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Real Girl

Feb 12, 2019

Synopsis: an otaku outcast gets himself a pretty girlfriend. As secondary titles I nominate "how to abuse the social outcast, the anime" or "another good premise ruined by a terrible script, part 54".  Story At its heart this story is supposed to be a romance where both characters are "broken" and their relationship is one of self-discovery. It tries to accomplish this through a mixture of slice-of-life and drama but the problem is that the show fails on all fronts. They only ever focuses on a single character's development (hellllooooo shallow side characters)... See full review

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

Hi Score Girl

Jan 28, 2019

Review in Brief If you are someone who is old enough to have lived through the "golden age of gaming" when arcades were all the rage, this anime series might strike you as something special. For the rest of us (myself included), the nostalgia factor is lost on us and instead this series feels like a mix between a bad romantic comedy and a documentary on the early days of the video game industry. Story At its heart, the plot is about two young kids who grow their relationship over their mutual love of video games. However, this over-arching plot plays second fiddle to the... See full review

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

Overlord III

Dec 23, 2018

Overlord III continues the story... slowly. Story Overlord is different than a lot of other action/adventure series. The original author of Overlord wrote the series to be less about any single character and more about the world our protagonist is now inhabiting. This is why each episode is so slow and there's very little actual focus on our protagonist. If this type of story bothers you then I can tell you that it's only going to get worse if they continue animating based on the light novel. The story, if anything, gets slower.  Animation Everything's pretty basic here. At least... See full review

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

Zombieland Saga

Dec 23, 2018

Zombieland Saga was kind of a surprise series. The first episode smashes any preconceived notions you may have had about what you were about to watch. The second episode was even better and set the series up the be a very unconventional parody of an idol series. But, unfortunately, you almost need to separate this series into two parts: the first two episodes in the first part, and everything else in the second. And the second part, which is also the largest go figure, is just... bad.  Story As I said, it starts out with great promise. Let's completely surprise the viewer and just leave them... See full review

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

Baby Steps

Aug 3, 2018

First and foremost, I was turned onto this series due to the YouTuber Mother's Basement where he mentions this as one of his top romance picks. Well, I'm here to tell him he's completely wrong. The romance in this series is basically non-existent. So, if you're thinking of this series for the same reason - don't. Just don't. So, now that we've pretty firmly established this is not a romance series, how is it as a sports anime? It is completely and utterly... adequate. My entire impression of this series is that "it's okay". But let's break it down: Story:  At heart, this is a series very... See full review

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

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens

Jul 2, 2018

This series is almost like slice of life but for hitmen. Kind of a weird premise and it almost seems to work. The problem is that it feels like it's a periodical where it's a bunch of unrelated stories and they're trying desperately to tie them all together. And they actually do a relatively good job given the obvious problems.  First the unimportant stuff: animation is good when they choose to animate. There's a rather significant number of action sequences and you can tell they were picking and choosing what was important because we'll go from LOTS 'O ACTION to cut-to-still... See full review

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

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku

Jul 1, 2018

At it's heart, this is a slice of life series. It's good, heartwarming at times, and uplifting overall but it still leaves a certain sense of... sadness. Be warned, slight spoilers ahead: I'm going to get the rest of the review out of the way before the spoilerish part dealing with the story. The animation was decent but there was never really anything I'd consider fast-paced. The whole story is relatively slow so there's a lot of framing rather than complex movements. Sound was about the same, but there was definitely some oddity when they'd switch to the "gaming" scenes. Like some of the... See full review

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

Welcome to the Ballroom

Apr 30, 2018

Let me just get it out of the way: I liked this series. I like it a lot. I liked it so much that I binge watched all 24 episodes in a single day because I just couldn't stop hitting the "next episode" button. For me, this series was reminiscent of Nodame Cantabile (minus the romance) or Haikyuu in that we, the audience, are introduced to a world that we probably knew very little about and it teaches us while the characters within the series learn as well. And, honestly, if you had told me "an anime about ballroom dancing will be fantastic" I would have just rolled my... See full review

8/10 story
8/10 animation
6/10 sound
9/10 characters
8/10 overall

Parasyte -the maxim-

Apr 8, 2018

The easiest way to describe Parasyte the maxim is by calling it a story of exaggerations. Obviously it's a work of science fiction but that's not the kind of exaggeration I'm talking about. When was the last time someone seriously asked you "are you human?" My guess is never but if you were to watch this anime you'd think people question the literal humanity of those around them all the time.  This story had a significant amount of promise, but, as mentioned before, the completely over the top exaggerations ruin the message and the pacing. The main character starts as an over-the-top brat... See full review

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

Tokyo Majin

Mar 21, 2018

I genuinely believe the director/writers for this anime couldn't decide what story they wanted to tell and instead mashed a bunch together. They introduce a main character who they never expand on beyond a few quips at odd times and choose instead to focus on another character who faces the exact same internal crisis in nearly every episode. After about the third time of hearing the same dialogue, about the same issue, it just became annoying. There's never any explanation of why the problem exists in the first place. Then you throw in the fact that the first episode doesn't set up the... See full review

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

Classroom of the Elite

Mar 13, 2018

First and foremost, you need to understand that this is a very slow paced anime and given summary has very little to do with the actual story. A better synopsys is as follows: We're introduced to a class full of "defectives" where every person is harboring some secret flaw. The protagonist, arguably the most "defective" of all the students, is placed in various puzzle-like situations where he must use his reasoning skills to find the best solutions. All of this is happening while the protagonist is trying to maintain a low profile. Given the above, you quickly come to realize the... See full review

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

Overlord II

Mar 13, 2018

If you enjoyed the first season of Overlord, you may enjoy the second season too but be prepared because the second season has very little, if anything, to do with the MC. The entire second season is world building where they explore various other races or political drama.  Which, if you're anything like me, is extremely annoying. What made the first season enjoyable was watching the MC interact with his new world. It wasn't the greatest story, but it was still interesting and fleshed out fairly well. And so, what made the first season great, is completely absent from the second season. Like I said... See full review

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

In Another World With My Smartphone

Feb 17, 2018

If you are reading this review before watching the anime, please understand the title of the anime doesn't really have any bearing on the anime at all. It's almost disappointing that the very mechanic in the title With My Smartphone ended up being a very insignificant piece to the entire story. The story is essentially an Isekai story. Protagonist dies, "reincarnates" (not an actual reincarnation) to a medieval world, and gains phenomonal cosmic powers. This is a very popular genre in manga and light novels right now so it's not a surprise one from the genre was made into an... See full review

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

Strike the Blood

Dec 10, 2015

Overall this anime is fairly good, the problem is that you need to go into it with the right mindset. There's (barely) an overarching plot that ties the entire season together but in reality this series is more along the vein of Amagami in that every 3 or 4 episodes is a new, and separate, story. There's some continuation but for the most part once you watch the first few episodes to grasp the basic story you could jump ahead fairly easily; they even number the episodes within each arc. Lastly, be prepared to have a lot of unsolved mysteries unless there's a second season. Story The story itself isn't... See full review

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