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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... See full review

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... See full review

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... See full review

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... See full review

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... See full review

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

The Devil is a Part-Timer!

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... See full review

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

Date a Live

on Mar 2, 2014

Story: 4 Date A Live opens with Japan’s favorite fetish: mass destruction. It then follows that with Japan’s second favorite fetish: little sister love. The anime’s opening episode introduces us to the idea of spirits and spacequakes. Spirits are…some sort of creatures that have super powers and aren’t actually explained all that well. Their appearance causes spacequakes. To combat spirits and the subsequent quakes, Japan has a ground defense force that employs young girls who wear battle gear that look more like Hyperdimension Neptunia armor designs than actual military... See full review

4/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
5/10 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... See full review

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

High School DxD NEW

on Feb 24, 2014

High School DxD New Where Did the Boobies Go?   The first season of High School DxD (a series based on the long running light novel of the same name) was more entertaining than it should have been. Its main character was an unlikeable pervert, every scene needed panties and boobs, and the comedy was pretty vulgar. But man was it funny. It contained great comedy, great action scenes, hot demon chicks, and enough plot to keep me interested. Going into the second season I assumed more of the same was in store, but this plot intensive (bear with me, please) season actually surpasses the first for... See full review

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7.8/10 overall

High School DxD

on Feb 17, 2014

Grab a box of tissues, pull that old crusty sock out from under the bed, and get ready for an anime that makes me happy I invest in Kleenex stocks. High School DxD is the once in a lifetime anime that reminds us all that girls have boobs and as a guy, I sure do love boobs. In fact, in a market oversaturated with no boobs whatsoever, it’s nice to find an anime that finally caters to what I love without the hassle of having to type in my birthday and gets tons of viruses from all the ads surrounding the video. My only complaint is that the DVD doesn’t come with a package of twelve socks just... See full review

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7.5/10 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... See full review

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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... See full review

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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... See full review

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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... See full review

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7.5/10 overall

Plastic Little

on Jan 8, 2014

Quickie Review
In forty-eight minutes Plastic Little manages to create a confusing world. I can't tell whether it was made to be a sci-fi action adventure or a full on hentai. Not enough tits for hentai and not enough story for action adventure...so what does that make it? Despite the fact the story is weak, the characters are underdeveloped and uninteresting, and there is a jiggle counter on the DVD, it does manage to have fantastic animation for the time. Our two heroines are downright adorable and anything the anime does lack it makes up for in perfectly drawn breasts and very cute girls. Otherwise... See full review

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3.5/10 overall

Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail

on Dec 29, 2013

Quickie Review: Black Lagoon Roberta’s Blood Trail Having reviewed the two halves that comprise Black Lagoon’s main series I feel it’s not necessary to go all out to reiterate what I’ve already said. Roberta’s Blood Trail exemplifies all the positive traits of Black Lagoon, creating a fun story, developing established characters, and letting the bullets fly. Rock’s further development into a conniving psychopath after the death of a girl he cared deeply about in the second season brings out the character the audience wanted him, yet did not want him, to be. His... See full review

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8/10 overall

Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage

on Dec 16, 2013

Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage, gives the audience more of what they’ve come to expect. Lots of action, dark comedy, and brooding characters make this a worthy second season, though a prolonged final story arc and some needless things here and there detract from the overall experience.
Pros 1) More of the Same- The first two arcs of this second season contain all the sort of things you’ve come to expect from Black Lagoon. The first arc focuses on incestuous vampire twins and gets weirder and weirder the longer it goes on. The second arc focuses on a money launderer and the hunt for... See full review

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7.5/10 overall

Black Lagoon

on Dec 10, 2013

Black Lagoon was really the first of the fringe-y mercenary genre of anime. Or at least, the first to get it right. Combining a likable cast of pirates with an intriguing backdrop and some of the best bang-up fighting you can get, Black Lagoon is a highly watchable, highly entertaining anime.   Pros 1) Great Cast-Anime like Black Lagoon tend to treat female characters as either useless or tits with guns. In comparable titles like Jormungand and Phantom, many of the female characters are treated as nothing more than bewbs. While Revy is wearing revealing clothing, she maintains a very... See full review

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8.5/10 overall

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet

on Oct 4, 2013

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet is a bittersweet show. The world it sets up and the different ideas thrown in are fantastic, but the characters and plot are pretty uninteresting and the anime takes a while before it finally gets to a place where you actually care to watch the story progress. Gargantia is not a bad anime though, just very shallow in depth and lackluster in execution. Ledo is the pilot of a giant robot. He comes from a utopian world in space where he was conscripted to fight against the Hideauze, giant squid creatures that fly around wreaking havoc. During a battle he gets sucked... See full review

7/10 story
8.5/10 animation
7/10 sound
4/10 characters
5.8/10 overall

Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai!

on Sep 29, 2013

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai is a twelve episode anime that has a hard time figuring out what it wants to be until about halfway through. The initial half of the show is uninteresting and generic while the last half is touching and romantic. It’s the kind of show I started off making fun of and hating completely, an obvious three or four out of ten. But past that initial slump, it manages to be an entertaining and sad romance that satiates the thirst for decency you’ll want after the first six episodes. The generic start to the plot is probably the most painful part of the anime. A... See full review

6/10 story
9/10 animation
6/10 sound
6/10 characters
6/10 overall

Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!

on Sep 26, 2013

I’ve been staying clear of most anime lately because it either A.) doesn’t interest me in the least, or B.) is Attack on Titan and I swear I’ll watch it sometime when everyone shuts the hell up about it. In the case of Watamote, I ended up watching it because a friend showed me the opening sequence, told me Tomoko Kuroki is me as a Japanese school girl, then got mad when I wouldn’t shut up about how fucking perfect Tomoko is. The show is like Welcome to the NHK lite. A girl, Tomoko Kuroki, is completely socially awkward, demented, in love with anime and nerd culture, and... See full review

8/10 story
9/10 animation
7/10 sound
8/10 characters
8.2/10 overall

Tairiki Taro no Mucha Shugyo

on Jun 10, 2013

What can I say that hasn't already been said about this classic of anime? Well, the fact that you found this review somewhere in the depths of Anime Planet is commedable enough I should give you a straight review on what this is. It's a minute and a half short about a samurai guy whose attacked by demons or something and kills them all whilst riding a polar bear. It's a silly silent film from 1928. There's nothing exciting here other than nostalgia. Seriously, there's not much here worth seeing. Okay, you can move on with your life now.

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2.5/10 overall

Psycho-Pass

on Jun 5, 2013

Hi there. It's been a while since I've written a review so allow me to preface this by saying I haven't been watching a lot of anime lately and don't know what's good or what's bad this season or the past three seasons for that matter. The only reason I decided to watch this was a feature in Otaku USA. And no, I do not subscribe nor ever read Otaku USA, especially considering how amazing they reviewed Blood C (one of the most god-awful pieces of rhinocerus shit on the planet). But I did read this month's feature on Psycho-Pass because they talked about it as some sort of ultra-smart anime that we rarely... See full review

8/10 story
8.5/10 animation
9/10 sound
5/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

K-On!

on Jan 7, 2013

What better way to kick off my second “season” (if you will) of reviews than an anime I admittedly have been violently opposed to and always hated with a passion. About a year ago I sat down to watch K-On!, expecting nothing less than an entertaining anime, especially considering the hype. What I came away with was two episodes watched, the series dropped, and a total disdain for the seemingly pointless, musically deficient anime. Ever since then I have fought about how it is the bane of the Earth and how it is nothing less than a “cutesy” series with nothing to it. So how... See full review

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7/10 overall

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai

on Sep 17, 2012

The previous season of Higurashi was a delicate balance of cutesy underage school girls doing cutesy underage school girl things and violent, brutal murder and torture. The plot was masterfully convoluted and needed a lot more explanation than it was given. Thus, the second season, which I like to think of as both the explanatory as well as the happier season. The violence is toned down with only one scene of gore and a lot more scenes of character drama. So basically, those of you who got into Higurashi for the loli murderers will feel a bit let down by how focused on hope this season is. For anyone who... See full review

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7/10 overall

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

on Sep 11, 2012

Higurashi is an anime that I initially thought would be nothing more than loli’s killing stuff. Cute, adorable characters do cute, adorable things but secretly harbor murderous intent. If that had been the plot of Higurashi, it would have probably sucked pretty bad. Thankfully, Higurashi is a lot more complex than that, and while the loli killers are definitely the selling point of the anime and the main draw, what you will ultimately be sucked in by is the plot more so than the characters. And admittedly, I was going to drop Higurashi about halfway through as I couldn’t understand what the... See full review

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7/10 overall

Sakamichi no Apollon

on Aug 20, 2012

I love jazz. Some of my favorite memories of my time living in Florida have to be going downtown to listen to the local jazz festival. Sitting in front of that gazebo and getting into the spirit of the musicians is something you can only experience if you listen to jazz. It’s so different from any other musical genre and I was excited as hell to get to watch an anime centered around this amazing style of music. The problem is Sakamichi no Apollon isn’t as much about jazz as it is about lame characters. There’s jazz in the series, and it definitely plays a part, but it doesn’t play... See full review

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

Sora no Otoshimono: Tokei-jikake no Angeloid

on Aug 13, 2012

For more on the characters and plot of Sora no Otoshimono, please refer to my previous reviews of the series where I look at everything in much more depth and you can read all my thoughts on overarching things that the entire series shares. As you may have noticed if you pay attention to my reviews, I am a fan of Sora no Otoshimono. In fact, I’ve called it my favorite ecchi/harem anime. So with this movie, I expected to be in for quite a ride. Higher production values and an inclusive, long, exciting story, right? Nope. The movie starts with some original content then degrades into the ever... See full review

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4/10 overall

Sora no Otoshimono Forte

on Aug 12, 2012

When I reviewed the previous season of Sora no Otoshimono, I mentioned how much I dislike the ecchi and harem genre and how much I love it. Regardless of how much I love or hate the genres, Sora no Otoshimono Forte once again cements in me that there is hope, and there is some originality to be found in a genre populated by lackluster titles. Now, I’m not explicitly saying that Sora no Otoshimono Forte is absolutely amazing, but I am explicitly saying that taken as a whole, Sora no Otoshimono is probably the best harem/ecchi anime I’ve encountered so far. In many regards it falls into... See full review

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7.5/10 overall

Air

on Aug 6, 2012

Air is, to say the least, an entertaining anime. This is the first of the Key anime, which includes the likes of Kanon, Angel Beats, and Clannad. While Air is a pretty damn good anime that foretells some of the conventions of future Key series, it’s not as good as any of the newer ones. Key anime of the romance department typically involve a single guy who is forced into a situation where a bunch of girls with issues need his help. This stems from the fact that Air, Clannad, and Kanon are all based on visual novels, and visual novels have multiple girls you can get with. So the anime’s... See full review

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6.5/10 overall