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Mar 26, 2022
Mixed Feelings
My DUD follows a simple yet effective three episode structure. The first episode of the show is set up to give us Gorou’s headspace. The second episode gives us a thorough preview of Marin and her headspace. These two episodes sets up their contrast and then episode 3 comes to give us more of their time together, how they interact without any one side being the dominant headspace -at least not glaringly-, and sets up a simple goal they have to achieve: a cosplay event. It’s an effective story structure used several times before and designed to make us want these two characters to end ...
Mar 31, 2021
A couple of years ago, I watched a YouTube video about Isaac Asimov and sociological storytelling. That video links a blog from Scientific American, “The Real Reason Fans Hate The Last Season of Game of Thrones” by Zeynep Tufekci, which posits that it’s not just bad storytelling –its because the storytelling style shifted away from sociological storytelling to focus solely on psychological storytelling. I have never actually read the blog until I watched the first episode of Log Horizon Season 3 And that is when it struck me: I may have found one thing that helped in giving people the feeling that Season 1 and ...
Feb 3, 2021
Preliminary (4/12 eps)
Honestly, I am more curious of the implications of his healing magic than I am of his revenge, because, well, his revenge is stupidly paced. His healing does its job by undoing what has been done. It reverts the body back in time from before the body sustained injuries. You ever watched the Tangled movie? It works like that, sort of. But in the course of the healing, the injuries and mental anguish suffered at the point of injury and in the aftermath of sustaining it is channelled into the healer, causing him to suffer mentally as well as feel “physical” pain without any physical ...
Feb 13, 2019
Preliminary (6/25 eps)
[Spoiler Warning]

There are two things I noticed that are problematic with this show: 1.) it shoots its pacing and it ignores good storytelling methods to try to hurry up its narrative to the part it wants to tell and comes off as scared the calibre of its writing is not enough to keep its audience interested so it must rush as hard as it can to immediately show its gimmick; 2.) It’s trying to have its tanuki loli slave cake and eat it too. We’ll naturally go over that over the course of the review.

I want to tackle first its main potential, how it wastes ...
Oct 27, 2018
Goblin Slayer (Anime) add
Preliminary (4/12 eps)
Goblin Slayer is in hot waters right now and I feel I must address that. I also have my own personal problem with the show unrelated to the controversy: namely its action scenes. But before I undress and nail this series’ fight scenes hard, I want to set a couple of things straight first. Let’s not jump into the nailing part without context, because that’s just… stupid.

First thing’s first. Grimdark, in and of itself, is not a criticism. At best, grimdark is a style, a poorly defined one, even by the lowered standards of classification in the field of Literature. Others would contend that ...
Jun 26, 2018
Mixed Feelings
The New Thesis will have to stand or fall on its own merits. The fact that the series takes great pains to introduce and endear its main characters tells us the series is intended to be enjoyed on its own without previous knowledge of the source material and the OVA.

One of the things I ask myself with every time I encounter a remake/reboot/reimagining is “Why? What does it offer that wasn’t done before?”

Admittedly, I haven’t finished watching the OVA, nor have I read the source material. So I can’t in good conscience tackle the issue about what the story offers more than what was told ...
May 11, 2018
Mixed Feelings
The first season has had growing pains and, fortunately, the lessons learned have been incorporated. The first episode of the ONA is a confident, competent stride with all-around better animation and direction. It now uses creative ways and shot angles to help express the emotions of a moment and that presents one of the biggest leaps of the franchise coming from Season 1’s piss-poor direction and a tendency to telegraph everything to the viewer, sometimes in the most obnoxious slapstick way possible, reinforced by the janky animation of that season. Here, however, the motions are more fluid and subdued. And it’s a much better product ...
Apr 3, 2018
Overlord II (Anime) add
The greatest allure and strength of the Overlord narrative has always been Ainz’s delicate dance between the ordinary dime-a-dozen salary man of Earth and his Overlord status in this other world. His utterly devoted fanatical underlings treat him like that of a god who can do no wrong. He can’t afford to make mistakes because his servants cannot imagine him making one. To make one is to not be a god. And he intends to keep that image because anything else might disrupt the equilibrium of Nazarick and, more importantly, jeopardize his safety and base of operations. In the strange world he finds himself in, ...
Mar 26, 2018
Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san is a rather episodic format series divided into multiple skits per episode that relies overly on one formula. Once you saw the first episode you can predict how most interactions down the line would go. This is made even more glaring by the fact that the show attempts to preserve the status quo for the majority of its run. You will be stuck mostly watching the male MC repeatedly attempt to pull a shenanigan against the female MC and she is of course one step ahead of him. Much of the show’s attempt at humor is centered on how she flips ...
Jan 31, 2018
Preliminary (4/13 eps)
Words are hard. Well, defining a word is simple, easy even. But a word takes many meanings in as many contexts in as many cultures and locales. Emphasis and enunciation help assure us that human communication will always be a tricky business and dissonance is ever present. Trying to convey your feelings into writing is hard enough. Reading one person’s feelings and infusing it into a letter for him/her addressed to another party? Even harder. It requires awareness of the many tells of voice and body. And it requires empathy. Trying to convey emotions without proper understanding of what those emotions are is like is ...

It’s time to ditch the text file.
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