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Mar 12, 2016
"Humor has to surprise us; otherwise, it isn't funny."

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun is about a girl named Chiyo who tries to confess to her crush. He misunderstands her confession and decides to take her as his assistant, because, as it turns out, he is a romance manga author, and he seeks inspiration from the people he knows to create his characters. Hilarity is supposedly ensues, but doesn't really.

Despite premises like that having been done before, I thought that was an interesting idea. However, comedy anime is unfortunately not very good at remaining consistenly funny, and would rather remain repetitive rather than come up with something new read more
Jan 16, 2016
Fiction exists as a distraction. There exists many kinds of fiction: comedy, adventure, drama, etc. And then there's shallow wish fulfillment shlock that only exists for the purpose of pandering. Thus, No Game No Life exists.

No Game No Life is the "story" of two NEET siblings, Sora (18 years old) and Shiro (11 years old) who form a team known as "Blank". One day, they get sucked into another world called Disboard, wherein every conflict is resolved through games, including political affairs. Thus, when Stephanie, the princess of Elchea, loses her inheritance to the throne after losing a game of poker, Sora and Shiro decide read more
Dec 24, 2015

Monogatari takes place in a city populated by about 20 people, cardboard cutouts and kanji characters, and follows the story of Koyomi Araragi as he meets girls who have supernatural oddity-related issues in their lives and tries to help them.

I am not a fan of the Monogatari anime, but I will get into why later in this review.

The characters are all pretty much what you'd expect from a harem anime. There's the selfless main character, the Tsundere girlfriend, the shy Moe girl who turns out to actually be psycho and manipulative, the smart girl who read more
Dec 9, 2015

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is a show about Nozomu Itoshiki, an extremely melodramatic man whose suicide is interrupted by Kafuka Fuura, a happy-go-lucky, perpetually optimistic girl. Itoshiki turns out to be a teacher, and when he goes to teach his class, it turns out that almost every single one of his students has severe mental problems as well.

Now, the premise is already hilarious enough, and for the most part, the show delivers in terms of comedy and satire.

However, the show is admittedly rather formulaic. Almost every episode follows more-or-less the same pattern: A problem/quirk regarding society is shown, Itoshiki rants about it, his read more
Dec 8, 2015
"Brevity is the soul of wit."
-William Shakespeare

If you're expecting a typical Kyoto Animation slice-of-life anime, this is pretty much that type of show. And much like most of their other shows, I find it pretty boring.

Nichijou is what the title indicates: ordinary lives. However, this show's gimmick is that it overexaggerates everything. The characters are all the same type of characters that we've already seen in other shows like this: the dumb one who tells shit jokes, the Straight Man, the perpetually-serious one who does crazy shit for no reason, the Child Prodigy, the annoying Tsundere, etc.

The problem with Nichijou is that it tries too read more