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Aug 27, 2020
The first two seasons of Aggretsuko are, to put it shortly, excellent. It's amazing the amount of effort that was put into making what could've easily just been a marketing vehicle into a funny, relatable anime with characters who are so much more than merchandise bait (though, trust me, they're all keychain-worthy). Of course I was excited for this third season, though there was this nagging feeling in the back of my brain about some of the stranger elements of the trailer I'd seen. An idol group subplot joining the story of a workplace comedy seems like the type of thing that a show that's ...
Jun 14, 2019
Aggretsuko stans, come get y'all juice.

After a year that began to seem like an eternity, Sanrio has blessed us with a new season of Aggretsuko (certainly blessing their own wallets in the process with the revived merchandise sales it'll result in). There was plenty at stake, as well as plenty to resolve that was left over from the first season.

I'm very happy to report that Sanrio has more than delivered. Much like the first season, Aggretsuko not only anthropomorphizes its animal characters - it humanizes them into characters the viewer comes to really care about, including a few characters they have been on the fence ...
May 29, 2019
I Like It (Anime) add
Yes, that is Cardi B’s face on your anime database.

Before you march on the forums with pitchforks and yell about Avatar and Thunderbolt Fantasy, let me explain this. For some reason, based on the success of her single “I Like It”, someone at Warner Music Japan decided to create an ‘anime edition’ of the music video.

It’s not the worst idea, but it’s a dangerous one if not handled by the right people. Unfortunately, I don’t think the right people were involved with this one. In fact, I believe that the right people may have been strapped to a missile and shot into the Sun before ...
Apr 30, 2019
Mixed Feelings
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Snoozefest

The first handful of episodes actually set up a really promising start to a potentially groundbreaking isekai. It's also the only anime where a tsundere dragon gets vored by a slime, so I definitely have to give it credit for that.

However, as the show enters the 10+ episode mark, a critical issue becomes apparent. This issue is the fact that the show's writers don't care about the new side characters that are introduced for Rimuru to help with, yet at the same time expect us to care. For some unexplainable reason, the show decides to have some generic ...
Apr 24, 2019
What do you do when your fans grow up?

Rilakkuma and his friends began their lives as mascots developed by the San-X company in 2003. Their initial appearance in children’s picture books made them desirable for very young children to acquire merchandise of—rather that be stuffed animals, notebooks, or anything else their little hearts desired. (Such is the genius of companies like this who manufacture adorable characters to essentially print money.)

After sixteen years, the characters (and their fans) are getting up there in age. (Thankfully due to the magic of animation, Rilakkuma and his friends will always appear the same age, with the same cuteness.) Some ...
Dec 20, 2018
"Instagram is eating her soul!"
"They're not gonna like this episode."

As much as I would happily devour a big plate of Aggretsuko season 2 right now, this Christmas special was an unexpected and very pleasant surprise. A bit longer then the normal episodes of season 1, it not only addresses a plot point from the end of the first season, but retains all the charm of the cast and their various ways of celebrating Christmas. We even get a glimpse at Retsuko's ex on Christmas!

This quick little Christmas special is not only funny, but heartwarming as well. Out of the few anime Christmas episodes that exist, ...
Nov 9, 2018
Preliminary (6/26 eps)
Guess who’s back, back again? Pingu’s back, tell a friend…

I guess we should start by addressing the elephant in the room. There’s a lot less hype and discussion around this second season then there was the first. This is by no fault of Pingu, but rather the fact that he’s seen as a “dead meme” among the majority. The “Pingu is 10/10” trend was misunderstood as a ‘meme’ by many who didn’t actually bother to watch the show. Once it ran through the traditional lifecycle of a meme, Pingu faded from public interest, despite the show itself not dropping in quality at all.

True Pingu fans ...
Aug 20, 2018
I had no intention of watching Eromanga-sensei. When it first aired, I saw the fan reaction, which was largely mixed but clearly indicated it wasn't for me. While I enjoyed the first season of Oreimo, the second season and the OVAs turned into a form of quicksand that sucked vulnerable viewers into bad writing and a bad ending. (There's a good reason why there are multiple GIFs of people destroying their computers/TVs after finishing Oreimo.)

Not wanting to put myself through anything close to that, I put it on my "to never watch" list. However, upon joining the MAL Discord, I found a regular user who ...
Jun 28, 2018
If more people saw this, it would have a lower average score than a 5.

As of this writing, 332 people are "watching" this anime (or simply haven't taken it off their "Watching" after viewing the first episode), 217 have completed it, 92 have put it "on-hold" (dropping for people who don't drop), and 201 dropped it. More people have basically dropped this show that takes an hour to watch then completed it.

Guess it's appropriate that it's made by Studio Drop. *rimshot* Thank you, I'll be here all week.

I don't blame any of the people who dropped this one bit. This is literally one of the ...
Jun 23, 2018
Mixed Feelings
In the summer of 2016, J.C.Staff released an anime based on a manga by the creator of Aria. This element alone was enough to get some people’s eyes to light up, but the anime also featured diving, strong friendship/possible yuri subtext, cute animals, and memorable verbal tics. This anime went by the name of Amanchu!, and was a moderate success with fans of slice of life anime, as well as those who either were familiar with or were fascinated by knowing more about the sport of diving.

Two years later, a second season has come onto the scene. While every fan seemed to initially welcome ...