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Outbreak Company

on Jun 14, 2016

I'm not sure if this show was trying deliberately to be an extended metaphor on the 19th century westerniation of Japan, but it succeeded at it marvelously well regardless. In fact, that's what kept me watching (what earned it the more than mediocre rating). For a show about otaku culture that lacks eroticism, situational comedy, gratuitious action, or cheesy repeat changes and special moves, it survives only on its ambition to be a show about otakus without limiting its appeal to otackus. The setting in a magical land of fairies and elves is almost accidental, as most of the basic storyline would have... See full review

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6/10 overall

Prison School OVA

on May 11, 2016

This is one of the few OVA that I actually enjoyed more than the anime itself, probably because the most annoying character (the comically overlarge and profusely sweaty Underground Student Council Vice President wasn't in it). It's a nice punctuation to the show, seeing the boys adjust to life outside the prison. There's a nice balance between the rom-com romantic tying up of loose ends that gives us a sense of closer and the haplessness that probably endeared the main characters to you to begin with. If you liked the main show enough to finish it, I firmly recommend this as well.

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?/10 animation
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?/10 characters
7/10 overall

We, Without Wings - Under the Innocent Sky

on Jun 16, 2015

I won't romanticize it; I watched this for the ecchi goodness.  Burnt out after a stretch of serious/emotional anime, I needed something sugary for a change of pace.  You can't write much about this show without spoiling it, so I will just say that the ecchi kept me going for the first few episodes but I would have finished this anime without it.  An intruiging premise and a good story line are peppered with attractive, if two-dimensional, characters and tons of tongue in cheek humor.  So good, and all the more so because I wasn't expecting it.

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9/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
6/10 characters
8/10 overall

Tamako Love Story

on Apr 18, 2015

For fans of Tamako Market, there could not be a better follow up.  It has all the carefree slice-of-life entertainment that you loved from Tamako Market coupled with a forward-driving plot that doesn't leave you feeling like you just wasted eighty minutes of your life.  (I do love a comic show where something actually happens; where the end really does bring some kind of resolution.) Very well written and conceived with a perfect balance of comedy, romance, and even a little drama (uncharacteristic of Tamako Market).  It left me feeling very warm in my soul.  One of those rare extras... See full review

10/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
10/10 characters
10/10 overall

The Testament of Sister New Devil

on Apr 13, 2015

I have never seen an anime so unrepentantly sexual and yet so gratuitously censored.  I'm pretty sure in one scene they blurred out a kiss deemed too sensual viewers.  What's the point?  Half this show is obscured by light blurs, steam, yellow censored bands, and stupid cardboard cutouts of the characters.  In its present state, this show didn't need to be made, and until it finds it way to DVD or the web uncensored, it certainly doesn't need to be watched.

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4/10 overall

Tokyo Ghoul √A

on Apr 6, 2015

I enjoyed the first season, even if it didn't (couldn't really) live up to the hype.  The second season upholds the amazing artistic vision and the high production values of the first, making it a pleasure to look at.  Missing, however, is the same level of plot coherence and character development.  The second season seems rushed and disjointed.  Very little is explained in the first two thirds, leading up to an ending of Shakespearan melodrama which is deeply unsatisifying. Even knowing this, I probably still would have watched it though.

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3/10 story
9/10 animation
7/10 sound
4/10 characters
6/10 overall

Dog & Scissors

on Aug 21, 2014

This anime had such tremendous promise in the first few minutes.  It was never going to be a masterpiece, but it had the potential to be immensely entertaining.  Of the countless directions I thought it might go after the protaganist's death at the very beginning, I never thought it would devolve into the kind of worthless mess it ended up being.  The most outstanding feature of the show is that everyone is cast as either an S or an M, with most being masochists.  This is not the campy sort of fetishism that can be amusing in a side character, but the in-your-face, two-dimensional... See full review

1/10 story
3/10 animation
?/10 sound
1/10 characters
1/10 overall

Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!

on Jul 17, 2014

Anyone who has ever suffered from or known someone who has suffered from social anxiety disorder will struggle to watch this show.  So perfectly have they caputred the pathos that the presentation of the main characters struggles as comic have sparked controversy.  However you may feel about that, WataMote is both genuinely funny and deeply heartbreaking.  The kind of show everyone should watch, even if it isn't exactly appropriate to call it "enjoyable." Beyond the subject matter, the show is very well done.  The animation style, particularly when it lapses into Tomoko's... See full review

6/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
7/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

To Aru Majutsu no Index: A Certain Magical Index-tan

on Dec 10, 2013

I enjoyed A Certain Scientific Railgun, so I muddled through the much less entertaining A Certain Magical Index just so I could pick up the necessary context.  It turned out it was worth it just to get in on the inside jokes in these shorts.  They were hilarious.  There's no story or anything like that.  It's just a bunch of rapid fire gags, but they are the best shorts I've watched thus far.  Unfortunately, you need to watch Index to get them. It's probably worth it

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8/10 overall

The Troubled Life of Miss Kotoura

on Sep 29, 2013

This show goes from tragic to campy to syrupy in what are essentially three emotional acts, and it does each of them fairly well.  The mixture, however, is a little more jarring than I could really take.  The first few episodes, and episode one in particular, made me feel like crying at every turn.  The characters were so raw and the storyline so convincing.  Then, when the initial tension is resolved, it drops into several episodes of club hijinks and PG perversion.  Then, when it looks like it will take a turn for the dark again, it ends up trying to tie up story arc after story... See full review

7/10 story
5/10 animation
5/10 sound
8/10 characters
6/10 overall

Nozoki Ana

on May 6, 2013

I loved this manga so much, which is why I was so excited about an anime version of it.  I cannot even express how disappointing this was.  It's all titilation without any of the humanity or character depth that makes Nozoki Ana such a great read.  They played cheap porn music throughout the poorly drawn, poorly constructed animation, emphasizing how little they cared about the story here when they could show naked girls instead.  Such a waste; such a disappointment.

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2/10 story
1/10 animation
1/10 sound
3/10 characters
2/10 overall

Zettai Shougeki ~Platonic Heart~

on Mar 24, 2012

Episodes 1-4 The first four episodes are pretty standard fare: a bevy of cookie cutter hotties in various states of undress beating each other up in pursuit of a vague prize.  The animation looks dated, the soundtrack is forgetable, and the writers seem unconcerned with whether or not you feeling anything for the characters.  Still, as mind-numbing media goes, it isn't a terrible way to waste a couple hours. Episode 5 The finale is a beast all it's own.  The attempt to infuse the previous episodes with meaning through series of twists and monologic self-reflections fails... See full review

6/10 story
6/10 animation
4/10 sound
3/10 characters
6/10 overall