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Nov 11, 2019
Dai Mahō-Tōge is WAY different from every other magical girl show out there. Perhaps, if I were to compare it anything—it’s like a more tasteful version of Puni Puni Poemii (a magical girl parody, by the *creator of Excel Saga). In other words, this OVA is completely bonkers! The name ‘Dai Mahō-Tōge’ is a portmanteau; combining the prefix and suffix from the title of a 1966 jidaigeki film, The Sword of Doom (Dai-bosatsu Tōge, the literal translation is ‘Great Bodhisattva Pass’) to make: Dai Mahō-Tōge (translated as ‘Great Magic Pass’). From that tidbit alone, it’s obvious that the anime is going to be a parody, read more
Nov 9, 2019
Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc to Renkin no Kishi is based off a light novel series that is basically a fanfiction—shipping Jeanne d’Arc and *Gilles de Rais together. An alternate retelling of the Hundred Years’ War with many busty, bishōjo characters. While that may sound wretched to some, the designs were very visually appealing—but the farthest from ‘historically accurate’ as you could possible imagine. The author of ‘Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemist Knight’ also published another HISTORICALLY ACCURATE tome called ‘Oda Nobuna no Yabō,’ which revolves around an average high school student finding himself in an isekai situation, during the Sengokū era. Naturally, Oda Nobunaga is read more
Nov 8, 2019
Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight is a composition of ideas that have potential but, ultimately, lead nowhere. In a series written well, like Urusei Yatsura, implications will become incorporated later in the story, but this is a narrative that creates implication upon implication, but constantly contradicts what each of those hints may have initially meant. It seems as if the modus operandi of this show was just to have exploitative shots of girls; who look like they’re 11–12 in age (but are actually, canonically, 19–20 year olds). This review contains spoilers! You have been warned!

This anime takes place in 2035 but the futuristic setting really has read more
Nov 7, 2019
It’s very rare that a shōnen protagonists’ entire family is slaughtered, with a young boy staring in horror as he finds his disembodied mother and siblings; the only series I can think of where a similar event transpires is in Fushigi Yûgi and that’s a shōjo series! Kimetsu no Yaiba generated a lot of new paths for the shōnen genre to pass through. I would have never guessed ten years ago, during Naruto’s heyday, that manga for young boys eventually mutate into a story about a teenager trying to save his sister from turning into a murderous demon. The incorporation of demons in children’s comics read more
Nov 4, 2019
Submarine 707R immediately caught my eye, when browsing through OVAs, because (1) I’m a softcore military otaku—I have a childish wonder for things like *trains, *tanks, and *battleships. Very similarly to *Jean Roque Lartigue and *Megane’s reasons for liking them, it isn’t a facination for murder or war, but an appreciation for the design of the machine; the sheer love of wanting to ride in them and experience their grandeur in person. (2) There aren’t many anime series that primarily focus on submarines, the only other ones that come to mind are Blue Submarine No. 6 and Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water. Full Metal read more
Nov 3, 2019
Kemono Friends 2 was a source of heated debates, amongst the fans. When TATSUKI, director of the first season of Kemono Friends, and the rest of *Yaoyorozu’s staff were taken off the sequel project (allegedly, because of the rogue release of OVA—Japari Park) and were abruptly fired by parent company, Kadokawa. Ryūichi Kimura (director of Aikatsu) was slated to take TATSUKI’s place for the second season, which incited vitriol from the fans, who claimed that TATSUKI was ‘the heart’ of Kemono Friends.
*Including the original voice actors.

There a few things that I want to clarify before I dissect the second series’ contents: (1) I wasn’t a read more
Oct 31, 2019
Urusei Yatsura is my favorite anime.

• This isn’t an easy title to achieve with how high my standards for Japanese animation have become, but Urusei Yatsura left a sublimely beautiful impression on me—so much so that I can’t even imagine any other series taking its place. As far as comedy goes, it’s not a bust-your-gut-out-laughing type of series; it’s more dry, tongue-in-cheek humor. My theory on why the BBC English dub of it was so spectacular, while the American dub flopped, was because the British excel at a more dry, witty type of humor than people in the States do.

• Speaking of ‘obnoxious,’ the title for read more
Oct 30, 2019
Saint Seiya: Omega is a dumpster fire. While not being as bad as Saintia Shō or Soul of Gold, Omega still makes the running for one of the worst series in the franchise. *Yoshiko Umakoshi’s character designs & *Make-Up’s catchy rock ballad rendition of ‘Pegasus Fantasy’ lure old fans into the fray, but fanatics of the original are left with nothing but cardboard remnants of the past. There will be spoilers in this review! You have been warned!
*Yoshiko Umakoshi is most famous for his character designs in Casshern Sins and HeartCatch PreCure! Make-Up’s cover of ‘Pegasus Fantasy’ features Shōko Nakagawa as the vocalist, she is read more
Oct 29, 2019
Riding Bean is an awesome, awesome, awesome—oops, accidentally clicked the repeat button—OVA and my favorite adaptation from the Ken'ichi Sonoda répertoire. If you have ever experienced Gunsmith Cats, this is like that—ramped up to two-hundred! Half-naked girls, explosions, crazy car chases, the fetishization of rare guns, and much more! Since this is a forty-six minute OVA, there will be spoilers! You have been warned!

• Bean Bandit and his voluptuous friend, Rally, are professional getaway drivers. In the first scene we are already exposed to Bean’s badass nature as he chases a bunch of robbers down in his custom Porche chassis (with Corvette ‘Stingray’ machinery)! Bean is read more
Oct 28, 2019
Rail of the Star is a fascinating World War II period piece, about a Japanese military family that are occupying Korea during the war. Based on Chitose Kobayashi’s autobiographical novel of the same name, the story is told from a child’s perspective. Similar to other accounts of children being forced to experience the horrors of war, like Barefoot Gen, it’s a tale of humility and empathy. Not just for the Japanese children, but for the thousands of Koreans who had to suffer under Imperialist Japan’s rule. This review will contain spoilers! You have been warned!

• The story begins, with the protagonist (a little girl named Chitose) read more