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Love Live! Sunshine!!

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Love Live Sunshine is the greatest showcase of noise escaping underage girl's mouths since Boku no Pico. Not only that, but it's a fantastic plagiarization of Love Live! School Idol Project, stealing the plot, the character tropes, and even the name of the show! Oh...wait, this is a sequel or soft reboot or whatever? Then why didn't they at least try to make something different? I mean, as cute and entertaining as the first series was you can only redo the same things so many times before people get bored. Like, the only difference between this show and the first series is the fact that we're focusing on a... See full review

5/10 story
8.5/10 animation
7/10 sound
6/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya 3rei!!

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If there is one anime franchise that has been the recepient of more insults by me than any other, it's Fate/Kaleid. The early seasons were muddled, weird shows that combined the action of Fate with the yuri and loli exploitation of Kodomo no Jikan. As the series has progressed, though, it's gotten better and defined itself much more, introducing neat story elements while maintaining the sexual humor that has come to be the Kaleid trademark. Everyone knows this show from one GIF of Kuro kissing Illya and anytime you mention the show to anyone, that's what pops in their head. Telling them that there is a plot... See full review

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

New Game!

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New Game! is the greatest piece of propaganda in the history of workplace propaganda. Not only does it make work look like a ton of fun, it makes it look like offices are just cubicles full of harems ripe for the pickin'. This has to have been funded by the Japanese Department of Labor or whatever. Not only does it focus on an brand-spanking new employee fresh out of high school and happier than ever to be working in an office, it also focuses on a bunch of other twenty-somethings who are all cute, content, and happy to be spending nearly every waking moment glued to computer screens and being yelled at for... See full review

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

Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-

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Typically I avoid light novel based anime purely because of the character tropes and story ideas that plague the medium have given us a vacuum of middling adaptations with no soul or entertainment value. Re:ZERO's initial plot description gave me pause and I really wasn't considering watching it because I didn't like the video game-like dying and restarting at a checkpoint system that I'm guessing was inspired by All You Need is Kill. But a friend told me to check out the first episode and, I have to say, I was hooked. There wasn't a long-winded origin story, there weren't whole episodes dedicated to... See full review

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

Tantei Opera Milky Holmes: Summer Special

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The poster for this OVA made me think I was getting another beach episode. What I instead got was a stupid idol episode involving fan favorite character Kokoro. Because I, personally, hate her, it made this episode all the less interesting. In order to help a girl's father's company Kokoro gives up being a police officer to pursue a career as an idol. With her friends support she becomes super popular, only to find that she would rather be battling Arsene and not singing generic J-pop to horny fanboys. As you can tell, my enthusiasm for this episode was as high as it could go. While it continued to show... See full review

1/10 story
4/10 animation
6/10 sound
4/10 characters
3/10 overall

Tantei Opera Milky Holmes

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Milky Holmes looks like an anime from the early to mid '00s, feels like an anime of the period, and kinda falls into that weird category Magical Pokan did where it's a seemingly kid friendly anime from the outside with a strange sense of humor and sexuality that makes it hard to gauge exactly who the anime is for. Is it for kids who love erect nipples or older teens who love erect penises? The plot of the show is that a group called Milky Holmes, consisting of four girls based on famous characters, go to a school for detectives. Here they are constantly faced with their arch-rival Arsene, and her three... See full review

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

Tales of Zestiria: The X

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What started as an eye-bleedingly gorgeous fantasy adventure quickly became an obvious cash grab, capitalizing on the success of the Tales of Zestiria video game as well as attempting to tie together it and the upcoming Tales of Berseria. When I learned that the anime would be thirteen episodes, I knew I wasn't going to find a point to watching it. And as I grew interested in the story, I wound up buying the game and blowing through pretty much everything the anime would cover, making it pointless to keep watching. But even then, and this holds true for the game too, there are issues with the story and... See full review

6/10 story
9/10 animation
9/10 sound
5/10 characters
6/10 overall

Great Teacher Onizuka

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Great Teacher Onizuka is an anime I'm ashamed to say I have never finished in all my years watching anime. It's widely considered a classic, one of the best anime ever made, and yet I never mustered the time to watch it, dedicating time to a bunch of other garbage I would have been better off not watching. But anyway, I've sat through every episode of Great Teacher Onizuka and can safely say that its place as a classic of anime is well deserved. 22 year old Eikichi Onizuka, a former gangster, decides to become a teacher. As you might be able to guess, tons of hijinks ensue as he is confronted with a... See full review

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

Clannad After Story

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Years ago I wrote a doting review of Clannad After Story, citing the exceptional characters, emotional story, and overall themes as making this one of anime's best dramas. Years later and a little wiser, Clannad After Story is still a great show that deals with relatable themes and emotions but I feel like it was more cheesy than I originally thought. The first season worked as a great Key anime, exhibiting all the elements you've come to expect of Key and creating a series of story arcs that build relatable, likeable characters while never losing sight of the romantic subplot that, while never as well... See full review

7/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
10/10 characters
8.3/10 overall

Taboo-Tattoo

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I Finally Quit
I should have quit a few episodes ago but with episode eight, I've had enough. Bad directing, piss-poor writing, and the eighth episode provides one of the most unintentionally hilarious and terrible character deaths I have seen in all my years watching anime. This show has no chance of getting better and the direction it is taking is abysmal. I've seen a few people say that the manga is no better and continues to be a god-awful mess of incomprehensible fight scenes and terrible storytelling so I believe it is time to stop. I'm sorry for any praise I gave it to begin with and implore... See full review

?/10 story
?/10 animation
?/10 sound
?/10 characters
4.5/10 overall

Clannad: Another World, Tomoyo Chapter

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Tomoyo is best girl, this is an irrefutable fact. Actually, it's completely up to you, but for me Tomoyo is great and this supplemental episode, while having no bearing on the overall plot of the series, is a fantastic What-If scenario that builds her character and provides a touching romance. The main point of the episode is to showcase the divide between a student council president with a bright future and a delinquent who winds up working in recycling and going nowhere. The entire world tells the two that being together is going to hold her back and ruin her future, while Tomoyo decides that what she... See full review

?/10 story
?/10 animation
?/10 sound
?/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

Clannad

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Five years ago I viewed Clannad and wrote my original review for it. Rewatching it all this time later, I decided that my original review wasn't going to cut it and here I am, giving you my thoughts after this second viewing of what is still my favorite drama anime of all time and the best Key has ever offered us (this of course includes the second season, but I'll have a review dedicated to that soon enough). Clannad is, from the outside looking in, a harem. But the harem ingredients are subdued and don't have a lot of impact on what is, in essence, a series of character studies dealing with family, love... See full review

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

Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu

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I've reviewed every season of Monogatari on this site (with the exception of Koyomimonogatari) so if you're wondering how big of a fanboy of this series I am, then I'd point you to those reviews. This will be a quick, simple look at the first of a trilogy of movies based on a book that you could read in half the time it'd take you to watch the whole trilogy. Kizumonogatari is more of the same for fans of the series, the starting point for everything that has taken place in every series of the past that is, for some reason, the finale of the Monogatari anime run. And though the logic behind it is strange... See full review

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

ReLIFE

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Every once in a while a high school drama comes along that manages to grip me despite my disdain for the genre. ReLIFE, given its immediate release of every episode and its silly premise made me leary, and because of going into it with few expectations I was pleasantly surprised by the emotions, characters, and humor that permeate every episode. Kaizaki Arata, due to pretty awful circumstances, has become a shut-in at age 27 and has little going for his life. When he stumbles upon a man named Oga, he's given a second chance through a miraculous pill and a process known as ReLIFE. Taking the pill Arata's... See full review

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

Hybrid x Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia

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This season has so far had its fair share of good pilot episodes. But I knew that there had to be that one borderline porno show that would sour the soup and here it is kids. Hybrid x Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia not only is entirely unpronouncable gibberish, it's also an insanely jaw-droppingly disgusting piece of animation that I would expect from a low-brow 90's OVA, not the 2016 summer season. We open on a pair of titties with conveniently placed lens flare keeping us from seeing anything too dirty. And we go on for a minute and a half watching some nameless character get felt up and I guess fucked in... See full review

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

Berserk (2016)

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EDITED FOR EPISODE TWO: The second episode brought to light a problem I'm not sure anyone is discussing since the animation seems to be the major setback for most viewers. While I will continue to defend that the animation isn't that terrible, I've had to drop Berserk after this second episode because of its' God-awful pace. Maybe it's just me but I feel like this second episode moved way too fast, cramming way too much into one twenty-two minute package. Because of that the dialogue is so quick with no pauses and awkward transitions that would work better in speech bubbles than as actual conversation... See full review

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

Magical Pokan

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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

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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

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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~

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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