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Fate/kaleid Liner Prisma Illya 2wei Herz!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amagi Brilliant Park

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

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

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders

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

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

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

?/10 story
?/10 animation
?/10 sound
?/10 characters
0.4/10 overall

Vampire Holmes

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

?/10 story
?/10 animation
?/10 sound
?/10 characters
0.1/10 overall

The Labyrinth of Grisaia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sword Art Online II

Mar 3, 2015

Following my trend of watching the best anime of 2014 I find myself facing off against my old nemesis, a show thats 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

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