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Jun 23, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Anyone ever watch a show specifically for one character? Everyone has their own reason for watching something, no matter how odd or specific, no matter how the thing they decide to watch looks like it’ll turn out. Sometimes they just like the vibe and wanna experience that all the way. Sometimes they just really like a song or one of their favorite artists is doing the OP or ED. Sometimes clips have convinced you that a show has baller fights, or in the case of this show, clips have demonstrated one character who sells the anime alone.

It’s not the sister. In fact, let’s get this ...
Dec 30, 2022
Mixed Feelings
“It gets better”

Such a phrase is commonly reserved for multi-season (sometimes action) comedies which take a few episodes or most of a season to experiment before hitting their stride, as well as long-running shounens which tend to explode at a certain arc. That being said, it’s also often used for shows that leave a mediocre or abysmal first impression before allegedly picking up in quality according to a consensus. Chivalry of a Failed Knight, Gundam ZZ, and Symphogear are somewhat popular examples. Whether or not such an argument is convincing or even true is obviously down to preference and case by case basis, but personally, ...
Sep 18, 2022
*spoilers for RWBY Volume 1 and Hyousetsu Teikoku, TL;DR for this behemoth at the bottom*

Before dissecting what makes RWBY: Ice Queendom such a nightmare, there’s one thing that has to be discussed, and it’s that for both us fans who stuck with the original series since the early days, and the team behind the franchise’s inception, this show is a dream come true. When Monty Oum created RWBY and got his friends (Miles Luna and Kerry Shawcross) to bring his ideas to script in the early 2010s, he provided several anime such as Cowboy Bebop as homework so his friends could get more acquainted with ...
Jul 26, 2022
*vague and mild spoilers for Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale*

Things aren't always as they seem.

Back when Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale first made the rounds back in 2017, it was lauded as a massive improvement over the first two seasons. Sure, SAO II received some of said treatment for the first couple of weeks and Alicization would eventually be given this reception almost wholesale, but this film is the first time it stuck. Then again, there is a subsect of viewers who consider this the worst major entry to date. Even many who praise the film's improvements won't come out and say it's good, ...
Jun 24, 2022
“My heart has surrendered” -Airi Suzuki

With each passing season, Kaguya-sama has remained one of the absolute best anime of this past half-decade. As a comedy, it is uproarious, however, part of why it succeeds so above and beyond is due to being one of the most visually inventive and passionately-driven manga adaptations, perhaps ever. A-1 Pictures’ current flagship non-SAO title is a three-time triumph, with this latest series pushing everything to new heights while ratcheting up so much of last season’s drama to create one of the most electrifying binging experiences this side of Mawaru Penguindrum!

For the 5th time in a row, it bears repeating ...
Feb 13, 2022
*spoilers for Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-hen and Yuukaku-hen

Kimetsu no Yaiba's ultimate downfall can be quickly surmised as an attitude problem. The series's lack of respect for its audience or characters, its incessantly speedy pacing between arcs, and its inane humor can all be boiled down to this singular, core problem. Its sheer lack of restraint can be felt from that attitude problem as well.

What made Mugen Train function was its limitations which forced the series to straighten up and dial back in all the bullshit which made the first season largely intolerable. However, this second season, Yuukaku-hen slips back into some of these old ...
Nov 26, 2021
*mild spoilers for Gundam Breaker: Battlogue*

Gunpla anime have always been advertisements at heart. They're akin to the likes of Yugioh and Bakugan where shounen pots are created over the vehicle of selling cool new products to kids and nerds. For Yugioh and Cardfight Vanguard, it's trading cards. For Bakugan, it's small, transformable marble things with cards. For Gunpla Builders Beginning G, the Build Fighters and Build Divers continuities, and now Gundam Breaker Battlogue, it's the plastic model kits.

GBB is a little different than the rest. While the aforementioned Gunpla titles were fun shounen tournament romps, VR conflicts, and whatever the hell Re:Rise did, it was ...
Sep 28, 2021
Perhaps it's time to play Devil's Advocate.

Idaten Deities is certainly an oddball among the Summer 2021 line-up. By far one of the most lavishly animated, stylistically interesting, and well-produced shows of the year has been largely ignored, and similarly written off as nothing more than incomprehensible edgy garbage that's "style over substance".

What a silly pain in the ass this buzzterm is. It's nothing more than an excuse for people to dismiss a well-animated work they don't like because the writing isn't trying to be the 10/10 kino that the visuals are. It's not because the writing actually gets in the way of all the spectacle ...
Sep 21, 2021
Mixed Feelings
*spoilers for both parts of Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken 2nd Season*

Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken has always struggled at maintaining the same level of interest when it gets going as it has whenever a new arc or season starts. The best story has long since come and gone with the end of Slime S1’s first ⅓. Since the series has shifted its focus from being about a cute slime starting and maintaining a kingdom to facing a new wave of outside threats to his ever-expanding kingdom of diplomacy, it’s been more difficult to let the series off scot-free for any mistakes as things get ...
Aug 23, 2021
*spoilers for Kimetsu no Yaiba Movie: Mugen Ressha-hen*

Groupwatching this film was a nerve-racking prospect. After all, even with friends, the first season was a miserable experience. The show was bogged down by several overarching and intertwined issues that turned a potentially resonant story into a nightmare for most of its run. A film that's more of the same wouldn't be much fun, right.

Well, Mugen Train did the impossible: it truly showcased what this series was capable of. How? Simply put: it's Kimetsu no Yaiba without all the bullshit.

Slight exaggeration, but honestly, now that we're operating under a 2-hour film runtime, there's just no time for ...

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