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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

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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

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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... See full review

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3/10 overall

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders

on May 22, 2015

A few years ago Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, one of the finest manga ever made, was finally given the anime treatment it deserved. The cheesy dialogue, ultra-violence, manly men, and fabulous posing manifested into a hand that grabbed me by the balls, dragged me through a whole season of some of the best action of recent years, and left me begging for more.
Stardust Crusaders, to me, is a little more reserved in how manly it is. It still has the posing, ridiculously proportioned men, and ove-the-top shounen dialogue but it doesn’t have the impact the action of the first season had. If... See full review

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

The [email protected]: 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... See full review

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

Ninja Slayer From Animation

on Apr 29, 2015

From Studio Trigger, the guys that brought you that overrated show about girls with magical thongs, comes an internet series with worse animation and production values than half of the Sonic the Hedgehog porn on Newgrounds. It’s Ninja Slayer, and boy is it a visual and auditory feast! Actually, the opening isn’t that bad aside from some terrible Engrish. I didn’t watch the ending because, by that time, I was too busy deleting this virus of a file from my computer to care. The plot is that some dude fights people. I guess his family died too so there’s some motivation for the plot... See full review

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0.4/10 overall

Vampire Holmes

on Apr 28, 2015

It’s approaching midnight and I’m dead tired so the three minutes that was Vampire Holmes could have been a nightmare of some sort. After all, I’ve spent much of the day watching anime so it’s only natural my brain would rebel. It started with this theme song that is kind of like my worst fear theme for any anime. There was some Engrish about “everlasting love”. To make matters worse, this was followed by an actual program. So Holmes sleeps on the floor or something. And then he finds a dog and that’s the episode. I don’t know how to classify this. Was it... See full review

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0.1/10 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... See full review

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

Durarara!!x2 Shou

on Apr 4, 2015

Story Here is the continuation of Durarara!! we’ve been asking for since 2010. Of course, expectations are high and that is always a recipe for disaster, at least for me. With the failure that was Samurai Flamenco (such a great human drama ruined by supernatural bullshit), it was only natural for the team behind Durarara!! and Baccano! to go back to a formula that worked. Without giving much away, this second season focuses on a lot of the same characters as the first while also... See full review

9/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
9.5/10 characters
9.5/10 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... See full review

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

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT

on Mar 30, 2015

   Story Haganai NEXT is everything you loved about Haganai…minus everything you loved about Haganai. Rather than focusing on the Neighbor Club doing fun things like the first season did, this twelve episode fiasco decides that the club room is way more fun. So what we get is a slog of an anime with no redeeming qualities aside from the fact it ends. If I were to rate the story, I’d give it a nonexistent out of five. The beginning of this season is nothing but episodic garbage where Sena likes Kodaka, Yozora likes Kodaka, Rikka likes Kodaka; so on and so forth. There’s some... See full review

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

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai

on Mar 16, 2015

Story Haganai is based on a light novel, which, as fans of my reviews will know, means it’s most likely in a range between god-awful and above-average. I’ve gone on countless rants about light novels in the past so I’ll refrain from doing so and instead destroy the story (for what it is). Kodaka is the new kid in school and scares everyone because he looks like a punk (because it worked in Toradora, so why not rehash the idea here?). He has the most ridiculous off-color hair I’ve ever seen as well as a passion for high-water pants and boat shoes. As he prepares to leave school... See full review

3/10 story
8.5/10 animation
6/10 sound
4/10 characters
6/10 overall

Animatrix

on Mar 8, 2015

The Animatrix
AKA: The Anicashgrab I’m not a big fan of The Matrix trilogy, one of the more mainstream science fiction spectacles of the past twenty years. When I was a kid, I loved it. It was my first R-rated movie, it was dark and edgy like any kid is bound to like, and it had neat martial arts action. But as I grew older I finally watched the second and third films and began to hate the series. Anymore, probably thirteen or so years after watching The Matrix for the first time, I think it’s overrated and I can’t see the appeal. It hasn’t aged well and that, on top of pretty... See full review

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4.5/10 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... See full review

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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... See full review

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

Riding Bean

on Feb 26, 2015

What I initially thought would be an Ender's Game porno turned out to be a ridiculous eighties action story with healthy doses of blood, cars, and pedophilia to appeal to every possible demographic. Riding Bean was the precursor to my last review, Gunsmith Cats, and even contains Rally Vincent as a secondary character. But unlike Gunsmith Cats, Riding Bean kind of sucks. In what I assume is Chicago, Bean is a courier who, along with his partner Rally, get framed for kidnapping a young girl while the actual kidnappers take her father hostage and steal the ransom money. In a fit of testosterone laden action... See full review

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4/10 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... See full review

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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... See full review

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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... See full review

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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... See full review

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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... See full review

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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... See full review

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2.5/10 overall

Love Live! School Idol Project 2

on Feb 5, 2015

Love Live School Idol Project is not meant for me. Reviewing a show this girly and happy is pretty much impossible based on my age, sex, and what I enjoy watching. The reason I don’t review Pretty Cure? I’m not a ten year old girl. The reason I review Love Live? Despite obviously being a show for ten year old girls it’s got a raging male fanbase that’s about my age. A year ago I wrote a review for the first season that I feel, now, complains about all the wrong things. It doesn’t at all hit the nail on the head for how to approach this series. It also complains... See full review

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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... See full review

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2.5/10 overall