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May 22, 2018
In the hellfires of the battlefield, people are predestined to die. The tragedy of this reality doesn’t impact the dead, or usually even the survivors, but instead, the families of those who lost their lives. Seeing war firsthand can be as traumatizing as losing someone in it. In fiction, we often take for granted the sheer levels of brutality on display in shows like this, as we relish in the spectacle of the fights and the possible charm of the combatants, at least until one we care about dies. Gundam has nearly always embodied this as a franchise, but nowhere has the franchise been more read more
May 18, 2018
Some things need to stand alone.

Sequels are a gamble, especially when the time gap between original and sequel grows and grows. They tend to be put under more scrutiny than their predecessors, as they not only have to deal with standing tall as installments in their own right, but they need to provide merit as a sequel to a product that never needed one. The trickiest prospect involved is the anniversary sequel, as that is where you’re most likely to enact the gambit. Some projects of this nature can pay off in a way that respects the original and becomes its own product, perhaps even read more
May 13, 2018
Presage Flower is truly unsettling, in an amount of senses that is in and of itself, only describable with this word. There is little comfort to be had, as the brutal fights, lavish detail in Ufotable’s visuals, and the hauntingly melodic pieces by Yuki Kajiura convey an atmosphere of dread that permeates most of the film. It is truly an ominous, even exhausting piece of work, one not meant for the eyes of the unfamiliar.

This film is newcomer-repellant, as it goes so out of its way to not clue you in on anything, and outright skip the first major battle, the moment of our read more
May 6, 2018
*Disclaimer: Admittedly, the ideal way to read this theme rant is by having an experience with the full show in mind. Hopefully this isn't much of a problem. With that out of the way, let the description begin!*

The more I think about Re:Zero, the more infuriating it becomes. 2016’s tentpole zeppelin is savagely overhyped and ultimately a sham, production and music be damned! It shot for the stars, gave up halfway, and settled for Venus. It had a lofty goal of delivering a message to the audience about their habits, but amidst the laughable, self-indulgent torture of its main character and neat-looking “directing tricks”, it read more
May 1, 2018
It’s been over a year since the demon known as Hand Shakers, terrorized the land. It has been over a year since it had been slain. It has been over a year since the community at large celebrated their victory.

3 months after the warriors of MyAnimeList finished their assault, a hatchling had been born. Son of Hand Shakers, it was called. No one knew why it was produced, as the purpose it would set out to fulfil was done so by Hand Shakers already. People had been anticipating the day it would enrage the community. However, it was late. So late, in fact, that everyone read more
Apr 7, 2018
To my loving father and family,

I’m sure you're well aware of what transpired yesterday, and I am deeply aware you're eager to know what up to that moment. I understand you, all miss me, and want to know what my life at school was like so far.

Despite what a lovely time I am having, it did not begin this way. When Ikki and I first met, it was embarrassingly rocky for the two of us, even upon getting to know what we each strive for. Some embarrassing incidents occurred that did not help our situations, especially when I met his sister for the first read more
Apr 4, 2018
Dear Violet Evergarden:

With news of your arrival, you managed to rally up our community in a way no upcoming first installment title has before. The way you presented yourself was inviting, enchanting even. Few knew exactly what they were in for, but while not many expected a work as flawed as yourself, they knew to expect something beautiful. Your approach to conveying emotion is interesting, to say the least. Your intentions were rather wonderful: to show someone adjust to life after a war in which her entire existence was predicated towards, while trying to understand and convey emotions via letters and experiences in order to read more
Apr 2, 2018
Born directly from the father of Type Moon, Kinoko Nasu himself, Fate/Extra: Last Encore is a fascinating title in the franchise of Fate, and the Type Moon universe at large. Despite Nasu’s attempts to inform everyone about the intentions behind this anime and how everyone would be at an even playing field here, mass confusion broke out. It is only loosely based on the game, and due to the unique circumstances of the show’s narrative, it has been deemed unfit as a start. Perhaps this explains the disgustingly poor reception of this wonderful show.

Such a shame, since this anime is a sheer, flooring spectacle. It read more
Mar 29, 2018
Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody seems almost as perfunctory as anime gets, as if to be the self-appointed embodiment of “anime today, 2018”, but with some sense of restraint, much to the relief of some. By that same token, it manages to actually somewhat succeed at being incredibly basic, because sadly, it's hard to find a show that can pull this off. Giving the finger to SAO, Re:Zero, and Isekai wa Smartphone, this is Death March’s brief time in the limelight.

I'm sure that at least some who are aware of my outlook on a variety of shows of Death March's ilk read more
Mar 24, 2018
Life is a wonderful, horrible, fascinating, disturbing, and complicated concept to experience.

The idea of existing is fascinating, as you get to have experiences that leave memories that you take with you and leave behind as you live your days in your world. No matter what twisted and painful situations occur in someone’s life, the idea of happiness, and memories worth cherishing, is nigh-universal. Everyone wants to have happy memories before they die. Death is a sad, chilling reality we must face, so we must cherish the life we have as much as we can, with people who will make us feel happy about living and read more