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Dimension W

on Jan 10, 2016

BASED ON THE FIRST EPISODE In what has been a fairly lackluster season so far, Dimension W had caught my eye long before the first episode aired. In fact, out of all the non-continuation season anime this Winter, Dimension W was the one I hoped to God would be the breakout star. If the first episode is anything to go by, then Dimension W has set itself up to be the kind of pseudo-science fiction adventure that only anime can bring you. With fantastic music and a great visual style, Dimension W drops us into the action pretty early, introducing us to a bounty hunter character (called Collectors in the... read more

?/10 story
?/10 animation
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?/10 characters
9/10 overall

Dagashi Kashi

on Jan 9, 2016

BASED ON EPISODE ONE Guy in line to inheret a family candy shop doesn't want it. Meets girl who is the heir to a chocolate company, an obviously very autistic, strange girl. Falls in love. Hijinks ensue, candy based for the most part. The first episode of Dagashi Kashi is mildly amusing with some good comedy, a unique art style that makes most of the characters look like zombies, and for the most part decent music. The humor isn't great, but from what I can tell we'll be dealing with some unique characters. The only thing I hope is that the show doesn't devolve into some sort of love triangle. Of course... read more

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7/10 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... read more

7.5/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
8.5/10 characters
8/10 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... read more

8/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
7/10 characters
8/10 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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

7/10 story
6/10 animation
8/10 sound
8/10 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... read more

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 ... read more

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)... read more

1/10 story
6/10 animation
4/10 sound
4/10 characters
2.5/10 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... read more

2/10 story
5/10 animation
5/10 sound
4/10 characters
3/10 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... read more

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4/10 overall

Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru

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... read more

?/10 story
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4/10 overall

Amagi Brilliant Park

on May 26, 2015

How Many Episodes I Got Through: 1.5/12 Typically I wouldn’t be averse to watching an anime like Amagi Brilliant Park. In fact, in the vast annals of my reviews, you’ll find dozens of critiques of anime that are much worse or on the same level (some of which I’ve sat through to the end). But a few things about Amagi left a bad taste in my mouth and had me wishing to watch something else. At this point in my reviews... read more

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3/10 overall

The IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls

on May 19, 2015

Story My experience with the idol genre of anime can be summed up with “Love Live”. Based on that being the most popular entry in the genre, I didn’t hold out much hope that Cinderella Girls would blow me away. That being said, despite some preconceived notions upon starting, Cinderella Girls proved to me that the idol genre is basically a giant game of best girl and the only reason anyone watches anime of this type is to bitch about the crappy characters and gush over the good ones. So, in other words, Cinderella Girls cemented what Love Live had already taught me. But Cinderella Girls... read more

5/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
7.5/10 characters
7/10 overall

The Labyrinth of Grisaia

on Apr 13, 2015

You might recall a few months ago I reviewed a show called The Fruit of Grisaia, a series that has only stuck with me for shock value alone. If you haven’t watched it yet, I’d give it a shot. Think Clannad mixed with Black Lagoon and Elfen Lied. It’s in my top five anime of last year for sure. The Labyrinth of Grisaia is a fifty minute OVA detailing the past of our main character, Yuuji. In the series, Yuuji was the only guy in a tiny school full of girls but he was also an... read more

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

Death Parade

on Mar 30, 2015

     Story Death Parade is about two people being sent to a bar to play a game designating whether their souls will be reincarnated or cast into a void. You see, the two people died at the same moment and Quindecim, the bar they’ve come to, is part of a large purgatory-esque complex in which the bartender, an arbiter, tests the two souls to find out whether they’re bad or good. This is done through a randomly selected game—anything from air hockey to old maid. The people... read more

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

Sword Art Online II

on Mar 3, 2015

Following my trend of watching the best anime of 2014 I find myself facing off against my old nemesis, a show that’s popularity is almost as mind-boggling as figuring out the ages of the people who wrote it (my bet is fourteen!). It took a lot of work to finally get myself to sit down and watch Sword Art Online II if only because I knew it would be awful and could be spending my time watching it doing something more productive, like playing a real MMORPG. But sometimes, you do things that you’re not proud of and watching SAO II may be something I hate, but somewhere deep down... read more

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5/10 overall

Saint Young Men Movie

on Mar 2, 2015

Saint Young Men has the kind of premise that you just have to watch no matter what you’re a fan of. Jesus and Buddha are roomies, on vacation in the mystical world of modern Japan, and get into all kind of antics? This could either be really good or really bad. Thankfully, Saint Young Men is a fun, silly, and in no way painful movie. When you think about Jesus and Buddha starring in a movie together, you instantly think low-brow humor. Religious figures in a comedy film tends to lead to derogatory and easy attacks on the characters, sometimes vitriolic rather than... read more

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

Gunsmith Cats

on Feb 26, 2015

I’ve been to Chicago a couple of times. Hell, I live two and a half hours away from the city. Because of this, Gunsmith Cats–based on a manga of the same name–was refreshing in that it is set in such a familiar place and is actually quite American in the style and themes of the story. It’s the first of the OVA’s I’ve watched so far that I was sad to see end and wonder at how it only managed a three episode run. Rally Vincent and her partner May run a gunsmith shop in Chi-town but also take the occasional mercenary job. When an ATF agent blackmails the girls into... read more

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7.5/10 overall

Golden Boy

on Feb 25, 2015

Golden Boy
AKA: The Benefits of Studying
One of the benefits of watching older anime of the harem/ecchi persuasion is the fact that they didn’t mind being borderline hentai. OVA’s were a huge percentage of the anime being made in the nineties and aren’t like those of present times (which tend to be tacked on extra episodes of a show that played on television). OVA’s were where experimentation could take place, risks could be made, conventions... read more

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7/10 overall

The Big O

on Feb 19, 2015

The first anime review I ever wrote was written four years ago and focused on The Big O. Needless to say you don’t see it on this site because it was a terribly written piece of crap comprised of two hundred words, one hundred of which laughed at the fact the robots in the series are called “Mega Deuces”. Get it? Like big poops. God I was a stupid sixteen year old. As this is the beginning of a series of reviews focusing on anime that I’ve neglected to critique for this site, I found it only fitting to rectify my getting rid of my shitty Big O review and replacing it... read more

?/10 story
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?/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

Mekaku City Actors

on Feb 10, 2015

Truth be told, it shouldn’t have taken me this long to watch Mekaku City Actors. It was released nearly a year ago by Shaft and features the style and directing of one of my all time favorite series, Monogatari. On top of that it includes a plot and characters that could fit into Araragi’s harem. It’s the kind of anime where you don’t mind the reused style because if it worked before, why the hell fix the formula? Before I get into this review I might as well state that I’ve never read the light novels nor the manga and I understand that the ending of the... read more

?/10 story
?/10 animation
?/10 sound
?/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Brynhildr in the Darkness

on Feb 9, 2015

Brynhildr is an anime based on a manga written and drawn by the same guy who did the Elfen Lied manga. The Elfen Lied manga was a lot like the anime though the anime tied things up at the halfway point of the manga. This led to a huge problem because the anime ended very early without explaining anything but the manga continued and made a little more sense after the anime’s cut-off point (though went batshit and fell apart). Enter Brynhildr, an anime that is based on a manga that is ongoing and basically has every problem Elfen Lied had and then some. It ends... read more

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4/10 overall

Tokyo Ghoul

on Feb 6, 2015

Why I Quit Tokyo Ghoul How Many Episodes I Got Through: 2.5/12 I’ve had the worst luck with 2014’s lineup. If it’s not marginally decent it’s fucking awful. And this seems to go double for the popular titles of last year. Tokyo Ghoul is probably the most hyped up anime I know of as of late and my God was it painful to watch. It’s like Akame ga Kill with such pointless gore and attempts at being “edgy” that it comes across as overbearing and, to me, garbage. It’s the kind of thing that seems to appeal to the base level of anime fans who... read more

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2.5/10 overall

Tokyo ESP

on Feb 3, 2015

Why I Quit: Tokyo ESP How Many Episodes I Got Through: 2/12 It’s been a rough couple of weeks as far as quitting anime goes but some of these shows are so bad I don’t understand why anyone found enjoyment in them. And this is technically the fourth show I’ve quit in the past week or so as I quit Rail Wars last night after two minutes. I figured two minutes wasn’t enough to write an entire review so here’s a tiny one to make up for that: Generic as fuck. And so is Tokyo ESP. It starts kind of promising with a fairly interesting first episode but after that... read more

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2.5/10 overall

Gonna be the Twin-Tails!!

on Jan 30, 2015

WHY I QUIT: GONNA BE THE TWIN TAIL!! How Many Episodes I Made It Through: 1 of 12
Oh God. I was riding a high with Chaika, a bubble instantly popped by this egregious pile of donkey shit. I mean, I couldn't have expected much going in but I at least expected a laugh or two. And is it sad that four minutes into the show I could tell it was based off of a light novel? Because it is and the light novel market must be in a sad state when nearly every anime I've ever reviewed based on a novel crafted by someone who was actually published is complaining about how fucking shitty it... read more

?/10 story
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2/10 overall

Chaika: The Coffin Princess

on Jan 29, 2015

I had no idea what I was getting into when I started Chaika: The Coffin Princess. Hadn’t read a synopsis, hadn’t looked at a genre. I only knew that Chaika’s face was a meme, so this was going to be a completely new experience for me. I was pleasantly surprised by what I got. The titular Coffin Princess is our main character and perhaps the most moe girl I’ve come across in years (more on that later). When lost in a forest and chased by a unicorn that wants to kill her, she teams up with a saboteur named Toru and his sister, Akari. Why does Chaika carry a coffin around? It... read more

?/10 story
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6/10 overall

Akame ga Kill!

on Jan 26, 2015

Why I Quit 
(Imprresions based on watching episodes 1-3) As a critic, most people expect that I can sit through the worst anime imaginable in order to produce a review. And sometimes it can seem that way. I’ve watched terrible shows all the way through and written long-winded complaints but you’ll notice a preponderance of higher scored shows plaguing my repertoire rather than an abundance of lower scores. There’s a simple reason for that: I can’t force my way through garbage. If a show is particularly awful, such as Akame ga Kill, I’ll give it three episodes to... read more

?/10 story
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3/10 overall