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Sep 17, 2018
I'm just gonna pump this out without the dressing. Kaichou wa Maid-sama. An episodic rom-com that looks older than it actually is. Normally I would say a Shoujo romance show doesn't fit into my tastes (see Ouran Host Club), but this show manages just fine. I think that the themes of a successful and driven woman struggling with her sexuality grow increasingly more common as time moves on, and as I've aged to an old geezer (pushing 25 over here) I come to understand it better. So no problems there. I have no problem with the art of the sound either. There's a ton of read more
Sep 3, 2018
Night is Short is, in short, a treat to watch. It is very fun, and it is very fast. It can be difficult to expect what is next.

This movie is presented as a parallel-universe follow up to one of director Masaaki Yuasa's previous work, The Tatami Galaxy. That series rendered me helper - it seemed that the inner contents of my entire being were spilled on screen in a Watashi-shaped puddle, as my pitiful and embarassing lifestyle was mercilessly portrayed on film for the entire world to see. Given that, when Night is Short had a small American screening (thanks GKIDS) I jumped at read more
Sep 2, 2018
Well I was going pretty strong on reviews for a while, but the whole MAL thing got in the way and I never got back on the wagon. It's time to change that. Writing is fun! I was watching this while it was running but I think I managed to crystallize my thoughts since then pretty well. Let's get into it.

Darling in the Franxx was never that good.

Sure, it ended worse off than the rest of its runtime, but this show never deserved any better than a 7 at any point. While it starts strong, its got several arcs that just completely misfire, a bland read more
Apr 5, 2018
I’ve never seen a series as hyped up as Violet Evergarden was before the start of its run. What feels like years before its eventual release, it was scored as a top 10 anime with no more than three episodes debuted to a limited audience. Well, it was clear that this judgment was a little hasty and probably too good to be true. But there was no real reason to disagree with the idea that this show could indeed be one of the next anime greats. It is, strictly speaking, the closest TV anime has ever come to reaching the level of craft found in read more
Mar 31, 2018
Shinsekai Yori, a series widely adored and praised for its twists and turns and the strength of its psychological thrills. I had been looking forward to this series for a while, and I must say that after finally finishing it, I am rather conflicted. I had been warned that this series would be a slow burner and it would ramp up in time. These things are true. But in the end, I just didn’t enjoy this series too much.

At its worst, Shinsekai Yori is dreadfully boring and confounding, and at its best, it is tense and even chilling. It engages with some pretty serious read more
Mar 27, 2018
Winter 2018 started off with a clash of titans. In the red corner, the impossibly hyped-up Violet Evergarden. In the blue corner, that snazzy Studio Trigger mecha show. Everyone was taking wagers on who would be the next heavyweight champ. But as the rounds went on, whispers fluttered through the audience. Did either of these really deserve the title?

Eh, maybe. For the record, 10 episodes in I find Violet Evergarden to be exceptional. Darling in the Franxx has yet to conclusively prove itself, but it has a ton of potential and a long way to go. But I definitely think that A Place Further than read more
Mar 6, 2018
Sakura Hall is a pretty average show that is packaged as a Toradora spiritual successor with a warm color palette. In some ways, the series almost makes true on these claims: the characters are have pretty moving roles in the show and the stylistic choices do pay off in the long run. But it misses the mark on the fundamentals of film-making and can lead the audience to be completely uninvested in what the show trying to convey.

Namely, the show is about few things. Chasing genius, messy relationships, and a feeling of community. I think that Sakura Hall fails to deliver on any of these read more
Feb 27, 2018
It's the Endless Eight. And a little extra. It's got a reputation. Many people think that this entry in the series is just worthless. It's not. It has some things going for it. I don't even think the idea of running 8 similar episodes back-to-back is that bad, so long as it is executed properly and has a good payoff. In this particular instance, the payoff just isn't there. For the other episodes, they definitely felt less entertaining than the best episodes of the original series, though the filming process episodes pay off in spectacularly in the Mikuru Adventures episode. The characters also don't get read more
Feb 27, 2018
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is a unique show. It doesn't really play by the rules. Sometimes this pays off, and sometimes it doesn't. I imagine that this is the heart of why the community is so divided when it comes to this show. The show just isn't always good, but sometimes knocks it out of the park.

I'm just going to make this quick

[Pros & Cons]
[+] Kyon is great. An esoteric, monologue-heavy character that seems like a template for cult classics to come, like Tatami Galaxy and Bakemonogatari.
[+] Sound design is pretty good. Makes select moments really pop.
[+] Some truly great moments. The concert, read more
Feb 18, 2018
Alright, here it is. If we were judging based on the title of a series alone, this would be it. The competition is over. Peak degeneracy. And even in theme, this series is pretty degenerate. But that doesn't stop it from being a pretty decent show. It is a show with pretty bland characters and an average story that is really just dragged across the finish line by its presentation, and particularly its sound design. And that isn't a bad thing.

It turns out being a reasonably good watch, but it is lacking an identity. I still have trouble placing what this show tried to achieve. read more