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Twilight of the Dark Master

May 30, 2024

Absolutely stunningly beautiful visuals and impeccable sound design. Truly some excellent craftsmanship went into creating this. Unfortunately the story it tells is... lacking. It's not bad at all, per se, more just that it felt relatively incoherent at times and didn't really provide any weight to anything. We barely get to know any of these characters to really get a feel for why they do what they do or what meaning it really has. Normally I'm a sucker for stories that just put you in the middle of something wild and let you see a slice of that fantasy without doing a lot of exposition, but this one feels... See full review

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

R-15 OVA

May 2, 2024

What do you get when you take an already bland main series and add on a supplemental OVA? Whatever this nonsense is. It's like the studio realized they forgot to make a beach episode, and used the OVA nature of it to not-so-subtly hint that they'd rather just be animating a full blown hentai at this point. Except, much like everything else about the main series, this thing is so bland as to kill any excitement that could be derived from the visuals.

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1/10 story
6/10 animation
7/10 sound
3/10 characters
4/10 overall

R-15

May 2, 2024

R-15 manages to commit one of the worst sins in all of media by being utterly and forgettably bland. It attempts to marry the concepts of a Harem romance with absurdist comedy, but manages to fail on both fronts. And unlike some shows in this vein, it's not even such a spectacular failure as to be worth watching or discussing - it's just flat mediocrity. I had to watch most of it at 2x speed to get through it, and it still felt unbearably boring in a lot of places. Story - Our protagonist attends a school for "Genius" students who are the best and brightest at some extraordinarily specific... See full review

2/10 story
6/10 animation
7/10 sound
3/10 characters
5/10 overall

Texhnolyze

Apr 29, 2024

An absolutely wild ride that not only rewards, but requires, paying attention to really grasp what's going on. I'm totally enamored by the dystopian themes and strange technologies and how they combine with the mysterious setting and political backdrop. Even discounting my own personal preference for these kinds of stories and settings, it's just a really well composed and tightly written story, where each episode gives you new information that you have to sit and mull over before starting the next episode. Story: Normally I'd do a story summary here before discussing my thoughts on it, but I feel like... See full review

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

Wicked City

Apr 24, 2024

Wicked City is a wild ride full of several of my favorite thematic elements. The 80s vibes are off the charts in the best way possible, the body horror is incredibly well executed, and most surprising of all: the female lead is a badass. What's not to love? Story: Near the end of the 20th Century, our male-lead protagonist secretly works as a Black Guard in an effort to keep the peace between the human world and a parallel world of Demons. Every century or so the two worlds sign a new peace treaty, and it's about time for the next Treaty to be signed, so the Protagonist is partnered up with a Demon from... See full review

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

NAKAIMO: My Little Sister Is Among Them! Brother, Sister, Lover

Apr 16, 2024

A shorter review for this one, as it's mostly just an extension of my review of the main series. This OVA episode is cute and provides some interesting levity to the ending, while also hinting at the idea that one of the girls is going to end up being the 'winner' in this harem. However, it not only doesn't do anything to resolve some of the outstanding issues I talked about in my review of the original, it even lampshades a few of them by briefly reminding us that they happened without actually addressing them. It's perfectly fine as far as supplemental OVAs go, and most of my complaints stem from... See full review

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

NAKAIMO: My little sister is among them!

Apr 16, 2024

As is the case with a lot of Light-Novel-adaptation plots, this show boasts a relatively unique and interesting premise that manages to capture interest in the first chapter, but then flounders with trying to resolve that premise. I will give it creidt where credit is due; it actually managed to resolve the mystery instead of aimlessly meandering like most other LN-adaptation plots, and it was actually moderately engaging beyond just the first episode. I haven't seen the 13th episode/OVA yet, so this review is just of the main 12 eps; the 13th ep may change my opinion on things, but I'll save that for my... See full review

4/10 story
6/10 animation
8/10 sound
5/10 characters
6/10 overall

Gushing over Magical Girls

Apr 2, 2024

It's hard to overstate how surprisingly optimistic and wholesome this show comes across, despite the themes at play. It's a perfect inversion of the Magical Girl trope, while still preserving all of the core elements; nobody ever truly gets hurt, everything is bright and colorful, and the characters all fight for their own moral code. I don't think there's a single male human character in the entire show, either. ~Synopsis~ Our MC is an incredibly big fan of Magical Girls, fawning over them and buying all their merch like her life depends on it. One day she is approached by a cute mascot character and... See full review

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

Undead Unluck

Mar 28, 2024

This one really left an impression on me, in a good way. I didn't know what to expect going into it, but what I got was well worth my time. I'll admit there were a handful of shortcomings that really held it back, but overall I think the highs far outweigh the lows. Story: Our MC is getting ready to 'end it all' because she brings bad luck to anyone she touches and hasn't felt a human connection in years, ever since her parents died - she represents the "Unluck" in the title. Her attempt is interrupted by the other titular character "Undead", a centuries-old guy who cannot be killed and... See full review

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

Midori Days

Mar 12, 2024

I don't think I've ever been so invested in a RomCom. Midori Days is a perfect blend of endearing art style, humor, emotion, and action, that manages to keep you hooked with its strange premise all the way through the end. Story - Our protagonists wake up one day attached to each other; the shy-but-cheerful girl Midori has taken the place of the kind-at-heart-delinquent guy Seiji's right hand. Neither is aware of what caused it, but Midori is delighted by this happenstance, as she's been crushing on Seiji for a long time but never had the courage to confess. We follow them as they try to keep their... See full review

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

Dark Gathering

Dec 26, 2023

Dark Gathering is a genuinely pleasant surprise; an actual scary anime that's NOT just a loosely-disguised slapstick humor and/or pantyshots show like so many other "scary" anime. While it may not be possible for an Anime to be truly scary, just due to the medium, this one certainly comes close, and presents some interesting and thought-provoking concepts and scenarios along the way. Story - Our trio of protagonists are all victims in some fashion, whose lives have been irrevocably changed by a spirit harming them and/or those close to them. Two of them are sensitive to spiritual energy, where... See full review

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

The Demon Sword Master of Excalibur Academy

Dec 20, 2023

This is definitely one of those stories that was way cooler in the author's mind than what ended up on the screen. I haven't read the Manga so I'm not sure if it's just an issue with the adaptation, or if the manga is just as mediocre, but either way I'm honestly surprised I even finished this thing. Story: The Dark Lord resurrects 1000 years later... but surprise, he's a Shota now for no real reason. Everything he knew from his time is gone, and the world has been reduced to a two-sided conflict between Humanity (and straggling demi-humans), and the mysterious CGI creatures known as "Void"... See full review

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

Undead Murder Farce

Oct 4, 2023

Another classic example of a strong starting premise and concept, squandered by mediocre narrative execution. Undead Murder Farce comes across to me as though the author watched "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" and thought, "Where's the Japanese monsters? Our monsters could totally beat these guys up." And decided to make his own Sherlock-Holmes-ian narrative around it. Which *could* have been really cool; I actually liked League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and got excited when this show started whipping out the cross-mythos references. But ultimately it squandered it by becoming a... See full review

2/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
6/10 characters
5/10 overall

KamiKatsu: Working for God in a Godless World

Jul 12, 2023

Whew, this anime's a lot to unpack, and it's such a hard one to evaluate. I'm tempted to call it a parody, but I'm not even sure if that's the right term for it. No matter which way you slice it, though, I spent most of my time watching it thinking, "What even *is* this show, and who signed off on it?" with a smile on my face the whole way. Story: Our MC is the son of a religious cult leader, and gets sacrificed in a ritual. As he's dying, he wishes to reincarnate to a world where there is no concept of Gods. Lo and behold, he gets his wish, but as with most stories there's a twist. What... See full review

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

Life With an Ordinary Guy Who Reincarnated Into a Total Fantasy Knockout

Apr 19, 2022

An endearing, but ultimately mediocre little comedy/romance. It has a decent enough premise, and all the trappings of a fair comedy, but it didn't quite grasp me like I wanted it to. I can't quite put my finger on what specifically I didn't like about it, but I found myself watching the episodes at 2x speed just to stay engaged enough to keep watching. Story - Our 2 MCs are a couple of salarymen who've been best bros since their school days. One day, they get Isekai'd to a fantasy world where they're heros, except one of them has humorously been turned into a cute girl, and they've both been... See full review

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

Sabikui Bisco

Apr 5, 2022

What a wild pick for this studio to go with for their breakout animation. I have to wonder if perhaps they were going for visual style and outlandish appearances more than storyline just to try to make an impression, without really understanding how underwhelming this was going to end up. To be fair, every single problem I have with this anime comes down to the writing - Studio OZ did an amazing job with this season and I strongly look forward to their next project. Spoiler warning here - I won't avoid some major plot elements in this review as they're critical to why I feel the way I feel. Story - To... See full review

2/10 story
9/10 animation
7/10 sound
1/10 characters
6/10 overall

86: Eighty-Six - Part II

Apr 5, 2022

Man, it's really hard to give a proper evaluation of this season because I have so many mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, the production issues that delayed the final two episodes along with some personal issues I take with the story make me want to rate it low, but on the other hand this season had one of the most emotional finales I've ever connected with. Spoilers for Season 1 ahead and light spoilers for this season, btw. Story - 86 Part 2 takes a page out of the Aldnoah: Zero handbook, and decides to undo everything that the season 1 finale set up. Season 1 leaves us with an emotional... See full review

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

My Dress-Up Darling

Mar 28, 2022

Standing tall over most other shows this season, not only in popularity/meme-ability, but also quality, "My Dress-Up Darling" is a refreshingly real show full of excellent character writing. I don't even usually like romance shows, but this one had me gripped from start to end, and left me hoping for a second season. Story - We follow Gojo-kun, a Hina-doll-maker's apprentice who lives with his grandfather and spends most of his days studying and practicing his craft alone in his room. He has no social life to speak of, largely because he keeps to himself after he was made fun of as a youth for... See full review

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

Redline

Feb 21, 2022

This is quite possibly one of the greatest viewing experiences I've had with anime. Redline is absolutely dripping with character in all of my favorite ways. From the art style, to the presentation, to the character designs and attitudes, and everything in between, this movie is damn near perfect for my tastes. Story - Our Protagonist JP is a racer in the distant future. Pitted against a colorful collection of other racers, he defies expectations and odds by being the only racer to drive a "normal" (albeit suped-up) TransAm without any weapons, in a race where the only rule is crossing the... See full review

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

The World's Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat

Dec 27, 2021

An interesting premise that checks all of the right boxes for the big-brain protagonist trope, and a cool take on a fantasy magic system. Pair it with some good animation and you've got yourself a decent Isekai. Story - A man who spent his whole life as a tool for an assassin organization has never known anything but the art of killing. On the day he's supposed to retire, he is offed by his own organization and finds himself before a goddess who informs him that he's being given the opportinity to reincarnate with his memory intact and a set of skills of his own choosing on the condition that he performs... See full review

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

Mieruko-chan

Dec 23, 2021

A cute, but forgettable little slice-of-life about a girl who suddenly is able to see evil spirits, and has to pretend she doesn't notice them so they don't bother her. It has an interesting premise that works in a lot of ways, but unfortunately the execution leaves a lot to be desired. Story - We follow our Main Character through a series of short occurences wherein she is faced with a scary spirit that she must try to ignore. Accompanied by her oblivious best friend, they visit various places such as an abandoned shrine, a fortune-teller shop, and an old parking-garage-esuqe building. Being... See full review

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

takt op.Destiny

Dec 22, 2021

An intriguing premise with excellent execution, sadly burdened by the fact that it's a glorified ad for a video game. I enjoyed it for what it's worth, but the story is ultimately unsatisfying and clearly contrived to push the game. Story - After a disaster a few years ago brought "D2"s to earth - an alien threat impervious to normal weaponry and posessing a hatred for music - all of humanity has had to abandon music lest they draw the D2s to them and face destruction. A scant number of talented individuals have been able to rebel against this outsider threat by becoming tag-team duos of... See full review

4/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
7/10 characters
7/10 overall

Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation - Part II

Dec 20, 2021

Carrying on from the First Season, this show is a wild ride that continues to set the bar for Isekai and for Fantasy-world storys in general. Story - About a year or so has passed since Rudy and the gang started adventuring under the Dead End banner, and they're finally making progress towards their goal of getting of the Demon Continent. We follow their struggles as they try to find safe passage across the ocean, as they find themselves in social/political struggles at every turn, and as they even confront familiar faces in unexpected ways. It's hard to really give this a proper evaluation in its own... See full review

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

Dorohedoro

Nov 24, 2021

A beautifully odd show that feels like what would happen if Studio Ghibli decided to make something Shounen/Seinen instead of their usual fare of kids' shows. Story - We follow our Main Character Caiman through his journey of discovery and remembrance as he tries to find the spellcaster that turned his head into a Lizard head and made him lose his memories. Accompanied by his favorite restaurant-owner and only friend Nikaido, together they track down Sorcerers and look for clues to Caiman's past. Now, the story itself here is actually fairly bare-bones and straightforward, as far as stories go; it's a... See full review

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

Sonny Boy

Oct 4, 2021

This is a very cerebral show, best watched while paying a lot of attention because it's not the sort that you can follow passively. Even then, you might be at a loss for what the story is really saying. Story: We follow a group of classmates who have found themselves (and their school building) sent into another dimension. Not only that, they've all been given some kind of special power. At first, we follow their initial squabbles and exploration as they get used to their powers and the rules of this strange new world, but eventually the show shifts gears into a very high-brow/abstract look into the... See full review

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

Samurai Girls

Oct 1, 2021

Samurai Girls is a perfect example of a decent idea that was given a poor execution. I found myself invested in the *concepts* of the show, but I was extremely bored most of the time I was actually watching it, and I was frustrated by several plot developments that felt far too rushed and/or cliche. Story: The MC is assigned to a dojo somewhere in Great Japan (essentially just normal Japan but the focus on traditional Shogun/Samurai/etc. has persisted into the technological era). Things get weird when a naked girl appears in the sky and falls into his arms. He kisses her, and discovers that he is a... See full review

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

Sakura Diaries

Sep 23, 2021

A strange and yet perfect encapsulation of the weirdness of 90s-era romance OVAs. It has the complete ensemble of bad character writing, mismatched soundtracks, and janky screen distortions. I have a real soft-spot for this kind of terrible show. This one has the somewhat unique prestige among its peers by having a full cour of 12 episodes to the OVA series, where most other OVAs of its ilk only got maybe 2 during that era. Something to note before I break down my review - the summary listed on this entry is a bit disingenuous. Not sure if it's the official synopsis that came with the OVAs (in which case... See full review

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

Mother of the Goddess' Dormitory

Sep 21, 2021

A classic Harem-esque show, but with a twist of questionable legality. Looking past the MC's appearance, there's a somewhat endearing show here that's a fair sight better than a lot of other Harem/Ecchi out there. Story: It's a Harem show. There's not much to explain here. The MC suffers a classic Anime-Protagonist-Backstory where he loses his family and basically everything he ever had so that the story can start without any baggage, whereupon he is taken in by a small all-girls dorm and given the opportunity to work as their "Dorm Mother" which, for the purposes of this show, is just a live-in... See full review

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

The Case Study of Vanitas

Sep 18, 2021

I'm always intrigued by these kinds of shows that provide an interesting twist on traditional mythology. Not all of them manage to do anything with it, but Vanitas manages to capture a beautiful blend of setting and storytelling that had me pining for each episode week after week. Story: We follow two main characters in this show - Noe, a white-haired and tan fellow who is rarely seen without his white tophat and cat, and Vanitas, who is in a lot of ways the visual opposite of Noe with his black hair and cape as well as his pale skin. They don't always see eye to eye, but Noe is determined to witness... See full review

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

The Helpful Fox Senko-san

Sep 13, 2021

This is one of those feel-good shows that has very little in the way of substance, and is entirely just centered around being a relaxing and enjoyable moment. It fits into a similar role as shows like "How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?", where the story is secondary to the main goal of encouraging people who might be leading sedentary and/or stressful lifestyles. As such, every episode ends with a clip wherein the viewer is addressed directly. Story: As I said, there's really not much to go with here as a primary story focus. The Main Character is a down-trodden salaryman who works far too... See full review

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