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Puraore! Pride of Orange

Jan 15, 2022

It’s easy to dismiss Pride of Orange as forgettable fluff (which it is, make no mistake about that), but there’s still something about it that’s charming and even cute. Try not to be too serious about it and you’ll be rewarded with a nice, inoffensive way to burn a couple of hours. There’s nothing about this that grabs you immediately, but let it sink in some and you’ll soon find yourself cheering for the girls to win it all. Pride of Orange goes through its checklist of sports anime tropes so meticulously, so the minute it tries to do something a little... See full review

4/10 story
5/10 animation
5/10 sound
4/10 characters
5/10 overall

RE-MAIN

Jan 15, 2022

Maybe the best way to describe RE-MAIN is that it’s a sports melodrama that’s more about its drama than the actual sport. Although this isn't the first time something like this has been attempted in a sports anime, you see very few other shows like it for a reason. That’s because melodramatic tones have not traditionally worked for sports anime – usually, they’re at their best when they keep their plotlines strictly on the court.   But then you’ve got something like RE-MAIN that comes along to try and buck the trend. It doesn’t seem like it’ll... See full review

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

Farewell, My Dear Cramer

Jul 5, 2021

Female-centric sports anime are hard to find, mostly because they focus more on the fanservice than the actual sport. By all accounts, Farewell, My Dear Cramer should have been the glitch in the sports matrix because it actively goes against all the fanservice bits and aims its focus more on football, its impact on its female athletes, and the bigger picture of Japanese women’s football. That’s what you get at the start and for a while, it begins to look promising. But as the story progresses, it starts to give the impression that these big ideas were mainly just outlined bullet points that... See full review

5/10 story
3/10 animation
3/10 sound
3/10 characters
4/10 overall

Fairy Ranmaru

Jul 3, 2021

It feels like we’ve been waiting forever for magical fairy boys to strut their stuff in anime, but here they are anyway in the year 2021, proving that some good can come out of quarantine after all. Or not. Unfortunately, as eye-catching as it is at first, what with all those muscles and shrunken clothes stretched tight, tight, tight against the sweaty skin, Fairy Ranmaru ultimately falls flat and doesn’t try to go beyond its fanservice. It takes a while for things to get going in Fairy Ranmaru so it hopes you'll be distracted by the scantily-clad magical boys in the meantime. It’s a... See full review

4/10 story
5/10 animation
4/10 sound
4/10 characters
4/10 overall

Backflip!!

Jul 3, 2021

From the first flip to the last, it’s easy to tell Bakuten!! was made with love. Make that a whole lot of love and a whole lot of respect: for its story, its spotlight sport, its characters, and most importantly, its audience. Right off the mat, the show already knows how new and unfamiliar rhythmic gymnastics is so everything about its reveal is gentle and soft. When the rules are explained and the choreography is shown to us, you feel the passion and excitement behind them, like the show is just bursting to tell you all about this fantastic new sport and why you should fall in love with it. And you... See full review

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

Koikimo

Jun 19, 2021

Koikimo’s the kind of show that knows exactly what it is and doesn’t try to pretend to be anything else. It’s a straight-up rom com series with an age gap, only this time it’s the adult salaryman who’s doing the pursuing instead of the high school girl. It’s cringe, sure, but right off the bat, you already know what you’re getting into. So if this is the kind of thing that turns you off, then you’re totally free to drop it. Which I would have done if I didn’t get this as a Lottery pick, but alas. Koikimo’s mouthful of a subtitle translates to... See full review

4/10 story
3/10 animation
4/10 sound
3/10 characters
4/10 overall

Burning Kabaddi

Jun 19, 2021

Freakin’ finally – a sports anime you’ll believe will actually destroy you in an arm-wrestling contest. Burning Kabaddi is a conventional sports anime all the way through, but it earns massive points for itself with the unique sport it chose to spotlight and the way it chose to play it out for the unknowing masses. Kabaddi’s got no pads, no helmets, and not even balls. It’s just pure athleticism and strength in what you can oversimplify as the most intense game of tag ever. Of course, there’s a lot more to kabaddi than being just this weird marriage between tag and... See full review

6/10 story
6/10 animation
6/10 sound
6/10 characters
6/10 overall

Jouran: The Princess of Snow and Blood

Jun 19, 2021

What Jouran: The Princess of Snow and Blood definitely feels like is a haiku come to life. The visuals are the immediate standout and despite the weird dash of sci-fi, the nods to old-school samurai stories are there. Yukimura is the obvious shout-out to Lady Snowblood, and like her ancestor, has nothing much to define her beyond her thirst for revenge. She’s got reason to seek that out – after all, when the story begins, she’s the government’s assassin-for-hire, tasked with taking down anyone declared an enemy of the state until she can find who exterminated her clan. Once she... See full review

3/10 story
6/10 animation
5/10 sound
3/10 characters
4/10 overall

WAVE!! -Let's go surfing!!-

Mar 30, 2021

If you’ve ever wanted to watch an anime about the fun, dynamic sport that is surfing, then you’d best look much, much further away from WAVE!! Surfing Yappe!! This is a show that’s so devoid of life and energy and practically every other adjective you know to be associated with surfing, which must be why the main character title-drops the show about three times per episode so that nobody forgets what they’re supposed to be doing. It’s a show that’s supposed to be filled with hot bishie characters – it’s surfing, man, nobody wears clothes in surfing &ndash... See full review

3/10 story
3/10 animation
3/10 sound
2/10 characters
3/10 overall

Ex-Arm

Mar 30, 2021

Who knows why they decided to make Ex-Arm, a CGI mess to the eyes, filled with godawful art and punctuated with dead air in between, as if the voice actors were all waiting on each other to speak before reading their lines. There’s a semblance of a story that drags Ex-Arm forward, but because the whole thing is so soulless and empty, the story is less a plot and more a list of bullet points that’s clearly meant to be run through as quickly as possible. Like your drunk uncle’s favorite C-grade action movie, Ex-Arm, a series set not even 10 years into the future, believes technology is bad... See full review

2/10 story
1/10 animation
1/10 sound
2/10 characters
2/10 overall

Heaven's Design Team

Mar 27, 2021

I used to work in a design agency like this one so I might be a little biased when I say that Heaven’s Design Team has been one of the nicest things I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching this season. Faced with the daunting task of populating the earth with animals, God, in his ever-knowing wisdom and omnipresence, outsources a team of angels to do all of the work for him. The twist – and a good number of the punchlines – comes in his vague, self-contradicting requests. Despite his ever-knowing wisdom and omnipresence, it turns out God is just like every client of every design... See full review

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

Jujutsu Kaisen

Mar 27, 2021

Most anime fans will agree – you’ll either think Jujutsu Kaisen’s an Absolute Goddamn Masterpiece or you’ll curse its name to the pits of hell and hope it never respawns. With this being the most shonen thing to ever shonen in recent shonen history, it’s no wonder it’s tough to find some middle ground. Sit right in the middle of the debate and you’re either a normie who doesn’t know any better or a dumbshit who should. But believe it or not, it is in fact possible to be of two minds about Jujutsu Kaisen, where you’re caught wishing it could have done a... See full review

6/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
7/10 characters
7/10 overall

2.43: Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team

Mar 26, 2021

The problem with 2.43 is that it’s a sports anime that’s trying hard to not look like a sports anime. There’s some volleyball that happens here and there’s some strategy talk when the show’s in the mood to dive into it, but because it’s almost embarrassed to be what it really is, 2.43 overcompensates by leaning so far into its drama and character angst, that you start wondering why anyone would keep playing the game if it brings them this much suffering. The premise was supposed to be the hook that set it apart from everyone else: selfish star player learns to become... See full review

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

Cells at Work! Code Black

Mar 19, 2021

Come for the demented twist on that family-friendly edutainment cartoon, stay for the accidental glorification of the work ‘till you drop office lifestyle. Or maybe not. The Code Black label references a work environment so toxic and so far up shit’s creek, that dying on the job becomes as normal as clocking in for your seventh overtime in a row. Of course, as your heroes in this sordid story are human red blood cells, the poor shmucks don’t really have much of a choice except to keep working until they die. If they don’t, then their human body will collapse and they’ll all be... See full review

3/10 story
5/10 animation
4/10 sound
2/10 characters
4/10 overall

Skate-Leading Stars

Mar 15, 2021

As far as sports anime go, Skate-Leading Stars isn’t complete bunk. Most of the standard requirements for your average sports anime are here: attractive athletes, fancy uniforms, an element of competition, the mysterious coach, training sequences, and a new sport never before animated to make things a little livelier. Well, okay, so the sport isn’t entirely new. Take the team skating aspect out of it and you can easily accuse this of riding on the coattails of the last anime to be set in the ice skating rink. It may have been years since the figure skating hype last hit its peak, but... See full review

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

Ikebukuro West Gate Park

Dec 23, 2020

There are two colors that dominate IWGP and that’s red and blue – red for the Red Angels and blue for the G-Boys, rival gangs co-existing in the Ikebukuro underground. But the colors might as well be black and white, just for how ham-fisted and heavy-handed the story is about the morals it decides to impart to you per episode. IWGP is a series that gets off on itself by stepping up on a soapbox and preaching on and on and on, until the once-simple story gets drowned out by how self-righteous it wants to be so badly. There’s a fixer at the center of IWGP’s storyline and in this... See full review

2/10 story
5/10 animation
4/10 sound
2/10 characters
3/10 overall

Iwakakeru! Sport Climbing Girls

Dec 23, 2020

There is your standard shitty sports anime and then there is Iwakakeru Sport Climbing Girls, which is your standard shitty sports anime on steroids and speed. Not only is this because of all the half-baked characters, it’s also because of how the series is always, perpetually, and eternally on fast-forward. Plot is a thing that happens here for sure, but because the show absolutely has no sense of timing or pace, you’re subjected to at least five different plot points and about a gazillion more tropes every week. It’s not that Iwakakeru doesn’t know which story to tell &ndash... See full review

4/10 story
3/10 animation
3/10 sound
4/10 characters
4/10 overall

The Gymnastics Samurai

Dec 23, 2020

There are many problems with Taisou Zamurai and the biggest, most disappointing one is its dullness. There’s nothing about this that gets the blood pumping or the heart racing – which, okay, I guess is fair since this is more a slice-of-life anime than a sports show. It looks good on paper: aging sports star gives his career another shot, only this time, he’s also got to think about the daughter he’s raising by himself and the foreign ninja who just randomly decided to play house with them. Written another way, this could have been a realistic look at your shonen sports hero... See full review

4/10 story
4/10 animation
4/10 sound
4/10 characters
4/10 overall

Mouryou no Hako

Oct 25, 2020

There’s folklore and an old wives’ tale behind every development and like those little Matryoshka dolls, there’s no end to them and they’re all just little bits and pieces that think they’re contributing something meaningful to the storyline. Boxes figure heavily in Mouryou no Exposition and they’ve all got to be opened up and explored in extremely minute detail, until every last shred of information hidden inside has been thoroughly divulged, dissected, and discussed. That the viewer falls asleep as all of this unfolds is of little consequence to the show – as far... See full review

5/10 story
5/10 animation
3/10 sound
4/10 characters
4/10 overall

TAMAYOMI: The Baseball Girls

Oct 25, 2020

If you put fanservice and girls’ baseball together, Tamayomi isn’t the first thing to come to mind, but it sure wishes it was. When it isn’t preoccupied with its lame attempts at cutesy fanservice, Tamayomi is surprisingly capable of telling a halfway-decent baseball story. By which I mean there’s an adequate focus on the game and its mechanics, as well as an almost-average team chemistry that would have been more memorable if the characters had stronger, more fleshed-out personalities. It could have been okay and even middle-of-the-road if it wanted to, but between a team manager... See full review

5/10 story
3/10 animation
3/10 sound
4/10 characters
4/10 overall

Ahiru no Sora

Oct 11, 2020

With modern sports anime becoming more and more defined by the upgraded pacing, memorable characters, and smoother animation, Ahiru no Sora’s biggest sin is that it’s boring. There are a lot of other things that are wrong with it, but the boredom is the biggest, most glaring thing, because it’s the thing you first notice when you watch it. Let’s start with how it still feels outdated and old, despite airing in the year 2020. Don’t let The Pillows’ contribution fool you here – no matter what it tries to tell you and itself, Ahiru no Sora resembles something that... See full review

3/10 story
4/10 animation
4/10 sound
5/10 characters
4/10 overall

Kakushigoto

Jul 15, 2020

There’s something that’s just slightly off with Kakushigoto for me, even if it’s a comedy series I’m supposed to like. Its main ingredients – the story, the characters, the balance between its comedic and heartfelt moments – are solid and they all go well with each other. But the series, as a whole, just wasn’t clicking with me, so even if there were slightly more comedic hits than misses, I would still always end up waiting for it to kick into some higher gear. Its entire premise is built around a mangaka father trying to keep his dirty gag manga a secret from his... See full review

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

Gleipnir

Jul 15, 2020

The Anime-Planet Lottery Game is, as you know, relentless with the shit it decides to throw at people. So it’s just my shitty luck that I would end up with only the edgiest, ecchiest thing to come out this season. I wish saying the title alone was enough to give context and explanation for whatever the hell this show thinks is doing, but that’s obviously not going to work. I don’t even know what the title means, and I’ve seen all thirteen shitty episodes. But the simple, lazy answer, I guess, is this: aliens. The longer, more in-depth version of that is: aliens, who’ve... See full review

3/10 story
5/10 animation
5/10 sound
2/10 characters
4/10 overall

Wave, Listen to Me!

Jun 22, 2020

At last: an anime made for adults that doesn’t involve excess gore and violence, a workplace drama without the stuffy romance plot, and a female protagonist who doesn’t resort to cheap fanservice to charm the socks off your feet. For the gloomy millennial going through a whatever kind of crisis, Wave, Listen to Me! has got it all, and then some, by way of radio broadcasts you’ll never want to end and a main character you’ll relate with immediately. If you don’t know what you’re doing or where you’re headed, then don’t worry! Minare Koda doesn’t know any... See full review

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

Pet

Jun 22, 2020

What Pet lacks in animation and other technicals, it more than makes up for with its solid story and compelling cast of characters. The development isn’t something that makes itself obvious right away, but if you stick with it until the ending, then you won’t go home disappointed. Its premise is immediately interesting: with the bizarre combination of mindbenders and organized crime, you’d think this was an anime version of Inception. But Pet later proves that it’s more than just that, because the deeper it goes, the more entangled every character gets with each other. So even if... See full review

7/10 story
5/10 animation
6/10 sound
8/10 characters
7/10 overall

number24

Jun 22, 2020

You know me, I’m this website’s resident sports anime freak. I’ve got such a love-hate relationship with this particular brand of anime, that even if there’s a lot I haven’t seen yet, it’s still highly likely I’ve seen more shitty sports shows than actual good ones. So know that, when I say number24 is my hidden gem of Winter 2020, I say this from the bottom of my cynical heart, and with absolutely no hint of irony. I promise. And okay, I might just be saying that because Try Knights was the only other rugby anime I’d seen before this. But even without that... See full review

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

Giant Killing

Jun 22, 2020

Giant Killing is the sports anime equivalent of an Avengers movie that’s told from Nick Fury’s point of view. The juicy action scenes are all here and the fanbase in-fighting is as alive as ever, but the real meat of the story is in the actual assembling of the team. In Giant Killing, your Nick Fury is Tatsumi Takeshi, the prodigious football manager who’s already made a name for himself overseas, but gets called back home to take over the basement-dwelling East Tokyo United football club. At first, there’s some excitement in the ways Tatsumi pushes everyone’s buttons... See full review

6/10 story
6/10 animation
6/10 sound
6/10 characters
6/10 overall

Breakers

Jun 22, 2020

Breakers is a sports show that knows what it’s about. It also knows what its audience is about, and that’s an audience that knows next to nothing about para-athletes and the pro games they play. It’s because of this the series is deliberately short and sweet, spanning just four short arcs over the course of 16 ten-minute episodes. The show doesn’t waste much time with its premise: your main character, a sports scientist and part-time stalker, scouts para-athletes and trains them to be the best at their chosen sports. His sales pitch, usually punctuated with a decree to “break... See full review

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

Darwin's Game

Jun 22, 2020

When people say Darwin’s Game is one of the better death game anime series, they might mean it in a way that refers to how realistic and grounded it is compared to its contemporaries. Which it probably is, although you shouldn’t be asking me that, as I haven’t seen too many death game shows in the first place. But even to an outsider like me, it’s clear Darwin’s Game is less exaggerated about its story and characters, and isn’t as over-the-top as you’d expect from an anime category rife with bad tropes and violence as far as the gore can splatter. Unfortunately... See full review

2/10 story
5/10 animation
5/10 sound
1/10 characters
3/10 overall

Special 7: Special Crime Investigation Unit

Dec 31, 2019

With a title as long and tongue twister-y as that, you’d expect the show to at least try to live up to even half the gritty atmosphere it tried to advertise. I mean, that’s the least it could do, right? A title like Special 7 – Special Crime Investigation Unit is hard, frigid, and leaves no room for the imagination. A title like that, you know this is going to be all about dirty police work and the dirtier crimes they want to stamp out. A title like that is tough. It has to be, if it refuses to be content with investigating random street crimes. No, a title like that, one that feels the... See full review

1/10 story
2/10 animation
2/10 sound
1/10 characters
2/10 overall