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Sheex

  • San Diego, California
  • Joined Jul 11, 2007
  • 25 / M

Heya, welcome to my profile! I'm a graduate student studying for a PhD in Structural Engineering who spends most of his waking hours engulfed in work. Prior to this, when I had a life, I wrote reviews for Anime-Planet for chronicling the wonders of Clannad, the failures of Fate/Stay: Night, and all the many mediocrities inbetween. Alas, all good things eventually come to an end, and I've since retired from my position to minimize my extracirricular obligations. While the awesome Sothis still left me with my ability to post reviews (I may drop by in and do a guest review here and there, though who knows when), I don't forsee myself returning. With that in mind, I still manage to watch a series here and there if it interests me, so if you're passing by and have a good series to recommend from the latest seasons, do let me know! Also, feel free to leave me comments about my past work, as I do check my email for the site regularly; I know I'm terrible about getting around to responding, but I do read every one.

Lastly, thanks to all my readers who have enjoyed my work over the years, as you guys are the ones who made it worthwhile. Likewise, to all my readers who have hated (and still hate!) both me and my writing, thank you as well - the laughs you provide are priceless.

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MY OLD REVIEW SCORING CRITERIA:

Numbers divinated from the arbitrary and convoluted book of review scoring:

<5: Stay away. They employ little but cliches, recycle already-done material, and fail at having a coherent story and relatable characters. Perhaps some fringe appeal to those who like just about anything in a particular genre, but they're just different shades of terrible once they get down into this range.

5: Slightly below average. These shows again are probably worth watching only on genre appeal, but they're at least entertaining at times. There's better things to watch given their mediocre presentation on all fronts, but if you're exceptionally bored they may prove an apt way to rot away both the hours and your brain.

6: Average. These series are neither particularly good or bad, but are definitely watchable. They do some things well, others terrible, but they manage to attach some unique flavor or appeal to their story and/or characters.

7: Good. These series generally keep my interest throughout by means of a coherent and interesting story and a compliment of characters who have some semblance of depth. They provide for an overall enjoyable and entertaining watch, and generally define genre-norms and set the minimum bar for a "quality" series.

8: Fantastic. These series are the vanguard of good anime. Their stories develop a sense of intrigue and the characters are fleshed out with both depth and flair. Every series that hits this rank has the ability to define its material as unique and is compiled in an intelligent, thoughtful manner designed to captivate the viewer.

9: Top of the line. Perhaps the only major distinguishing factor between an 8 and a 9 is my personal level of interest, but they're undoubtedly the cream of the crop. They are defined by remarkable execution in every area and generally operate on a very unique mechanism to push their story forward (the remarkable world building of Twelve Kingdoms, or the ability to play remarkably on the suspense of weekly releases like Death Note). Certainly not to be missed.

10: None yet!

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Some people have also asked me why I use decimals for overall - I use them to indicate a leaning. Generally if I feel an anime is, say, between a 6.5 and a 7.0, I'll show that it's a 6.5 leaning toward a 7.0 by using a score like 6.7.

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MOST RECENT REVIEWS [Past 365+ Days...=(]:

Spice and Wolf II (5/15/10) - Huzzah!

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei (6/4/10) - What utter crap.

Eve no Jikan (6/8/10) - Good stuff.

Meguriau Sekai (6/14/10) - Raaaaaaaaaaaaaant!

UPCOMING REVIEWS:

- Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 - Great.

- Kara no Kyoukai (complete) - Another entertaining-but-mediocre Type-Moon work. Whee.

Life on anime

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Ebhen says...

Hi there.

I like reading your reviews and I find that we have similar taste in anime and that helps when you are looking for something new to watch. ;)

I was just wondering if you are considering to write a review on K-on!! as well? It would be nice and interesting to read after your first review on K-on!

Cheers, and keep up the good work! :)

Jan 25, 2012
FalseDawn says...

Unfortunately I've spent a lot of 2011 away from anime, so I haven't actually watched too many series recently and when I have watched series, I've revisited some older series like Beck etc (which I'm actually still only halfway through). The series I've followed in that time are Squid Girl (series 1 and 2 which is ongoing) and Gosick, which are both fairly good. Moshidora is another one that was mildly different though it's very slowburn and an acquired taste, but the concept kept me watching. Other than that, I haven't hit upon anything overly decent in that time, but I'll keep you posted if I find a series that you really must watch.

Nov 17, 2011
FalseDawn says...

I'm pretty sure lots of fans won't be able to live it down and we'll end up getting called all the names under the sun (as always) :D

It's fine though, when Fate/Zero finishes, it's going to get a much better review than the previous two incarnations - well, hopefully.

Nov 14, 2011
nymph says...

While we probably won't have anything like the gundams- we could have something like the Tachikoma's! Those would be far less impractical and more likely as well. Sadly, if they were to deviate from their intended programming, I'm guessing it would be in a much less awesome way :(

Nov 14, 2011
Schwenkdawg says...

After spending much time reading many of your reviews as well as looking at your top anime list, I've come to the conclusion that you have fantastic taste. It's too bad that you dont review anymore (although I can understand, as many of my friends at NC State are engineering majors, and they work a lot), but thanks for your work up til now. Heh it makes me happy to find someone with tastes similar to mine. Also, do you have any more recent anime recommendations to fall in with the anime that both you and I love (Spice and Wolf, Banner of the Stars, and Clannad being the best examples)? It'd be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

-Schwenkdawg

Aug 20, 2011