Archive for the 'Anime' Category

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Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Akame ga Kill is finally over. The last two times I talked about it, I projected a +++. Regrettably, it fell short. Manga Grade: ++ Anime Grade: + My biggest miscalculation was predicting four years ago that the manga would wrap up in two years. In order to extend a story that kills off all […]

The Greatest Match in Sports Anime History

Monday, December 12th, 2016

The greatest match in sports anime history isn’t Haikyuu’s Karasuno vs. Shiratorizawa. It’s the football version of the exact same match from a decade earlier: Eyeshield 21’s Shinryuuji vs. Deimon. From pre-game to post-game, Eyeshield 21 took 9 episodes, one shy of Haikyuu’s 10. Both matches came in tournament games against the perennial regional champions. In […]

Kimi no Na wa: Excellent, for a Movie

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Nothing has 99.8% a satisfaction rating. Nothing. Well, this is new. I usually review anime long after it’s faded into irrelevance. This time I’m reviewing a movie within a month of its Japanese release. Spoilers actually matter. Proceed with caution. Kimi no Na wa currently occupies the #1 ranked spot on MyAnimeList. It’s the first […]

Space Brothers: Not enough Space, not enough Brothers

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Space Brothers has the best portrayal of an adult sibling relationship I’ve ever seen in anime. Most of the anime isn’t about that. Space Brothers has the best portrayal of a realistic space mission I’ve ever seen in anime. Most of the anime isn’t about that. What’s Space Brothers really about? Trolling. Space Brothers is […]

Most of Bleach wasn’t Good

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

I designed my ratings flowchart to give a + to long-running shounen anime that had fallen from grace. I gladly gave it to Naruto, but it’s with a heavy apathetic heart that I can’t do the same for Bleach. Despite horribly jumping the shark, the majority of Naruto was good. Bleach didn’t even come close. […]

Guess the Arslan Senki Personality

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Hot-blooded shounen hero Average Joe dragged into a larger-than-life scenario against his will Guy (or possibly a girl) whose true strength comes from within Benevolent dictator Merciless warlord Incompetent buffoon Benevolent dictator Merciless warlord Incompetent buffoon Obsequious lackey Guy whose boss is an incompetent buffoon Shitty Indian character Proof that men and women can be […]

Psycho-Pass 2 > Psycho-Pass 1

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Psycho-Pass 2 is better than Psycho-Pass 1. Yes, the best of Psycho-Pass 1 is better than anything in Psycho-Pass 2, but what about the rest of it? Remember Spooky Boogie? Artsy murder girl? Hunter guy with robot dogs? Things didn’t kick into high gear until the end of episode 11, which was literally halfway through […]

Boku Dake ga Inai Machi = Time Travel + Yuki Kajiura

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Time Travel Soundtrack by Yuki Kajiura Final Grade: +++ There are only two problems with this anime. The first is quasi-pedophilia. The second is ham-fisted depth. Here we have a perfectly good story about a dude/chick who goes around killing little girls, and the anime almost blows it by feeling the need to give the […]

Durarara doesn’t understand Japanese

Monday, April 11th, 2016

I recently wrote about Durarara’s Japanese being too complicated for me to understand. Turns out it wasn’t entirely my fault. Durarara doesn’t understand Japanese either. Durarara’s 2nd–4th seasons were subtitled shou, ten, and ketsu. These terms come from the phrase kishoutenketsu, which represents the traditional dramatic structure of introduction (ki), exposition (shou), climax (ten), and […]

The Imperfect Insider

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider wasn’t obvious, but it was no match for Umineko logic + the process of elimination. Once you get past the catchy but unfitting opening sequence, you’re thrown into a mystery that’s so confident you won’t figure out its twist that it sees no need to misdirect you. […]