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Sep 17, 2021
Have you heard of "fake stories within a story?"

Take the "Home Alone" franchise, for example. Kevin McCallister spends his Winter holiday evenings watching the noir movie "Angels with Filthy Souls." The fake film and its fake sequel are really funny mafia parodies; despite not originating from an actual movie, "Merry Christmas, ya' filthy animal" is still an incredibly iconic movie line. Both of these sketches are short and sweet, with each sitting at under 2 minutes. I call them fake stories because they're clearly not meant to hold any narrative importance. The same goes for a sappy romance manga titled "Go Sweet" that Shirogane and read more
Jun 28, 2021
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"Odd" is a nail-biting mystery and witty comedy, complemented with a superb cast of lively characters and a tightly-written script. The momentum of its crime thriller rarely eases up on the brakes. The brilliant writing delivers in droves, with references and social commentary keeping viewers deeply engaged. I had a pretty good idea of where "Odd" was taking me, but the many sights along the way easily rank amongst the most riveting anime you'll find all year. 8/10~

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Welcome aboard. I hope you're seated comfortably. This one's gonna be an especially wild ride; God knows how much of a blast I had myself. It's become increasingly read more
Jun 28, 2021
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"Higehiro" is a story packed with controversies. There are elements within the series which can spark outrage, but I feel that this series does an adequate job with what it's been given. Looking past the nasty implications behind "Higehiro's" age-gap premise reveals an earnest drama brimming with optimism. The healing process that results from Yoshida's initial criminal mistake is the show's strongest selling point, and one of the most heartwarming developments found in anime this season. Unfortunately, "Higehiro" does become hampered by inconsistency in areas of writing and direction. Still, I recommend this watch to those who can handle sensitive content; the hope "Higehiro" instills read more
Jun 26, 2021
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The show's use of emotional harassment acts as a disagreeable hook that gives way to formulaic sex jokes. To say that a majority of "Nagatoro" hinges on this one trick is an understatement. While disturbing for some, Nagatoro's behavior in the anime isn't exactly off-the-table. However, it's still hard to justify how this relationship makes sense, and provides a hurdle that the series struggles to properly address. The series eventually clicks for viewers who can see past this show's messy start. Perhaps "Nagatoro's" biggest tease is what's to come. 6/10~

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Rarely have I entered a show with as much trepidation as I had heading into "Nagatoro." read more
Jun 23, 2021
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"Super Cub" demonstrates how personal fixations can fix us. Besides the frequent bike trivia persistent throughout the series, “Cub” takes its time to revel in the joy of pursuing hobbies. Set to a calming soundtrack and stunning backdrops of the Yamanashi countryside, “Cub” puts us in the driver's seat through relaxing immersion. Viewers without motorcycles need not be worried about doing their homework before approaching this show, as the chill vibes and enjoyment is for everyone. So strap in, sit back and enjoy what this open road has to offer. 7/10~

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Quarantine has been a pretty surreal time. It's bizarre to think that so many of read more
Jun 19, 2021
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Your enjoyment of the show is contingent on whether or not you can overlook the incompatibility of its themes. The individual concepts used in the show are sacrificed at the altar of disappointing writing in order to serve the mission of being an excuse for sci-fi action scenes. VIVY is defined by those ambitions, as it integrates individual ideas that feel both interesting and incongruent. At times VIVY traverses the tightrope, merging story and themes harmoniously to great effect. But the notes start to sound off whenever the plot takes precedence; subpar writing choices and unfulfilling answers leave behind only a cold chassis-covered Mission. This read more
Apr 3, 2021
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Horimiya is more than it appears, for better or for worse. A rushed anime adaptation and inconsistent execution fail to capture the spirit of a manga series I thoroughly enjoyed. Thankfully, a lot of the heart and charm of the franchise still makes its way into the finished product, as do some of the source's more notorious flaws. Horimiya still manages to make a strong impression, with good overall production values and standout sequences. Still, the manga is a significantly different experience, and well-worth your time if you enjoyed the anime. 6/10~

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"Everyone has a side they don't want others to see." "Horimiya" is built around read more
Mar 28, 2021
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AoT S4 interrogates its own past, proving to audiences just why this giant deserves to stay relevant, 7 years after its premiere. Using the Basement reveal to great effect, S4 opens our eyes to more perspectives in this miserable conflict. Constantly drawing parallels to precedents from past seasons, AoT isn't afraid to recontextualize its formula and challenge ideas that were once accepted without second thought. It's not the strongest AoT has ever been, but has every opportunity to achieve those peaks in a sequel as inevitable as the incoming war. 8/10~

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Walls have long been synonymous with the cruel world of Attack on Titan (AoT). From read more
Jan 31, 2021
Ex-Arm (Anime) add (All reviews)
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In the 1993 blockbuster "Jurassic Park," Ian Malcolm confronts John Hammond and his scientists over their genetic resurrection of the dinosaurs. “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should." Words to live by, but as it turns out, all the scientists in the world couldn't account for the possibility that dinosaurs would be, y'know, hungry.

Yoshikatsu Kimura, a live-action filmmaker, stated that his upcoming show "Ex-Arm" would give audiences something never before seen in anime. Yeah, we've certainly never seen a travesty like this before. Like John Hammond, Kimura lacked foresight to recognize a bad read more
Dec 30, 2020
MILD SPOILERS AHEAD

WebToon Anime only ever made sense in hindsight. Back when "Tower of God" was airing I expressed my excitement for what could have been a landmark turning point for both the WebToon and anime markets. I stand by everything I said, and there are undoubtedly good results achieved with this venture. A quick search on Google Trends would reveal that interest in WebToons and Manhwa skyrocketed with the release of ToG. If the goal was to create commercially successful products that brought WebToons mainstream prevalence, the production committees at Crunchyroll certainly succeeded. But despite the corporate success, it's difficult to view this partnership read more