Nine Years, Sixteen Reviews

  • I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying: 00:14
  • Zankyou no Terror: 1:06
  • Unlimited Blade Works (S1): 2:13
  • Terra Formars: 3:05
  • Sword Art Online II: 3:38
  • Psycho-Pass 2: 4:02
  • Akame ga Kill: 4:21
  • Aldnoah.Zero (Season 1): 4:44
  • No Game No Life: 5:09
  • RahXephon: 6:00
  • Haikyuu!!: 7:41
  • Hunter x Hunter (2011): 8:25
  • Initial D: Final Stage: 9:15
  • Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei!: 9:28
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders (Season 1): 9:40
  • When Marnie Was There: 9:57

8 Replies to “Nine Years, Sixteen Reviews”

  1. I’ve been reading Terraformars since the beginning. It started pretty okay, but then turned into a giant mess.

    The first arc was a good self-contained story. Because of the success of the manga, we got a continuation, with tons of forgettable characters, some pretty shitty fights that fuck with your suspension of disbelief, a complete lack of plot and character development, and no coherent story in sight.

    We essentially get a series of random fights with racist depictions of c*ckroaches. There are some pretty shitty ass-pulls. At some point I was wondering how come haven’t the c*ckroaches simply jumped from Mars to Earth. That would be more believable than the bullshit the author was trying to sell us in this story.

  2. Truncated opinions of everything I’ve got an opinion on from the list incoming

    Zankyou no Terror: Great aesthetics, but despite trying to be taken seriously it’s still a pretty dumb crime thriller
    Sword Art Online II: I actually found this to be surprisingly boring. GGO was way to long for what little plot it had and spent too much time on characters sitting/standing around explaining the plot. Took forever to get through those episodes with Kirito and Sinon in a cave. Nothing much to say about everything else because nothing of consequence or interest happened afterwards
    Psycho-Pass 2: The weaker production values and increase in plot-holes when compared to the 1st season really brought this one down. Wasn’t particularly a fan of how bluntly vilified Sybil was this time around as well.
    Akame ga Kill: This was probably the most insufferable thing I’ve watched in 2014. It tried to go against the concept of plot-armor and “no one can die” seen in stuff like One Piece and Fairy Tail to the point where it did the equally predicatble uninteresting opposite of “everyone will die”. The actual story is simplistic repetitive and unfunny whenever it tries to bring levity (food gags, boob jokes, etc). There’s not really much to it besides it’s edgy gimmick. The anime-original episodes didn’t fix anything so much as they sent the pacing into hyper drive with like one major death per episode.
    Aldnoah.Zero (Season 1): The Mars side is entertaining to watch at least because of their internal strife. The Earthlings are boring as hell since they don’t really do much of anything besides respond to whatever the Martians throw their way and get there asses handed to them until a single high schooler decides to show up and topple them. The actual mech battles are probably the worst part of the series since their so numerous and for the most part are all samey samey (just a new overpowered Kataphhrackt with a new gimmick to take down before the end of the episode) have little to no weight to them.
    RahXephon: Need to rewatch this, haven’t seen it since 2005 and I’m worried that it won’t hold up very well
    Hunter x Hunter (2011): Got nothing to add. HxH for lyfe
    JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders (Season 1): Inferior to the current ongoing season and the previous arcs, but this was still pretty fun. Some fights were pretty uninspired because of some early lame stand powers and the fact that Jotaro is simply way too overpowered, problems the second season and all subsequent story arcs fix. Decent 1st half.

  3. Danna Ga: Mediocre
    Terror: Mediocre
    UBW: Garbage
    Terra Formars: Decent
    SAO II: Garbage
    P-P II: Garbage
    Akame: Decent
    Aldnoah: Garbage
    NGNL: Mediocre
    Haikyuu: Barely decent
    HxH: Good
    Jojo: Decent

    Now be a good dinosaur and watch Death Parade!

  4. I’ve been marinating on how to respond to this list for a few weeks now. Danna was pretty fun however it wasn’t on the same level of Tonari no Seki-kun. You could get in and out and feel like you watched something complete with that show. Danna felt like it was a truncated mediocre anime. Zankyou no Terror was awesome with a few caveats. I think the show stumbled a bit towards the end, but it was a pretty good ride. Unlimited Blade Works was fantastic in my opinion. Like Zero, it took the time to tell the story and had gorgeous action. Your complaint was that it was stretched out, but HunterxHunter was also very stretched out in some places. I loved the hell out of that show as well. The final gungi match almost brought me to tears and I knew what to expect cuz I read the manga. I trusted both of them to tell the story in its entirety the best way they could, and I wasn’t disappointed. I will say that HxH had the superior voice acting though. The Chimera Ant Arc had me feeling a ton of emotions with Gon’s rage, Killua’s Sorrow, and the abject terror that Knov felt when he was hit with raw aura without his own nen covering him..and I will once again reference that last gungi match. That really had me choked up. Terra Formars felt like it was a giant middle finger with the caption that said “go buy the blue rays”. Other than that it was ok. SAII I only got through the first half. The Gears of Battlefield Online story was fine until Kirito hacked the game with his godmode and cross dressing. It was like he took a dump on all the established meta. This kart is hard to control, that shoot out game is impossible to beat, no one uses a lightsaber as a main weapon. And, as I said in a previous post, the final villain was a copy paste of SA season I’s villain. I still haven’t finished the other half of SAII. I need to build myself up to it. Pyscho-pass 2 felt like a huge mess that I think I’ll wait till you go into detail to discuss with you. Akame ga Kill was interesting, but then everything started dying. Aldnoah Zero was such a mess after the first couple of episodes. The military depended on a 14 year old in a training mech to solve all the problems. Not one single person bothered to do anything unless Inaho showed the way. One of a few complaints I had about the show. Along with Slaine and the motive for war, the motive for continuing the war, and the general arrogance of a people who only been on Mars for like 30 years. No Game No Life was a great ride, like a more edgy/racy Mondaiji. Not gonna lie though; some of the victories were ass pulls. Fate Illya was enjoyable, but I hate the fact that I felt like I couldn’t watch it without having to look over my shoulder and explain to anyone that walked in that I wasn’t a pedophile. The fight scenes were surprisingly legit. JoJo will do what JoJo do. Though this season seemed to focus more on trolling than general flamboyancy. I haven’t seen the other ones.

    • If it makes you feel any better, your last few weeks have been more productive than mine.

      Finished Tonari no Seki-kun a few weeks ago. Yes, it’s better. Probably won’t get its own post, though you may see it in a wrap-up post like this one.

      Here are the series I’m planning to give their own posts: UBW (when it’s finished), Psycho-Pass II, Aldnoah Zero, Akame ga Kill (when the manga is over), and JoJo III (when it’s finished). I’ll save any additional comments for those posts if/when they happen.

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