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Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works TV

on Jan 22, 2015

So let me get this out of the way: Fate/Zero is one of my favorite anime of all time and one of the finest examples of the medium I can come up with in the past ten years. Despite many flaws, the story was gritty and intense, the characters well-rounded and enjoyable, and the sparse action scenes were fantastic. So it's only natural I'd go into Fate/Stay Night with huge expectations. Despite being a fan of Fate/Zero I've never been able to watch Fate/Stay Night because of how...well, crappy it is. The writing is awful, the animation isn't that great, and I've never found... read more

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

Slayers Return

on Jan 8, 2015


The second film in the Slayers franchise finds Lina and Naga being approached by a young girl with a job proposition. Her village has been enslaved by a bad guy hoping to unleash an elvish creature that will lead him to world domination. Naga and Lina, hoping to make some money, wind up doing battle against this creature in a pretty underwhelming and otherwise unnecessary sixty minute film. There’s really no point reiterating my thoughts on Naga and Lina, or the animation and music. There’s... read more

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

Slayers: The Book of Spells

on Jan 8, 2015

The Book of Spellsis a three episode OVA series taking place either before the television series or in a separate universe (I’m still unclear about this and I’ve found no definitive answer as to the chronology). That means that we’re focusing on Lina and Naga, who pretty much ruined the first movie. I have no understanding why they kept going with Naga and Lina as companions considering how dull and lifeless the series becomes without some of the more developed characters we’ve come to love. Nonetheless, this OVA series has the animation of the first film, which means it looks... read more

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

Slayers Next

on Jan 7, 2015

If you loved The Slayers, you’ll love Slayers Next. Okay, end review. But here’s more review in case you wanted it: The first season of The Slayers introduced us to a mostly likeable cast of morons who together formed one of the most memorable parties in anime. They fought some empathetic villains, engaged in generally hilarious antics, and this was all within a very 90’s package. The second season keeps pretty much all of those aspects intact. We follow Lina, the impulsive, rude, and some might say evil lead whose goal this time is to get a Claire Bible manuscript. Following her are... read more

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

Slayers: The Motion Picture

on Jan 4, 2015

The first of the Slayers movies gives us a mildly amusing story with the introduction of a new main character and a lot more uniqueness to the world than the main television series was able to produce. That said, it falls flat in nearly every way and doesn’t entertain as thoroughly as the series did.             In this film Lina runs into Naga, a dark mage and Lina’s biggest rival, and the two decide to run off to a hot spring island that was once populated by elves. When they get there they face off against a myriad of mostly hilarious... read more

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

Slayers

on Jan 4, 2015

The Slayers is considered one of, if not the, most popular anime of the nineties. Based on a huge series of light novels (over fifty) The Slayers is a comedic response to the more serious fantasy anime of the time, most notably Record of Lodoss War. This first season of Slayers came out in 1995 and I feel it’s only right to watch and review this series as we approach its’ twentieth birthday. So for the next few weeks, we’ll be exploring all five seasons of the show, as well as the movies... read more

?/10 story
?/10 animation
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?/10 characters
8/10 overall

Full Metal Panic!

on Dec 30, 2014

After being torn over season two of Sword Art Online I was hoping to watch something I could clearly review as either bad or good, something simple to talk about. Full Metal Panic!came up as a recommendation and I figured I’d really enjoy it, especially given how funny the first couple of episodes were. But as it progressed it got a little muddied as it was balancing two genres and couldn’t find a focus. This review is going to give my first impressions of this show as a whole but I do want the reader to know that it’s a show I want to watch again in the future now that I know that the... read more

?/10 story
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?/10 characters
5/10 overall

Psycho-Pass 2

on Dec 20, 2014

I haven’t watched a lot of current anime so I figured with the finale of Psycho-Pass 2 having come out this week it’s as good a time as any to play a bit of catch-up and check out the series that have been getting praise this past year. Psycho-Pass is a good start as the first season is one of my favorite anime ever and this second season has been rather divisive among fans and critics, meaning it’s time for me to formulate an opinion. The first season of Psycho-Pass was written by Gen Urobuchi and was a mix between cyberpunk and a dystopian future, something that worked really well and... read more

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

Noir

on Dec 20, 2014

The thriller genre of anime concerning real places and typically political ideas is sparse. Despite the versatility of the medium in being able to create technically amazing shoot-outs (you’d think we’d see more John Woo style action in anime) there doesn’t seem to be many examples out there. And to make things even worse, the few examples are, for the most part, less than exceptional. Black Lagoon and Phantom: Requiem for the Phantomare the only anime of this type I’d go so far as to recommend; everything else tends to be on the bad side. I was recommended checking out the Bee... read more

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

Tenchi Muyo! GXP

on Dec 1, 2014

Tenchi Muyo was part of my early childhood thanks to my father, who to this day still loves the series. About a year ago I tackled the most popular of the Tenchi series, Tenchi Muyo Universe, which was a fun adventure with a likeable cast and some occasionally good humor and antics. It’s not a perfect show by any means but it’s still a lot of fun and has some enjoyable science fiction concepts.And it’s also a prevalent part of my childhood, which is a probably reason it’s... read more

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

Girls und Panzer

on Oct 30, 2014

As you may notice I tend to stop watching anime all the time. Sudden bursts of activity are followed by stagnant periods of inactivity. This is pretty much due to the fact the majority of anime I watch is so average or subpar, I get sick and tired of it. Despite all these anime having different plots and characters, they still manage to have the same plot and the same characters. And after seeing enough anime that contains two dimensional everything, I kind of move on to watching movies and finding... read more

2/10 story
5/10 animation
5/10 sound
3/10 characters
3.5/10 overall

You're Under Arrest! OVA

on Aug 3, 2014

1994 was a much simpler time for anime and a lot of this stemmed from the fact anime was treated as cartoons back then rather than fantasy simulators. In today’s market, a show like You’re Under Arrest wouldn’t work.  It’s rife with too much silliness and not enough cohesion, as well as a lack of the appropriate amount of fan service to appease modern anime fans. As you may remember from my Hyper Police review, I am a sucker for 90’s anime. The style, the sound, the... read more

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

Redline

on Jun 26, 2014

Drugs are a hell of a drug, and Redline is a hell of a product of drugs. It’s a 2009 film from Madhouse that is one of the most unique and beautiful anime movies of the past ten years. It’s an obvious inspiration for the currently popular Space Dandy and any fan of Dandy’s antics will definitely enjoy the antics of film protagonist JP. It’s a simple movie, the story of an underdog entering a giant racing competition where he has zero odds of winning. There’s a romantic interest thrown in and a few bad guys for good measure. It’s rife with comedy and strangeness and enough... read more

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

Angel Links

on Jun 15, 2014

As regular readers of my reviews know, Outlaw Star is my favorite anime ever. It created an interesting science fiction world, had a cast of eclectic and memorable characters, and was nonstop fun from beginning to end. So imagine my surprise when I found out that Outlaw Star had a spiritual successor set in the same universe. Then imagine my surprise after watching it and finding out I didn’t know about it for a reason. The first four episodes of Angel Links scared the piss out of me. It was episodic, following the exploits of the Links Company, led by the energetic and goddam annoying Meifon Li. She... read more

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

Ben-To

on Jun 10, 2014

Single season anime based on light novels are a dime a dozen, enough of them having come out in the past five years to oversaturate the market with mediocrity. That said, I’ve found that around eighty or ninety percent of these anime are given the same score by me. Every time I give this sort of anime a solid six out of ten. And I know I’ve just spoiled the entire review in the first paragraph now, but I feel that it’s worth discussing how light novels influence anime and anime produced about light novels are so boringly adequate. Light novels themselves are typically badly written... read more

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

Lucky Star

on Jun 7, 2014

I have no idea what prompted me to give Lucky Star a second chance. It’s the complete opposite of the genre of anime I typically find myself watching and contains every element I hate about slice-of-life. No coherent plot, drawn out conversations about nothing, and high school. But somehow, someway, Lucky Star pulled me in early on and didn’t let me go until its’ final episode. And now that I have completed it, I want to know how the hell it did that. What was it about Lucky Star that appealed to me when I can’t stand shows like Nichijou or Yuru Yuri no matter how many chances I... read more

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

Golden Time

on Apr 20, 2014

Golden Time started off with a fresher setting than most anime, a better romantic start-up than most anime, and a lot more potential than it would wind up using. Having quit after nine episodes, I can safely say that there are a decent majority of good points to this anime, but they're all shadowed by a huge turd that has a lingering odor that permeates the anime too much for my own enjoyment. The anime opens up with a college setting. Tada Banri is going to law school and winds up meeting a new friend, whose got a rich girl following on his heels. The girl, Kouko, has been in love with him forever but... read more

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

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Movie 2: Eien no Monogatari

on Apr 9, 2014

Puella Magi Madoka Magica II: Eternal
Or
Eternal Sunshine of the Depraved Mind   I’ve pinned down why I hate this series. It’s depraved and horrible. That doesn’t mean I don’t fucking love it, but watching this second film in the trilogy, I realized that I never wanted to watch it again because it’s just too much. It is mature and dark, but the focus is the death of young girls and the hopelessness they are cast into. And because of the fact it spends so much time delving into the minds of characters who are barely pubescent and are basically being murdered... read more

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

Space Dandy

on Mar 25, 2014

You don’t understand how badly I want to like Space Dandy. The fantastic visuals, Dandy as a character, some of the great ideas that go into the episodes…there’s so much going on that could make for great entertainment…                 But instead, Space Dandy has one good episode and is mired by tons of flat humor,  a whole load of boring to bad episodes, and overusing Boobies as a humor device.   Pros 1.) Great Animation and Soundtrack- Seriously, Space Dandy looks sexy as hell. From... read more

4/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
4/10 characters
4.5/10 overall

Kill La Kill

on Mar 25, 2014

Here’s another anime where, sadly, I got so caught up in the hype train that I failed to see it in as excellent a light as the fans do. I’m going to call this Attack on Titan Syndrome. The fandom overhypes the shit out of it, and what you actually get is something that is—for the most part—good, though flawed enough that I wouldn’t remember it a few years from now if not for the fandom.   Pros: 1.) Imaginative and Original- If Kill la Kill could be summed up with one adjective, it’s “original”. From the outset, we’re shown a school where... read more

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

Monogatari Series: Second Season

on Mar 24, 2014

A series as long as Monogatari typically loses a lot of the original energy and entertainment value as it progresses. With four iterations thus far, Monogatari shows no signs of letting up and I’m happy to eat up whatever is thrown at me. While this season provides a lot of what made the previous seasons so successful, it also is plagued with some weaker arcs, some bad characters, and a loss of the character neutrality that I enjoyed so much in the previous seasons.                 For those not in the know, Monogatari is a... read more

7.5/10 story
9/10 animation
8.5/10 sound
8.5/10 characters
8/10 overall

Nekomonogatari (Black)

on Mar 15, 2014

Story: 7 Nekomonogatari is a four episode arc focusing on the events leading up to Bakemonogatari. It follows Araragi’s search for the meaning of love and his quest to save his “love” interest, Hanekawa, from a cat spirit. This isn’t a particularly necessary arc to enjoy the first two seasons and I’m assuming that Monogatari: Season Two doesn’t reference the events of this arc too often, but it is still an entertaining piece that develops Hanekawa a little more and explains the weird relationship between Araragi and the class rep... read more

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

Nisemonogatari

on Mar 14, 2014

Story: 7.5 After Bakemonogatari, this series has a lot to live up to… … and this second helping doesn’t disappoint in any way, accentuating characters that were overlooked in the first season, adding a few villain-esque characters, and leaving enough room for tons of creepiness; more creepy, in fact, than the first season. The sexual assaults on Mayoi continue, and Araragi’s unchecked libido is allowed free reign over the bevy of girls, and this includes his sisters. In fact, this entire season focuses on his little sisters and developing them. One of them gets infected by a... read more

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

Bakemonogatari

on Mar 11, 2014

Story: 7 This was my third attempt to watch Bakemonogatari and I’m glad to announce that it does get better. In a world of fast paced anime, it can be hard to slow down and watch a show that spends fifteen minutes of a twenty-four minute episode in the back of a car. When I say that Bakemonogatari is slow, I mean it moves at a pace slower than molasses. Characters spend whole episodes sitting around and discussing thoughts, feelings, ideologies, and plot-centric things. For some, this can be too much, but I found that the series strange directing, cinematography, and surprisingly solid... read more

7/10 story
9/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
8/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Hataraku Maou-sama!

on Mar 6, 2014

Story: 5 When it comes down to it, The Devil is a Part Timer manages to present some good ideas and scenarios, but is so caught up in its fictional world of Ente Isla that it falls apart and becomes less of the slice-of-life/comedy it should have been and more of an uninteresting action show. In fact, by the end it almost feels like it’s become a harem anime. The Devil is a Part Timer doesn’t know what it wants to be and suffers because of it.                 The plot starts in Ente Isla where the Dark Lord Satan and... read more

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

Serial Experiments Lain

on Feb 26, 2014

Story: 7.5 Walking away from Serial Experiments Lain, I feel a little more depressed than I did going in—and I also have a much bigger headache. This is an anime that, despite its age (nearing twenty years old now), still manages to be very topical and, perhaps, even more effective than it was in 1998. It’s a look into how technology connects us to the point where we are living double lives. We follow a young girl named Lain who slowly discovers how close this technology consciousness, the Wired, and our actual consciousness are to becoming one. This is all because of a science experiment... read more

7.5/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
6.5/10 characters
8/10 overall

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012)

on Feb 3, 2014

Hearkening back to the days of yore when anime men were built like brick houses, punching people resulted in them exploding into bloody chunks, and long internal and external discussions on the meaning of life padded runtimes, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is a breath of fresh air in the stagnant pool of modern anime. There’s so much in Jojo that, in any other anime, would be miserably awful. The thing is, Jojo manages to combine nonstop, manly action with a lot of characters talking about nothing in a brisk, interesting way. In a world where twenty-six episodes of a shonen anime covers maybe... read more

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

Attack on Titan

on Jan 23, 2014

Attack on Titan is one of the most overhyped anime ever that’s biggest complaint, for me, is that people can’t shut the hell up about it. Anywhere you go that’s even vaguely anime related you’re bound to find something going on related to Attack on Titan because it’s an easily accessible show that many people will feel edgy for watching; when, in the end, they’re watching a shounen with some splotches of blood and rampant murder to make you feel like you’re watching something more adult... read more

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

Love Live! School Idol Project

on Jan 14, 2014

Love Live is everything you think it is from the outset. It’s a high school drama centered on a group of adorable girls becoming idols. It’s nothing new, it doesn’t strive to change the game; yet it still manages to beat the competition as far as I’m concerned. And I’m not familiar with all the competition because I’m not a huge fan of this slice of life/music genre that seems to have cropped up after the success of that one episode of Haruhi Suzumiya and the massive success of K-On. All I know of is the first season of K-On, which is massively hyped up. I reviewed... read more

?/10 story
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6.7/10 overall

Tenchi Universe

on Jan 11, 2014

Tenchi Muyo Review A classic of anime and the first of the harem genre, Tenchi Muyo has a lot going for it: great balance of sci-fi and comedy elements, a delightful cast of characters, and a potential for good romantic development on the part of Tenchi and the two main love interests. There are problems with Tenchi though, and they detract some from the experience. For the sake of not being an idiot, I’m not going to include the horrible dub in my overall score but I will talk about it. So don’t think Tenchi’s getting the score it is getting because of the dub. It has a lot more... read more

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