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Magical Pokan

on Jun 14, 2016

Magical Pokan is seeing a resurgence of interest after a particularly well animated hentai game was released last week focusing on Liru. So, in the interest of understanding the source of this hentai, I decided to take a look at Magical Pokan, if only because Liru is pretty much the cutest animal girl I've ever seen. Magical Pokan is a confusing show that manages the humorlessness of a child's slice-of-life program with an occasionally jarring assault of perverse or borderline hentai humor. It's the tale of a werewolf, magician, vampire, and cyborg who live together in a tree and try to acclimate to human... See full review

1/10 story
4/10 animation
5/10 sound
7/10 characters
4/10 overall

Mobile Suit Gundam I

on Apr 24, 2016

A recap movie of the original Gundam television series, Mobile Suit Gundam I succeeds as an entertaining movie that moves at a fast clip and makes sure there is emphasis on human interaction as well as the robot battles we've all come to see. Be that as it may, it suffers from some of the pitfalls of a serialized weekly television series as well as archetypes of a bygone era. In this film we see Side 7, home to Amuro and Fraw Bow, attacked by Zeon going after a Federation fighter ship and mobile suit. The battle forces everyone living in Side 7 to evacuate into the so called White Base and this rag tag... See full review

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

Lupin III: Touhou Kenbunroku - Another Page

on Mar 24, 2016

In the interest of watching (or attempting to watch at least) all the Lupin TV specials I find myself quitting Another Page about a third of the way in. While Princess of the Breeze was incompetent but managed to be fun for the most part, Another Page is completely incompetent. Lupin is framed for the murder of an archaeologist and winds up joining up with the dead man's daughter in order to find Marco Polo's treasure. Zenigata, meanwhile is trying to prove Lupin's innocence as he knows the thief does not murder in cold blood. And spliced inbetween all this are scenes of Goemon training at a temple in Japan... See full review

?/10 story
?/10 animation
?/10 sound
?/10 characters
4/10 overall

Lupin III: Princess of the breeze ~Kakusareta Kuuchuu Toshi~

on Mar 22, 2016

2013 saw the release of two Lupin films, the first being a battle of wits between the titular thief and Detective Conan. I honestly could not sit through the film, Detective Conan is not an anime I find appealing and I wasn’t engaged by any of the characters. And the animation on Conan and his friends threw me off. So I was looking forward to Princess of the Breeze being a fun romp that would keep me glued.                 In this film the fictional country of Shahalta is being led by a corrupt government official pulling the... See full review

4/10 story
8/10 animation
9/10 sound
7/10 characters
5/10 overall

Lupin III: Jigen's Gravestone

on Mar 21, 2016

From the makers of Redline comes a very adult Lupin movie that tosses aside the humor and cartoon sensibilities of the main series to provide a quick, tight story about the early days of Jigen and Lupin’s partnership. Here we meet a compelling villain who has been tasked with assassinating Jigen. The fifty minute film goes from one setpiece to the next quickly, providing riveting action sequences as well as a few moments of artistic oddity.                 Let’s get out of the way: this is a visually stunning film. A car... See full review

8/10 story
9/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
8/10 characters
8/10 overall

Lupin III: Part IV

on Mar 21, 2016

Lupin III: Part IV is the first Lupin series I’ve watched in its’ entirety. Despite the prevalence of the franchise in anime culture (and Japanese culture in general) I’ve never really found myself watching Lupin in any normal capacity. I used to watch it on Adult Swim and I’ve seen a couple of the films, but Lupin has been an elusive series for me, much like its’ titular hero. Just when I think I’ll get into it and start my journey through the myriad of movies, OVA’s, and television series I run across one bad movie or one bad episode that throws me off and sours... See full review

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

Owarimonogatari

on Dec 22, 2015

With Owarimonogatari, I guess the television run of one of my favorite anime of all time is over, leaving nothing more than a trilogy of movies to look forward to. I don't know that I'd say this season was a great ending point as half of it was, arguably, pointless. But the last half did do a great job of working with Shinobu as a character, something I've wanted for a while since I've always found her underdeveloped. I don't know why the final episodes are essentially the cap of the Kizumonogatari thread (which is also chronologically the first book in the light novel series, making the fact the last... See full review

7.5/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
8.5/10 characters
8/10 overall

Love Live! The School Idol Movie

on Dec 16, 2015

As the closing credits roll over Muse's vacated clothing, I asked myself why I watched Love Live! The School Idol Movie. After all, I'm a male, I'm twenty-one and...oh, this show is partially going for my crowd? Damn. Must be because I couldn't help but think the closing credits were meant to disguise the fact the girls were having a post-breakup orgy. Because, you know, all the characters are lesbians. That's what Danbooru told me. All joking aside Love Live has been a pretty decent idol show that's provided some memorable characters, a few catchy songs, and may just be the most diverse and mainstream... See full review

4/10 story
7.5/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
7/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

One-Punch Man

on Dec 14, 2015

I can't continue watching One-Punch Man for a simple reason: it's boring. The initial joke of a silly bald-headed man punching things into smithereens after other heroes have taken fifteen minutes to get an enemy to its second form is good the first time around. But after a couple episodes that joke becomes way too samey for my tastes. And even when the story picks up and we see powerful enemies and multi-part episodes, there's still no drama to any action because of Saitama's amazing abilities. I understand the joke, I see how it plays with facets of the shonen genre, but at the same time I can't get past... See full review

3/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
3/10 characters
5/10 overall

Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie

on Nov 17, 2015

Given my lukewarm response to Ghost in the Shell: Arise, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this capstone film. This is the conclusion of the Firestarter arc that began in the first Arise OVA and has divided fans since episode one. From the Lain-like animation style to the visual representations of Ghosts and hacking, fans of Stand Alone Complex haven't been too reecptive to this series. I've enjoyed it to a degree but haven't been completely wowed by it. This movie got me mostly because it was a really entertaining hundred minutes. The Prime Minister gets blown up, Firestarter is being used again, and... See full review

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

Hidan no Aria AA

on Oct 15, 2015

Based on 1.5 Episodes Watched Having sat through the first episode and a half of Hidan no Aria AA, I can safely say that the associated aggregate score is justified. Aria: The Scarlet Ammo isn't a well-known or very respected anime, so to see a second season out of the blue was pretty amazing. I remember Aria being the first anime I watched week to week as it aired in Japan and I was very much into it as 2011 was my formative year of anime viewing. So I was going to wind up watching this regardless of score because there is a small place in my heart for Aria. What you get is a series focusing on a new... See full review

3/10 story
5/10 animation
5/10 sound
4/10 characters
4/10 overall

Charlotte

on Oct 3, 2015

My summer anime review spree is wrapping up and after quite a few disappointments and a couple surprises I was hoping Charlotte would be the one. You know, that one anime that sticks with you for a while and you can’t help but talk about in general anime-related conversation. After all, Charlotte is a Key anime, one of the studios that constantly produce note-worthy and memorable stories and characters (the only exception being Little Busters). So I had high expectations going in and can safely say I left feeling kinda meh about the entire experience. Yuu Otosaka is the hottest, smartest guy in... See full review

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

Fate/kaleid Liner Prisma Illya 2wei Herz!

on Sep 30, 2015

Previously on Otaku With a Shotgun
“There’s the tease of a beach episode at the very beginning that never comes to fruition but I’m certain it’ll kick off the third season” –Fate/Kaleid Season 2 Review If there is an anime series I have more history with than Sword Art Online, it has to be the loli exploitative Fate/Kaleid. Every year a new ten episode season pops up like a zit on the summer anime chart and every year I complain heartily about how much I hate the show while every year watching this show I supposedly hate. So I may as well come out and say that I... See full review

3.5/10 story
7/10 animation
4/10 sound
6/10 characters
5/10 overall

Durarara!!x2 Ten

on Sep 29, 2015

This one will be quick as I’ve reviewed the previous seasons of Durarara!! extensively and if you’re watching this latest helping of episodes, you probably don’t need a huge refresher course on what’s good and bad about the show. So instead let’s quickly focus on the second part of season two. Durarara!! x2 ended six months ago with Izaya being stabbed by a passerby on the street. A gang war had broken out, tons of new factions and characters had been introduced. This second part is the continuation but also feels like a bridge rather than being an engrossing piece of... See full review

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

Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai

on Sep 27, 2015

Let’s start this review with the question at the forefront of my mind: WHAT THE FUCK DID I JUST WATCH? Shimoneta, or A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist, is a twelve episode anime based on a light novel. It concerns a dystopian Japan where human beings are not allowed to make dirty jokes, draw lewd acts, or do much of anything deemed inappropriate. Every citizen wears a bracelet that acts as a computer, as well as a government tool to watch for anyone breaking the law. But there stand those who oppose being moral. Ayame Kajou is a lewd terrorist, distributing... See full review

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

Monster Musume

on Sep 24, 2015

Extremely successful, well-received, highly praised. These are three things I would not associate with Monster Musume, an anime that is extremely successful, well-received, and highly praised. If I were to rate anime entirely based on the number of Kleenex I used while watching, then Monster Musume may receive the highest score I’ve ever given. But alas, this isn’t a website dedicated to how easy it is to spank it to a show, this is a website dedicated to telling you whether something is a piece of shit or not. And Monster Musume, aside from providing cute girls and an occasionally funny moment... See full review

1/10 story
7/10 animation
5/10 sound
4/10 characters
3.5/10 overall

Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri

on Sep 22, 2015

Gate is an anime that reminds me that occasionally super popular shows are popular for a reason. It’s one of the rare occurrences on this site that I agree with the general population that a show is pretty damn good. I didn’t think it’d be good from viewing the poster and the description of the plot, but man did Gate take me on a ride that I didn’t want to get off of. So rarely do I get the chance to say a show is fun, and I’m glad I’ve found an anime I can describe as such. A gate mysteriously appears in the Ginza district of Tokyo, releasing bandits and dragons that... See full review

7.5/10 story
6/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
5/10 characters
8/10 overall

Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace

on Sep 18, 2015

Episodes I Got Through: 4/11 I’ve been having some real bad luck with summer anime so far, Game of Laplace being the third of three anime I’ve watched from the season that I’ve quit. I hope this isn’t indicative of the entire season… Anyway, Game of Laplace is an anime dedicated to the hard boiled detective stories of Minami Ranpo. I’m going to assume, first of all, that people familiar with his work will be better suited to watching Game of Laplace as it uses characters from the novels. I didn’t even know it was based on such a well-respected author until I... See full review

3/10 story
3/10 animation
5/10 sound
3/10 characters
3/10 overall

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Souma

on Sep 17, 2015

Episodes I Made it Through: 16/24 To have sat through two-thirds of an anime only to drop it is something that may make little sense to the reader. After the initial third I should have decided whether or not Food Wars was something I would stick with or not. But that is not what happened and despite my early wishes to toss Food Wars aside, I wanted to give it enough of a chance to impress me as it has so many other anime fans. You might remember my rave review of the first episode during my ... See full review

3/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
5/10 characters
5/10 overall

Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya 2wei! OVA

on Aug 24, 2015

Over the summers of the past two years Fate/Kaleid has made me question myself. Why do I continue watching this? What kind of person am I that I occasionally enjoy this? Why am I choosing best girls from ten year olds? It’s led to a lot of confusion in my two reviews where I try to pinpoint what it is I enjoy about the show that keeps me coming back when all I see are issues. It’s an exploitative anime that’s supposed to appeal to lolicons and does everything it can to push boundaries (Kuro and Miyu’s kiss). But at the same time, it has a mildly amusing (though ultimately bare bones)... See full review

1/10 story
6/10 animation
4/10 sound
4/10 characters
2.5/10 overall

Working!!

on Aug 19, 2015

It’s been quite a while since Wagnaria Family Restaurant last closed its doors to viewers (2011 to be exact) and I know there was quite a bit of excitement when season three of Working!! began about a month ago. As it’s been a while since I last viewed Working!! I decided now is as good a time as any to rewatch this slice-of-life/comedy and criticize it in a more balanced and mature way than my original review. Working!! is a fantasy fulfillment anime at its core. While not explicitly a harem or a romance in any way, the fantasy comes mostly from the happy-go-lucky workplace environment that... See full review

4/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
7/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Psycho-Pass Movie

on Aug 11, 2015

Psycho-Pass Movie is a strange film as it combines aspects of the first and second season with a marriage that is not very solid. I don't know where in the story this takes place and I don't know how certain characters are here when I could have sworn they died, but I do need a refresher course in the series as I've totally forgotten much of the second season, so perhaps the timeline does make more sense than I perceive. Regardless, this film takes us on a journey to a small Asian nation where a dictator is in place and using the Sibyl System to screw with the Psycho-Pass of all his soldiers. He oppresses... See full review

6/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
5/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches TV

on Jul 1, 2015

With the spring season wrapped up I found myself in a kind of rut. Skipping through anime about vampires taking over the world and a girl in a slutty white dress rubbing all over some generic fantasy character I was wondering if any show would grab me and keep me watching. It took a long time but I finally, at the very end of the spring list, found that show. Set in a high school (where else?), Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches opens with a delinquent being yelled at. He’s the titular Yamada and we’re led to believe he’s the typical scary troublemaker. People avoid him, he has an earring... See full review

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

Angel Beats! Hell's Kitchen

on Jun 30, 2015

Oh man, it's been a loooong time since I watched Angel Beats. This was within the first couple months of my start writing anime reviews. I was on a Key binge (one that would be promptly ended by the underwhelming Little Busters) and Angel Beats was an exciting show that took you to a Japanese high school in purgatory that made death look like a ton of fun. With interesting characters and a pretty good romance, it only lacked in the fact it didn't have enough episodes to fully develop some of the cast. Years later and we get this brand new episode that embroils us once again in Key's most unique story... See full review

4/10 story
7/10 animation
8/10 sound
6/10 characters
7/10 overall

The Eden of Grisaia

on Jun 25, 2015

For an anime I initially took to be a dirty harem series, Grisaia has certainly surpassed every expectation I ever had for it. While the first season had quite a few blunders, it managed to create a unique combination of military action and Key-style harem that kept me entertained through the entire season. This was followed by the prequel OVA, Labyrinth of Grisaia, which... See full review

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

Triage X

on Jun 11, 2015

Episodes I Got Through: 5.5
As one of the worst reviewed shows of the season I couldn’t help myself and had to indulge in Triage X. Based on a manga of the same name, there’s no way this show could be as terrible as the majority of people are saying, right? Well, let me tell you the point where I quit and allow you to imagine an entire anime of much the same. A group of baddies take over a new studio building where an idol show is being filmed. They corral all the civilians and stalk the halls, weapons in hand. The head of these baddies has an innocent girl (who, truthfully, isn’t... See full review

1/10 story
2/10 animation
4/10 sound
1/10 characters
2/10 overall

Haiyore! Nyaruko-san F

on Jun 8, 2015

Haiyore! Nyaruko-San is one of the many harem comedies out there that come across like a TV dinner. It’s a mass-produced and cold, heartless meal that is warmed up and presented as if it’s something palatable. These meals even contain all the same components: a bland main course and some side dishes that try to complement it. And, much like when you finish eating a frozen meal, you leave feeling a little empty and ashamed. The only reason I’ve watched Nyaruko to this point is because the referential humor is pretty decent and the girls are cute. Otherwise there’s nothing remotely... See full review

2/10 story
5/10 animation
5/10 sound
4/10 characters
3/10 overall

Garo The Animation

on May 30, 2015

There are a lot more fantasy anime nowadays than there have been in the past fifteen years. The success of Attack on Titan and Sword Art Online has certainly spurred a revolution in a genre that hasn’t gotten a lot of attention since the nineties. Shows like Chaika, while not in any way original or revolutionary, have reinvigorated the genre, bringing the moe that appeals to modern fans while having the action and setting that appeals to older watchers. But many other fantasy shows, especially of late, have been pretty tough to sit through because of the amount of angst and edge that tinge them like... See full review

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

Cowboy Bebop

on May 26, 2015

Episodes I Got Through: 10 (And the rest through repeats on Cartoon Network)
I never wanted to write an article about Cowboy Bebop because it’s such a sacred treasure to so many anime fans. I typically don’t care about shitting on popular anime but Bebop is the first time I’m complaining about what is definitely a universally beloved show. It’s like taking a dump all over Evangelion; it’s just not something you do. But I feel like I have to. It’s occasionally nice to have an opposite opinion when there is so much positivity and I’m sure there are others that... See full review

?/10 story
?/10 animation
?/10 sound
?/10 characters
4/10 overall

Yuuki Yuuna is a Hero

on May 26, 2015

How Many Episodes I Watched: 5/12 In the wake of 2011’s mega-successful Madoka Magica, the series that seemed to have elevated the magical girl genre beyond the “for little girls” status it’d been holding for quite a few years, it was only natural to assume that there would be super serious genre shows aplenty to piggyback on Madoka’s success. And four years later…nope. Despite Madoka introducing plenty of people with diverse anime backgrounds to the genre, magical girl anime are still mainly made with young girls in mind. So seeing a show being compared to Madoka made... See full review

?/10 story
?/10 animation
?/10 sound
?/10 characters
4/10 overall