Day Break Illusion is the hardest kind of show to write about because it's not terrible and it's not good but instead falls dead center in average territory. It's pretty obvious the story here took heavy inspiration from Madoka. However, that's not a reason to dismiss the show out of hand. If you're going to take inspiration from another anime then you could make much worse choices than the excellent Madoka. However, Day Break Illusion does try to go in it's own direction creating it's own story elements and generally having it's own voice. The anime fails though because it doesn't manage to build up the... read more
Tsuritama is the story of four boys, one of whom claims to be an alien. However, it's really a story of growing up. The main character Yuki suffers from severe social anxiety and more than anything this is his story of getting over that fear. The amount of character development in these 12 episodes puts most anime to shame. Not just the main character but all of the secondary cast gets a chance to develop. The character growth is always consistent and makes sense. There's never a moment where things feel forced or inorganic.
The plot of the anime is about catching a legendary fish. The plot is... read more
It's the holiday season a time for good cheer, joy, fatty food and all that crap. If you're anything like me then you enjoy everything about the holiday traditions except for those pesky loved ones that always want to spend time with you. Well, rejoice anime fans! Because Japan has delivered Sekai De Ichiban, an anime perfect for alienating those annoying loved ones and ensuring they won't want to be in the same room with you.
Sekai De Ichiban may have a grand name that would suggest an epic nature, but in reality its a yuri porno for those that don't actually want to deal with nudity, sex or... read more
Diabolik Lovers is a beautiful romance anime that transcends the boundaries of anime and can be described as nothing short of a life changing experience. The anime follows an innocent young girl named Yui as she goes to give live in a mansion with six reclusive brothers with tragic pasts. As each brother takes a turn romancing Yui, they learn about love for the very first time while also revealing their traumatic pasts. Diabolik Lovers manages to deftly balance tragedy with heartwarming romance. Even the most stone hearted viewer will cry not just bitter tears of sadness for these tortured boys, but also... read more
SoulTaker is the story of a boring piece of cardboard in the shape of a teenage boy that gains superpowers which he uses to protect a group of plot devices and find his sister. The anime tries to sell itself as a dark hero story, but the truth is it's a shounen battle anime that uses every cliche the genre has to offer. SoulTaker tries to hide how stale its story is by using it's highly stylized art style and pointless symbolism to make itself look deeper and more interesting, but this doesn't make up for the fact that the story is full of holes or that the art style can make the anime hard to follow at... read more
Yugo the Negotiator has a pretty simple premise, hell it's right there in the title. Yugo takes on various dangerous jobs where he need to mediate conflicts using all of his negotiation skills. However, the way the two arcs unfold are anything but simple as Yugo has to navigate through the tangled web of motivations of the parties involved in the negotiation which makes each arc more complex and interesting to watch as they unfold.
The story of the anime is split up into two arcs which follow roughly the same structure. Yugo gets the job, Yugo does some preliminary research into the parties... read more
Natsuyuki Rendezvous starts off simple. A guy falls in love with a widow who is still grieving for the husband she's lost. The only complication is that Hazuki can see the ghost of widow Rokka's husband and the husband isn't ready to move on or give up his former wife.
It's an interesting premise and the series has a charming mellow mood that pulled me into the anime at first. However, that plot is actually a trick and not what the anime is about at all, as at the end of the fifth episode the anime completely shifts gears and is no longer a romance between Hazuki and Rokka but instead about... read more
Sigh, if you want the short version of how I feel about this series then imagine a really drawn out loud, wet fart noise.
The concept of this anime is pretty simple, it's like Clue played in a locked down high school that the students can't escape. The students are told they have murder one of their own without getting caught to be able to leave the school. And just like Clue, after each murder the students have to get together to figure out who the murderer is. Somehow though, the anime managed to fuck it up royally.
Danganronpa didn't have to suck. It could have been a great... read more
Kamisama starts with such an interesting premise and loads of potential. A destroyed world that god has abandoned where the living and the dead have to live together. The world is a desolate wasteland where the remnants of humanity both living and dead have created their own insular societies. It's a great premise, much like Kino's Journey it's a chance to explore different aspects of humanity in an extreme environment. Unlike Kino's Journey, Kamisama never makes use of its premise. Instead it keeps throwing up new ideas and new characters without bothering to develop any of them... read more