviews for various anime. Taking a page from our very own Doctorkev, I’ve decided to comb through and republish all of my previous contributions into one convenient post until they are ported over in the near future. Note that the non AniTAY Reviews are midseason impressions based on the first few episodes. Let’s take a look back at my first year:

Boogiepop and Others (Winter 2019)

Dark Aether

Writer, contributor, critic for TAY, AniTAY. Video Games, Anime and other assorted musings. Not Dead Yet. @TheGrimAether

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