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Jun 22, 2016
Preliminary
Arpeggio of Blue Steel is an interesting concept on paper--a fleet of mysterious super-powerful warships appears on all of Earth's major bodies of water, and after crushing the world's navies, blockades every nation cutting them off from one another.

A story setup like this when done right could actually be incredibly interesting. What happens to an island nation like Japan when they are forced to live local again? What happens to a nation like China that still relies heavily on seafood? What about a super far flung nation like Australia?

I was expecting an interesting story, but what I got was, unfortunately, a magic read more
Jun 11, 2016
I am a bit late to the Gurren Laggen party, having missed the peak of its popularity by almost a decade. That said, Gurren Laggen (henceforth referred to simply as "GL") is an anime that still ranks competively with the best anime coming out today.

GL is a cathartic anime in that the characters, situations, and events that take place hit all the right notes in the view to make it an overall enjoyable experience. The characters are really no frills, very little time is wasted with non-essential backstory, and only the most crucial parts of what is needed to endear them to the read more
Jun 2, 2016
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans is a series that is obviously trying to do something "new" with the often predictable story of Gundam-genre shows. To this end, it succeeds in some places and fails in others. It is a ponderous, often slow-moving character-focused anime that actually does not focus very much on mobile suits at all.

Set in an alternate universe not explored before in Gundam, IBO follows a group of rebellious "space rats", children who are essentially corporate slaves, as they overthrow their corporate masters and work to establish an independent economic sphere on Mars.

I say that IBO is attempting to do something read more
Nov 2, 2015
Gundam: Reconguista in G (from hence forth RG) is an ambitious project from a man who made the Gundam metafranchise what it is today. The show takes some big risks, but unfortunately, the execution leaves much to be desired.

First some back story. When Tomino produced the original Mobile Suit Gundam, he was struggling with deep depression and extreme suicidal thoughts. This led to his signature "Kill'em All Tomino" storytelling that bears a remarkable resemblance to George R.R. Martin's way of storytelling today--develop characters, get the audience invested, then give them the axe. By the mid-90s, however, Tomino was receiving treatment and read more