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Aug 31, 2021
I feel like I've just witnessed the end of an era.

Did Thrice Upon A Time have a solid story, hell no. In fact I'd argue the entire latter half of the rebuild movies were kind of a mess, however 3.0+1.0 was clearly Hideki Anno giving us fans a last flip of the bird, and I respect that. I enjoyed the hell out of it even as it dismantled it's narrative before me. Who could argue this this hasn't been one of the most vile and disgusting fan bases to have ever existed? Not all of us, but too many indeed. I think the letters flashed read more
Apr 27, 2020
"I don't know if the world is beautiful, but it sure is big!" - Hermes

Having recently watched the 2017 adaptation of Kino's Journey I felt it was only appropriate to check out this version as well. I can can say with certainty that this 2003 adaptation is a superior series. If you have not seen either I recommend you start with this one, then pick up the 2017 one. If you've already seen the 2017, you might as well watch this one as well as it mostly covers different chapters from the light novel series. In the few cases where they adapted the same chapters, read more
Apr 25, 2020
Standalone:

Kino's Journey (2017) is an interesting examination of cultural practices, political ideology, and personal philosophy. It mainly uses our protagonist Kino as a lens through which the origins and/or results of those things are observed, at times also acting to correct what she sees as unbearable injustice, or failing systems. By framing cultures and practices loosely similar to our own civilizations, Kino's Journey attempts to make us introspectively examine our own lives and the systems around us. However while similar they are not the same. The systems examined are basically taken to the extreme ends of an ideology, and taken all the way to their read more
Apr 22, 2018
When the Winter season began I pretty much brushed this one off as just another moe show and missed it entirely. By about mid season I started hearing some interesting buzz about this series, so i gave it a chance and watched the first episode. I was instantly hooked. I must say so right now that I absolutely will recommend this anime to everyone.

When these girls take off on their journey to a place farther than the universe, you will be dragged right along with them. On their road forward you will cheer with them, laugh with them, and at every turn cry with them.

Sora read more
Apr 2, 2018
"A beautiful work of art" is perhaps the only way to describe this series. I must applaud the director, the writer/s, and anyone involved in planning every shot and every scene. They have broken my heart, and warmed my soul many times over throughout it's run. Whats more impressive is the way they could drop the devastating weight of a thousand worlds onto somebody's shoulders with the placement of a single shogi piece.

The music, the dialogues and monologues, every cut, every visualization draws you in to each character so deeply that you can't help but to become them in that moment. Every character's emotions and read more
Apr 2, 2018
This anime gives us a beautiful and unusually realistic glimpse into depression, anxiety, and isolation. Each of these issues are tackled through multiple characters with their own perspective on the matter and their own methods of coping. It demonstrates the numerous different ways we may define "strength." I would definitely recommend this series to everyone.

What I liked best about this anime was that when learning to write a story we're often told that all the supporting characters need to be real, that they can't just exist for the sake of having people for your protagonist to interact with. They must each have their own stories read more
Sep 28, 2015
If you have managed to avoid all information regarding this show up until now...GOOD, plug your ears, cover your eyes, and go watch the first episode RIGHT NOW before you come across spoilers. I was not so lucky. But don't worry if you really want to read a review, there are no spoilers here.

This series is what i would call "GENRE BREAKING" Gakkougurashi is to slice of life moe what Puella Magi Madoka Magica was to magical girl anime.

This is a slice of life moe series to be sure with the typical school setting, but what makes it unique is the situation in which read more
Jan 9, 2014
Preliminary
The first few minutes of this show is surely enough to make a grown man cry. It is one of the most powerful few minutes of anime i've ever seen.

The show itself focuses on alienation, childhood trauma, and the problems which persist after the events pass. It deals with this in the form of comedy with a bit of drama in between, but mostly comedy. Sadly the show as a whole pitters out at the end where all of the Kotoura's problems simply cease being a problem, and every other conflict along the way gets glossed over with comedy.

to sum it all up though it read more
Jan 9, 2014
"Roses are red, Violets are blue." The phrase is used as the subtitle of the first episode and sums up the conflict of the entire series.

One of the main ways we learn about the world is by being told. Told by those which we accept as our elders, an authority on the subject perhaps. They tell us how we should act, how we should be. They tell us what normal is, what's acceptable, and what is not. Roses are red, and violets are blue, boys are supposed to be one way and girls another. Anything that strays from those guidelines and doesn't fit into the read more
Oct 14, 2013
Shingeki no Kyoujin or "Attack on Titan" was one of the most anticipated shows of the season if not possibly the year. Done by Studio Wit, which if i'm correct was a group which spawned from Productions IG, with assistance from IG and music by Hiroyuki Sawano. Put IG and Sawano together and surely you've got the recipe for a breath taking series.

The art was pretty unique using thick and heavy lines that punched out the characters on the screen, while at the same time using more subdued colors to blend them into the scene. The background art was beautiful and often they'll use wide read more