Archive for the 'Observations' Category

JoJo’s Mediocre Adventure

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

I’ve seen a whole bunch of “Best Anime of 2013″ lists placing JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure at or near the top. Come on, 2013 wasn’t that bad. JJBA, while fun and stylish, has too many shitty fights to keep it from being great. Seriously, I haven’t seen this many shitty fights in a shounen anime outside […]

Umineko (anime) > Umineko (VN)

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Remember how everyone was always bitching about the Umineko VN being SO much better than the anime? (Yeah, I know you could replace “Umineko” with any VN adaptation and hear the same bullshit.) I watched the anime. Then I read the VN. Then I rewatched the anime. Here’s the red truth: 1. The Anime was […]

Non-Psycho-Pass Shows that Need a Second Season

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

A few years ago, I listed a few Non-Haruhi shows that needed a second season. None of them got one. Haruhi did. It sucked. Now I hear that Psycho-Pass is getting a second season. Nothing good can come of this. Nothing. Why not give some of these other shows a second season instead? Umineko no […]

I Love a Good Blowout

Monday, January 28th, 2013

A blowout isn’t just about the final score. It doesn’t turn on a choice of strategy. It’s not when two opponents start out trading even blows only for one to decisively pull away after a series of power-ups. It’s not when one person gets his ass kicked, learns a new technique, and comes back a […]

Shakugan no Shana III: A Primer on Fade-ins

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Intrigued by the power of the fade-in? Shakugan no Shana III has all your answers. If an ending transition exists, Shana III has used it (spoiler warnings): 1. No fade-in, standard ending sequence: episodes 5–7 and 9. The kind of ending you’ll find in most shows, and, unfortunately, the only kind of ending you’ll find […]

Higurashi Can Do No Wrong

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Higurashi can make as many filler episodes as it wants. Lazy premises, cheesy jokes, plot holes, rampant pedophilia—who cares? I will watch every one, buy all the merchandise, and then burn it when I find out the seiyuu aren’t virgins. Only Higurashi can get away with an opening theme called Happy! Lucky! Dochy! The Higurashi […]

We get it, you’re an anime character

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Die already Two things irk me about this scene. First of all, words beginning with a vowel should be preceded by the indefinite article “an”. Second of all, anime characters talking about how they’re like anime characters is lazy, cheesy, unclever bullshit. It happened all the fucking time in the Daily Lives of High School […]

Competent Mastery in Fate/Zero

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

**Spoilers for Fate/Zero and Fate/Stay Night** Masters in Fate/Stay Night Name Gender Competent? Emiya Shirou Male Matou Shinji Male Souichirou Kuzuki Male Kotomine Kirei Male Tohsaka Rin Female Ilyasviel von Einsbern Female Caster Female Masters in Fate/Zero Name Gender Competent? Emiya Kiritsugu Male Kotomine Kirei Male Tohsaka Tokiomi Male Kayneth Archibald Male Sola-Ui Sophia-Ri Female […]

I’m sorry your favorite show doesn’t suck

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

You know what hurts people more than telling them their favorite show sucks? Telling them their favorite show is simply ok. They react as if I threw their kittens in a wood chipper. Perhaps I’m being insensitive since it’s morally impossible for someone of my refined taste and unbridled honesty to praise mediocrity. But isn’t […]

Liar Game is Brilliant

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

As much as I like this manga, I’ll be the first to admit it’s not for everyone. If any of the following applies to you, don’t read Liar Game. If you’re stupid, don’t read Liar Game. I don’t want anyone crying to me because it’s too hard for them to understand. If you’re a pussy, […]