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My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X

Feb 18, 2022

This season wasn't bad, but it wasn't as captivating as the original. Where as last season had a clear direction, plot, and goals for the MC and other characters - this season felt like I was watching a bunch of filler OVAs, or converted to being a slice of life comedy. They weren't bad, but the plot and appeal of Catarina avoiding her "doom flags" was the central component of the show. Only the kidnapping portion near the beginning of the season and the last arc towards the end felt like it was pushing the story forward. I give them credit for trying to be creative and mix up the show's tempo... See full review

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

Clockwork Planet

Jan 14, 2022

Clockwork Planet was suprising. I went into this one thinking it was gonna be another one of those school-based psuedo harem animes after the first few episodes, but after the first few episodes they moved away from that and it become so much more interesting.  What really gave the story it's points was it's approach similar to that of the hit DC Comics film, The Dark Knight. Having the main cast become criminal vigilantes, taking the blame for the villains and currupt government, just to ensure that chaos doesn't ensue was a pretty unique and interesting direction to take the anime. I know most... See full review

7/10 story
5/10 animation
6/10 sound
4.5/10 characters
6/10 overall

Date a Live

Jan 7, 2022

A true standout in the harem category. Even years later, Date a Live has earned a very special place in my heart. While it encapsulates every traditional aspect of the harem anime genre, which you would think would leave it as a run of the mill seasonal harem you'd likely forget, it really stands out for a number of reasons.  The show's gimmick acts like a dating sim game. You have a protagonist who has to answer choices through a series of prompts - but instead of him picking it's a crew of folks led by his sister help him pick. Sometime they're right, but fairly often they also go wrong - and it's... See full review

6.5/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
7/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Pokemon Evolutions

Dec 31, 2021

Remember Pokemon Generations, the mini series that came out back in 2016? This is pretty much the sequel, driven to recreate it's massive success and popularity. Both series paint Pokemon in a different, much more detailed style of animation from that of the main series anime to bring some of the biggest events of the games across the generations (1 each) every episode. Although they functionally are the same for the most part, there is a notable difference between the two: Generations from a few years back focused more on the lore behind certain characters and events that aren't covered in the game... See full review

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

Kanon (2006)

Dec 17, 2021

I see a lot of folks have brought this up, and I guess I'll echo it because I full-heartedly agree with this notion: Kanon was a good stepping stone for Kyoto towards perfecting the Visual Novel forumula that eventually led to the masterpiece that is Clannad and After Story. Unfortunately for Kanon though, it means the anime formula wasn't perfected yet when it came out and was plagued by a lot of the issues that VN adapters struggled with for years until they finally nailed it with Clannad. There are several kinks in Kanon that really hold it back. To quickly disect it's core issues that I'll elaborate on... See full review

6.5/10 story
5/10 animation
7/10 sound
5/10 characters
6/10 overall

Date a Live III

Dec 13, 2021

Grading season 3 of DAL is kinda difficult: it was both a step forwards and backwards for the series.  The plot was by far at its best this season. Whereas the previous 2 seasons we had 1-2 episodes of mostly pure fanservice and some info dumping before diving into the plot, season 3 starts thing off right from the 2nd half of episode 1. They gave the folks seeking their dose of echii what they wanted for the first few minutes, then it was off to the races. DAL handled it's usual blend of plot, development and fanservice well (probably the best it's done so far with that all things... See full review

7.5/10 story
4/10 animation
10/10 sound
7/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Dog & Scissors

Dec 12, 2021

It advertises itself as a mystery, but its more of a slice of life than anything else ngl.  The show looked like it had promise for the first 2 episodes. But after that it really stepped off the gas and just went on a lazy river cruise the rest of the way. This anime is supposed to be a mystery anime, and good mysteries really depend on their characters being multi-leveled and having some depth to them so we can be supirsed or have some sort of plot twist coming that keeps us interested. But there was none of that here, the character development in this show wasn't there. Every... See full review

4/10 story
6/10 animation
3/10 sound
2.5/10 characters
4/10 overall

In Another World With My Smartphone

Nov 11, 2021

After seeing all the reviews and bashing about the anime, I decided I would give it try and see how far I could make it before being either disinterested in what was happening or just hate it. I've suffered through School Days and other garbage, so I figured I'd try my luck here. And suprisingly... neither happened. In fact, I actually kinda enjoyed this one to some extent.  Nobody out there will tell you that Smartphone has an interesting premise, unique plot, well developed characters (because it doesn't) and the lack of the smartphone being used as part of the story (other than occasionally getting... See full review

4/10 story
3/10 animation
5/10 sound
7/10 characters
5.5/10 overall

Accel World Movie: Infinite Burst

Nov 8, 2021

The first 38 minutes of this 120 minute production is purely a recap of season 1 - and even as a recap episode it still wouldn't be considered good, because after effectively recapping and explaining the first 2/3's of the season, they completely skim over the last third and climax because they probably realized that if they did that there would be no time for the actual New material to be added.  And speaking of new material, once you finally get through (or skip) the 38 minutes of recap, you get a very rushed production of what could've been a very good movie with solid buildup, drama, and... See full review

3/10 story
8/10 animation
5/10 sound
6/10 characters
3.5/10 overall

Absolute Duo

Nov 4, 2021

Absolute Duo is an absolute mess.  The plot is basically Chivalry of a Failed Knight, but very poorly executed. Every student can wield a weapon called a "Blazer" thats a part of their soul and use it to fight each other. The students pair up and live with their partners in their dorms. And of course, the male protagonist is the oddball and paired up with a girl for his roomate. This part wasn't bad, rather par for the course. The show's true issue lies with its plot and world development. The primary problem with this show is the development. Now harems aren't known for their stories... See full review

3/10 story
5/10 animation
8.5/10 sound
2/10 characters
3/10 overall

Bayonetta: Bloody Fate

Oct 26, 2021

I'm admittedly harsh towards movie adaptations that try to condense either an entire anime/game storyline within an hour and half - and Bayonetta: Bloody Fate isn't good enough to be an exception. There wasn't anything rather interesting about it that fans of the games wouldn't have already seen or known. If this was more of an alternative time, or an expansion of parts that we didn't see in the games - then this would've been much better. There were some differences here (Bayo's first set of guns from Rodin breaking, learning Jeanne moonlights as a high school when she's not killing angels, etc) but... See full review

7/10 story
7/10 animation
5/10 sound
6/10 characters
5.5/10 overall

Osamake: Romcom Where The Childhood Friend Won't Lose

Oct 3, 2021

I'm not sure why a fair number of people have really hyped up this show as much as I've been hearing lately. It got me to watch it, and I did stick through the whole thing, but I'm left very underwhelmed by what I've seen. Because starting from the 2nd episode onward I couldn't help but keep thinking that... this is just Nisekoi re-skinned. Switch around Chitoge and Onodera's starting positions - keeping their personalities - and swap gangs with actors guilds; you get Osamake. The only things unique and interesting about this anime is the self-awareness. The title is obviously a joke at the trope... See full review

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

Remake our Life!

Sep 27, 2021

Remake Our Life is to Pet Girl of Sakurasou what Golden Time is to Toradora: a very similar story with a cast of characters with strikingly identical qualities to their comparisons - but in an older, mature setting. High school is replaced with college as the setting and a lot of the cliche unrealistic rom-com elements that filled Pet Girl and Toradora are replaced with more realistic circumstances that the older members of the audience very much relate to in Remake and Golden Time.  Remake really did feel like a revamp of Pet Girl of Sakurasou, which is a great compliment given Sakurasou's cult... See full review

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

The Detective Is Already Dead.

Sep 23, 2021

For a show that was being hyped up by many to be like the 2nd coming of Christ for the mystery anime genre - it was a huge let down. Supposedly the light novels it's based on are amazing and are extremely popular in Japan, but this seemingly didn't translate well into anime format. I will grant it that if you alternatively watched it as strictly an action anime with a espionage myserty element it was fairly acceptable and could be subjectively described as good for the most part. But as a full blown mystery (which is what it's labeled and intended to... See full review

3/10 story
5/10 animation
5.5/10 sound
5/10 characters
4.5/10 overall

The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter

Sep 20, 2021

I haven't seen this level of dumpster fire in awhile. Even among the harem category, which has the lowest standards of all anime out there - it's bad. And not enjoyably bad where you can get a laugh out of it, but cringely bad. This show basically is basically a dollar store knock off of Sword Art Online - which if you didn't like that then oh boy you're gonna despise this show even more. It takes every bad aspect of SAO and condenses it into this garbage truck-kun of an anime: OP protagonist with video game themed powers, dense AF, has to clear a dungeon that has 100 floors, wins every... See full review

1.5/10 story
2/10 animation
2/10 sound
1/10 characters
1.5/10 overall

Sword Art Online II

Aug 24, 2021

I'm noticing a recurring pattern with SAO as a series. Just like last season, the first 14 episodes were actually good for the most part. But then we get the next 10 episodes and it just... doesn't hold up or want to keep me interested. We now see where SAO truly struggles with - inconsistency. SAO II just couldn't find footing after the first arc ended to really maintain the pace the series had been going it since it started. There was no more imminent danger, ominous aura, or mortal peril after that point that's helped drive the series up to the point. The last 10 episodes were divided into 2... See full review

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

Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World

Mar 10, 2021

I think that this anime could appeal to anyone who happens to like the overly cliched archetype of Romeo/Juliet-esc love stories. And if that's your cup of tea - then you'll likely enjoy this as much as the others in the genre. But for anyone else who's already had their fair share of the trope and needs something more to make it worth watching; it doesn't accomplish that and doesn't notably stand out from others in the category.  It's cliche and predictable as it gets; distopian society with 2 sides (magical vs modern) and a pair of star crossed lovers on different sides caught in... See full review

5/10 story
7/10 animation
4/10 sound
3/10 characters
5/10 overall

Clannad Movie

Jan 16, 2021

If you have no interest in seeing or wanting to commit to watching the Clannad anime series, you may enjoy this vanilla movie for what it is - however it will never stand up to the quality of the anime on any level.  None of the characters bar Nagisa you felt any attatchment to because they skim over and don't focus on any of the main cast except her, Tomoya and Sunohara. They butchered the personality and plot direction of several of the other main cast because... Rushed condension or laziness? Like seriously, movie Akio, Senae, Kyuo and Kotomi aren't anything like their anime counterparts. It just... See full review

7/10 story
2/10 animation
3/10 sound
4/10 characters
4/10 overall

Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends OVA

Aug 13, 2020

Were the writers on drugs when they made this OVA? That may sound like hyperbole, but it's the genunine reponse I had when I watched this. Haganai is a great series, but this may be one of the worst OVA's off all time. It contributed nothing to the actual series and was not only pointless, but just... gross. Thank God it's never referenced at any point of the main series anime before or after this, so it's 100% skipable. I don't usually put out full spoilers in a review, but for this I'll make the exception to potentially save someone: unless you like wasting 10 minutes to watch a literal fever dream... See full review

1/10 story
1/10 animation
4/10 sound
2/10 characters
1/10 overall

Girly Air Force

Jul 28, 2020

No spoilers here, just thoughts for y'all to skim through if you are curious about watching this:  This anime sure as heck isn't winning any awards for being unique or good, but it was enjoyable casually. The plot was fairly predictable for the most part but I liked the dark, twisted direction the anime gradually went in. The character dynamics in particular were the most interesting aspect of this anime and it kept me interested all the way through. If I had to describe the vibes I got from this show: I personally say it's pretty much a PG version of Darling in the Franxx. Darling in the... See full review

5.5/10 story
5/10 animation
6/10 sound
5.5/10 characters
5.5/10 overall

Nisekoi: OVA

Jul 14, 2020

This spin-off has no bearing on the main story in slightest, it's just an excuse to see the girls naked for fanservice pandering. 

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2/10 story
8/10 animation
2/10 sound
2/10 characters
2.5/10 overall

The Ryuo's Work is Never Done!

Jul 3, 2020

They basically tried to make this anime into Yu-Gi-Oh but with Shogi, over dramatified events and stakes, and Lolis... 80% of this show is either shogi gameplay or loli scenes/jokes - That's unironically this anime summed up.  Suprisingly tho it's not unwatchably bad, the variety in characters is definitely this show's biggest strength. Then of course there's the famous scene in the show (which is probably how most people know about the anime) which genuinely made me laugh my a$$ off - which is an accomplishment very few animes or shows in general can really claim. But overall, the show is kinda... See full review

6/10 story
4/10 animation
2/10 sound
7/10 characters
5/10 overall

Yosuga no Sora: In Solitude, Where We Are Least Alone

Jun 21, 2020

I have never been so conflicted between words and emotions when describing an anime before. But what honestly comes to mind from watching it was: Conflicting, confusing, disgusting and yet somehow: heartwrenching. It could've been a your above average harem hentai with the focus of the plot remaining fixed on Haru helping these girls with their signigicant problems as it did for most of the show, and it genuinely felt like a heartwarming anime for awhile. But the sister complex which was constantly alluded and ultimately led to graphic incest, along with 2 borderline rape scenes really put this over the... See full review

7/10 story
7/10 animation
6/10 sound
8/10 characters
2/10 overall

Infinite Stratos

Jun 15, 2020

A glorious waste - that's really the best way to define Infinite Stratos.  While the show has incredibly eye pleasing graphic animation, kick a$$ intro song, and the potential for building what could've been a really interesting and expansive world and story - it's ruined by going absolutely overboard on harem train.  The main character is the epitome of dense and absolute stupidity throughout the entire show. He's a whiney loser who I absolutely can't stand listening to 90% of the time, and hated even more when I watched it for a 2nd time, but in the English dub. Seriously, I... See full review

4/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
4/10 characters
5/10 overall

Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle

Jun 4, 2020

Mixed feelings on this. Lets get the elephant out of the room right away. The concept is: incredibly stupid. Giant flying robot Dragon-Mech Knights in medival times, where chariots and horses are still being used as common modes of transportation is an extremely bizarre and out of place decision that makes less sense the more you think about it. Now to be fair this isn't a unique problem, Akame Ga Kill for example had it's world revolve around this same technological... loophole, so I guess its not a complete killer by itself. But it's a definite flaw and hole in the world building... See full review

6/10 story
6.5/10 animation
4/10 sound
4/10 characters
5.5/10 overall

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid

May 28, 2020

This is kinda like an anime version of Family Guy: very funny characters that excel at making actual jokes and 1-liners often times outta left field that'll make you audibly laugh. While there really isn't really a meaningful plot, there's plenty of sentimental moments and heartstrings pulled between Kobayashi, Tohru and Kanna that somewhat compensate for that well enough and encourage you continue watching the show. It's art style and animation is extremely eye pleasing and probably my favorite aspect about the anime. It's soundtrack while kinda shallow and definitely isn't the level of music... See full review

6/10 story
10/10 animation
7/10 sound
7.5/10 characters
8/10 overall

OreShura

May 12, 2020

I watched for the premise, stuck through the whole show hoping for it to pick up and get good - ended up very disapointed and frustrated with how the show turned out. Despite a very hooking first episode, the show's quality rapidly plummeted and overall failed to live up to what I was expecting - and that's saying something because I'm not that hard to impress.  The plot is incredibly flat, the characters are very sub-par developed - even in comparison to other harem animes. Main character was a typical oblivious harem MC (nothing to write home about). The music was meh, intro and outro were also... See full review

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

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou

May 3, 2020

I see this anime as one of the greatest underrated classics. The cast is incredible loveable and builds around every character so well that you will miss them by the time you finish the final episode. Not only is it incredibly funny, but it also contains very real world lessons about life, effort, morals and success in shockingly relatable ways and situations that makes you really think about yourself after watching it.  It's also one of the rare animes that headlines a character with disabilities, specifically austism, as part of it's main cast and story. As someone who has a brother... See full review

7/10 story
8/10 animation
8.5/10 sound
9.5/10 characters
9/10 overall

Infinite Stratos 2

May 2, 2020

If there was anything you can take away from both this season and the anime as a whole; it's wasted potential.  While there was an attempt at a plot made this season, which admitable is a step up from the prior season - everything else, bar the graphics and animations that still remained pretty good, dwindled in quality. Since they spent last season introducing all the main cast of characters, there was a lot of potential for them to expand upon this creative and potentially expansive world of theirs and make a really good show. But unfortunately it was pretty much all wasted on fanservice... See full review

4/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
2/10 characters
5/10 overall