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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 read more
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 read more
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 read more
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 read more
Sep 21, 2021
*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 read more
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 read more
Aug 20, 2021
*spoilers for Kimetsu no Yaiba*

It’s easy to be let down when your expectations are lofty. Unfortunately, disappointment is more than just a decent or lackluster product coming about after one anticipates a masterpiece. It’s perhaps even more frustrating when you set them accordingly and humble them, simply expecting the work in question to be a decent or entertaining action spectacle and time passer with some heart to it. It’s not quite the same as the phrase “I expected nothing and I’m still disappointed”, but it’s similarly annoying and deflating, since a work fails to even live up to the idea of being tolerable.

Kimetsu no Yaiba read more
Jul 4, 2021
*spoilers for Wonder Egg Priority and this dumpster fire of a finale special*

After its production troubles came to light around the time the show had to shove a recap episode into its 12 episode slot, fans privy to these troubles became concerned. As new pieces of information came to light, both within the show, and behind the scenes, everyone wondered just how the show could possibly wrap itself up. There were just too many loose-ends for one special to handle, but there wasn’t enough to truly justify a continuation. Alas, CloverWorks announced a special episode titled “My Priority”, which would seemingly conclude the series.

3 months read more
Jul 4, 2021
*spoilers for Wonder Egg Priority*

Watching a critical darling turn sour over the course of its run never produces a good feeling. Instead of getting excited for a work that will satisfy you or blow your mind, you begin dreading it, perhaps even looking forward to it out of morbid curiosity instead. It’s a Hindenburg, a Titanic in slow-motion, as the cracks begin to show and the behind the scenes production troubles start coming to light. The show was on fire, and it was never gonna amount to what it promised. This is the story of Wonder Egg Priority and its decline in both quality and read more
Jun 18, 2021
*some spoilers for SSSS.Gridman, as SSSS.Dynazenon is a distant sequel that's best experienced with the context of Gridman*

SSSS.Dynazenon is an impressive follow-up to 2018's SSSS.Gridman. It improves on all of the visual elements of its predecessor while having a far superior cast that gets explored with the level of precision rarely seen in 1-cour anime outside of Ping Pong: The Animation. With said rogues gallery, Dynazenon maintains the depth of Gridman while having more overarching themes and ideas to focus on.

SSSS.Gridman was a piece of anti-escapist media. Its focus was on Akane Shinjou and her struggle to accept that she can't just callously play a read more