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Nov 29, 2020
To many, Symphogear GX is the weakest link in the franchise, but I actually enjoyed it more than the aforementioned first season! Though the conclusion doesn't have the most depurative departure, like many of the other sequels do, there is still a lot of meat clinging to the bones of the plot! This third season establishes the budding relationship between Tsubasa and Maria, more of the circumstances behind Hibiki's broken family comes to light, and Chris starts to feel more comfortable as the older sister character, despite her trauma and malignant guilt from her sins of the past.

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Nov 28, 2020
If Symphogear AXZ wasn't a thing, I would say that "G" is the apex of the franchise's glory! It has: emotionally riveting character moments (especially, between Hibiki and Miku... the "Tokyo Tower scene" and after "Miku's transformation" are specifically powerful in their execution—); imaginative/off-the-wall/mind-blowing action sequences, a compelling cast of villains, and a stunning finale, that had my jaw on the floor! Symphogear G is what happens when the protective muzzle is placed to the side, and all of Satelight's magnificent, craziness is able to run amuck!

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This season immediately hooks you in with the enigmatic trio of adversaries: read more
Nov 27, 2020
♬ "Listen to my song" ♬ The first opening theme in Senki Zesshō Symphogear is one of those catchy tunes, that from merely seeing the lyrics written out, Nana Mizuki's voice will immediately start playing in your head! Truly, a banger of a song! Welcome to Symphogear, where singing can be converted into phonic waves, which is then used to take down a bunch of aliens, mutants, and every other mythological destruction device imaginable! The fighting system is very similar to the technical magic that is employed in "Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha" but, with the hyperbolic meter cranked up to two-hundred! Senki Zesshō Symphogear is read more
Nov 25, 2020
The first series for "White Album" is not only the progenitor to many other harem/cheating sub-genre series, like the infamous "School Days," but it also is a cornerstone in effective, anime drama! It takes a realistic approach to infidelity, the pressure of musical stardom, rivalry in love, prioritizing relationships over work, and grieving over a deceased parent—"White Album" takes a mature approach to ALL of these issues, even though it flounders a bit towards the end!

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First of all, this series has nothing to do with The Beatles' "White Album" —you can click out of this review if you've lost read more
Nov 23, 2020
"Tenjō Tenge" is something that I really enjoyed as teenager. The show's vivid cast of characters were bright and nearly popped through the television screen, with their vivacity! It had cool fight scenes, pretty girls, unrequited love, dramatic backstories, etc. But, let's be real, I think I was mostly into it because I thought Maya Natsume was a total babe! While Tenjō Tenge's target demographic will most-likely be a teenage audience, who plays rounds of beat 'em up games with their siblings, "Tenjō Tenge" sets itself apart—with a cacophony of interesting narrative choices and entertaining character antics!

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Nov 22, 2020
We bought this series around the same time as the "Divergence Eve" collection (see Divergence Eve review, for more information), and despite my lack of expectations for this series, it ended up being a brief respite from a few hard things in the real-world, that were pummeling me at the time. The production is a surprisingly brisk and a refreshing take on the harem genre. Before watching this series, I thought this sub-category had outstayed its welcome in the industry and had done everything that it could possibly do, in the two decades that it was prevalent (1990 to 2010); but, alas, I underestimated read more
Nov 21, 2020
I originally went against the old adage with this one and judged a book by its cover. The gratuitously lewd shots and the water-balloon boobs (—I would compare their female "extremities" to the proportions in Lord Marksman and Vanadis), sent cold-shivers down my spine. But, fatefully, two years ago... the complete collection of Divergence Eve was on a clearance mark-down for around $10 on the Right Stuf sale, and we decided to give it a try and purchased it. Instead of a softcore hentai, I got a solid story that incorporated space-age physics and Lovecraftian horror... all revolving around a microcosm of existential, character drama! read more
Nov 20, 2020
"There really are no hopes or dreams."

The tagline is Merry Nightmare's famous catchphrase, and it hold true to the source material. In the world of Yumekui Merry, dreams and reality are one and the same. Originally created by a 東方Project dōjin artist (known for creating the somewhat-famous comic, "Advent Cirno"), the story has a fresh take on the Japanese lore of dream demons, known as muma (夢魔); and the trickling string of fate that ties them to the entire human race!

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This series starts off strong, with the introduction of Jōji Nakata's character, "Chaser" John Doe! This character is enigmatic read more
Nov 19, 2020
Burn Up! Scramble seemed to have been an ambitious project, they brought on the director of Tenchi Muyō, and swept away all of the old seiyū talents and replaced them with actresses like Mamiko Noto and Rie Kugamiya. Everything seemed to be part of an allegorical jigsaw puzzle that was falling into place, but then, the entire reason that Burn Up! was any good to begin with, was violently corroded... until there was nothing left of its carcass.

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I am partially relieved that there were new character designs for the cast of "Scramble," if there had been a resemblance to read more
Nov 18, 2020
Hey, let's get into the Burn Up! OVA, the one that exploded into a multi-TV series/OVA-spanning franchise. The original OVA is like a gust of smog, that turns a shroud of clouds grey, before the cleansing rain comes to wash away the pollution! It's a concept that was alright-looking, but never really got far, in its original form!

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The main heroines can be summed up with the "Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt" archetypes: Maki ("the audacious, loud-mouthed blonde-bimbo stereotype") and Reimi ("the soft-spoken, raven-haired beauty—in other words, the less impulsive and more rational of the two"). I use Panty and read more