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No Game No Life

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

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

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

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

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

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 II

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 9, 2014

Puella Magi Madoka Magica II: Eternal
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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

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

Sakura Trick

Apr 6, 2014

Sakura Trick Rage Quit Review Having dedicated forty-some minutes to watching two episodes of Sakura Trick, I feel that my life has been reasonably enriched. Not only do I now know that any duo of girls acting friendly with each other are lesbians, I also now understand the reason why I hate anime. Actually the hate can be attributed to a myriad of sources, but Sakura Trick is the summation of those sources. It’s demeaning enough to my intelligence to... See full review

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2.5/10 overall

Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren

Mar 27, 2014

Half a year ago I indulged in the first season of Chuunibyou and got wrapped up in the decent romance, though found the humor to be lacking and the characters hard to identify with. In the final paragraph of my review, I stated: “I’m hoping that the second season manages to stay in touch with the romantic and character-specific side rather than the stupid goofiness of having eighth-grade syndrome. Or even strike a balance between the two. Because the show only seems to shine when it does just that; gets that balance between dumb and decent”. ... See full review

7/10 story
8.5/10 animation
7/10 sound
8/10 characters
7/10 overall

Space Dandy

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... See full review

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

Kill La Kill

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

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)

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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