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Celeriac

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The Diary of Tortov Roddle

Aug 4, 2018

This is a collection of very short vignettes with fantastical imagery in a fantastical world with mute and mostly static characters/environments. Personally, I got very little out of this because I'm not a fan of the aesthetic style/philosophy of solely depending on surrealism and man-made concepts as intrinsically meaningful things, and there's not much else going for this work.

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Coffee Tadaiku

Jun 7, 2018

......that wasn't coffee.

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Fuyu no Hi

Apr 26, 2018

Winter Days is a supremely artful audiovisualization of a renku, a kind of collaborative chained poem, from the famous poet Bashō's collection from 1684. Fittingly, the 36 animated scenes based on the poem were created by different animators in different styles as a collaboration. This film doesn't make sense as a conventional story, rather it simply shows how the 36 haiku-like stanzas were interpreted, in turn giving the viewer additional layers to enjoy. It's a wonderfully aesthetic and zen-like watch.

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Neo Tokyo

Apr 17, 2018

This is a highly artful (if implicit and surreal) telling of what I interpret to be a kid's internal journey in growing up, at first viewing the adult world and the passing of time with angst, yet being very eager to find out more about it. The kid is shown allegorical glimpses of the extreme aspects of what grown-up life can entail, and then comes to a conclusion about it. What an absolutely great and well-executed philosophical ride! To better explain what I saw to form such a high opinion, below is my more detailed summary of what I think went on in the film, with SOME LIGHT SPOILERS but mostly my... See full review

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Robot Carnival

Apr 17, 2018

This is a superbly executed thematic meditation on the many possible situations, outcomes and ethical and philosophical implications of robotization (and AI) that's becoming more and more important in our time. This anthology is highly artful and thought-provoking, and it communicates its stories and ideas very well without spoken lines.

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Hajime no Ippo: Rising

Apr 6, 2018

This is what I initially feared that Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting! would be like. I was pleasantly surprised with how the original series exceeded my expectations, but I'm very disappointed with how the show has developed since then. In Rising (and already to some extent in New Challenger), the new opponents and supporting characters are either ridiculous caricatures or "really bad guys" accentuated by their contrived sick puppy antics and attitudes. The action doesn't flow dynamically anymore, rather things just come out of nowhere in a weird, dislodged way that doesn't take into account what's... See full review

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Space Dandy

Apr 2, 2018

This is one of my top anime ever. I loved every second of this silly and awesome show (including the second season). Space Dandy is approximately what you get when you combine Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, with an emphasis on comedy. Character personalities, character dynamics, animation, writing and the English dub are all absolutely top notch. Each episode takes things to some new level, and there's no limit to how the ante is upped in each story. It just goes all the way and beyond! The protagonists are fully invested in whatever they do, yet with a charming... See full review

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Saint Young Men Movie

Apr 2, 2018

I thought that this would be a funny and insightful comedic commentary that cunningly toys with the philosophies and concepts of Buddhism and Christianity. But it's just a collection of lame gags based on some superficial inferred characteristics and superpowers of Buddha and Jesus as they're trying to keep a low profile among mortals. And they act in a pretty immature and unenlightened fashion considering who they're supposed to be.

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Saint Young Men OVA

Apr 2, 2018

I thought that this would be a funny and insightful comedic commentary that cunningly toys with the philosophies and concepts of Buddhism and Christianity. But it's just a collection of lame gags based on some superficial inferred characteristics and superpowers of Buddha and Jesus as they're trying to keep a low profile among mortals. And they act in a pretty immature and unenlightened fashion considering who they're supposed to be.

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Step Up Love Story (2014)

Mar 14, 2018

The 2004 version of Futari Ecchi was an okay (if rather tame) "sex for newbies" themed show, but this 2014 one is just bad. There's almost no animation budget, the story is incredibly weak, and it feels like that of a shitty porn movie, except everyone's bashfully beating around the bush, and barely anything happens at all. Stay away from this.

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Gosenzo-sama Banbanzai!

Dec 20, 2017

Put simply, Gosenzo-sama Banbanzai plays out like a postmodern theater play in animated form, for better or for worse depending on how you see it. The story and its characters are quite aware of themselves, each other and the viewer. The show utilizes rarely-used storytelling methods, and some of them may seem deliberately abstruse and artistic, but I can't rule out that there's genuine and masterful vision & technique involved. There are certainly no flaws in the work that I can truly point out that aren't also an issue with my own understanding or tastes. Personally, I overall liked the series but... See full review

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Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki 3

Dec 15, 2017

After two fantastically good seasons, this third one is where I think the Ryo-Ohki series drops the ball. It's still the same premise with powerful ladies flocking to the plain and subdued Tenchi who does little else than farm carrots, but none of their previously stellar personalities make an impact anymore. Everyone's just sort of doing the minimum that their written personalities require, and it no longer has any effect on what goes on. It's just stale and tame slice of life with a couple of menacing cosmic plots. The ending throws around some interesting philosophical ideas regarding the meaning of... See full review

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Kino's Journey

Nov 28, 2017

Kino's Journey is an episodic scifi (in the sense of showing how hypothetical ideas or situations work out on a societal scale) roadtrip series that attempts to be a buffet table of food for thought, with slightly thought-provoking philosophical questions thrown around (but left hanging) frequently. As such, it does an okay (if lightweight) job, but the way the series presents its settings and people, I can't help but feel that the makers had a pretty limited perspective on the human condition, or how and why people and societies actually do things. Almost every episode gave me an uneasy dissonance with... See full review

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Hetalia: Axis Powers

Aug 7, 2017

Hetalia is a moe-style comedy series that has a very shallow and twisted outlook to its main topic of world history and politics. As someone who actually cares about history and the human condition that influences what countries and people have done throughout time, I found Hetalia's representation of basically every single thing lacking and shown in a dangerously glorified and sentimental fashion. The style of simplification employed by the series is not one that removes everything extra to preserve the relevant core: instead, it disposes of all substance and deals out half-assed references that... See full review

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All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku

Aug 5, 2017

This is such a cheerful and silly action comedy! Happy 90s synth music, cheesy and simple story and scenes, and quite entertaining and easy to watch. The opening song of the first half of the show is especially well made. The villains – a snooty company president, two militant office ladies and a killer android – are a bunch of screwups, and I find them hilarious. Nuku Nuku herself is a fairly standard ditzy yet unbeatable protagonist. The other characters are quite muted and passive. Cat Girl Nuku Nuku's main theme is that of fighting over child custody. I think the show periodically manages... See full review

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The Boy and the Beast

Jul 31, 2017

This movie was surprisingly philosophical and psychological under the hood, so to speak. The way I see it, it gives some perspective into how to deal with mental and emotional growing pains and how to take control of yourself. Most of the story can be interpreted in a metaphorical way, and the movie isn't obnoxiously difficult to read in that sense. More important than decoding some hidden meaning is the feeling and outlook that the story gives: it should already be quite helpful and basically conveys the same things. In any case, the song playing during the credits will spell it out for you. The technical... See full review

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Pokemon Generations

Jul 26, 2017

Pokémon Generations is a collection of short vignettes from the stories of the Pokémon games. Each episode is a few minutes long, they give no background to what's happening, and they tend to not resolve whatever little stories they're presenting. If you've played the games, you'll recognize what the episodes are about, but you'll also have already experienced them in a way that makes more sense. If you haven't played most of the Pokémon games, this series won't deliver anything intelligible or worthwhile because it relies on you understanding the context and significance of the... See full review

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Onee-chan ga Kita

Jul 25, 2017

This would be absolutely tedious as a long, drawn-out series, but as it stands with the very short episodes and varying (if predictable) scenarios, Onee-chan ga Kita makes good of its not-so-rich premise (as far as non-dirty comedy goes) and manages to be quite cute and silly and doesn't overstay its welcome. That said, it's nothing spectacularly inventive either. It presents and depletes one cliché with a clichéd execution. You won't lose much by watching all 30+ minutes of it, so if you're considering watching it, just do it!

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Mad Bull 34

Jul 23, 2017

Mad Bull is a smutty buddy cop miniseries that's just the right amount of bad that it's kind of good, in the laughable and cringey sense. It's not very long and it's a fairly easy watch, so I recommend watching at least the first two episodes for the sake of realizing and reflecting that this kind of thing even exists. Probably best with suitably-minded friends and alcohol. It's still really bad, though.

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No Game No Life

Jul 23, 2017

This is extremely similar to Overlord: The main characters are overpowered geniuses who win every battle with a perfectly predicted, flawlessly calculated and shoddily explained move out of nowhere. The series ends abruptly when the story is only starting to kick off, establishing the setting and ultimate goal but resolving nothing. There's lots of "naughtiness" that bashfully restrains itself at perfectly predictable and boring boundaries. All of these make for a superficially fascinating but ultimately boring and disappointing experience. No Game No Life initially seemed like it could do cool... See full review

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Kids on the Slope

Jul 15, 2017

Based on prior ratings and reviews, I thought I was going to get a deep and intelligent drama with masterful integration of music into the story. I was pretty disappointed. For a music anime, this series has very little musical content, and its representation of the art's intricacies is left quite shallow. Music is just something that the characters like to do when they're not having some petty drama amongst themselves. For a school anime, the role of school in this series is that of only an occasional backdrop and a slight nuisance to the characters. For a relationship drama, the content is very thin... See full review

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