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Oct 14, 2018
Nothing about Chronos Ruler works or is even remotely interesting. Generally, I have a long-winded and over-analyzed opening introspective on even the lamest anime I review, but I feel it's much better to cut to the chase with this one. It's a Frankenstein's Monster of overdone anime tropes, concepts, humor, tone, and personalities that have been done over and over while providing nothing resembling a single original thought of its own. Chronos Ruler is the festering junkie with halitosis and three undiscovered types of hepatitis waiting behind dumpsters at night to rummage through whatever ideas haven't been used recently by better shows.

STORY: The ...
Jul 21, 2018
Re:Creators (Anime) add
It's going to be a little tricky to not discuss critical spoilers when talking about a show like Re:Creators. It certainly stands out from a lot of titles I've seen and is one of the rare cases when I stumble upon a fairly original concept. The idea of manga and video game characters springing into existence is something that crosses the mind of every fan. The writers of Re:Creators aim to provide subtext and gravity to this idea, but given how ambiguously this title questions the rules in its own complex reality as a sign that the author Daiki Kase either bit off more ...
Dec 10, 2017
D-Frag! (Anime) add
Mixed Feelings
It's not often I stumble across a synopsis for a show that flatout LIES about what it is. Not that I expected D-Frag! to actually be about game development in any shape or form (which an anime about that sounds about as entertaining as watching an apple brown), but D-Frag! seemed so uninterested in its own premise, it barely does anything unique with its loosely established concept and settle on being a rather generic run-of-the-mill shonen comedy that's way too loud while also bringing anything remotely new or charming to the table to muster more than a small handful of laughs over 12 episodes. ...
Jun 1, 2017
One of the things I learned as I studied comedy writing throughout my youthful years, find a creative way to craft the same joke to tell it as many times as possible. Tonari No Seki-kun has one job and does it very well. A show with such a direct premise manages to have me asking many questions.

STORY: I admittedly did little research on The Master of Killing Time prior to watching it, so I was curious to see how it would manage to sustain its humor for 21 minutes. I later learned each episode runs 6 minutes, opening and closing credits. And it's great. ...
Mar 12, 2016
Amagi Brilliant Parks' bright color palette, aura of delightful, happy charm, and exuberant welcoming nature drew me, an otherwise sullen, jaded, and grumpy individual towards it. But absorb these kinds of shows like a sponge and this was no exception. While it initially wasn't as testosterone driven as a comedy series like Gintama or Digagi Kashi, which is totally what I was expecting, Amagi Brilliant Park instead offers a more light novel approach without having to boast a great deal of noise and delivers a great deal of character.

STORY: I enjoy an anime that gives me the plot in a matter of minutes instead ...
Jan 7, 2016
Yumekui Merry (Anime) add
Mixed Feelings
Sometimes I wonder if there is a formula for being able to mess up things like telling a cohesive story, establishing character motivation, and outlining a linear plot that builds interest with each passing episode. If there is, the writing staff behind Dream Eater Merry coined it. Now it isn't the worst example I've seen of this, because that still belongs to titles like RaXephon and Soul Taker, but nearly everything about Dream Eater Merry suffers from this horrible cocktail that ravages a lot of modern anime I watch. If you can only do ONE THING, give me a reason to care.

STORY: One of ...
Nov 7, 2015
Are...are you serious? I have a hard time believing that THIS is the return of Dragonball Z's most notable villain and a good majority of the masses are happy with it. Maybe it's because I am long past the point of liking, much less caring about, the Dragonball universe, but I thought Battle of the Gods was pretty damn good, so that left the door open for me to warrant interest in Frieza's return movie. The lesson learned, as far as I know, is if you're going to make a movie where the genesis is a Japanese metal band doing a song about the character, ...
Aug 14, 2015
Masami Obari. Every time I revisit one of your works, I'm reminded of the time I got a second degree burn on my ring finger from touching an overheated lawnmower. I could reach my hand blindfolded in a bucket full of used needles and come out with something more full of substance than Obari's OAV vehicles. He works primarily in hentai now (and those that I've seen aren't good either, like Viper GTS), but before that, Obari spent the 90's wrecking one of my favorite fighting games with Fatal Fury The Motion Picture, a movie that is brazen proof video-based anime are ultimately bad ...
Jul 6, 2015
Kill la Kill (Anime) add
I wasn't expecting to love this show as much as I did. Trigger has quickly become one of my favorite anime developers. The better half of Gainax's creative team lives on, and that spirit permeates throughout this entertaining thrill ride of an action anime. I became endeared immediately because of how much Kill la Kill feels like an anime from the 90's, the era I grew up and loved the most. It was a simpler time, when charm, wit, and a straightforward mentality towards story writing ensured a memorable experience, and today's stuff can learn a lot from this.
STORY: With Kill la Kill and ...
Feb 13, 2015
When I first got a ticket to see the very first Pokémon movie, it felt like an event. Even if the movie wasn't particularly impressive, the higher budget, production values, and the amazing soundtrack helped it be a bigger deal than it really was. Since then, the movies and their plots have become more of a formality. Diancie and The Cocoon of Destruction is kind of more of the same, as far as the familar structure these films; Ash and Co. meet a talking, magical pokemon and help stop something from awakening, while poachers, thieves, or some evil human entity looks to capture it ...

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