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Mob Psycho 95/100

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

The following three things almost always make anime suck: Spirits Crappy jokes Intentionally ugly character design Mob Psycho 100 not only survived these abominations but thrived despite them. Written by the same author as One Punch Man, Mob Psycho 100 delivers what One Punch Man doesn’t: a story, and a damn good one. Although the […]

Asshole or not? You decide.

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 Filler Before The Storm II

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Even if you’re blind and suck at Japanese, taking a whole year to finish a visual novel generally means it’s terrible. Muv-Luv Unlimited was no exception. Muv-Luv Unlimited picked up where Muv-Luv Extra left off—and went little farther. Our main character is transported to an alternate universe where his lines are suddenly voiced, making you […]

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. […]

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 Filler Before The Storm

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

My latest foray into learning Japanese has been reading the Muv-Luv Visual Novel series. This was the confluence of five independent factors: My reading speed sucks. I wanted a fun and convenient platform for practicing reading. Looking up words in a dictionary sucks. My first reading project in Japan was reading the Higurashi no Naku […]

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. […]