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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

Combatants Will Be Dispatched!

Sep 1, 2021

The show has a fairly strong opening and a decent premise, but it struggles to keep the energy going through the full season. It's easy to draw comparisons to KonoSuba, as they're both a sort of parody of the Isekai genre - albeit in different ways - but where KonoSuba's strong suit is in the episode-to-episode character interactions and it's weak point is developing any meaningful plot progression, Combatants is sort of the opposite with relatively weak character dramas from episode to episode but has a plot that actually develops toward some sort of conclusion. Story; We follow Agent Six as he and his... See full review

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

How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord: Omega

Aug 30, 2021

Man, what a way to tank a decent premise for a show. Season 1 may have been a bit by-the-books in a lot of ways, but it at least had a little something special going for it. This arc with Lumachina basically threw all of that out the window. Story: Where normally a season 2 picks up the reins off the plot of the first season, this show decides to just do it all over again with an entirely different target; everything earned and learned from season 1 is left behind as the MC and his two side-pieces follow the Head Priestess of the Church on a wild-goose-chase of a story that ultimately feels disconnected... See full review

3/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
6/10 characters
6/10 overall

Tokyo Ghoul

Aug 27, 2021

This is such a mid-level anime, it really blows my mind that it got so popular. I frankly find the story and its characters to be near the bottom of the barrel in terms of quality. There's nothing redeemable about this Ghoul society, and it makes it hard to care about the narrative built around them. This show soundly falls into my sadly ever-growing list of shows that think being Edgy is a replacement for quality writing - who needs believeable narratives if you're too distracted by how gory, grim, and/or dark the show is? At least it's not as bad as Angels of Death... Story; (I won't be avoiding... See full review

2/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
1/10 characters
4/10 overall

Link Click

Aug 27, 2021

Link Click is absolutely a contender for Anime of the Year, for me. It is a stellar presentation on all fronts, and frankly has me excited to see other Donghua coming out if they're going to be this good. Story; It's hard to sum up the story without giving massive spoilers, but I will try. We follow the two main characters as they use a mysterious power that allows one of them to jump back in time through photographs while the other can see a limited scope of the events that occured around the photo-taker. Together, they attempt to glean certain information from these photos without changing the... See full review

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

86: Eighty-Six

Aug 16, 2021

86 absolutely blew me away. I didn't have very high expectations for this show but it went far beyond anything I'd hoped for, and while I won't claim it's the best show of the season, it's absolutely worth watching. Story - 86 gives us parallel stories with two main characters whose lives and choices impact each other significantly. Major Milize is a strong-willed but naive woman who spends her days within the safety of the walls of her city as a Handler, giving instructions remotely to the "Unmanned" drones her government has sent into war against the automated enemy known as Legion. She has... See full review

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

Odd Taxi

Aug 13, 2021

A real sleeper hit of a show that is easy to overlook if you just judge a show by its cover. I know I had never even heard of it and would have passed over it if not for a recommendation I got. Luckily, I did decide to watch it and what I got was an incredible ride from start to finish that I'll not soon forget. Story - We follow Odokawa through a series of seemingly disconnected events that all happen to - or as a result of - people he's driven around town. Over the course of the series, we see these disparate events and characters start to interconnect with each other to culminate in a story that... See full review

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

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