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Feb 13, 2019
Preliminary
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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 read more
Oct 27, 2018
Preliminary
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 read more
Jun 26, 2018
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 read more
May 11, 2018
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 read more
Apr 3, 2018
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, read more
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 read more
Jan 31, 2018
Preliminary
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 read more
Jan 2, 2018
Alice in Dreamland is one of the latest attempts at retelling the Lewis Caroll classic story, infamous for their rather senseless attempt to make sense of the nonsense that is the mad, wonderful world and story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. To set itself apart from its predecessors, Alice in Dreamland upped up the ante in the madness scale. And by jove, they did it. What could be madder than dolls with mouths that never move, prancing about in the most cost-saving way possible in admittedly surreal, bizarre, and beautifully horrific backdrops, to play a patchwork failure of a story?

The MacGuffin of the story is read more
Dec 23, 2017
The GRRM Reaper once posited the Furniture Rule: that at its core, literature is an exploration of the human condition; the rest is fluff, furniture.

Houseki no Kuni begins as a simple story of immortal, genderless life forms, the Gems, with each individual based around a gemstone from which they take their physical characteristics. They are being hunted down by Lunarians for what seems to be collector’s fancy. Slowly, the story moves on, teasing the layers of mystery of its world and a more intriguing aspect of the entire dynamic unravels, one more conducive to philosophical discourse. The introduction of a third faction, the Admirabilis, elevates read more
Sep 30, 2017
Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis was a fun, vibrant, swashbuckling adventure in such a clusterfuck setting. To quote Tolkien's "On Fairy Stories", it's a Secondary World that does not inspire Secondary Belief. But it works for the kind of story Genesis attempted. Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul attempts to expound on that simple narrative with a far more ambitious story, one that is set up to fail in the light of the world built in Genesis. The established world simply does not hold up to scrutiny once a more serious narrative repeatedly brings forth its glaring flaws.

Virgin Soul is set 10 years after the events of read more