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Mar 23, 2018
This is an odd one. The series started off with an interesting idea about a college student who after one bad date ends up as a half-ghoul forced to consume human flesh to survive. As a horror premise that’s pretty boss. How is he going to come to terms with this and what corrupting effect will this have on him? They certainly do go in for questions like that, but a lot of the series is focused on the sins of prejudice, which is where things seem to go off the rails a bit. I get that people who consume human flesh to survive would read more
Mar 23, 2018
This is a series about death and the effect it has on the living. I’ve seen anime that deal with death before. Actually, I’ve seen a lot of anime that deal with death before. But what makes this one different is how it focuses not on one person’s struggle to find meaning again, but on the devastating effects it has on a group of friends. After Honma’s tragic death her social circle basically disbanded, everyone going their own separate ways and dealing with their grief in different unhealthy ways. Jinta’s the most extreme case, living now as a listless shut-in, but everyone else struggles in read more
Mar 23, 2018
Preliminary
I’m not entirely certain what the point of this anime was. It presents itself as a more realistic version of mechs in space, which is potentially appealing, but more ‘realistic’ seems to mean that it just drops the insane action sequences that makes mech shows so absurd/fun in the first place. And in its place they put... nothing. Nothing at all. The show feels like an empty shell.

It’s not like there’s nothing positive to be said about the series. The starfighter squad sometimes works in a vaguely Battlestar Galactica way. By toning down the extreme personalities they provide an opportunity for a more serious look read more
Mar 18, 2018
This is a series that’s never what it seems. When you turn it on it seems to be an odd mix of Psycho Pass and Death Note. It’s obvious that the series is going to be a police procedural with a quirky and antisocial cop chasing after a supernatural demon boy who hunts serial killers. Except that it isn’t. The hunt is pretty perfunctory and they drop it as soon as they can. Same with the serial killer-hunting stuff. The detective and the boy aren’t even fierce opponents, they just happen to be following different plotlines. The boy’s story isn’t what you expect either. From read more
Mar 17, 2018
So this show is a thing. I didn’t really know what to expect from a show whose basic premise is that the lead character is so powerful that he literally destroys his enemies with a single punch. I mean, doesn’t that make for awfully boring fight scenes? They’ll be over in seconds and there can be no doubt about the outcome or clever tactics to achieve it. And that is broadly true of the series. The only way they can have their long drawn-out anime fight scenes is by having Saitama absent or just presenting a horde of faceless goons. The secondary cast is likeable read more
Mar 17, 2018
I am curious about light novels (a pretty uniquely Japanese thing which we’d probably classify as young adult novels) so I thought I’d give this a go. This novel is a collection of side stories connected to the events of Your Name and as such doesn’t really tell a coherent story of its own. But that’s fine. I enjoyed the film and was curious to see what parts they expanded on. The film had a lot of room for expansion I thought, particularly in the early days. The bodyswapping story seemed ripe for all sorts of incidents surrounding their insertion into unknown yet preexisting social read more
Mar 17, 2018
After years of hearing Clannad: After Story described as the best and most powerful anime of all time I was understandably curious. When I watched Clannad and found it merely okay I assumed that all the good stuff was coming in After Story. And after watching that I’m still confused as to why this series has the reputation it does. Don’t get me wrong, the series is fine. There aren’t an enormous number of things wrong with it. But conversely I found there was little to recommend it either, nor did there seem much to set it apart from other high school-themed anime.

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Mar 14, 2018
There are series out there that just kick your heart’s ass, and the worst of these are the ones that don’t even have the decency to come in through the front door with gloomy visuals and an obviously tearjerker setting. Which is my slightly bitter way of saying that this series will crush your heart by surprise and leave you in tears despite being mostly a comedic and silly romp in a strange afterlife where nobody can die. My God, when a series teeters between lighthearted comedy and ALL THE FEELS it should not succeed at both as well as this one does. Even six read more
Mar 14, 2018
The movie has a great concept about people from two civilizations which fall in opposite directions. The idea of essentially falling upwards (from both perspectives) is unique and leads to some truly inventive scenarios where both Age (an unfortunately confusing name in English) and Patema have to hang on to each other and use their weight to become essentially weightless. It’s helped along by some excellent animation.

Unfortunately, that one idea is really the only compelling and original element in it. Patema’s people are fairly typical tribesmen living in underground caverns. We don’t spend all that much time with them. Age’s people are living on the read more
Mar 12, 2018
You never know what films are going to stick with you years later. I’ve seen many films I’d consider good, but I’ll rewatch very few of them anytime I run across them. This is one of those rarities.

This is, oddly enough, one of the more western-structured anime I’ve seen. Don’t get me wrong, the setting is very Japanese and the only characters that aren’t Japanese or Chinese are still products of those cultures rather than western imports. But the structure, themes, and even music remind me of Hollywood movies more than your typical Japanese film. In fact, I’d go so far as to state that read more