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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

Akame ga Kill!

on 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

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

Amagi Brilliant Park

on May 26, 2015

How Many Episodes I Got Through: 1.5/12 Typically I wouldn’t be averse to watching an anime like Amagi Brilliant Park. In fact, in the vast annals of my reviews, you’ll find dozens of critiques of anime that are much worse or on the same level (some of which I’ve sat through to the end). But a few things about Amagi left a bad taste in my mouth and had me wishing to watch something else. At this point in my reviews... See full review

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3/10 overall

Angel Beats!

on Jul 3, 2011

Angel Beats is a thirteen episode anime that follows a group of dead people in what I assume is limbo. It looks good, the plot sounds good, but the anime itself fails in a few respects. Most notably, in the character and story department. Not to say either are bad, they have high points, but especially with the nonsensical pacing of the story, there are problems. Let’s take a deeper look.
She could kill you with her cuteness, then with her giant freaking hand knives. Story (CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS)
The story of Angel Beats follows a man named Otonashii. He has died apparently and is... See full review

7.5/10 story
9/10 animation
8.5/10 sound
7/10 characters
8/10 overall

Angel Beats! Hell's Kitchen

on Jun 30, 2015

Oh man, it's been a loooong time since I watched Angel Beats. This was within the first couple months of my start writing anime reviews. I was on a Key binge (one that would be promptly ended by the underwhelming Little Busters) and Angel Beats was an exciting show that took you to a Japanese high school in purgatory that made death look like a ton of fun. With interesting characters and a pretty good romance, it only lacked in the fact it didn't have enough episodes to fully develop some of the cast. Years later and we get this brand new episode that embroils us once again in Key's most unique story... See full review

4/10 story
7/10 animation
8/10 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

Animatrix

on 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

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai.

on Dec 4, 2011

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

8/10 story
8/10 animation
9/10 sound
9.5/10 characters
9/10 overall

Ano Natsu de Matteru

on Apr 12, 2012

The plot of an alien coming to Earth, integrating into a school setting, falling in love…we all know it. Tenchi Muyo exemplifies this plot but Ano Natsu de Matteru refines it to a sharp point. Don’t get me wrong, Ano Natsu has its faults, but it is an overall heart-felt and well executed experience. There are a lot of parts that are kind of stupid or are a bit too much, but if you can block out all of the crap happening on the side and all of the rather stupid plot twists (especially toward the end) and focus more so on the romance between Ichika and Kaito, then you’ll probably enjoy... See full review

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6/10 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

Baccano!

on Oct 5, 2011

  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.   Story
The story... See full review

9/10 story
8.5/10 animation
8.5/10 sound
9.5/10 characters
9/10 overall

Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu

on Dec 24, 2011

If you were to take anime as art reflecting the real world you would figure Japanese high schools to be places full of huge breasted girls, oblivious guys who don’t realize that six girls want to pork him, and you’d probably get the idea that Japanese high school kids get nosebleeds upon seeing the cleavage of a woman. These are not actually true as Japanese high schools are not much better than any other high schools and the only reason anime treats high school as a place of fun, violence, tits, and more tits is because it makes high school a much more exciting place than it actually is. Baka... See full review

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

Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu 2

on Jan 7, 2012

The original Baka and Test was a funny, entertaining ride that I happily gave a 7.5 due to that fact. With the second season I didn’t expect the original formula to really change, but what I did expect was some form of plot or progression or something of the like. Not that Summon the Beasts had a fantastic story or anything, it was kind of weak in that regard. But the second season just doesn’t go anywhere or do much of anything. Now, I’m not saying things don’t happen, because things do happen. But the problem I have is that it mostly feels like filler. And when you have a whole... See full review

4/10 story
6.5/10 animation
6/10 sound
6/10 characters
4/10 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

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

B Gata H Kei - Yamada's First Time

on Jan 25, 2012

Relationships can be one of the craziest puzzles of life, and are without a doubt one of the most enjoyable parts of being a teen. Unless of course, you can’t get a girlfriend and you look really plain and boring. That’s the problem with Takasu Kosuda. He’s average looking and not all that exciting. But somehow he manages to find himself in a weird relationship with one of the hottest girls in his high school, Yamada. The problem is he doesn’t understand that she only wants him to bang him because her whole goal in life is to have one hundred “fuck-buddies”. So... See full review

5/10 story
6.5/10 animation
6/10 sound
5/10 characters
3/10 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

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 Rock Shooter

on Feb 10, 2012

It's hard to write a really long and in-depth review concerning an anime OVA that is only fifty minutes long, but I will give you a short and to the point review concerning whether or not this is worth an hour of your life or not. Black Rock Shooter is a midleading name as it doesn't have as much to do with shooting and black rocks as it does the bonds of friendship formed by two middle school girls named Mato and Yomi. From the very beginning we see a deep bond form between the two and we watch them develop rather quickly into inseperable best friends that seems to be borderline lesbian at a few points... See full review

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

Black Rock Shooter TV

on Mar 30, 2012

I was looking forward to Black Rock Shooter as I enjoyed the OVA and always enjoy Huke’s fantastically stylized animation. The problem I found with Black Rock Shooter was the fact that the story was as dull as an overused knife and really wasn’t as good as it was trying to be. The problem here is the fact that there are eight episodes with which to build characters that I care about, but I never do care about them. So from the start it’s a tear-fest where I feel that I should relate to the characters, but can’t because I don’t know them. And I felt that way throughout the... See full review

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6/10 overall

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai

on 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

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT

on 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

Brynhildr in the Darkness

on 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

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

Chaika: The Coffin Princess

on 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

Chaos;HEAd

on Jun 11, 2012

There’s this anime called Steins;Gate that I watched a few months back. I really liked it. In fact, I gave it a near perfect score and rambled on about it for longer than I ever have any anime. But I discovered something whilst searching for a new show to watch: there was a precursor to Steins;Gate, a lesser known anime set in the same world. Lo and behold, I snagged a copy and started watching with expectations high and nothing less than elation at the fact I was about to embark on another journey with the people behind one of my favorite anime… WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS? Hey, it starts off... See full review

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3/10 overall

Charlotte

on Oct 3, 2015

My summer anime review spree is wrapping up and after quite a few disappointments and a couple surprises I was hoping Charlotte would be the one. You know, that one anime that sticks with you for a while and you can’t help but talk about in general anime-related conversation. After all, Charlotte is a Key anime, one of the studios that constantly produce note-worthy and memorable stories and characters (the only exception being Little Busters). So I had high expectations going in and can safely say I left feeling kinda meh about the entire experience. Yuu Otosaka is the hottest, smartest guy in... See full review

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