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Jun 22, 2018
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(Dark and Edgy: Magical Girls Edition)

What are the essential elements that make a show dark and edgy? It must contain awful and terrible events happening to our characters, a dark and troubled past, causing anguish, a bleak setting, and very obvious good and bad characters.

This show has it all, and more.

The show aims for shock value with no clear narrative to justify its inclusion. It also deliberately has exaggerated facial expressions with “dark” dialogue to reinforce the dark and edginess. After a certain point, I stopped caring about the setting and characters, I didn’t care whether they lived or died, or read more
Jun 20, 2018
[The Chibi Zone]

There is an anime series beyond that which is known to viewers. It is a series as small as its main characters, and as short as any three minute video. It is the middle ground between promotional videos and full length 24 minute episodes, between hand-drawn manga illustrations and computer animations, and it lies between the whites of one’s eyes and the screen of one’s monitor. This is a series of super deformed characters. It is an art style which we call chibi. Next stop, the Chibi Zone!

STORY:

You notice there are twelve episodes, each comprising 3 minutes and 41 seconds. However, read more
Jun 20, 2018
[Yuri Harem: a Three Minute Short]

From the studio that brought us Netsuzou TRap and Osake wa Fuufu ni Natte kara comes their latest short: Tachibanakan Triangle. Adapted from the manga of the same name, you can expect the studio to produce a “quality” adaptation. In fact, I believe the studio has the capability to cram over 30 pages of manga content into a three minute anime and make it work. And if you believe that is a “quality” adaptation then I have a bridge to sell you.

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Synopsis: expecting a normal life, Natsuno Hanabi returns to her hometown to study at a local read more
May 21, 2018
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(Housework, Bathhouse, and Swimsuits)

This OVA details the events of what happened to Erina during her time at the Polar Star Dormitory. This OVA is broken up into two events:

First Event: Erina had ran away from home with the aide of Hisako Arato, Alice Nakiri, and Ryou Kurokiba, and taken into care by all members of the Polar Star Dormitory. Upon, entering the Dormitory, she realizes how little she knows about using everyday appliances, in this case doing laundry and using the washing machine, and using the vacuum cleaner.

Second Event: After, Shouji Satou and Daigo Aoki accidentally destroyed the Polar Star’s read more
Apr 16, 2018
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[A Disservice to the Manga]

Anime adaptations from visual novels, light novels, and manga form the majority of every season lineup. And during every season, I would checkout the various shows that piqued my interest. One show that interested me was Hajimete no Gal. Since, I was familiar with the source material, I expected an adequate adaptation. Unfortunately, my expectations were not met. I wanted the show to focus on the growing relationship between the two main characters and their many “firsts”. Instead, what I watched was a shoddy story-line with rushed plot events and one-dimensional characters read more
Apr 12, 2018
[Pop Culture References + Meme + Anime = Pop Team Epic]

[Alternative Title – Memes, References, and High Quality Shitpost: the anime]

*Part 1 of Review*

(For those curious about this series, read this review):

STORY:

Story? Who needs a story. Can’t have a story, if you never had one. It’s just random shit happening on screen because that’s how Pop Team Epic rolls. The series features a variety of humor, ranging from black comedy (i.e. gallows humor – my favorite type of humor) to surreal humor to anti-humor, and to meta-jokes and parodies.

The series features many pop culture references, such as: Earth, Wind & Fire, Pokémon, Hoshiiro Girldrop, Kimi read more
Apr 12, 2018
[No Ramen, No Life]

Ramen. A dish that combines a broth with noodles and various toppings to form a savory meal. It’s one of my favorite dishes, and if given the chance, I would like to eat the dishes that Koizumi ate. The show succeeds by informing and providing the viewers an ample amount of information regarding ramen. However, the story is very repetitive and gets old quickly, and the characters are uninteresting, including one annoyance.

STORY:

Story summary: Koizumi is a beautiful and mysterious high school student, who enjoys eating ramen. Everyday, she hunts for the best ramen restaurants and eats at read more
Apr 12, 2018
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(High School DxD Hero Episode 0: An important retcon of the final four episodes of High School DxD BorN)

It has been three years since the last High School DxD season with the previous installment being High School DxD BorN. A season that deviated from its original source material, and added anime original content, specifically episodes 9-12, and major changes to it overall storyline. Changes that angered light novel fans, its author Ichiei Ishibumi, and many others individuals.

This is what happened: Ichiei Ishibumi changed to a different studio, i.e. Passione, and with that change comes a new director, a new series read more
Mar 30, 2018
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(The Creation of the Plot)

In the beginning, Studio Bridge conceptualized Nanatsu no Bitoku; a spin-off from Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai. A mere concept that was without characters and a story; a deadline was looming over them, and Studio Bridge was strapped for time.

Then Studio Bridge realized and said, “Let there be seven cute and sexy angels,” and the animators drew them. Studio Bridge saw that the angels were cute and sexy, and separated the angels from the numerous male protagonists.

Studio Bridge called the angels, “Seven Heavenly Virtues ” and named them Michael (Faith), Uriel (Patience), Sariel (Kindness), Sandalphin (Diligence), Metatron read more
Mar 30, 2018
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[A Cliched Magical Girls Tale]

What happens when you combine fairy tales stories, pre-established Anime tropes and stereotypes, and the magical girls genre? The end result is Märchen Mädchen, a battle magical girls show that uses minor aspects of fairy tale origins to create a cliched storyline, shallow characters, and subpar animations.

STORY:

Story summary: Hazuki Kagimura is a shy and socially awkward high school girl, who doesn’t have any friends. Whenever, she gets upset, she finds a book and quickly immerses herself in it, a condition she calls, ‘Story Syndrome’. One day, she spots a cloaked figure (Shizuka) and follows her read more