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Kagewani: Shou

on Jun 28, 2016

What I Liked: The art style seemed more solid this time around (aside from some strange cinematography choices). Nagi the ninja lady was an interesting addition. What I Didn't: Everything else. The first three episodes were completely superfluous. The switch to a more action-oriented plot did not benefit the show, as the minimalist animation could not keep up and the plot felt like a more farfetched and clichéd re-do of S1. Honma's villainous plan is just Kimura's plan from S1 but with extra inspiration from Dr. Robotnik. The Ending Theme sounds exactly the same as S1's Ending Theme. The soundtrack... See full review

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3.5/10 overall

Space Patrol Luluco

on Jun 28, 2016

What I Liked: The character designs were simply cute yet diverse. The Closing Theme is spacey and adorable. The set designs, especially the missile-strewn landscape of Ogikubo. The character development in some of the later episodes genuinely impressed me, as did the general unfolding of the plot. It was perfectly cast in every way - Mayumi Shinitani is great as the nasily delinquent Midori and Testu Inada is brilliantly hammy as the General Manager Over Justice. Nova. What I Didn't: Some viewers may be put off by the sheer amount of jokes and throwbacks to previous Trigger works. Lalaco Godspeed's... See full review

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8/10 overall

Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou

on Jun 28, 2016

What I Liked: The basic but fluid and unique art style. The quirky sense of humour throughout the show, exemplified in nutty characters like DJ Oily. Agetarou. Character designs are simple but colourful (mirroring the characters themselves). The fact that Agetarou was often able to link his newly-acquired DJ knowledge to stuff he learned at his parent's shop. The perfect, catchy soundtrack that fits so well with the vibe of the show. What I Didn't: The atypical art style may take a bit of getting used to for some viewers. The soundtrack does fall back on the same one or two tracks. Characters lack much... See full review

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8.5/10 overall

Ah! My Goddess

on Jun 13, 2016

What I Liked: It's cheesy as all get-out. The character designs, especially for the Goddesses. The plot is enjoyable enough, even if some of the more dramatic moments come off as narmy. Urd. The soundtrack, despite being incredibly dated, was great and had nice variation to it. Story is mostly well-paced. The romance between Belldandy and Keiichi is kind of sweet (in a very bubblegum 90's way). Both the super-catchy Opening Theme and saccarine-sweet Ending Theme. Lanelle Markgraf is great as Urd, as is Juliet Cesario as Belldandy. What I Didn't: It's cheesy as all get-out. Suffers from... See full review

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7/10 overall

Galilei Donna

on May 25, 2016

What I Liked: The soundtrack, for the most part, portrayed a great sense of adventure and wonderment. The character designs. The designs for the inventions and mechs were creative. Set designs were perfect for the genre. Action scenes were well done, with great integration of 3D elements. Cinciho, despite his wobbly characterisation. The first episode was intriguing enough. What I Didn't: Heavy use of convenient plot points. While things seem to just happen, it never feels cohesive. Constant Mood Whiplash and pacing issues. The grating and unremarkable Opening Theme. Episode 6, for going heavy-handed with... See full review

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4.5/10 overall

Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!

on Apr 25, 2016

What I Liked: The character designs, particularly for the monsters and the Conquest Club. Gero. The boys of the Earth Defense Club, and their very quirky personalities (which the show does a great job of playing on). The running gag surrounding Mr. Tawarayama. The soundtrack was perfectly poppy and energetic. The ending, while not at all original, was still amusingly done. The Opening Theme, at first. What I Didn't: The Opening Theme. Animation was average-ish. Some episodes are quite forgettable due to it's fomulaic and episodic nature. Most of the characters are pretty flat, with not much character... See full review

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7/10 overall

Kuuchuu Buranko

on Apr 5, 2016

What I Liked: The unconventional visual presentation which utilised an effective mix of rotoscoping, live-action footage and traditional animation alongside a vibrant and over-saturated colour palette. The character designs, which were usually just as colourful as the backgrounds. Characters themselves are simple but relatable despite their neurosies. Mayumi. Skillful, if somewhat over-the-top use of visual comedy. Both the catchy Opening Theme and retro-chic Ending Theme. Fukuicchi. The way the show brings together previous episodes and character arcs later in the series. What I Didn't: The visual... See full review

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8/10 overall

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

on Apr 3, 2016

What I Liked: Characters are memorable and interesting, presented as complex but flawed individuals. The interpersonal relationships felt real despite dramatisation. Soundtrack was perfectly emotive, eclectic and nearly always utilised to its full potential. Animation was smooth, with great attention to detail in character movement especially in the rakugo scenes. Great set designs. Skillful cinematography and direction throughout. Akira Ishida and Kouichi Yamadera gave some of the best vocal performances I've heard as Kikuhiko and Suteroku respectively. Both the Opening Theme and Closing Theme. What I... See full review

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9/10 overall

Angel's Egg

on Mar 29, 2016

What I Liked: The attention to detail in the animation that shows off Yoshitaka Amano's artistic mastery. Sound design is absolutely perfect, and the score is impressive. The eerie mood that seeps into everything. The character and set designs. There's a lot of symbolism and metaphors to interpret. What I Didn't: It's a very slow movie, even at 70 minutes. The score can sometimes be a little overbearing. Characters are nothing but simple passive vehicles for moving the plot along. Some facial animations look a bit...goofy. There's a lot of symbolism and metaphors to interpret. Plot is left (deliberately)... See full review

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8/10 overall

Sekkou Boys

on Mar 25, 2016

What I Liked: Animation is decent and clean, with good character designs and nice contrast between the Rockies and the other characters. The Rockies all had distinct and funny personalities. The Enka singer. The fact that some of the jokes were allusions to the Rockies' mythologies. The Ending Theme, which was nicely incorporated into the plot. What I Didn't: Much of the content was rather forgettable, running on a few scant running gags. Suffers from Penultimate Episode Mood Whiplash. Final Verdict: Totally hilarious from start to finish, Sekkou Boys takes the concept of literal idols making it big... See full review

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6.5/10 overall

ERASED

on Mar 25, 2016

What I Liked: The tense atmosphere. The various film motifs added a nice visual touch to the series. Satoru's mum. The interpersonal relationships in the show. The utterly perfect soundtrack. Shinnosuke Mitsushima was brilliant as the despondent Satoru. Cinematography was top-notch. Great Opening Theme. The strong, well-paced first half. The animation is marvellous, with simple character animation and some beautiful stand-out moments. What I Didn't: The pacing becomes rushed in the second half. Yashiro, for being so flatly characterised. Some dramatic moments felt overly melodramatic. Depending on one's... See full review

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7.5/10 overall

School-Live!

on Mar 6, 2016

What I Liked: Strong visual storytelling in the first three episodes. The amazing bait-and-switch first episode. Yuki, and the way her worldview and coping mechanisms are depicted. Megu-nee, and the way she's incorporated into the story. Everything about the animation is clean with few off-model moment and shows a skilled use of colour to depict mood and atmosphere. Pacing is good, for the most part, and really ramps up towards the end. The somewhat realistic and varied reactions from characters to their situations. The upbeat opening theme, whose animation changes per episode. Great soundtrack from... See full review

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8/10 overall

Hoozuki no Reitetsu

on Mar 1, 2016

What I Liked: The ending theme and the equally catchy opening theme. The character designs, which felt like simplified versions of classic mythological depictions, were all unique and colourful. There was a nice uniformity in set designs for each of the hells, and many of the backgrounds had a classic Japanese art feel to them. Animation was consistent and just as colourful as the cast. A nice mixture of cultural / mythology-related jokes, silly puns, physical humour and satirical allusions to Japanese society. Hiroki Yatsumoto is perfect as the stoic yet strangely charming Hoozuki. What I Didn't: Like... See full review

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8/10 overall

Kono Danshi, Mahou ga Oshigoto Desu.

on Feb 27, 2016

What I Liked: The stunning, dynamic and colourful visuals, which uses a layered look to create a dreamy atmosphere. The visual depictions of Chiharu's self-perception in episode 3. Unlike the other KonoDan installments, characters looked mostly proportional with clean lines and distinctive designs. Nice integration of Live2D for character animation. The set designs are varied and interesting, while contrasting well with one another. Good sound design that complements the various SFX and asides. What I Didn't: YMMV on the ending - some viewers may find it idyllic and sweet, others may find it insulting in... See full review

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5.5/10 overall

Robotica * Robotics

on Feb 22, 2016

What I Liked: The dynamic presentation, with its heavy use of written text and abstract mixed-media style backgrounds alongside simple character animation. The simplistic plot, which chooses to remain modest in conveying its story of robots questioning the nature of love. Sound design and voice acting is good. The soundtrack is appropriately restrained and never feels too strong against the story or visuals. What I Didn't: Like the KonoDan series, the character designs are reminiscent of someone's sketchy in-class doodles with features (e.g. hands, facial features) that occasionally look unnatural even... See full review

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6.5/10 overall

Kono Danshi, Sekka ni Nayandemasu.

on Jan 19, 2016

What I Liked: The layered, mixed-media feel to the animation and backgrounds. The Crystalisation Syndrome, which acts as a brilliant visual metaphor for Tamari's social anxiety. The character designs are cute but simplistic. The (admittedly) barely-there soundtrack. What I Didn't: Characters change model frequently and it can be off-putting to some viewers. Pacing could've been better. Mr. Onihara's issues with betrayal (which don't come to light until the second half) make him come off as just being a possessive blockhead.  The plot is reletively shallow and corny, and suffers from an... See full review

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6.5/10 overall

Dead Leaves

on Jan 18, 2016

What I Liked: The breakneck pacing never leaves you bored. The character designs were interesting, if not mostly crude or just odd. The flat but fluid and colourful animation, which just explodes with energy. Plot is odd but surprisingly coherent for the most part.  What I Didn't: Lots of crude humor for the sake of it to the point that the sheer amount of crass humor in this movie may get old quickly for some viewers. So much violence. Animation felt somewhat ameteurish, like it was one big animation test. The plot goes off the rails (literally) towards the end, almost like it had one-upped... See full review

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6/10 overall

Sora wo Miageru Shoujo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai

on Jan 7, 2016

What I Liked: The backgrounds, for the most part, were quite beautiful. The soundtrack was quite emotive, and I liked the slow tempo of the ending theme. Character designs were interesting, especially in regards to the characters from Heaven. Battle scenes are the strongest point of the series, with some great CG and SFX used. Pacing is quick, with lots of things seemingly happening. What I Didn't: Character animation was woefully uneven and made worse by the fact that this "series" is just a padded-out broadcast version of a two-part OVA. The integration of new footage with old footage is too... See full review

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5/10 overall

Isshuukan Friends.

on Dec 27, 2015

What I Liked: The dreamy backgrounds and soft, pastel colour palette. Kiryuu, who seemed like the most grounded character of the show. Yamagishi. Kaori's condition seemed interesting and more complicated than the series let on. The relaxed pacing.

What I Didn't: Hase, who I found too immature and shallow to be taking care of anyone. Kaori's condition, despite being nuanced, still felt plot-convenient. It felt like the side characters (such as Kujou) were only there to flesh out the main leads or further the plot. Main characters felt flat and one-dimensional. Generic OP and ED. The relaxed pacing... See full review

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6/10 overall

Kowabon

on Dec 26, 2015

What I Liked: There was nothing. Absolutely nothing.

What I Didn't: Everything this series had to offer. The formulaic and uninspired formatting of the episodes. The pervasive technophobic atmosphere of the initial episodes. The rotoscoping, which was janky at the best of times and just lazy at its worst. No attempt made at finding out why the ghost was haunting tech-savvy youngsters. Lack of atmosphere or tension. Relied on jumpscares way too often. One episode was devoted to (somewhat) promoting an idol group. Abysmal acting all round (though the rotoscoping probably removed a lot of emotion from... See full review

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2/10 overall

Kagewani

on Dec 25, 2015

What I Liked: The visuals, which took some getting used to. Episode 3, with its plot of revenge and nauseating atmosphere. Episode 6 was also a stand-out, as it had a great sense of tension and atmosphere. Sound design isn't half bad. What I Didn't: The visuals, which felt like some student's animation project at times. The hamfisted Alien and Tremors references. Many of the earlier episodes were standard ridiculous creature-feature gore porn, with later episodes feeling like lazy attempts at joining the previous episodes together. The protagonist was about as fascinating as watching paint dry... See full review

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4.5/10 overall

The Rolling Girls

on Dec 25, 2015

What I Liked: The very colourful visuals, coupled with the dreamy watercolour-esque backgrounds. The first two episodes were incredibly strong as an opening to the series. The character designs were appropriately youthful. The fact that the series is seperated into arcs made the series feel fresh when it could've become stale fast. Good character development between the main quartet. The storyline that unfolds involving Yukina and the Tokorozawa leader. The soundtrack, which consists of punk-pop covers by the main quartet. Dynamic and fluid character animation. Good pacing... See full review

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8/10 overall

The Perfect Insider

on Dec 20, 2015

What I Liked: The slow pacing made for a slow-burn kind of series. The grounded character designs. Good voice acting all round, with competent attempts at English from Yasayuki Kase and Yuuko Kaida. The amazing soundtrack. The OP, from the music itself to the choreography. The ED in its entirety. The set designs, and with them the claustrophobic atmosphere of the Magata Lab. The elements of computer science used within the show. What I Didn't: Dr. Magata seemed less like a character and more like a vehicle for pseudo-philosophical nonsense. Lack of exploration of Magata's DID. The constant philosophical... See full review

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7/10 overall

Jitsu wa Watashi wa

on Dec 16, 2015

What I Liked: The soundtrack was appropriately modern. Both the OP and ED. Great, exaggerated voice acting all-round. Unique and interesting character designs. Backgrounds and set designs are brilliant, as well as the colour palette used throughout. Shiho, surprisingly. The humour, occasionally. What I Didn't: The open-ended ending. The cookie-cutter characterisation. The fact that all the main female characters felt like they weren't characterised beyond "She's a <supernatural being> and she's in love with Kuromine". No exploration of said supernatural themes aside from the occasional... See full review

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5/10 overall

My Love Story!!

on Dec 9, 2015

What I Liked: Great animation, with pleasant backgrounds and the (unique) inclusion of manga-style asides. Every character (even the relatively one-track-minded ones) feels three-dimensional and realistic. Deals with themes such as different forms of love and attraction in a realistic manner. Takeo, for all his awkward and adorable behaviour. Sound design was good, as was the beautiful soundtrack. Both the opening and ending themes. Clear sense of character development, especially among the lead couple. Diverse character designs. Great voice acting all round.
What I Didn't: Character animation is... See full review

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9/10 overall

Hellsing

on Dec 4, 2015

What I Liked: Sir Hellsing. Walter. The series's focus on Seras developing from a small-time policewoman to a mature and capable vampire. The stylish albeit dated soundtrack. Well-animated, and quite high-quality for its time. The silly post-episode previews. The English VA cast went above and beyond, with Crispin Freeman perfect in his role as Alucard. What I Didn't: The title-card ending felt like a cop-out. Most of the second half felt like it had lesser substance than the first. The opening theme, despite sounding appropriately chaotic. Animation quality sometimes doesn't extend to the... See full review

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7.5/10 overall

Yuru Yuri

on Dec 2, 2015

What I Liked: Good character designs. Animation was average, with fluid character animation. Yui.  What I Didn't: Suffers from typical Penultimate Episode Mood Whiplash. Gags such as Chitose's nosebleeds become repetitive rather quickly. Some jokes are essentially harassment / abusive behaviour tarted up as comedy. Chinatsu. Final Verdict: While it doesn't bring anything new to the "cute-girls-doing-cute-things" genre, Yuru Yuri is a light-hearted and pleasant little time-waster - provided that you're unfazed by repetitive gags ranging from boob-envy to forced kissing. 

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6/10 story
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6/10 overall

Terror in Resonance

on Nov 15, 2015

What I Liked: The clean and vibrant animation. The amazing soundtrack consisting of a range of eclectic sounds. The first half. Detective Shibasaki. How the series tackled the theme of domestic terrorism in Japan. Both the Opening Theme and the Ending Theme, which gave me strong late-90's/early-00's indie radio vibes. Good pacing. What I Didn't: The second half. Five wasn't given enough characterisation to create interest, and was woefully one-dimensional. Relies a bit too heavily on the "Police are Useless" trope. Some viewers may find Lisa detrimental to the series. The... See full review

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6.5/10 overall

Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade

on Sep 26, 2015

What I Liked: Wonderful, fluid animation. The vibrant soundtrack that matches the theme of the short. Lotte, and her song. The new girls were interesting in their own rights. Great voice acting from the whole cast - Megumi Han is suitably perfect as the hotheaded Akko, as is Youko Hikasa as the haugthy Diana. Good focus on expanding the world outside the academy. What I Didn't: Still just as riddled with cliché as the first, if not more. The kids, even though you were meant to hate them, made the short feel too full of "immature-type" characters. Akko seemed even more... See full review

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8/10 overall

Tsuritama

on Aug 11, 2015

What I Liked: The characters, who were nuanced and given ample room and time to develop. Yuki, and the series' portrayal of anxiety. Colourful backgrounds and character designs. Final "friends and loved ones save the world from the Big Bad" arc manages to help develop characters further and show how far they've come in the show's runtime rather than rely on "because friendship" reasoning. Keito. The soundtrack and sound design were pretty good. What I Didn't: Backgrounds and animation were average most of the time and kept simple to the point of feeling flat occasionally. Haru's... See full review

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8.5/10 overall