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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
Mar 9, 2019
All right, I'll admit it: my nostalgia/eagerness got away from me. I've got 2 more episodes of GX, but I'm familiar enough with 5Ds that I skipped right to the Bonds Beyond Time movie. I just couldn't fathom putting it off throughout another 150+ episodes. So here we are.

On one hand, this movie was everything I wanted it to be. It's Yu-Gi-Oh! I'm here for world destruction via card games, a little angst and darkness, and the cheesiest of friendship speeches. And it delivers on that.

But on the other hand, I can't deny that this movie felt... rushed. And I just can't fathom why. read more
Feb 26, 2019
On one hand, I really loved this show. On the other… I didn’t like it as much as I wanted to. I tend to see the two main components of Kokoro Connect (the friendship story and the mystical/supernatural elements of the story that led to the kids getting closer) as two very separate things, because one was done very well, and the other just… wasn’t. Which is unfortunate. If it had been a truly great show, these components would have blended together effortlessly, like I assume was the intention, but I think I’m getting a little ahead of myself.

To start with what Kokoro Connect read more
Feb 24, 2019
This one was just a good movie in general. I feel almost like you could take out the Pokémon elements completely and still have the core story of an irresponsible princess growing up into a stronger person, and I really liked that.

But on top of that, there was just a lot going on in this movie, and I think it worked here. There were four different treasure hunters/thieves on top of Team Rocket, and they actually all fit into this movie pretty well. I thought it was an especially nice touch that they each had one of the final evolved forms of the Kalos starters, read more
Feb 24, 2019
Of all the Pokémon movies I've seen, I'd say this one was just... okay. It looked very nice and had an interesting, steampunk sort of setting. But I felt like they weren't totally in touch with the lessons this movie was meant to tell--or even just the potential for what lessons it could tell.

I expected there to be more of a focus on the forced mega evolutions. I know it is something that's touched on in the anime itself a few times, (at least I seem to remember a few episodes with that plot) and so it wouldn't be entirely new, but one thing they read more
Feb 23, 2019
After finishing the actual series, I jumped right to Dark Side of Dimensions, kind of (completely) forgetting that there had once been another Yugioh movie, long ago... And boy did watching it again bring back memories. (Mostly of my parents' extremely unimpressed faces as we left the theater.) I think what struck me most... was that I basically got the same thing out of it watching it today as I did watching it over and over again as a kid, back when I didn't have the comprehensive understanding of the show it's based on that I do now. Which is not exactly a compliment, if read more
Feb 7, 2019
I feel like I should probably start this off on the note that I'm not exactly the target audience for this show. I've only ever been a casual gamer at best and can't claim to have ever really gotten into any arcade games. But I do tend to enjoy stories about protagonists who are unabashedly passionate about their nerdy hobbies-- so I can appreciate that aspect of its charm-- and it did feel insightful in regards to how gaming and attitudes around gaming have changed over time. Something I don't have a ton of experience with, as even the last little arc takes place a read more
Feb 1, 2019
This movie was beautiful to me in a lot of ways, and I don’t just mean in terms of representation. It was billed to me as the movie about bullying with the deaf protagonist—and those things are true—but I definitely wasn’t aware going into it that both main characters are suicidal by the time this movie starts. I felt it was just as much about depression—even if that depression was caused by bullying—and one of those artsy, beautiful things that I really liked was the way they depicted how Shoya views the world once he’s lost his ability to connect with others.

Shoya himself was probably read more