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Vivy: Fluorite Eye's Song - To Make Everyone Happy With My Singing

Jul 30, 2021

It's half Recap episode and half Music Video. It doesn't tell enough of the story to make any sense if you didn't already watch the original series, and if you did then the only reason to watch this is to just see a montage of clips from the show set to songs from the OST with Matsumoto talking to you. Don't get me wrong, It's not bad at all. It's exactly what it says it is. There's just not much reason to watch it unless you're really into this kind of thing.

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

Vivy: Fluorite Eye's Song

Jul 29, 2021

VIVY is a standout title among its peers, with beautiful visuals and a stellar blend of emotional storytelling and action-packed scenes. It's easy to overlook thanks to the obvious Musical trope that makes it seem on the surface like your bog-standard Idol Anime, but I assure you it's anything but that. Story - Diva, nicknamed Vivy by one of her fans, is an AI songstress who is given the directive to, "Make people happy with your singing. To do this, you need to sing from the heart". As she steps on stage day in and day out to sing to a near-nonexistant audience, trying to figure out what it... See full review

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

Ergo Proxy

Jul 24, 2021

Ergo Proxy is, like a lot of other Psychological shows, a tough nut to crack. It requires you to pay attention to little details, and connect some of the dots on your own. And, again like other Psychological shows, by nature of making you think about it this deeply the ending always ends up less satisfying than whatever your imagination had come up with. Story - We follow the lives of Re-L Mayer and Vincent Law, two inhabitants of a ultra-future city-dome that are about as different from each other as two people can get in this city. Re-L always held a disdain for this supposed Utopia, and finds herself... See full review

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

Btooom!

Jul 15, 2021

BTOOOM! is squarely in the ranks of shows like Angels of Death and Calamity of a Zombie Girl where the author thought that maximum edginess was a substitute for actual plot. Boring storylines, bad characters, and loosely construed settings all put together for the sole and exclusive purpose of creating gratuitous amounts of violence. The worst part is that this kind of story always presents itself like the author feels so proud of themselves for going beyond the pale and presenting such high-brow/adult content, yet fails at even being decent at it. You want a good gore-fest with violence and dark themes?... See full review

3/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
1/10 characters
5/10 overall

So I'm a Spider, So What?

Jul 4, 2021

This show is hard to properly rate. It's effectively two separate stories being told at once that slowly build into each other. The first/main story is great, and I enjoyed basically every moment of it barring a small handful of moments. The secondary story is the exact opposite; I barely cared about it the entire time and, barring a few special moments that were cool, I never enjoyed a moment of it. Frankly, if you could just cut out the side story I think it'd be a much better show overall. Story: We have two stories here. Story 1 follows the life and trials of a girl who got Isekai'd into a spider's... See full review

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

Noblesse: Awakening

Jun 11, 2021

I won't break down a full review of this OVA as I feel it's sort of just an extension of the main series - the majority of the points in my main review apply here for character and story. I will say, however, that watching the Noblesse TV series before watching this OVA really impacts my opinion of it - I would likely have given it a more comprehensive review if this was my first introduction to the story. Coming from the main series as my first experience with the franchise, there are a few things that stand out to me about this OVA. The overall theme and tone of the music and sounds felt a lot more... See full review

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

Noblesse

Jun 9, 2021

Noblesse is a fantastic adventure that knows how to play with its tropes and do them right. It takes everything you remember being excited about from shows you probably think are cringy now, and executes them properly in a way that makes them cool again. A note - there was a 2016 OVA that's the actual intro to this series, but it's not necessary at all to be able to pick up and understand the story. Story: Noblesse is an amazing take on the traditional tropes of Vamipirism without actually dealing with Vampires. In fact, the so-called "Nobles" are an incredible deconstruction that takes all of... See full review

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

Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation

Apr 27, 2021

It's not very often I come across an anime that resonates this well. The author clearly understands how to write a story that targets an adult/mature audience without just being porny. More than that, this work stands out above the others of the Isekai genre by taking itself seriously and using the new world as a genuine new start for the main character. Story: The MC is a nearly 40 year old self-described good-for-nothing-bum who's spent the last 20+ years of his life hiding from the world doing nothing but stereotypically Otaku stuff in his little apartment. One day, he dies saving a couple of... See full review

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

The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter

Mar 31, 2021

While I did enjoy watching this show on a purely emotional level, I can't deny that it was somewhat mediocre in execution. It joins the ranks of shows like that Mom isekai and other recent adaptations where they have a really amusing introductory premise, and then it just kind of drags on for another 11 episodes like it didn't know where to go from there. I'll definitely say this is one of the better entries in that list, because it at least had an overarching plot that got resolved in the end, but nonetheless it still felt like a fair bit of wasted potential. Story - MC-kun is a low-ranking noble... See full review

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

Beastars 2

Mar 26, 2021

Much like the first season, Beastars 2 sets the bar high for CGI animation and still manages to knock it out of the park. The continuing story of Legosi and his internal struggles is a joy to follow, and leaves me hoping a Season 3 is on the books. Story: Continuing from where Season 1 left off, Legosi and Louis set out to face the consequences of their attack on the Shishigumi/Lion Group. Their internal conflicts are told in parrallel with a very satisfying conclusion that perfectly contrasts their experiences. There are a number of moments that feel slightly forced, like the author couldn't quite make... See full review

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

The Misfit of Demon King Academy

Mar 5, 2021

This show basically takes the power-fantasy genre to one of its logical extremes. In a lot of ways it's the inverse of One Punch Man. Where One Punch Man creates a semi-satirical comedy about a mundane MC who's unintentionally overpowered, and creates a good story by making the weaker characters around him the most interesting ones who have genuine conflict, this show turns that all around. Misfit creates its power fantasy about an unapolagetically overpowered character in a way that obviously takes itself very seriously but still manages to be fun in a lot of ways, and creates its story... See full review

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

Monster Girl Doctor

Mar 5, 2021

An obvious comparison to make is with Monster Musume. This show is markedly different, though, enough such that I'd say the only similarity is simply having Monster Girls in a Harem. It's less "Let's make a discount Monster Musume" and more "Let's make a generic ecchi/harem anime, but add in some knock-off Monster Musume character tropes". Story: Not much to go with here, really. It's almost a slice-of-life anime in that regard. All but the last 3 or so episodes are a self-contained story about the MC encountering the Monster Girl of the week, discovering that she has some... See full review

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

Homeroom Affairs

Dec 28, 2020

There's something special about corny 90s anime like this. The startlingly well-drawn backgrounds that contrast against the odd animation and goofy faces in the foreground; the soundtrack that sounds like it probably sounded great in the recording studio but by the time it got compressed/encoded down into the show it sounds like a wrinkled tape that barely runs through the tape player without jamming; the impressively over-enthusiastic voice acting that just screams "I know this show sucks but maybe if I put a lot of effort in I'll get a role in something bigger"... They're like that snack that... See full review

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

Shiki

Nov 26, 2020

Shiki is a superb example of an anime that deserves having as little fore-knowledge as possible before watching it. The less you know, the better the anime will be for your first viewing. Even just reading the tags gives away too much, really, and unfortunately that means if you're reading this you've probably already been spoiled. Don't read any further unless you've already seen the show because I won't bother retracting spoilers for this review. Story - Unlike most undead horror shows I've seen, this one astonishingly manages to hide the main gimmick quite well. I *suspected* vampires could be a cause... See full review

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

11eyes

Sep 30, 2020

I haven't felt this bait-and-switched from an anime in a really long time. This is a difficult anime to review because I have a lot of really mixed feelings about it. It's like someone wanted to make a classic "turn your brain off" action shounen fantasy world, but decided they wanted to mix in a lot of "Edge" and got too caught up in fleshing out the world that they saddled the show with tons of unnecessary exposition and/or traumatic flashbacks where everyone is just standing around talking. There's some really, really cool moments in the show, but there's also a lot of total BS that... See full review

4/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
3/10 characters
5/10 overall

Aldnoah.Zero 2nd Season

Sep 23, 2020

As I figured, Season 2 helped right some wrongs that Season 1 ended with. I'm still not pleased with how that part played out, at least as it pertains to being a Season Finale, and as such I'll be leaving my low score of Season 1 as it was when I wrote it. That being said, Season 2 still carries with it many issues that frustrate me. The series as a whole is a valuable experience that I thoroughly enjoyed and am glad to have watched, but each season individually carried some rather upsetting problems. Story: Carrying on from the ending of Season 1, Season 2 immediately pulls a "Ha, gotcha"... See full review

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

Aldnoah.Zero

Sep 15, 2020

Reserving a more full review of the series for Season 2, but I wanted to drop in my thoughts on Season 1 now that I've finished it. My thoughts are basically summed up as "It's an incredible viewing experience soured by its angering ending" Story: Pretty decent, but basic, story about political intrigue and warfare. There's a lot of blue-balling going on in terms of the story setting up a goal and the cast failing to achieve that goal, which makes sense in the context of the lore and warfare, but still plays with your heartstrings in a way that makes you feel less than optimistic about the... See full review

3/10 story
7/10 animation
10/10 sound
5/10 characters
6/10 overall

The Island of Giant Insects Movie

Jul 19, 2020

Imagine the worst B movie you've seen, where the acting is stiff and the plot is contrived, and the special effects are blatantly bad. Now turn that into an anime. It's so bad it's almost great, except not really. Story: Bunch of high schoolers wash up on an island for plot reasons (plane crash) and quickly discover that A) The island was inhabited but nobody's around, and B) The island is full of crazy-big insects. That's basically it. The rest is an hour-long sequence of running from place to place trying to escape the bugs and/or rescue someone who was taken by bugs. Not bad for a B movie plot, but... See full review

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

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

Jul 18, 2020

A startlingly wonderful little story revolving around a stereotypical Isekai situation. This time the MC has been placed in the shoes of the Villain of the game world she is thrust into, and must take steps to ensure she doesn't fall to the traps the game story has laid out for her. Story: Somehow refreshing and original, despite being comprised of a lot of trope-y elements. It's the concept of the "whole is greater than the sum of its parts" at play here, because for any individual aspect of this story you can find another that does the same. But somehow it's put together in just the right way... See full review

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

Me! Me! Me! Chronic

Jun 3, 2020

Where the original was a cerebral story told with major but somewhat disjointed musical overtones, this one is kind of the opposite. It's essentially just a remixed version of the orignial song(s) to a more cohesive tone, with some visualizer effects and clips of the original playing out like a music video. Good, but not what I expected out of a follow-up vid.

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1/10 story
9/10 animation
9/10 sound
1/10 characters
8/10 overall

Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? Do You Love Your Mom on the Shore?

Jun 3, 2020

Basically just more of the original, except it's the Beach Episode and forgoes the farcical plot revolving around other peoples' relationships, instead having standard "Beach Episode" nonsense.

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1/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
2/10 characters
3/10 overall

Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?

Jun 3, 2020

This is yet another Anime with an interesting premise and a promising pilot episode that progressively devolves into nonsense and aimless pseudo-plot until ultimately ending with a dissatisfying non-resolution. This one carries the added annoyance factor that everything in it seems to be some contrived 'life lesson' about loving your mother despite seeming to do everything in its power to make you hate the mother characters. Story: A mother and son are pulled into a beta test of a virtual game world under the pretense that it will strengthen relationships between mothers and their children. The... See full review

2/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
2/10 characters
4/10 overall

Angels of Death (Web)

May 14, 2020

I won't go into a full review for this one, since it's really just wrapping up the original series and my review of the last hold true for these.  I will add an addendum, though, that the ending is utter garbage, even worse than the rest of the story. For a show where the MC is begging to be killed every minute of every episode, there sure wasn't a lot of dying on screen at the end.

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1/10 story
6/10 animation
7/10 sound
2/10 characters
3/10 overall

Angels of Death

May 14, 2020

Hot dang this one is a mess. If you were to take a list of everything that's considered "Edgy", the author of this would take it as a guideline. Over-the-top anti-religious iconography, buckets of gore, and dead-inside characters whose only motives in life are kill or be killed. If you're into things being edgy for the sake of edginess, you can still do much better than this. Story: There's barely any story here. First off, it's incredibly obvious the story was originally written and intended for a Visual Novel experience, so the pacing is odd, there are scenes representing obvious... See full review

1/10 story
6/10 animation
7/10 sound
2/10 characters
3/10 overall

Princess Lover!

Apr 29, 2020

A noble attempt at a modern Damsel in Distress story, albeit plagued with mediocre writing. There's a lot that they could have done here, but it all falls flat with a resounding 'Meh'. The only reason I kept going, and the thing that really carries this piece, is the Voice Acting. They got some talented big names in for this one somehow. Story: I'm not even going to avoid spoilers here because this section is more of a warning than a review. The story revolves around the formerly-destitute MC being thrust into a world of high politics and fancy, surrounded by royalty and rich business-empire owners. He is... See full review

3/10 story
7/10 animation
8/10 sound
4/10 characters
5/10 overall

How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?

Apr 27, 2020

Other shows have attempted edu-tainment things like this, and they typically fall flat on both the education and the entertainment fronts, which can lead one to write this off without even checking it out. I'm glad I watched it, though, because not only did it come through in spades on both fronts, it's actually wormed its way into my heart as one of my favorite Anime of the last few years. I fully anticipate rewatching this. Story: The story is pretty straightforward; MC thinks she's putting on some chub, hits the Gym at the request of a classmate, and then each episode covers their antics as they... See full review

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

Guilty Crown

Apr 24, 2020

Guilty Crown is, to put it succinctly, a story that feels like the author just got done watching Code Geass and decided they wanted to make their own version of it, borrowing a few themes from other similar shows. In other words, while technically unique in execution, the show will not be presenting anything that you won't feel like "I've already seen another show do this". Story: The story feels like it's broken up in segments despite being fully contiguous; at each phase of the show it presents a conflict that the MC must overcome somehow, and then tries to fulfill that with some kind of... See full review

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

Rescue Me!

Nov 6, 2019

It's like they wanted to tell a classic Harem/Ecchi story, but wanted to cut out all the "fluff" and condense it into one episode. They succeeded on that front, but in so doing they also cut out anything close to  meaningful progression/development or reasons to like/relate with the characters. Story - There is none. There is no plot. There is no story structure here. No problem to overcome, no emotional pull, and most certainly no closure. This isn't anything more than a string of ecchi scenes thrown together. Animation - Actually suprisingly decent. The art is beautiful in a lot of... See full review

1/10 story
7/10 animation
6/10 sound
2/10 characters
4/10 overall

Rosario + Vampire

Jul 12, 2019

Ugh. Characters have no personality or development at all, and can change their mind about something for literally no reason. Multiple annoying character traits that everyone just accepts. Story is basically nonexistant; it's a slice of life that doesn't actually do any of the good slice of life things. Just MC-kun getting flocked to by a bunch of panty-shots that try to hurt him at first but change their tune when the vampire kicks their ass.

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2/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
1/10 characters
3/10 overall

Angel Beats!

Jul 9, 2019

What a wild ride. I came into this one hot on the heels of School Live! based on a recommendation, and hot damn do they both know how to gut your emotions like a fish. Story - Honestly the weakest point of this one. There's some confusing plot developments and probable holes that make it really hard to make sense of the world at large. But honestly the main plot of the story isn't really the reason you'll keep watching anyway. More to the point - take your bog-standard High School Life anime, mix it up with some Rebels-Fighting-With-Guns, and add a dash of Afterlife/Isekai, and you'll have a good idea of... See full review

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