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Jun 9, 2020
I've been going around in mental circles for a while, trying to figure out how I wanted to do this review... Because the thing is... This IS a good season. It was just-- by a wide margin-- not my favorite season.

There were a lot of things it did well that just weren't for me. But I kind of knew that would be true as soon as I saw the trailers for it when it first came out all those years ago. Everyone kept telling me I would get used to the art style. I still hate it. It looks fine on all the new read more
Apr 24, 2020
As a whole, the Anohana movie is generally the type of anime movie I wouldn't bother with. A good half of it is dedicated just to recapping the anime. And the little story it shares of the Super Peace Busters getting together to remember their friend-- showcasing both that they have stayed together like they promised and that they're continuing to cope more healthily than they were in the series itself-- is a very feel-good little plot... It just feels a little unnecessary. (We even see a little more development from all the characters in regards to their various romances, but even those aren't brought read more
Feb 8, 2020
A little background: When I think of anime adapted from video games that fans of that original video game hate... Danganronpa is the first one that comes to mind. I first heard about it when the anime came out and thought the idea for the story sounded really interesting. Any time I would express that interest, however, there was always this tidal wave response from fans of the game that basically boiled down to, "Don't do it! It's a blight on the source material!" etc.
I like to think this is one of those times my procrastinating worked out in my favor, as I did read more
Jan 5, 2020
Another (Anime) add (All reviews)
Another is one of those shows that I'd heard about a long while before I actually got around to watching it. And I guess... it did deliver on what those expectations promised. Another struck me as the sort of show that a lot of people saw and a lot of people remembered, but not a lot of people enjoyed really passionately or anything. People remember it primarily for the spectacle of the gory death scenes.

The thing is... the story it set up was actually very interesting. And I'm a little disappointed that the way it played out and concluded was kind of weak. It read more
Jan 5, 2020
D-Frag! (Anime) add (All reviews)
D-Frag is the sort of show that comes to mind when I think of simple, dumb, fun humor. There really isn't a lot to this series... A 'delinquent' (whose gang is actually going around trying to keep the peace around the school) gets... blackmailed, basically into joining the Game Creation Club... where each member is their own brand of eccentric, very few games actually get created, and the least responsible member is actually the teacher advisor. Things are complicated ever so slightly when he learns there's a second game creation club in the school, in a rivalry of sorts with this one, trying to get read more
Jan 5, 2020
Generally speaking, I love Ghibli movies, but this one was kind of dull. Very heavy on the teen romance, very light on the magical elements. (And the theme song being a play on "Country Roads" was a little... odd.) Visually, it was beautiful. I just kept waiting for the story to go somewhere, and it didn't really. Not to mention it has one of the most abrupt endings I've ever seen in any story.

Which might sound a little harsh, because I did like the characters well enough. Seiji got off to a rough start, but I really liked him once they started developing his character. read more
Aug 16, 2019
This was the start of an interesting journey for me-- going back to rewatch the DBZ movies and try to properly analyze them for the first time.

I knew Dead Zone was an older movie-- I think I tend to forget in general just how long ago Dragon Ball first aired-- but for some reason, it didn't occur to me until I was watching it that how well it held up over time might factor into my enjoyment of it. I know the movies aren't exactly canon. And I'll be the first to admit that I'm not super well-versed in the timeline of when everything read more
Mar 14, 2019
I did not care for this one. The only thing saving this movie from being scored even lower is the beautiful visuals, (well, some of the CG was a little iffy, but I have soft spot for this Pokémon season's animation in general) so I'll try to keep this brief.

I wasn't really a fan of the way we're just thrown into the plot... the way Hoopa literally grabs our heroes out of their daily lives and plops them down into this plotline. It felt intrusive, and I wish they'd found a better way to tie this movie's story into something the gang was already working read more
Mar 13, 2019
Getting through GX has been quite the journey for me… Of the first three seasons—which are the ones I associate with my childhood—GX was the only one I never got into. And in the past I would have said it was because I didn’t like the Duel Academy premise or because Jaden was annoying… Or basically, I just latched onto all the most popular reasons to hate this season. Even when I decided to go back through Yu-Gi-Oh the way I had with Pokemon, I seriously considered just skipping this one… but at the end of it all, I’m really glad I didn’t.

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Mar 10, 2019
I don't write many preliminary reviews, because I'm always really hesitant to read them myself. So I encourage everyone to take this with a grain of salt, but sometimes I just feel the need to justify why I dropped a series.

I'm generally pretty fond of ghost stories and supernatural plotlines. So when I found myself wandering around the bookstore, caught up on all the other manga I was currently reading, Ghost Diary looked like a good fit to fill that hole in my life. It became clear very quickly, though, that it's just... not for me.

I'll admit it: I only read the first read more