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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... See full review

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

The Fruit of Grisaia

on Jan 20, 2015

After watching about half of the first episode of The Fruit of Grisaia I was going to give up. It was just panty shots and nudity and unfunny comedy with a cast I could only assume would be as boring as every other cast of anime girls being tossed together with a single male and forced to fight for the right to make out with him. I steeled myself past the first episode though and started to see that the anime was just another cutesy piece of crap that I'd most likely give a four or five and forget about. Then...well, the anime decides that nothing goes better with panty shots, a girl... See full review

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7/10 overall

Durarara!!

on Jan 17, 2015

Durarara!! is the kind of anime that only comes once in a blue moon. It's an anime that is praised exceptionally by nearly everyone and deserves much of that praise. In fact, it's an anime that you've most likely already seen and have an opinion about. Four years ago it played on Adult Swim where it garnered a lot of attention from a group of anime fans who'd never seen something so uniquely written and laid out. It's a show that makes you want to live in its' world and also get to know all of its' characters. The rare kind of show that pulls you in and keeps you watching out of obsession and total... See full review

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8.5/10 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... See full review

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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... See full review

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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... See full review

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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... See full review

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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... See full review

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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... See full review

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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... See full review

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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... See full review

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4/10 overall

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040

on Dec 17, 2014

Prefacing this review comes the prerequisite warning I place in front of a lot of reviews I do of anime from the nineties; I grew up on nineties science fiction anime and can appreciate the character archetypes and the themes that are the meat of adult-oriented shows from the period. Thus, I have a soft spot for an anime like Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040that, while flawed in some respects, I still think is a semi-intelligent, entertaining romp through an underdeveloped science fiction world. It’s the year 2040 (duh) and Linna Yamazaki has gone from her comfortable life in the country to a crazy life... See full review

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7.5/10 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... See full review

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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... See full review

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

Aldnoah Zero

on Sep 22, 2014

When a group of great minds get together to make an anime, you expect a lot and you’re right to do so. After all, a Gen Urobuchi anime with Hiroyuki Sawano composing the music (Kill la Kill, Attack on Titan) and A-1 Pictures doing the animation can most definitely not be bad, can it? It’s a dream collaboration and I was pretty excited when it was announced, and much less excited now that the first season is over. Before you start typing up your angry comments about whatever it is you’re angry about, allow me to spend the rest of this review telling you why Aldnoah.Zero is a slightly above... See full review

4/10 story
8.5/10 animation
7/10 sound
5/10 characters
6/10 overall

Speed Grapher

on Aug 13, 2014

In all my years of watching anime I’ve encountered some really strange shows that left me scratching my head. But in all this time, despite the Boku no Pico‘s and the Kodomo no Jikan‘s, and even the Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures, I’ve never encountered anything quite as strange as Speed Grapher, a Gonzo anime from 2005. And this isn’t a strange anime in that it’s inherently difficult to understand or presents itself as wacky comedy, it’s strange because... See full review

6.5/10 story
4/10 animation
4/10 sound
7/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

No Game No Life

on Aug 9, 2014

For months now I have heard nothing but exceptional praise for a certain anime that released earlier this year. Every anime forum and website has been buzzing with conversations about the series and a few of my friends have been wondering why the hell I haven’t gotten my ass on the bandwagon and taken a ride on the No Game No Life hype-train. Well, much like Attack on Titan or Sword Art Online, I waited a while. Let the waters simmer down so I can enjoy the series without the added benefit of eighteen thousand people telling me it’s the greatest thing to happen to anime since panty shots... See full review

7.5/10 story
6.5/10 animation
8.5/10 sound
6/10 characters
7.8/10 overall

Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya

on Aug 7, 2014

Do you like loli? Do you like spin-off anime of excellent series that have nothing to do with said excellent series? Do you like a show that can’t decide what the hell it wants to be? Then sit down and watch Fate/Kaleid, a ten episode anime that is full of everything you love about Fate/Zero and Fate/Stay Night, such as hilarious comedy, underaged lesbians, and magical girls. You know, the kind of things fans asked for after watching the main series. If you are a fan of... See full review

4/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
4/10 characters
4/10 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... See full review

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

Sword Art Online

on Jul 10, 2014

This review covers episodes 1-14.  For those who don’t know what Sword Art Online is, it’s a series surrounding the idea that a bunch of players get trapped inside a virtual reality RPG and the only way to escape is to clear the game. If they die in the game, they die in real life. Okay, that’s a pretty decent set-up for a death game scenario. But then it gets stupid. The game was apparently created by a company where no one said “Hey, this death game thing is kind of fucked... See full review

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4/10 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... See full review

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7/10 overall

Ghost in the Shell: Arise

on Jun 24, 2014

Ghost in the Shell: Arise will appeal to a pretty limited audience on the sheer fact its source material is one of the most intelligent anime ever written, and said anime hasn’t had a new iteration in eight years. It’s an anime that tries to pull the new generation into the very deep and thought-provoking world of Ghost in the Shell, while also appealing to the established fan base. The very problem with this is that an anime like this won’t be as appealing in a market dominated by romantic... See full review

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8/10 overall

Date a Live 2

on Jun 17, 2014

Strap in for Date A Live II, the anime sequel absolutely nobody asked for and progresses the plot in no way whatsoever, but still manages to entertain by being a dumb harem comedy show with lots of pretty colored lasers and those wonderful “pew pew” sounds that accompany the beams. An anime that introduces us to a bevy of characters while still focusing on a main character as flat as the plateau on which this anime doesn’t stand. Get ready for ten rousing episodes packed to the brim with all the things we were mildly amused by in the first season. In all seriousness, Date A Live II is... See full review

5/10 story
6/10 animation
6/10 sound
6/10 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... See full review

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... See full review

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... See full review

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

Hyper Police

on Jun 1, 2014

Hyper Police Review Based on the English dub   Anyone who knows me or is familiar with my reviews will note I have a soft spot for nineties anime. This could stem from my having grown up on nineties anime and feeling a familiar warmth when encountering the older animation style and conventions of this bygone era. But I personally think it stems from my love for anime that treats itself not as some sort of totally serious medium. Many nineties anime, such as Hyper Police, The Slayers, You’re Under Arrest, Great Teacher Onizuka, Tenchi Muyo, etc. understood that they were cartoons and... See full review

5/10 story
6/10 animation
6/10 sound
6/10 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... See full review

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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... See full review

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9/10 overall

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Movie 1: Hajimari no Monogatari

on Apr 8, 2014

Puella Magi Madoka Magica I: Beginnings Or Gen Urobuchi is a Depraved Motherfucker   Foreward I started watching anime religiously three years ago. Upon entering the world of anime, I was introduced to Puella Magi Madoka Magica, an unassuming magical girl anime that gradually loses all the fun and cuddliness of typical shows of the genre, opting instead for vast quantities of depression, sadness, and depravity. At the time, I thought it was the best fucking thing I’d ever seen. It combined cute girls with a horribly dark story and setting thaI rated as damn near perfect... See full review

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8.5/10 overall