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Sep 24, 2015
The mixing of genres is a very common thing in works of fiction, but it goes without saying that they won’t always mix well. You could look at that peanut butter and chocolate, and say that it’s a great idea, but the peanut butter coated chocolate probably won’t be as big a success as the chocolate-coated peanut butter. What I’m saying with this delicious analogy, is that a bit of consideration needs to go into what you’re crafting, and if you put too much of one thing where you should have put another, then the end product isn’t going to be very good. In the read more
Aug 16, 2013
A sudden epiphany occurred to me as I got a third of a way through this movie, and it made me stop it to say: "Goddammit." This wasn't a bad exclamation, despite the the choice of words, but a bemusing one, as I realized I was enthralled.. "When was the last time I gave a story a score this high, and when was the last time I said "yes" when I asked if it deserved it?" I know the answer to one of those questions, but that fairly beside the point. Today, at this moment, or whatever moment you choose to read this. I'm going read more
Aug 6, 2011
Mixing genres; as a writer, when you mix genre you have to be careful or one genre’s over-representation can overwhelm the other, and subsequently alienate your readers. There are some genres that go well together, like romance and drama, or action and fantasy. But then there are others like drama and comedy that can conflict so much the readers rage at the sight of one or the other. There is nothing stopping such genres from mixing well, but for that to happen a writer has to take care, and in the case of Nabari no ou it doesn’t seem like the writers did.

Nabari starts by read more
Nov 27, 2010
From the standpoint of a storyteller, the slice of life genre is the biggest you can use and because it's slice of life it can make for a long story. The problem however, is that the genre is almost always filled with generic things. You'll get a protagonist in a high school full of tropes, and despite what the writer might want you to believe, if you've watch or read slice of life then you've probably seen it all before. That's where Hourou Musuko stands out. While it is slice of life, it is more specifically the characters' life, which makes it one of few read more
Nov 27, 2010
Oh how the times have changed. At a point earlier in my life, before I reached what was probably the half-way point of Elfen Lied, I would have given this an overall better score, but I'm afraid things did not allow that. If anything, elfen lied is a testament to having to finish a series before you have a good idea of how you're going to address it, and for that reason before I go on I want to bring something up. Elfen Lied might tempt you with scenes of gorn, but it takes a lot more than that before a series can be called read more
Nov 19, 2010
There comes a time in everyones life when they have to deal with the errors they made in the past, but more oft than not, people choose not to. I however, have a tendency to go into fits of introspection and retrospection, which makes that time pretty easy to deal with. This is of course what brings me to doing this review. And surprisingly, the fact that it is not present can be what turns a person away from the series.

Neon Genesis Evangelion is a pretty popular series among anime fanboys, not so much now as it was in the nineties but the point still read more
Sep 10, 2010
Swot (Manga) add (All reviews)
When I initially went into this manga I was completely optimistic. It's a shonen series after all, and I'm usually patient with them because it's a very generic field. After hearing that, you can imagine my surprise when, after nine chapters I finally gave up.

It's not much. I didn't read SWOT's one shot but from the comments of other people I can imagine that it was fairly good in comparison to this. A swot is apparently a person who studies a lot, but that doesn't matter it's just a trait of the main character that makes him annoying. This series goes for a tradition shonen read more
Aug 4, 2010
When I first started maburaho some odd years ago, I was very intrigued by what the previews showed. Simply, in a world where people can cast spells a certain number of times, Kazuki Shikimori, has a very low count a considers himself worthless. This is until he becomes the target of an unwanted harem when it is revealed to his class, that he has some impressive magical genes. Going in, you get what you asked for. A harem series set in a magical world. At the time, I didn't expect much but now that I had some time to think, I realized a lot of read more
Jun 11, 2010
Recently I have found it impossible to find a good shonen series to watch or read. It's come to the point that if it even looks remotely shonen, I stray away from it with untamed fury. Why do I keep coming back though? Why do I still look for shonen manga to read? It's all because of series like Full Metal alchemist.

When it comes to critiquing, I'm somewhat merciless. I'm sure some of the people who have seen my reviews of their favorite series think I consider myself a know it all, but nothing could be further from the truth. Often I see "but they read more
Oct 8, 2009
If you have an animelist similar too my own you're probably used to the typical action packed anime with a hint of drama and romance. You've seen the bit on "believing in the strength of your friends." You've seen the occasional explosion wreck planets and cities and, if you're like me then you're probably looking for a breath of fresh air every now and then. For me, Tokyo Magnitude was more like a strong gale.

When starting this show I kind of figured what to expect considering it's title. It's, what I suppose you could call a "disaster drama," or a series that starts with read more