This anime is what made me lose interest in magical girl deconstructions. Not only because everyone kept trying to mimic Madoka Magica until it became its own stereotype, but also because as a subgenre it is just a placeholder. It doesn’t mean anything on its own; only what you do with it. Basically, I wasn’t seeing it as a cruel take on cutsy mahou shojo, since that’s the bare minimum every single one of these shows is doing so it can be called a dark subversion, or whatever buzzword you want to use in an attempt to make it sound better than what it is.
I was seeing it as a... See full review
It was a decade ago, when Shakugan no Shana popularized battle harems by making them seem like an awesome new way of merging fighting shonen with harems. Everybody went on to copy its formula with slight variations, and the result was the saturation of the whole thing. Now nothing can make a battle harem seem like it stands out from the rest no matter what it does.
There was a time when calling something a deconstruction or subversion was enough to elevate a show at the top of its respective genre. But those times are now gone, since as it turns out anything can be a deconstruction if you... See full review
Nobunaga Concerto belongs to the Isekai subgenre, where people from our world are mysteriously transported to others. It doesn’t follow the degraded form most of them have today, being an excuse for otakus to form harems in fetish infested settings. Meaning, Nobunaga is not a half naked loli. Yes, that’s an actual trend in anime.
It’s not well animated, since the combo of motion capture and CGI heads throws it right in the middle of the uncanny valley. Even if you get used to the weird motions of the body, the facial expressions, a vital aspect of likability, have a robotic feel to... See full review
Masterforce is considered to be the sequel to Headmasters but the continuity has gone haywire. Although there are clips and models of previous Transformers shown in the series, the story could very well be a stand-alone show. Here, let me tell you the basics of the story. The Destrons (Decepticons) have been driven away from Earth and a few Cybertronians (Autobots) remained back to defend it in case they return. Turns out some of them were trapped in ancient ruins for several millennia and after they are freed, they decide to conquer Earth and be worshiped as Gods. So far, the story is fine. The thing... See full review
This anime is in fact an alternative continuation of the American version, picking up right after the third season and overlapping the fourth. The Japanese version made this clear by making Transformers 2010, which is basically the third season with different episode order. Thus Headmaster is the sequel to 2010, where all that fuss with the Headmasters and the Targetmasters is not shown in a completely different way. Offering a whole season to work on the idea, I can say for certainty that it is much better than the American fourth season and a worthy addition to the first generation of Transformers... See full review
Ever wondered what would happen if the original generation of Transformers fused with more classic mecha formulas like Getter Robo? The answer is Transformers Victory. And although Getter Robo is famous for being very innovating for the time it came out, Victory is in fact far worse because it is far less than what the original offered.
For starters, although even the original show was for kids, it still had some aspects of horror and mystery in it. Victory throws all that out of the window by having completely childish and predictable stories. But this is just only a small problem of how bad the... See full review
For a light novel adaptation, Alderamin does the unthinkable and has no schools and no direct fan service. It even attempts to have tactical warfare instead of overpowered beta males that need to fulfill some destiny by forming a huge harem.
At the same time, it is way less entertaining than your typical light novel adaptation because the writing is still bland. The reason they stuff these stories with panties and high schools is exactly for dressing up the otherwise barebones writing. It’s like soup without salt, pepper, or anything else that would flavor it somehow. It comes off as... See full review
Revenge stories are boring, since there is very little you can do when a guy is obsessed with punishing a bunch of people. You might appreciate the methods he is using but it certainly doesn’t evolve characterization past the 2 dimensions. Avengers do not seek salvation, they don’t expect forgiveness or a happy ending, they are self-destructive and turn away from catharsis. V for Vendetta is a rare case that mitigated this issue with lots of social commentary, turning the punisher into an ideal besides a vigilante.
91 Days doesn’t do any of that sort and remains throughout its... See full review
Just to make it clear, I am not a Precure fan, I am not following the franchise and I haven’t completed a single season beyond this one. The reason is because I find it childish. It was fine when Sailor Moon was airing, since it was breaking the mold of what mahou shojo is all about and there was nothing else similar to it on television. After it ended I moved to the Kamen Rider and Garo franchises and left behind more kid friendly stuff like the Precure franchise, which is walking safely on the established stereotypes of Sailor Moon, only with far more watered down dark themes and way more blatant... See full review
The recent flavor of the week is Shelter, a music video that resulted from a passion project. It’s nice to see passion projects coming into fruition but I am not going to give it a pass just for being one. Misty Chronexia is a passion project as well but it’s not exactly something to be thrilled about, is it now?
Shelter is nicely animated, and I am again not going to give it a pass just for that. Pretty colors can go fuck themselves if they are a self-purpose instead of dressing for a good story and well written characters. Something which you will of course not find in a 6 minute music... See full review
Rec is a thriller movie about zombies that… wait, wrong title. Rec is a short anime series about a voice actress having to stay in the same house as a bland MC. While it seems to be a forgettable mediocrity like so many other romantic comedies, it stands out by doing things differently.
It’s an overall low budget series, with nothing eye-popping about it, made in an era when studio SHAFT didn’t try to shove as many head tilts and repetitive Shimbo minimalism as it could. It looks dull, but it’s also what makes you focus on what is going on instead of spacing out because of... See full review
Teenage romance and by extension slice of life are considered aimless for most. You can’t expect deep messages or complicating themes from something that portrays everyday life. This doesn’t excuse the complete lack of engagement and the dullest of possible presentations that Glasslip came to be defined as, so thoroughly that one would think it’s intentionally unintentional boredom.
Regardless of complexity, a show needs to have some way of keeping you interested. Ok, we have a done to death transfer student meeting new people in a school and then nothing happens. We have hundreds... See full review
When this anime was announced, many expected the best show of the millennia. The reason was the story being written by the author of Legend of the Galactic Heroes and the artwork being done by the mangaka of Full Metal Alchemist. Both titles are exceptional and are even in my top 10. Unfortunately, Arslan ended up being not even top 1000 material. It lacks the semi-realistic character designs of LOGH, its cast lacks the charisma and individual importance of FMA, and it even looks bland compared to the ethereal artstyle of the 90s version of Arslan.
Another way... See full review
The anime begins by mentioning the vastness of space and time, endless stars, the meaning of life, it hypes you up for something that rivals Legend of the Galactic Heroes in scope, and then… it becomes a generic romantic school comedy where nothing with ever happen. Thanks for nothing you piece of shit.
Whatever the show pretends to have as a plot is no more than done to death hentai premises where a bunch of teenage boys are objectifying women, before conveniently bumping onto said women who immediately get interested in them and silly adventures begin.
And by adventures I mean... See full review
Say anything you like about how convoluted Final Fantasy 7 was becoming with every new entry, but Advent Children was a good movie. From the exceptional soundtrack, to the CGI that still looks amazing after a decade, to the cool action scenes, to seeing the characters more human-like. Even the plot which was confusing and rushed flows far better if you watch the extra footage from the complete version.
Kingsglaive on the other hand has nothing going for it besides the CGI, and maybe the action if are not confused by the constant teleporting everybody does every 10 seconds. There is no... See full review
We live in the decade where anime are defined by videogames and time resets. Someone had the bright idea of combining both trends and the result is Re:Zero. I mean, holy shit, 90% of casual anime viewers are going to check it out the second they hear what the premise is about, and the rest will be dragged in by the readers of the source material. The exact same strategy that made Sword Art Online and Erased so famous in a couple of episodes.
So what is going on that can make your average consumer of Far East animation to lose his shit? Well, there is this NEET being... See full review
When I called Arkada a nostalgiafag for anticipating the new Berserk, many said I was being a hypocrite since I am also a nostalgiafag. Which I am not, I love the retro aesthetics, but I hardly love most of what I grew up with. I said right away before it’s even out that the new Berserk is going to be shitty CGI that adapts events that are not as good. And that’s exactly what it was.
The 90s Berserk is the best dark fantasy anime of all times. The 2016 version on the other hand is yet another dark and edgy mediocrity with cancer CGI, awful directing, and terrible sound composition. You... See full review
Seeing how this movie quickly jumped to the top of MAL ratings, I just had to check it out. Last time that happened, it was with Erased and we all saw how overrated that one was. So, here I am watching the movie, wondering what could possibly be the reason it was rated so high, and why everybody calls it the best anime of all times, only to realize it’s because it is exactly like Erased.
The first half is a typical school comedy in the likes of Kokoro Connect. A boy and a girl occasionally switch bodies and try to adjust to their new lifestyle. What caused this weird phenomenon? We are never... See full review
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, also known as Attack on Trains, is WIT Studio cashing in on the trend it personally initiated for the third time, after Empire of Corpses and Seraph of the End. If it works, why change it? It’s just going to sell on name and superficial similarities alone.
And it’s not like it’s the exact same thing. Unlike Attack on Titan, which desperately tries to pass as psychological and mysterious, Kabaneri is a straightforward zombie apocalypse where everybody is constantly afraid of someone being infected, thus easily turning against each other. It’s... See full review
Notice: This review covers both seasons.
The premise of the series has to do with a class of losers being forced to kill their tentacle hentai teacher within a year. If they succeed, they will be rich. If they fail, the whole world will be destroyed. It’s silly, it makes no sense, and it’s just an excuse for fantasy empowerment. “Hey low-esteem student watching Assclass. Are you constantly being victimized by your society? Is everybody treating you like you are the scum of the earth, who will never succeed in anything in his life? Well, here’s a show to escape the harsh... See full review
ReLife is yet another show that is more about themes that execution. As long as you like its premise and find the characters likable, it doesn’t matter how it plays out. For example, many people found it very relatable because they could really understand the problems the characters are facing. I found nothing relatable in it; I hated high school and the idea of having to relive it is horrifying.
But first things first. The premise is about a NEET who is given the chance to become younger with super technology and go back to high school. Supposed, the only way he can find meaning in adult life... See full review
Notice: This review covers both seasons.
Someone insisted that White Album is a masterpiece, a deconstruction of the harem genre, and a mature look on the pop idol industry of the 80s. All I saw is yet another generic adaptation of a porn game. Just look at its freaking cover. Is this telling you it’s going to be deep and mature?
The bullshit are obvious from the first episode, where the bland self insert can’t hear what his girlfriend is saying, when she is sitting right next to him. So deep and mature, totally not what sitcoms are doing to stretch a simple issue with lazily... See full review
This show was considered sort of controversial in its first dozen episodes, since there were a lot of polarizing opinions about it. There were those who liked it because they were addicted to watching it, so of course and they liked it, and those who dropped it because of the subpar plot and budget. It’s as typical as typical can get, making it very hard to give a damn if it’s not even well animated. Which isn’t because it’s made by Toei after they stopped giving a damn because their shit are going to sell regardless of how shit they are.
Those who like the show insist that it... See full review
Ajin is something 90% of viewers will drop in the very first episode because it’s made with poor CGI. Japan is still a decade behind compared to the west in this department, meaning it looks ugly and robotic to the eye.
What makes things worse is that most of what you see is people instead of machines, making it hard to fool the senses. The animation studio’s previous work was Knights of Sidonia, also made with poor CGI but at least the setting, the space battles, and the alien monsters were made to look eerie because of that. It was a world where everything was rusty and genetically... See full review
Notice: This review covers both seasons.
The hook of this show was a medieval civilization coming in contact with an advanced one. How will they interact, solve their differences, coexist, and learn from each other? A very interesting concept that is sadly completely destroyed by the simple fact the whole thing is based on a light novel written by a military otaku and then adapted by A-1 Pictures, the studio with an uncontrollable urge for butt shots.
The first episode is promising, since it shows how the less advanced civilization would try to solve all its problems by invading and taking... See full review
Hey, look at that, another trapped in a videogame show, made by A-1 Pictures which established the trend with Sword Art Online. It is far different in style, although that didn’t manage to save it from being a failure as a whole.
Ask around and you will find people who liked it, mostly for the realistic characters and the detailed fighting choreography. Both of these merits are not really that good upon close inspection, since the characters are bland archetypes with no backdrop stories and the fight scenes seem to have many characters standing still while two are fighting each other... See full review
Konosuba is a good example of average beating flashy trainwreck. Although superficially it’s yet another trapped in a videogame show filled with fan service and otaku pandering, it is mostly a satire of JRPGs and nothing more. It is not making videogames to be harems masked as serious death games (Sword Art Online), it’s not stuffed with politics that go nowhere (Log Horizon), and it doesn’t treat its characters as proxies for misery porn (Grimgar).
At the same time, it is not excelling at something either. The visuals are ok but far from great, the plot is there but it ain’t... See full review
So I watched the Empire of Corpses, which belongs to the trilogy of works by the late Itoh Keikaku, dealing with all sorts of existentialism issues. The premise is about a world where humanity can reanimate corpses and use them as cheap labors and soldiers, effectively building a strong economy around what used to be worthless. It’s trying to retain a degree of seriousness but mostly fails because of the constant morbid imagery and the mindless explosions which is something you would expect to see in a B grade action flick.
The animation is done by studio WIT, and it looks amazing, yet... See full review
I tried to wait until it’s over before shitting it properly, but the damn thing didn’t let me. It kept piling up bullshit, the fantards keep excusing them with more bullshit, it got all the way to no5 on MAL and no1 on Anime-Planet, and the topics I made on Reddit and MAL about its problems were deleted immediately, so nobody can have an opinion that differs from the damn circlejerk. This piece of shit that the anime community considered better than Legend of the Galactic Heroes was plain offensive on so many levels and I am here to tell you why.
1) TIME RESETS MAKE NO SENSE. ... See full review
Boruto the first movie, is a sequel to Naruto the Last movie, where the milking of the franchise keeps going by simply repeating the same crap all over again. Although Kishimoto was given the chance to start fresh with new characters and new storylines, all he did was making the children have the exact same personalities as their parents, and the plot being a repeat of everything that happened thus far. Despite trying to make it seem things are different, Boruto is still going through the exact same events Naruto did.
The saddest part is that despite the rehash, the movie still has a much more... See full review