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
The following contains spoilers. Reader discretion is advised. There is something that I must admit before I get too far into praising this anime. I dropped it the first time I watched it. I wasn’t at all excited by the fact that the plot was moving slowly and the characters sat in a room and didn’t seem to do much of anything. After being asked to reconsider my thoughts and give Steins;Gate another look, something I rarely do unless someone has a really strong argument for my doing so, I find myself perplexed by the fact I dropped this show that molests your very soul with emotion and... See full review
Arguably one of the greatest anime films of all time, Ghost in the Shell pushed the boundaries of modern science fiction, building upon the cyberpunk genre invented by William Gibson in his momentous novel Neuromancer. It inspired The Matrix, and also inspired an anime television series that was both complex and smart without being too convoluted. Ghost in the Shell’s futuristic world is something so beautifully complex and realistic, it’s like a sci-fi author’s wet dream. With Second Gig, there is a lot to live up to. Made exclusively for Adult Swim (back when Adult Swim actually... See full review
Very rarely do I watch an anime that is so good, I don’t even know how the hell I can convey how good it is through the written word. Very rarely do I ever see an anime as good as Outlaw Star. The last nine I gave was about ten or eleven reviews ago, and that was an anime that I could easily review and talk about how good it was. This, on the other hand, is like Gurren Lagann for me. Outlaw Star is the kind of anime that I want to give a ten, not because I’m a fan boy who saw this as a child (this did play on Toonami for quite a few years but I never actually saw it) but because it deserves... See full review
Clannad After Story is a direct continuation of the story of it’s predecessor. What could have been a half-assed cash in on the original actually turns out to be one of the best second seasons of an anime I’ve ever seen. While it does have points that it loses momentum and feels kind of like filler, it tells three very distinct, yet connected stories that really seems to work to it’s emotional advantage. It divides itself between high school dating, marriage, and adulthood. It really shows a progression that gives it the emotional charm that truly makes the show so successful. The... See full review
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
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
Puella Magi Madoka Magica II: Eternal
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
One of my favorite parts of a slice of life drama is the fact that it creates a series of likeable characters that you can invest and see a bit of yourself in, thus making the anime something a lot more than a cartoon. A drama, especially a good one, has the ability to move you and make you feel things, whether those things be happiness or sadness. Hana-Saku Iroha hits every possible nail on the head and is a very effective and moving anime. Iroha is so much fun to watch, so moving at times, contains so many characters that you feel like you become friends with, that it transcends the screen and almost... See full review
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD :) I have wiped my eyes of the tears that have been lingering there since the start of the final episode of Ano Hana, debatably one of the most emotionally driven, down to Earth, and genuinely sad anime I’ve ever encountered. Sitting down to watch this anime is not a temporary respite from school or work or boredom, it’s a commitment from school or work or boredom. While it is not long at all, clocking in at eleven episodes, it is absolutely one of the few anime I’ve ever been able to sit all the way through and not get bored. It doesn’t take shortcuts, it... See full review
When searching out anime with violence and decent plots I stumbled upon Baccano, what has to be one of the most original concepts in anime. Set in 1930’s America on the train the Flying Pussyfoot (Hardy-har-har) it is replete with awesome characters, great dialogue, a neat plot, and a neat way of telling the story that doesn’t actually confuse as much as it should. The series ability to portray so many varied characters, give us a compelling plot, and have absolutely no part that makes me cringe or groan, makes this a true staple for all anime fans.
The story... See full review
Clannad is a romance at its core, but is peppered with weird psychological plots and character backgrounds that are enough to make you cry. It’s based on a visual novel series and what could have been a cash in to the apparently popular Japanese V.N series turns out to be a heart felt romance/comedy/drama that starts slow but introduces us to some amazingly likeable characters. This is where the show wins many brownie points.
The story of Clannad is not what I thought it would be. What I thought would be a Toradora like romance/comedy turned out to be a very heartfelt and... See full review
I'm going to just call this anime Madoka because it's title is too long. Just thought I'd clear that up real quick. Madoka is something I personally can enjoy looking back at my childhood of Cardcaptor Sakura. It is deeply moving and is exploitative of the fact that these girls go out and do what they do, yet never actually think about the fact that they could die. It's a heavy concept that Madoka deals out quite well, it comes together and is impactful to the viewer. The problem's with Madoka lie in the ending that leaves me scratching my head. And while I know that I have commended anime for this... See full review
FLCL is the single strangest piece of animation I've ever seen, period. What makes it so strange is not just the plot, but the characters, the setting, the animation, the sound: everything about this anime makes about as much sense as...well, nothing. It's not totally incoherent and you can follow the plot, but new plot threads are introduced every episode and whatever the plot actually is, it just doesn't matter because by the end, your mind is blown.
I can't even rate the story of this show because I'm too confused by it. I don't want to give the story a good or bad rating though because I... See full review
There is a lot to like about the ambitious cyberpunk anime Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Based on the movie Ghost In The Shell, this series fleshes out some of the characters seen in the film, and adds a lot more. It has tons of stand alone episodes, but there is an overarching story about a mysterious hacker known only as the Laughing Man, the mystery of which is solved over the course of the 26 episodes.
While a lot of animes take a simple, and sometimes cliched approach to the story, this anime takes a very complex approach to each individual story told. Some aren't quite as hard to... See full review
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
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
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
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
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
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
Very rarely do you come across an anime that not only tugs at the heartstrings, but also leaves you in stitches. Very rarely is there an anime that has serious heart, yet takes itself lightheartedly as well. Very rarely do you find an anime as balanced as Welcome to the NHK, which somehow manages to not only have some of the best comedy episodes of any anime, but also some of the best drama episodes. It is a very strange specimen to dissect because it has so many different elements, all of which are fantastically executed. That’s not to say this anime is without faults, because it, inevitably, does... See full review
In a city called Amnesia. Wait, sorry, that’s not it. In a city where the main character has terrible amnesia, everyone is prone to sickness and accident, and echoes of better things to come echo resoundingly (namely, Clannad), there’s a guy named Yuuichi. He’s moved in with his aunt, as he did seven years previously. His memories of that winter break are really hazy, borderline Elfen Lied syndrome. But he met a lot of people and affected a lot of lives in that break, and his return is the culmination of what he started seven years before. This is set off by the perky and cute Ayu, a... See full review
The following contains spoilers that may be found to tarnish the experience of someone wishing to watch Shiki for the first time. The section that readers who have not watched or are watching the anime should avoid will be bolded. Reader’s discretion is advised. It’s a pain in the ass to find a good horror anime. And by horror, I don’t mean just classic horror species, such as vampires, because that would imply that Rosario Vampire is horror. And while it is scary for completely different reasons having to do with how crappy it is, Shiki is the complete opposite. While it... See full review
So a sixteen, going on seventeen year old guy just watched Toradora. His name is me, Ratchet. Does he feel embarrassed by the fact he thoroughly enjoyed this anime? No. This anime is something that is so well done and so compelling that whatever girliness is to be found is negated by the strong characters, excellent writing, and totally dramatic atmosphere. Sure it has it’s comedy, sure it has a few action sequences, but it is the drama and romance that totally pulls you in. And this wouldn’t have worked without excellent characters and writing.
The story revolves around Ryuuji... See full review
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
From the makers of Redline comes a very adult Lupin movie that tosses aside the humor and cartoon sensibilities of the main series to provide a quick, tight story about the early days of Jigen and Lupin’s partnership. Here we meet a compelling villain who has been tasked with assassinating Jigen. The fifty minute film goes from one setpiece to the next quickly, providing riveting action sequences as well as a few moments of artistic oddity. Let’s get out of the way: this is a visually stunning film. A car... See full review
Lupin III: Part IV is the first Lupin series I’ve watched in its’ entirety. Despite the prevalence of the franchise in anime culture (and Japanese culture in general) I’ve never really found myself watching Lupin in any normal capacity. I used to watch it on Adult Swim and I’ve seen a couple of the films, but Lupin has been an elusive series for me, much like its’ titular hero. Just when I think I’ll get into it and start my journey through the myriad of movies, OVA’s, and television series I run across one bad movie or one bad episode that throws me off and sours... See full review
With Owarimonogatari, I guess the television run of one of my favorite anime of all time is over, leaving nothing more than a trilogy of movies to look forward to. I don't know that I'd say this season was a great ending point as half of it was, arguably, pointless. But the last half did do a great job of working with Shinobu as a character, something I've wanted for a while since I've always found her underdeveloped. I don't know why the final episodes are essentially the cap of the Kizumonogatari thread (which is also chronologically the first book in the light novel series, making the fact the last... See full review
Given my lukewarm response to Ghost in the Shell: Arise, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this capstone film. This is the conclusion of the Firestarter arc that began in the first Arise OVA and has divided fans since episode one. From the Lain-like animation style to the visual representations of Ghosts and hacking, fans of Stand Alone Complex haven't been too reecptive to this series. I've enjoyed it to a degree but haven't been completely wowed by it. This movie got me mostly because it was a really entertaining hundred minutes. The Prime Minister gets blown up, Firestarter is being used again, and... See full review