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Jan 20, 2018
Revolutionary Girl Utena. I like this show, it's a good show. There's a lot to talk about when it comes to Utena, and a lot of people do indeed talk about it. There are countless analyses online about the allegory involved and how important that is to the series, and I can't really disagree with that. It is filled to the brim with themes of sexuality, abusive relationships, the loss of innocence, the gender divide, the meaning behind nobility, and so much more. However, there is much more that goes into getting the proper valuation of Utena. We still need to consider how it performs read more
Jan 18, 2018
Revolutionary Girl Utena: Adolescence Apocalypse. After what I can imagine was a great critical/commercial success of the original series (which I can say is rather well-deserved), the board thought it a good idea to create a movie that's... kind of a retelling, kind of an alternate universe... whatever. Cool! In theory. This Utena:AA deals with the same sort of spiritual themes as its predecessor, and maybe even does it in a more digestible way. I can see how others reviewers would give it a lot of mileage for its use of themes, symbolism, and generally good art and music. I tend to agree that these read more
Jan 3, 2018
And for the next installment in the Monogatari series, we have Nekomonogatari: Kuro. While it follows the standard Shaft fanfare of its predecessors, we have a couple notable differences from what we have seen so far: (1) we already know all the characters from the previous chapters and (2) this season has only one arc. To me, these are important. A lot of time in the previous chapters is devoted to exploring Araragi's relationship with these new characters, which is something that NekoK gets to skip past. Moreover, while the Bake and Nise have obvious chapters within their series, it is very difficult for the read more
Dec 29, 2017
I dropped this show. I think this show is actually pretty good. But just because a show is pretty good doesn't mean you should feel compelled to finish it. I've gotten what I can out of Shokugeki, so I'm done with it, but there's no bad blood at all. In fact, quite the opposite.

Shokugeki no Souma is a show I have not finished. Shokugeki no Souma is a show that I love. Not because it is great, but because it is stupid. To me, it is proof that a show can be unimaginably stupid, but still be pretty good. This is something I have long read more
Dec 26, 2017
Death Parade. To start, if you haven't watched Death Parade, I believe it is worth watching regardless of your tastes. It's sort of a catch-all series where no attribute of the show is so annoying as to turn any type of viewer off. It does everything pretty damn well, and that much is obvious. But its got a quite a bit of room to improve, so let's get into it.

I'm feeling a bit lazy with this review, but don't let that detract from what I say about the series!

Story: 8
Art: 8
Sound: 8
Character: 9
Enjoyment: 8
Overall: 8

[Story: 8]

I think the meat of read more
Dec 23, 2017
The Devil is a Part-Timer! A series like this grabs your attention right out the gates. The introductory action montage clues the audience into what kind of grandeur we could be seeing later. The premise is brimming with potential for comedy, romance, drama, and action. But how does it follow up on this promise? The series does an alright job. Never that bad, usually not great either. The romance and drama fall flat and the action is rare, but that's OK. The series generally performs as a comedy, and that is really what matters. It is survived by its comedy, voice-acting, occasional artistic triumphs, and read more
Dec 11, 2017
Nisemonogatari is a follow up to the much-adored Bakemonogatari, but it features several packages that make it a modest departure from the first entry in the series. You can tell pretty immediately that the success of Bakemonogatari along with the time between the two series has allowed for a more involved production, particularly with the art. Moreover, while the dialogue is still fantastic and the girls still stingy, Nisemonogatari moves even further into indulgence, dancing with taboo the whole way through. I don't think any of these things, in a vacuum, make the series good or bad. Maybe that deserves a discussion.

Does fan-service, indulgence, read more
Nov 27, 2017
Sometimes a series comes around and reminds you just how lucky we are in anime. Not by treating you to expressive animation or developed characters, but by some other method. A series can show you just how lucky we are to live in a world where its peers do not follow in its footsteps, for if they did, there would be no reason to watch anime at all. For me, that series is Deadman Wonderland.

This series sucks. I've watched 3 episodes, but there is no indication to me that there will be anything of value in the entire series. I'm no expert, but I think read more
Nov 27, 2017
AnoHana is a pretty good show. Its a drama, and maybe sort of a romance, that tackles some pretty complex themes and succeeds. There are several areas in which AnoHana falters frequently, but where AnoHana performs, it competes with the best of the best. Specifically, the series does a great job capturing the 'human element' in overcoming loss and making a lifestyle change that many of its peers just miss the mark on. In many anime, a protagonist's frameshift occurs in a single episode or even a single scene. AnoHana reminds us that it doesn't have to be this way, and if we want anime read more
Nov 24, 2017
Dropped after episode 9. I'm no expert on the series but I'll give it my thoughts. This is a short one because I only got partway through.

Parasyte is not a good show. However, the anime community seems to believe that it is. Parasyte looks at several philosophical ideas, which are interesting in their own right, and does a reasonable job of addressing them. But a good anime has to do more than that. That being said, the positive reviews of this show don't seem to praise that and instead praise the story's pacing and character development. I just can't agree with this sentiment at read more