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Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

on Mar 21, 2013

As someone who prefers real life issues to be handled seriously instead of with hyperbole traditional disaster movies really aren’t for me. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 therefore seems quite promising as it states from the outset that its agenda is far more about portraying the reality of the situation with much of the disaster-based content being based on simulations of what would happen if an earthquake of this scale was to hit Tokyo. Unfortunately for me at least it wasn’t entirely successful, but its attempt to portray the damage of the earthquake and people’s reaction to it realistically is... See full review

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Kaiba

on Feb 3, 2012

Kaiba is a show of two very distinct halves. This is something important to warn anyone who is interested in watching the show. I’ve seen many reviews (such as ones over at a certain other anime listing site) praise the show as a whole, and also a fair few reviews that are more in accordance with my view of the show praising the first half and being a bit less sure about the second half. Ultimately even if you do end up enjoying the show as a whole the shift from the first to the second half will still probably be quite noticeable. Before I talk about the second half of the show (and its flaws), I... See full review

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Angel Beats!

on Jan 29, 2012

Upon receiving the news that Angel Beats! is going to be screened at my local anime society soon I’ve convinced myself that it’s finally time for me to try and write down my thoughts about it. You see, the first time I watched Angel Beats! (just under a year ago) I really loved it. It was just after I’d started getting back in to anime and at the time I considered it one of the best series I’d ever seen. Despite this I doubt I will be going to my society’s screening of it. The problem is that recently when I rewatched it I responded to it quite differently to when I first... See full review

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Baccano!

on Dec 21, 2011

Baccano! has a number of things in its favour for me from the get-go. Most obviously there’s the non-linear storytelling. Much of the series is spent jumping haphazardly between 1930, 1931 and 1932 and also between multiple different characters. After a few episodes this quality of the series calms down quite a bit as storylines start to become more apparent, but the first episode is a wild flurry of information and time jumps that left me flustered and desperate to know more and figure out how things linked together. Another thing in its favour from the very beginning is the setting. Alternating... See full review

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Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

on Dec 4, 2011

Reading plot descriptions of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann couldn’t help but make me sceptical about whether I’d actually like the show. Essentially it seemed to boil down to “boy gets robot and he and his friends go on a quest fighting bigger and bigger mecha enemies in an attempt to liberate the world!”. Once you’ve seen the series you realise what a gross simplification that is, but I found it hard to enter the series with my hopes particularly high: the idea of big robots fighting each other for 27 episodes whilst people act all manly is probably about as uninteresting a... See full review

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Eden of the East

on Nov 25, 2011

My experience with Eden of the East can pretty much be summarised as starting at immense enjoyment, proceeding on to immense fascination in what the show seemed to be doing and finally reaching a drawn out period of immense disappointment in what it actually decided to do. Eden of the East starts with a young naked man showing up outside the White House with a gun, a mobile phone with over eight billion yen on it and no memory. There he encounters Saki, a student who is visiting America, and he travels back to Japan with her. The series largely concerns itself with the reason that this man (who takes... See full review

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Air

on Oct 20, 2011

I came to Air having watched two of Key's other anime series, Angel Beats! and Clannad, both of which I had enjoyed quite a lot with some reservations. Air doesn't live up to these two later series, and though it never quite indulges in the sometimes irksome mood whiplash of those two series (which at its worst can undermine the emotion on show), it still has a whole host of problems some of which Key would become more adept at reigning in with later productions. The story of Air primarily concerns the character Mizusu Kamio, a girl who is obsessed with dinosaurs (frequently spouting... See full review

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