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Zoku Owarimonogatari

Apr 11, 2019

Really, there’s only one thing to say: it’s another season of Monogatari.  If you’ve watched the rest, you’re going to watch this, regardless of whether it’s good or bad. And, if you haven’t watched the rest, you’re not--and shouldn’t, because this story relies very specifically and by necessity (more than any other part of the series, truthfully) on you already knowing everything that came before it: story, character, look, tone.  And, to that end, Zoku Owarimonogatari should be a delight to any Monogatari fan. Not just because it rewards your... See full review

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

Masamune-kun's Revenge OVA

Oct 2, 2018

An aimless series of skits that, for all their meandering frivolity, would serve as a not unenjoyable reunion with the likeable cast of Masamune-kun's Revenge--were it not for the fact that, whether frivolous or narratively essential, this OVA (bizarrely) serves as a bonus reel for the Masamune manga, rather than a bonus/sequel for the Masamune anime.  In other words: prepare to be entirely without the context to explain why the characters act (and look) juuuuuust different enough from how you remember them to make you feel like your friends have been hanging out without you. An... See full review

2/10 story
4/10 animation
4.5/10 sound
5/10 characters
3.5/10 overall

Fireworks

Jul 5, 2018

If they made The Girl Who Lept Through Time out of the discarded animation cells from one of the lesser Monogatari seasons, Fireworks would be the result. Apologies for the spoiler by implication, there, but this one aspect of the plot needs to be revealed to potential viewers up front to adequately advise (warn?) them about what they are getting themselves into: this is a time travel story. Of sorts. It’s a romance, also of sorts, but the time travel element is what makes the plot the plot. Not that you will discover this until a third of the movie has gone by, and you have questioned why something... See full review

3/10 story
6/10 animation
5/10 sound
1/10 characters
4/10 overall

Kase-san and Morning Glories

Jun 29, 2018

This anime is very clearly an adaptation meant to flutter the hearts of those who have already read the source material, and, to that end, perhaps it succeeds.  But for someone who did not (and likely will not, given how this went) read the comic, Asagao to Kase-san is…fine. Maybe even pretty okay, if you’re in a good mood. Because, given that there is no context for who these girls are or what they're like--which, as an ardent defender of Glasslip, is a storytelling method I absolutely advocate for--there is a real issue with the presentation of this OVA: it feels like you are supposed... See full review

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

Just Because!

Dec 28, 2017

Get out the ol’ tinfoil hat and red string, kiddies--it’s time to watch...a high school romance drama.  That’s not a joke. Just Because, despite its seemingly ludicrous title and ostensibly benign subject matter, is as densely packed a story as any conspiracy thriller, told more often than not through subtext, with every look and gesture and turn of phrase a quiet insight into or subtle foreshadowing of the many unexpected edge-of-your-seat turns to come. As such, for the serious viewer, it is just as often an exercise for the brain as it is a stroll through the... See full review

10/10 story
6.5/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
10/10 characters
9.8/10 overall

Tsuredure Children

Oct 2, 2017

Tsurezure Children is a brilliant, heartfelt high school romance dramedy that’s been run through a dicer and given to us in sweet little snack-sized morsels. And, like all snack-sized morsels, one just isn’t enough. And also you need a scorecard to keep up. Hm? Oh, right—that last bit isn’t at all like snack-sized morsels. But it is very Tsurezure Children. For a short anime built on a series of two-minute “meet cute” moments (and, usually, the weeks that follow), the cast is stupidly big. Which, at first, is a downer, because it seems like the show will be nothing... See full review

9/10 story
8/10 animation
6/10 sound
9.5/10 characters
8.3/10 overall

Tsukigakirei

Jun 30, 2017

With its dull premise, bland character designs, and production values that seem to be funded entirely with change that's been dropped in the street, you can be forgiven for overlooking Tsuki ga Kirei. There just isn't anything about the show that draws your attention.  Unless, of course, you happen to catch 15 seconds of it and realize--oh, hey--it's a goddamn masterpiece.  Tsuki ga Kirei is every inch the old writer's adage "show, don't tell," taking us through a tale of first love told as much through silences and facial expressions and body language as through its actual dialogue... See full review

10/10 story
6/10 animation
8/10 sound
10/10 characters
9.8/10 overall

Eromanga Sensei

Jun 25, 2017

If you're a 13-year-old who wants a watered-down do-over on Oreimo, search no further! This is everything you're looking for.  If you're not...get ready for one of the guiltiest pleasures in recent anime memory. Or, maybe discomfiting pleasures. Or just a gross, miserable slog. Depending. Because Eromanga Sensei is a ridiculous, uncomfortable, hilarious, unabashedly shameful series built on a parade of squirm-inducing fanservice lolis, painted with a harem formed under circumstances so strange and irrelevant that even the characters seem to believe they're doing it out of obligation to anime... See full review

5/10 story
9/10 animation
6/10 sound
7/10 characters
6.9/10 overall

A Silent Voice

May 23, 2017

Forget you ever heard of this film. Go read the manga.  No, seriously: skip…this…movie.  It’s an overwhelmingly minority opinion, I know, but A Silent Voice is a slapdash, choppy, depthless summary of a remarkable, heartrending story of the despairing consequences from the most basic of our childhood stupidities: our ignorance of empathy. It’s a brilliant, brilliant story--and it deserves better that what’s in this film.  A Silent Voice is a series--and I emphasize series--based on character progressions over a period of months. And for a fair number of... See full review

1/10 story
6/10 animation
5/10 sound
1/10 characters
3/10 overall

Scum's Wish

Apr 5, 2017

It’s Toradora. But darker. And with sexy-time.  Scum’s Wish is an absolute gem, a de-romanticized high school love story that isn’t so much a deconstruction of the genre as it is simply an unadorned exploration of the oft-ignored flipside of anime’s typical, hope-filled tribute to longing. It’s an unexpectedly mature look at the desperate, corrupting, soul-hollowing side of unrequited love, a show entirely bereft of the illusion that there are winners in the pursuit of romantic fulfillment.  There’s no glorified pining, no thrill at indirect kisses. The... See full review

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

Masamune-kun's Revenge

Mar 27, 2017

If you’re ready for a clever twist on a familiar premise that delivers fun character interactions and, at pleasant intervals, little tugs at the squishy-sweet strings of your heart, Masamune-kun is absolutely the show for you—for, like, five episodes. Then the clichés start piling up.  BUT…those clichés are employed with a cleverness that almost makes them seem an unexpected satire of those very same clichés—for, like, three episodes. Then it just gives in and becomes filler.  Look, you’ve been here before: that progressively mixed bag... See full review

6.5/10 story
6/10 animation
7/10 sound
8/10 characters
6.8/10 overall

Girlish Number

Jan 5, 2017

An utterly watchable, wholly enjoyable, eminently forgettable show that relies almost exclusively on the assumption that you want to watch its heroine discover exactly how far arrogance and a pretty face can get you in anime.  Which, coincidentally, seems to also be the aesthetic of the show itself: it looks great, assures you it’s good, and…that’s about it. There’s no great thematic thread or character exploration or insight. It’s just a cute girl finding out how far self-assured cuteness can take her. And if, for some unfathomable reason, you don’t like her (or... See full review

4/10 story
9/10 animation
7/10 sound
6/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Sound! Euphonium 2

Jan 5, 2017

Speaking generally, be open to the idea of disappointment, Eupho fans: this ain’t season one.  Is it worse than season one? Collectively, probably not. Season one was similarly…empty, hiding most of its dullness (especially early on) behind its glorious visuals. But Eupho 1 knew how to sprinkle in those great character moments that kept you delighted to come back for more, where its follow-up season fails to manage that careful balancing act. It bunches its character moments—which is still (mostly) terrific—into only a couple of episodes near the start and near the end of the... See full review

4/10 story
10/10 animation
7/10 sound
8/10 characters
6/10 overall

Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl

Nov 22, 2016

For a show that treads almost no new ground, changes its premise a couple of times, and ends just as the character-driven story drama really kicks off, Psychoelectric Girl is remarkably endearing. You see, the show wraps itself in the fluffy warmth of a dozen high-school-anime clichés, but at (or very near) its core is a meditation on what it means to care—about people, about things, about oneself—and how to balance that against the pressures of the world around you. Which, in and of itself, I know, borders on cliché, because so much high school anime is... See full review

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

Yuru Yuri San☆Hai!

Oct 6, 2016

This is not Yuri Yuri. It’s just not. But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I mean, it is a bad thing, of course, because I absolutely loved the first two seasons of Yuru Yuri, and this, despite its efforts, is not a third season of that show. It captures almost none of the magic, of the absurdity and fluffiness of its predecessors. And that is a massive disappointment. But…it’s not bad. At all, really. Sure, from the very first frame of San Hai, something seems…off. The look, the music, the feel of the characters—it’s all just…different. Deliberately... See full review

7/10 story
5/10 animation
4/10 sound
8.9/10 characters
7/10 overall

Oreimo 2

Oct 3, 2016

Oreimo is the Schrodinger’s cat experiment of reviews. See, you can’t rate or even really talk about Oreimo without examining it through the lens of the big…I guess we’ll call it a spoiler that is dropped (or “dropped”) on you by the end of the show. Which is weird to say, because it is less a big reveal than it is (kind of) the entire thrust of the story. The whole narrative hinges on it (again, sort of), and any real discussion of the story’s strengths and weaknesses will need (inevitably, logically) to begin with acknowledging that the reveal happened. But, if... See full review

6/10 story
6/10 animation
7/10 sound
9.5/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation

Sep 20, 2016

Sherlock + Bones + xxxholic = Sakurako’s Investigations. Inelegant, perhaps, but this is probably the most accurate way to review Sakurako. Because, I think, if you are a fan of any combination of those three shows, then you will almost certainly enjoy this one. But, immediately, beware two major downsides to the series: filler and a cliffhanger finale (which was also kinda filler). While no one episode ever feels especially extraneous, the show’s weakness is its…not infrequent inability to tell a particular story within the typical time constraints, with several mysteries... See full review

5/10 story
6/10 animation
5/10 sound
7/10 characters
5.8/10 overall

Sakura Trick

Sep 7, 2016

Sakura Trick is built around two high school girls kissing each other. Like, almost exclusively. It, um…it would not have been my first choice. Narratively. But that’s what they went with. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, the kissing is what really works about this show. Every kiss looks and feels…real: the anticipation, the rush of adrenaline, the warmth, the thrill, the little despair at stopping—and, yes, even the pressing together of lips. And it’s hard not to get caught up in those moments, to fall just a little bit in love with each stolen kiss. But kissing... See full review

4/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
5/10 characters
5.8/10 overall

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU

Aug 30, 2016

Hmm. SNAFU’s a tough one. Not tough to recommend, exactly, because, if you think you might want to watch it, you’ll probably enjoy it. In fact, you might even enjoy it quite a bit. (I certainly did.) It’s figuring out why you might like it that’s tough. Speaking generally, SNAFU’s charm is how it approaches the typical bunch-of-misfits love triangle (bordering on the edges of a bunch-of-misfits harem) in a somewhat atypical way, with the oblivious male protagonist being far less oblivious than he is hyper-aware and willfully pessimistic about the inevitable romance... See full review

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

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou

Aug 26, 2016

Don’t let the title fool you: this is one of the hardest-hitting shows I’ve ever seen. In every regard.   It’s fun, it’s warm, it’s heartfelt—and it is heavy, dude. I mean, really heavy. Yes, it’s got its fair share of ridiculous only-in-anime situations, but they’re less the meat of the show than the setup, the excuse for getting to the heart of the matter: the fracture that exists between inspiration and creation, between hopes and reality, between love and being a lover.   Seriously. This show is deep.   Okay, maybe not at first, and... See full review

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

Glasslip

Aug 25, 2016

This show is boring and weird and utterly unconcerned with pulling you in…and it’s actually kind of wonderful.   A quick look at some reviews will make it pretty clear that Glasslip isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and I don’t blame them. I mean, it’s not exactly inviting: the show has no buildup, gives no context, and just assumes you’re so adamant about watching it that you’re happy to put in the effort to desperately pour over the characters’ facial expressions to extrapolate what would typically be dumped on us through protagonist narration at... See full review

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