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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

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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

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Saint Young Men Movie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Terror in Resonance

Feb 2, 2015

A long, long time ago I reviewed a little show called Eden of the East, the perfect comparison to Terror in Resonance. Each is dealing with politics, each deals with explosives, and each makes very little sense to an outside viewer due to the political and historical concepts being explored and criticized. Because of these localized concepts, Terror in Resonance has become a divisive anime among critics and many have outright quit it because of the fact it is so Japanese. I’m going to avoid going into the politics and message as much as I can because I don’t think it is... See full review

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7/10 overall

Gonna be the Twin-Tails!!

Jan 30, 2015

WHY I QUIT: GONNA BE THE TWIN TAIL!! How Many Episodes I Made It Through: 1 of 12
Oh God. I was riding a high with Chaika, a bubble instantly popped by this egregious pile of donkey shit. I mean, I couldn't have expected much going in but I at least expected a laugh or two. And is it sad that four minutes into the show I could tell it was based off of a light novel? Because it is and the light novel market must be in a sad state when nearly every anime I've ever reviewed based on a novel crafted by someone who was actually published is complaining about how fucking shitty it... See full review

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2/10 overall

Chaika: The Coffin Princess

Jan 29, 2015

I had no idea what I was getting into when I started Chaika: The Coffin Princess. Hadn’t read a synopsis, hadn’t looked at a genre. I only knew that Chaika’s face was a meme, so this was going to be a completely new experience for me. I was pleasantly surprised by what I got. The titular Coffin Princess is our main character and perhaps the most moe girl I’ve come across in years (more on that later). When lost in a forest and chased by a unicorn that wants to kill her, she teams up with a saboteur named Toru and his sister, Akari. Why does Chaika carry a coffin around? It... See full review

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6/10 overall

Akame ga Kill!

Jan 26, 2015

Why I Quit 
(Imprresions based on watching episodes 1-3) As a critic, most people expect that I can sit through the worst anime imaginable in order to produce a review. And sometimes it can seem that way. I’ve watched terrible shows all the way through and written long-winded complaints but you’ll notice a preponderance of higher scored shows plaguing my repertoire rather than an abundance of lower scores. There’s a simple reason for that: I can’t force my way through garbage. If a show is particularly awful, such as Akame ga Kill, I’ll give it three episodes to... See full review

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3/10 overall

Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya 2wei!

Jan 26, 2015

It seems contradictory and abominable to follow up a review of an excellent Fate series with a review of a dreadful one, but what better way to kill the anticipation for Unlimited Blade Works’ second season than watching something that turns the entire franchise into a joke? After all, who can’t help but laugh at the giant freaking title? What is it with anime having ridiculously long, pointless titles comprised of gibberish? It’s a month after Illya got her magic wand, Ruby, and things are going swimmingly. They’ve captured all seven... See full review

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5/10 overall

Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works

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

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!!

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

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

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

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

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

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