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Jul 24, 2018
Preliminary
Hanebado is shaping up to be one of the more thoughtful and emotional sports anime. Instead of relying on gimmicks like crazy superpowers and overpowered shonen protagonists, it seeks to tell a more personal story by focusing more on the characters and them dealing with their internal struggles through a sport that they all enjoy.

Story:

The story setup for this one is about as simple as you would expect for a sports anime. A struggling badminton team is on the verge of closing when a new coach and an ace badminton player show up to join the group. With their powers combined, they begin playing matches read more
Mar 29, 2018
Ancient Magus Bride feels like a victim of expectations. Going into the show, I was expecting a story that revolved mainly around the unlikely romance between a high-school aged girl and a strange skeleton man with some magic thrown in to give the show some spice.

What I ended up getting is an episodic tour of Celtic mythology with a romance subplot happening along the edges of the narrative. While Ancient Magus Bride is far from a bad anime, it ultimately struggles to tell a compelling story regardless of its intentions.

The story, to its credit, does have an interesting, if potentially problematic, premise. After being abandoned read more
Sep 27, 2017
Was anyone really surprised that the most hyped show of the Summer 2017 season would end up horrible? Even from its trailers, one could see how much the creators gambled (pun intended) on the show’s simple premise and gonzo style to carry it into superstar status. Despite their efforts, however, “Yu-Gi-Oh, but with Psychopaths” turned out to be nothing more than a flash in the pan.

Kakegurui takes place in what could possibly be described as the most unnecessarily forced high-school setting since Angel Beats. Despite everyone walking around in school uniforms, there don’t seem to be any classes for the students to take. The only read more
Sep 1, 2017
What a fantastic ending to a fantastic series! I have enjoyed Monogatari in its entirety since its humble beginnings in Bakemonogatari. Even through some of the rougher, boring parts of the series, I’ve stuck through with it, because I believed that the show was slowly building up to something grand. I am happy to say that Owarimonogatari was a fantastic closing to that build up and an exceptionally satisfying way to end the story of Koyomi Araragi.

The second season of Owarimonogatari consists of 3 arcs: Mayoi Hell, Hitagi Rendezvous, and Ougi Dark. Since this was a fairly short season, it’ll be difficult to avoid spoilers, read more
Aug 10, 2017
Preliminary
For a lot of anime viewers, the name Ufotable conjures up high expectations of quality. With works such as Fate/Zero and Kara no Kyoukai under their belt, it would be difficult not to blindly trust the studio to deliver masterpiece after masterpiece, especially considering how little they release compared to other studios . While many seasoned viewers have already learned this lesson, Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu is the show that really helped me understand that you shouldn’t buy into the hype and excitement simply because of a big name, as even legendary studios can deliver a clunker or two.

For what it’s worth, Ufotable fulfilled their end of read more
Jul 8, 2017
Space Patrol Luluco is further proof that Trigger is at its best when making short, succinct anime that are long enough to stuff with the studio’s unique brand of humor, but without overstaying its welcome. The humor never has a chance to become repetitive or overly gratuitous since the show isn’t long enough to have to constantly one-up itself. Likewise the story doesn’t have a chance to become serious enough for the convoluted mess that it is to begin waning on the mind of the audience. Much like Trigger’s previous works Inferno Cop and Little Witch Academia, Space Patrol Luluco is an extremely fun and read more
May 12, 2017
Nisekoi (Anime) add (All reviews)
Disclaimer: Review may contain spoilers for Season 2 and the Manga!!!

If you have a hobby of listening to “intellectual” people on the internet, then you’ve likely picked up on the fact that tropes aren’t a very popular concept among the populace. Typically, overused tropes have a habit of making stories with fascinating premises into something very predictable. They turn characters that could have been multidimensional into entities that lack any sense of growth or development. On rare occasions, however, a talented writer could take stale and overused tropes and wring more enjoyment out of them than one could even begin to comprehend. Nisekoi is a read more
Apr 8, 2017

Sometimes life doesn’t go quite the way you envisioned it. Growing up, most of us are littered with rose-tinted hopes and dreams for our futures. But, when the fated day comes, you find yourself not quite measuring up to the ideals you were promised. The disappointment that ensues can drive those people to a life of seclusion, away from the “lucky ones”. Kuragehime is an anime about a group of such people; a show about 5 NEET women who found themselves in a rough spot in life and chose to create an impenetrable fortress from which they can look down on the “beautiful” people, all read more
Mar 14, 2017
Watching nothing but anime, you would think that romance is a fairly simple concept. You’d flirt around as awkwardly as possible for a bit, help the poor boy/girl get over their traumatic back story with minimal effort, and finally kiss to become the OTP forevermore. For most anime couples, everything turns out honky-dory once their ship is confirmed. This is not the case in the anime I’m writing about today, though. Bokura ga Ita is a story of a struggling couple. It is full of doubt, drama, depression, and just enough laughter to keep the viewer invested in its romance. Though the show has a read more
Nov 5, 2016
‘Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt’ is an acclaimed anime series from everyone’s favorite “CrAzY Uncle” that is studio Gainax. As such, in traditional Gainax fashion, it is a very polarizing anime. On the one hand, it, hypothetically, brings to the family table some snippets of interesting themes such as friendship, the value of modesty and humility, and the internet’s favorite feministic ideals of women rising up above social constraints to live life as they see fit.

On the other hand, it slathers and drowns it all with a healthy dose of extreme, sexual “hilarity” (ranging from tentacle rape to hardcore BDSM to pedophilia) with a read more