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Sep 3, 2018
I am not the biggest fan of either Ecchi or Harem shows. Neither of them align with my personal tastes, and I find the tropes associated with them among the worst anime has to offer. But that doesn’t mean I’m just going to write off the entire genre. I mean, Ouran was essentially a reverse harem show, and it's one of my favorite high school comedies ever. I’m certain there are good shows out there that fall into these categories, and one day, I might come across one that sways me to the potential of what these genres have to offer.

But I know this for read more
Jul 24, 2018

I will always defend the original TV ending of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Yes, it barely answered any of the long-standing lore and plot questions, but I’ve always suspected that was kind of the point. It still brought Shinji’s arc of learning to accept himself and the world in all their shades of grey to a fantastic, soul-enriching close, which is what really matters in the end. And while it’s clear Gainax was working under the tightest restraints possible, a large part of the ending’s impact comes from how Hideaki Anno and his crew worked within those restraints, making read more
Jul 24, 2018
I’ll admit, when I first started watching Ouran Highschool Host Club, I wasn’t sure how much it would really stick with me once it was over. Oh, I knew I would enjoy it immensely, but would a silly show about silly boys being silly really have all that much meat for me to chew on? Honestly, I thought this would just be a fun distraction on the way to meatier, more substantial shows on my watchlist.

Readers, I have never been so happy to be wrong in my life.

Make no mistake, Ouran is a very silly show, and it embraces that fact. The comedy is zany, read more
Jul 24, 2018
I’ll admit, I have some mixed feelings on Jojo’s as a whole. While it’s certainly wonderfully ridiculous and unique, I tend to find the characters kind of bland and one-note, and some running gags to be overused. That doesn’t mean I hate it, it just means it’s a crapshoot on whether or not I enjoy certain parts.

Thankfully, Diamond is Unbreakable is the most consistent Jojo’s has been so far, not as ludicrously fun as Battle Tendency, but by far the most solid storytelling the series has ever had. Unlike previous parts, which were big adventure epics where the fate of the world hung in the read more
Jul 24, 2018
*minor spoilers to follow*

Hey, Studio WIT? You know I appreciate a lot of what you do, what with your usually stellar animation and direction. And Attack on Titan is still awesome. But this thing you’re doing? All these stories you’re telling about teenage girls in relationships with middle-aged men? Maybe, I dunno, step off that a bit? Cause you’re kiiiiiiiiinda starting to worry me.

Okay, kidding aside, it is a little curious to see Wit put out two productions pretty much back-to-back centered around the same problematic topic, although After the Rain is definitely far more grounded in reality than Magus Bride. No fantasy worlds or read more
Jul 24, 2018
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If you asked me to describe what kind of show Another was, I’d have to give that question a lot of thought before answering. It’s definitely a horror story, but it’s also an amalgamation of a lot of different ideas, tones, and themes, sewn together into a single bloodstained tapestry. Thankfully, the vast majority of these disparate parts work, and the result is one hell of an engaging ride

First and foremost, Another is a mystery, and a damn good one at that. It centers around Kouichi, a high school student who's just moved to a new town where everything seems a bit... off. His classmates read more
Jul 24, 2018

I am a huge fan of today’s boom of American kid’s cartoons that work just as well for adults, like Gravity Falls, Star vs the Forces of Evil, and especially Steven Universe. We know kids will watch anything, so it can be so easy to just crank out mindless nonsense for them and laugh all the way to the bank. But the storytellers of today realize that kid’s stuff matters. What we watch as children can color our worldview and teach us lessons about the read more
Apr 6, 2018
First impressions count for a lot. That's true for a lot of things, but especially in anime. There are so many shows and so little time to watch them all, so being able to grab you right from the outset is, if not an indicator or overall quality, at least a good start in gaining traction and attention.

Kyoukai no Kanata, or Beyond the Boundary, begins with our lead hero trying to talk a girl out of a suicide attempt by saying he finds her sexy, to which she responds by stabbing him through the chest with a blade forged from her own blood.

In other words, read more
Apr 6, 2018
There's a tendency among the anime community today to decry the proliferation of light novel adaptations, and it's far from unjustified. They're often poorly written, lazily produced, and just generally representative of anime's worst habits. But perhaps we should have seen this coming. After all, when a mediocre show is somehow praised and held up as the paragon of imagination and creativity of its time, then its inevitable copycats can only ever be even worse. Which brings me to The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, the show that arguably started the light novel adaptation boom.

The plot, such as it is, is centered around Kyon, a high read more
Apr 5, 2018
Consider: can the universe be justifiably called infinite?
It may not have a discernible end, but it had a beginning.
And its component parts definitely have a limited cosmological shelf-life.
Splitting hairs or not, if history tells us anything, it's that scientists often make very poor poets.
We’re all just a ship of fools chasing phantoms, heedless of what really underwrites natural law.

So begins Steins;Gate, the show of time-travel twists and turns that took the anime community by storm back in 2011. And if that poetic science-babble (courtesy of the excellent English dub) set to a fuzzy tracking shot of telephone polls interspersed with flashes of a weary cityscape read more