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Mar 26, 2020
- I thought I'd make this my last visit. Sorane-chan was my hope. She was all that I had. But apparently, she doesn't need me. Then there's no point in me coming here anymore.
- Could you sum all that up in a haiku?

Stories about socially unacceptable hobbies/subcultures/lifestyles too often fall into one of the two extremes. Type 1 is a true believer’s exercise in self-celebration, saccharine feel-good tales that gloss over any negativity, which you can take as either irresponsibly naive or maliciously whitewashed (e.g. Shirobako). Type 2 is “look at these dweebs” hot takes made by an outsider with the authenticity and subtlety of read more
Mar 25, 2020
Finally, a VRMMO series written by an author that actually played MMOs before. Even more shockingly, it’s written by an author that can actually write.

You see, because the author actually played MMOs before, he understands that in reality all of them suck major balls, so instead of portraying his fictional game as “realistic,” he portrays it as fun. In a sense, the game is portrayed the way an unspoiled newcomer sees MMOs: as a new world of adventure and endless possibility, one you explore with genuine curiosity and sense of wonder. Not a repetitive grind-fest, fantasy accountant simulator regarding stats and gear, and disappointing technological read more
Mar 23, 2020
It’s an animal trivia-based absurdist comedy. It’s good. If I had to describe it in one word, I’d call it “dumb fun for smart people with refined taste and appreciation for wit.” Here’s what a comedy series should do to be a 10:

- Out of all the animal-factoids-applied-to-a-humanoid-society shows of the last few years this one is easily the most ingenious in the way, well, in the way the animal trivia is applied to the humanoid societal circumstances and situations (taking into account that the end-goal here is making gags).

- The comedy is consistently funny, again, because the gags are artfully built on the trivia read more
Mar 22, 2020
I really wanted to love this show, it’s just there is nothing to love, because there is nothing, period. It is entirely devoid of substance.

The series is a monster-of-the-week about three aspiring anime creators, the “monster” being them imagining their various everyday happenstances as fantastical animated dream sequences. There is some glimpse of a plot about their anime-making school club, but that’s not the point, the point is a love letter to the medium, celebrating the creative power of animation. These imaginative scenarios are indeed creative and pleasant to look at. You know what else is creative and pleasant to look at? Actual anime, where read more
Jan 18, 2020
Girl 1: I'm not going to pretend to be friends with someone who has no ambition to improve! If we're doing this, we're going to try to be the best in Japan! Are you ready for that?!
Girl 2 (tearing up): I just wanna have fun competing in the Olympics with everyone…

Have you ever seen an anime that is so generic and by-the-numbers, it loops backs to being a unique experience, because nothing else is so close to the platonic ideal of genericness? Rifle Is Beautiful starts as that show. The “sad puppy with a bunny-ears ribbon” face of the MC that permanently looks off-model even read more
Dec 23, 2019
Q: Does this recap include any new content you won’t get from just watching the series?
A: Yes.

The episode’s script is an original voice-over of the main cast discussing their perspective on the events so far, plus the breakdown of the competitive shooting rules, plus some background info on the characters. The latter also includes the character profile cards which are mostly done for comedy.
Just wanted to get this out because I’m mad I almost got tricked into skipping effectively a regular episode by some idiots that unironically think that content of an anime series consists entirely out of the moving pictures, not its dialogues or read more
Dec 22, 2019
“At almost no point in that story did I feel any sympathy for you.”

What I expected - Aggretsuko, male version. What I got - an unholy abomination made out of the body parts of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Bojack Horseman, and Happy Tree Friends.

The eclectic nature of this show is most visible in its animation - one third traditional drawings, one third ugly-cute motion capture (the PV of the voice actors in facepaint posing for reference photos is what made me watch this in the first place), and one third surreal animation disasters reminiscent of the early 00s Newgrounds flash animations.

“Surreal” is also the read more
Dec 18, 2019
Terrible fanfiction based on a great source material.

This is the kind of adaptation that I never expected to experience again - because it’s not the early 00s anymore and Studio Gonzo (of that era) is, thankfully, dead. If you’ve had the misfortune of watching Hellsing TV, Rosario + Vampire or FMA 2003 I can just go ahead and say this show is one of those. If not - well, this is a manga “adaptation” that starts by following the manga plot, switches to the completely original material halfway, and the twist is that the anime-original parts are garbage. Here’s a bunch of ways in which read more
Dec 13, 2019
“Mix the chlorosulfuric acid into the acetanilide we just made, and we get para-acetamidobenzenesulfonyl chloride.”

Dr. Stone is a very, very good children’s cartoon. Easily one of the best series to ever come out of the Weekly Shonen Jump. Normally, I wouldn’t care about a children’s cartoon enough to review it, cause I’m an adult (it’s a joke, it’s hard to convey the comedic intent in writing because you can’t do intonations… so you wouldn’t get it unless I explain it). But the polarized audience reaction to this show is a phenomenon interesting in itself.

Dr. Stone very vividly demonstrates that any show has two completely distinct read more
Dec 5, 2019
What a weird project.

First things first - it’s a full 3DCG series that half the time (the humans/downtime) has like 8 fps, I can tolerate it, but I won’t be surprised if some people would literally have their eyes bleed from this. However, the parts that matter (mecha fight scenes) run much smoother, have very impressive choreography and the level of detail that simply isn’t possible for the traditional animation (hundreds of accurately portrayed shell casings flying around with realistic physics).

With that out of the way, I imagine 9 out of 10 people would know this exists because of the Gen Urobuchi’s name in the read more