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She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man

Mar 2, 2022

Don’t bother. Seriously, it doesn’t get better. I have a bit of a history with gender bender anime. I have fond memories of shows like Kampfer and Gonna be the Twintail, shows whose gimmicks led to some decent laughs and quality memes. So when I saw that there were going to be two gender bender isekai this season, a season that so far has looked pretty mediocre overall, I decided to give Kenja no Deshi at least a cursory try. The main... See full review

2/10 story
0.1/10 animation
1/10 sound
2/10 characters
1/10 overall

takt op.Destiny

Dec 29, 2021

Hi, I’m Qplayer, I suffered through this so you don’t have to. For the second time this year, a big name studio produced an original work that combined both sci-fi and music elements. WIT Studio’s Vivy Fluorite Eye’s Song had its own share of writing and production issues, but I wouldn’t call it a “bad anime,&rdquo... See full review

2/10 story
8.5/10 animation
7/10 sound
2/10 characters
3/10 overall

From the New World

Dec 22, 2021

Is it worth it to watch From the New World? Yes, but perhaps not for everyone. The difficulty in assessing whether someone will like From the New World comes from trying to decide whether its strengths carry it to being a great anime or its weaknesses drag it down to being a mediocre one. As you can see from my overall score, I ended up compromising and putting it somewhere in the middle. Not great, not mediocre, but definitely “good.” The strength of the anime is undoubtedly its story. Writing a good mystery is a thankless task, as if it’s too predictable it becomes uninteresting... See full review

9.5/10 story
5/10 animation
7/10 sound
7/10 characters
8/10 overall

The Heike Story

Nov 25, 2021

Before You Watch: The Heike Story “I shall tell your story too.” -Biwa The Heike Story is the most underrated anime I have ever seen. An anime being an “underrated gem” has almost become a cliché, but the fact that this show has an average rating under 4 and less than 1,000 people following it on Anime Planet is truly disappointing. From feedback I’ve read elsewhere online, it seems that the general perception of The Heike Story is that it’s a show for hipster Japanese history nerds that isn’t accessible to the general anime community. While I don’t... See full review

9/10 story
10/10 animation
9/10 sound
9/10 characters
9.5/10 overall

Lupin III: The First

Sep 7, 2021

“Nazis, I hate these guys.” -Indiana Jones Lupin III: The First is unquestionably a children’s movie. It’s not even a family movie like something by Pixar or Studio Ghibli. It was written almost exclusively with children in mind, while also hoping to cash in on the nostalgia of older generations who grew up watching the 70s TV series or ... See full review

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

Pretty Boy Detective Club

Aug 26, 2021

Pretty Boy Detective Club accomplishes what few other anime even try. It has a coherent vision for the message it wants to convey, and the anime’s entire staff aligns every facet of the show towards that vision. The thesis of the show is clear from the very first frame, beauty and aesthetics above all, even at the cost of reason and practicality. This is why despite not having the tight writing of a show like Odd Taxi, the staff at Shaft understand how to represent their abstract ideas in a way that will reach their... See full review

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

Vivy: Fluorite Eye's Song

Jun 24, 2021

Vivy is a rollercoaster. Not one of those sleek, smooth, modern roller coasters, more like a poorly maintained rickety ride that leaves you with bruises, whiplash, and a concussion after tossing you around painfully like a ragdoll. The anime ripped through the spring 2021 season like a tornado, trying to build a massive, complex world with a twisting, turning plot, but in the end it only left me asking one thing. Why? The decisions made by the creative team for Vivy were at times baffling. It seemed like an anime made by a committee rather than one with a single vision. It seemed like they had a checklist... See full review

3/10 story
9/10 animation
5/10 sound
4/10 characters
4.5/10 overall

Otherside Picnic

Mar 25, 2021

Otherside Picnic wasn’t terrible. It was ultimately uninteresting. The premise for Otherside Picnic was interesting enough for me to give it a try. As the tags state, it’s a mystery focused on urban legends with elements of Sci-Fi and GL. It’s structured as  a “monster of the week” show with the protagonists, Toriko and Sorawo, encountering new supernatural aberrations every episode. The plot is driven... See full review

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

Girls' Last Tour

Dec 28, 2020

“It’s so peaceful. It’s hopeless. Hopeless… Hopeless…” -Yuuri Iyashikei, despite literally meaning “healing” is a genre that doesn’t appeal to everyone. While the intent of anime from this genre is to calm, relax, and heal the audience after a stressful day of real life, some viewers see these shows as “devoid of anything” and ... See full review

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

The Day I Became a God

Dec 27, 2020

“From the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” Matthew 25:29 Jun Maeda, one of the most iconic anime composers of the 21st century, has managed to take all the goodwill that he’s accumulated from his work on critically acclaimed shows such as Clannad After Story and Angel Beats! and burn it down faster than Heath Ledger’s Joker burns down the mountain of money in ... See full review

1/10 story
5/10 animation
3/10 sound
0.1/10 characters
1/10 overall

Tower of God

Aug 27, 2020

SPOILERS AHEAD Really more like an “organized thoughts blog” rather than a formal review. What I didn’t like: Rachel: Ranked #193 on the Anime Planet most hated characters at the time of writing. I expect this ranking to climb as Rachel isn’t just an unlikable character. After her entire episode of exposition at the end, it’s revealed that she’s one of the most selfish, stupid, weak willed characters that I’ve ever seen in an anime. What’s worse is that she warps the entire story around herself, since she acts as the primary motivation for Bam which by... See full review

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

Carole & Tuesday

Feb 25, 2020

Is it worth it to watch Carole & Tuesday? The acclaim for the show has certainly been less than universal. While few dispute the technical merits of the show (the animation and sound design), there has been a mixed response to the the story and characters. At first, my impression of the show was that of several music videos strung together with a paltry excuse of a plot. While the songs were generally good (having been produced by big name western music stars like Flying Lotus and ... See full review

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

Weathering With You

Jan 18, 2020

Weathering with You is not your name, but at the same time, it is. Makoto Shinkai’s movies have been nothing but consistent for the better part of two decades. Thematically and artistically, Shinkai directs his movies like a composer writes a symphony in several movements, different in key, tempo, harmony, and melody, but often with a uniting thematic thread, each movement building upon the last. Besides Children Who Chase Lost Voices, all of... See full review

6/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
7/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

Promare

Oct 4, 2019

Promare is one of those peculiar movies that breaks the traditional quantitative ratings scale. While my personal rubric tries to account for the variance of subjective opinion that certain anime will prompt, Promare takes subjectivity to such an extreme that any rating I give is essentially meaningless. I offer this disclaimer in order that the numbers that I associate with each category of this review not be taken as gospel, because this anime simply cannot be evaluated with that kind of objective... See full review

5/10 story
9/10 animation
7/10 sound
4/10 characters
6/10 overall

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms

Jul 23, 2018

Disclaimer: I did like this movie, but this review is going to focus more on the criticism than the praise since there’s already lots of reviews saying about how great the movie is, but not as many pointing out its flaws. Mari Okada is going to be one of the great anime directors of our time, eventually reaching the prestige of legends like Hayao Miyazaki, Mamoru Hosoda, and ... See full review

6/10 story
9/10 animation
7/10 sound
8/10 characters
7.7/10 overall

Mary and the Witch's Flower

Jan 19, 2018

When Studio Ghibli announced its halt in production back in 2014, it could be seen as the end of an era. The studio had been producing quality anime movies for nearly three decades and exposed countless people around the world to Japan’s style of animation. Three years later, it would become evident that sometimes letting go of the past is just too difficult. Hayao Miyazaki would come out of retirement, single handedly reviving Studio Ghibli’s animation department, and several former studio Ghibli staff members... See full review

7/10 story
9/10 animation
5/10 sound
6/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Napping Princess

Oct 2, 2017

Most of the time I watch anime based on a recommendation, whether it be from a friend or a community like Anime Planet. Sometimes though I’ll just watch an anime because it’s there, which was the case with Hirune Hime, or as it was advertised at my local independent movie theater, Napping Princess. I only offer this as a disclaimer because I went into this movie with pretty much no expectations. All I knew was that the director had done Ghost in the... See full review

5/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
4/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

A Silent Voice

Jul 25, 2017

One of the potential weaknesses of a slice of life anime is lack of meaningful conflict. Anime can be great without the need for antagonists, but there are limits to how compelling one can make a story where the characters’ struggles consist of their friends stealing their strawberry or having their umbrella swiped. There’s certainly anime that dramatize the ordinariness of everyday life, but unless your name is ... See full review

10/10 story
9/10 animation
9/10 sound
9/10 characters
9.5/10 overall

KonoSuba – God's blessing on this wonderful world!

Jan 30, 2017

I can’t remember the last time I marathoned an entire anime season in one day. I think I may have for the second half of Steins;Gate, but otherwise I don’t think I’ve ever done it in my 8+ year history of watching anime. So what is it about KonoSuba that got me hooked to the point that I couldn’t stop watching once I started? Firstly, there’s a few factors that have nothing to do with the... See full review

8.5/10 story
6/10 animation
5/10 sound
7/10 characters
8/10 overall

your name.

Jan 26, 2017

Hype ruins anime. It elevates audiences' expectations to unreasonable levels. It makes anime that would otherwise be good into a target for critics to tear to shreds with their nitpicking. An anime that has received nothing but hype in Asia but no exposure in North America has no chance of success. Makoto Shinkai didn't get the memo. As there's going to be thousands of reviews of this anime dissecting its merits and flaws, I'll try to keep this review short (totally not because I'm typing it on my phone minutes after watching it on an airplane). Kimi no Na Wa combines the absolute best of all of Makoto... See full review

9.5/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
9.5/10 characters
9.8/10 overall

Miss Hokusai

Nov 13, 2016

Works within the medium of anime can generally be divided into three formats: short film or OVA, television series, and feature film. Each of these formats has their strengths and weaknesses. For example, while feature films tend to have higher production values, they are unable to tell longer tales that are available to television series, especially long running ones. A film keeps an audience captive for its entire duration, so if the audience loses interest in the film, they don't have the option of putting it aside after a poor episode and approaching it with a fresh start. This is why most films... See full review

4/10 story
8.5/10 animation
4/10 sound
7/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Waiting in the Summer

Aug 4, 2016

As I’ve said for many years, I love the typical, oft cliche slice of life romance genre of anime. I’m sure that most people reading this review have seen at least a few examples of these tropes; the lead male protagonist meets an exotic girl and they slowly fall in love over the course of a series. I mean who could love a genre that does the same thing over, and over, and over... See full review

5/10 story
7/10 animation
6/10 sound
7/10 characters
6.8/10 overall

Your lie in April

Jul 25, 2016

Most anime exist to take the viewer away from the melancholy of everyday life and escape into a world of imagination. They travel to the realms of fantasy or creative “slice of life” scenarios that one would only dream of happening in reality. But once in a while an anime will touch upon a deeply personal part of the viewer's life to the point where the show is no longer simply a piece of entertainment, but a reflection of the conflicts and emotions of one's personal experience. Anime such as ... See full review

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

ERASED

Apr 11, 2016

When I first started watching anime, I thought that the studio producing a particular show was the most important factor in predicting a show’s quality. I’d rush to watch anything produced by Kyoto Animation while avoiding anything produced by Bee Train. While this tends to hold true for some studios (such as Studio Ghibli or... See full review

4/10 story
8.5/10 animation
8/10 sound
4/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

One-Punch Man

Jan 13, 2016

What is the essence of an action anime? A typical anime from this genre centers on a hero struggling to fight against a villain despite insurmountable odds. The hero uses whatever means as his disposal to overcome a variety of obstacles, defeat countless underlings, and conquer numerous challenges before confronting the final boss and ultimately winning. There’s nothing wrong with this story structure; one's interest in an action anime doesn’t come from its unpredictable nature, but from one's investment in the characters and their struggles. In a rather unorthodox and ambitious move... See full review

5/10 story
7.5/10 animation
8/10 sound
7/10 characters
7/10 overall

The Anthem of the Heart

Nov 10, 2015

From the makers of Anohana: The Flower We Saw that Day. Sold. After being thoroughly disappointed by a hyped up anime in my previous review, I did temper my expectations a little bit this time. What if Anohana was a one hit wonder? What if the team didn't utilize their budget to the fullest potential and instead wasted it on ... See full review

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

Charlotte

Oct 2, 2015

DISCLAIMER: SPOILERS! (BECAUSE HOW CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THIS SHOW WITHOUT TALKING ABOUT THE ENDING?) Back in 2010, Jun Maeda, a writer and musician for Key VisualArts on modern classics such as Clannad and Kanon, and a relatively new anime studio known as Progressive Animation Works (P.A. Works) teamed up to create an original anime called ... See full review

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

The Garden of Words

Mar 21, 2015

Why is it that when I watch a Makoto Shikai film I can't just accept that I should expect that I'm going to get an artistic reflection on the ordinary life with generic characters, generic story, but painted in vivid detail both visually and emotionally? When you watch a Mel Brooks film, you expect zany pop culture references and slapstick humor. When you watch a Stanley... See full review

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

Watamote: No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!

Oct 18, 2014

Watamote is an anime that either speaks to the deepest parts of your soul or causes one of the most uncomfortable, awkward viewing experiences in anime history (that doesn't involve an anime called “Boku”). The whole purpose of the anime is to show that there are stories to be told even about the most introverted, socially anxious people in our society. The way that the anime gets inside the head of someone so reclusive is paralleled only by the cult classic Welcome to the NHK! In some ways, Watamote is even more relatable... See full review

8/10 story
5/10 animation
7/10 sound
8/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Kino's Journey

Sep 15, 2014

When I try to explain what the anime Kino's Journey is about to friends, I first ask them, “Have you ever read The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery? It's basically The Little Prince with guns!”  In all seriousness though, both Kino's Journey and The Little Prince have a similar approach to storytelling, which is both intelligent and thought provoking. Both stories consist of a series of short anecdotes of a traveling main character that are allegorical in nature. These stories are sort of like... See full review

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