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Oct 24, 2023
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Preliminary (4/12 eps)
Aims for the stars, misses and shoots itself in the eye. I respect this show for trying. I judge it by how it actually performs, and it performs poorly.

Obviously, this series exists because someone behind it is passionate about motor racing. If you want to see some car racing... go watch actual cаr racing competitions. Stories about sports can’t just be about sports, they have to be actual stories to justify their existence. There are multiple ways to achieve that. It can be Cute Girls Doing Sports. It can be sports-themed battle shounen about Friendship, Effort, Victory. It can be over-the-top camp where the fate ...
Oct 16, 2023
Preliminary (3/12 eps)
It’s fascinating how fundamentally, ontologically bad this series is.

“Ontologically" means by its very nature rather than by circumstance. Most bad stories are bad for pedestrian reasons like bad dialogue or bad characters. Theoretically, you could fix those and tell the same story in a way that makes it good. Wataoshi is an entirely different beast, you can’t fix its dialogue or characters because nothing is wrong with those. It’s bad because its themes are repugnant, its premise is stillborn, its format is unsuited for storytelling, and it's an all-around artistic failure.

One half of it is that the show belongs to the otome villainess isekai ...
Sep 27, 2023
What I expected after the first episode - Discount Bakemonogatari.
What I got - Discount Fate Spin-off.

The Monogatari Series, or, more accurately, its anime adaptation by studio Shaft, has had an absolutely profound impact on the industry. Yet, compared to similar era-defining shows such as Evangelion or Madoka, it spawned a shockingly low amount of straight-up imitations. And it's not hard to see why, an author has to have at least 150 IQ to even attempt to write this type of story, as well as immense confidence not to be afraid of unfavorable comparisons with Nisio Isin. Though IQ below 100 and the Dunning-Kruger effect is ...
Sep 23, 2023
The show has a chill iyashikei atmosphere.
The MC's behavior is logically driven by his experiences in the pre-isekai salaryman life, he empathizes with exploited workers and appreciates sensible managers.
He uses a gun with elemental-affixed ammo, and he heals people by shooting them with healing bullets.
The main girl is a cinnamon roll with a giant hammer that ends her sentences with “nanoja,” and she and the MC have an incredibly wholesome, mutually empowering relationship.
She also can bake a cake or make ice cream over a campfire.
Commercial break eyecatches have characters drive the title of the show around like a car while saying “vroom, vroom.”
There is ...
Jul 23, 2023
Preliminary (3/25 eps)
This show is such an abysmal artistic failure, you’d think it was directed by Ikuhara.

The horror is Five Nights at Freddy's tier, meaning it literally just isn’t horror, but something that exists for middle schoolers to pretend-scream at in order to fit in with their social group.
But then the horror is embarrassingly poorly mixed with comedy, resulting in one of the most tone-deaf and jarring stories I’ve ever seen in my entire life. It’s not even something hard to do right, Another demonstrates how to successfully mix horror and comedy. Hell, even Blood-C, if you interpret its over-the-top gore as intentionally comedic, does a ...
Apr 1, 2023
The anime version of “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.”

Winter 2023 marks the truly historical moment when the anime industry has finally figured out how to make generic isekai that isn’t utter trash. The secret ingredient all along was having a protagonist with some actual personality rather than a basement-dwelling incel. In just one season, we have such isekai protagonists as a professional handyman, a legendary king, or, in the case of this show, an onmyouji from a fantasy version of ancient Japan.

Now, there is a meme that Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court” is the first-ever isekai novel. It’s nothing ...
Mar 30, 2023
Tomboy romcom, right? Wrong. Tomo-chan is not a tomboy and her namesake series is not a romcom at all.

Tomo-chan wa Onnanoko! is a stereotypical case of a story that is genuinely deep and thought-provoking but doesn’t beat the audience over their heads with how smart it's supposed to be, leaving pretentious pseuds not able to see any depth at all and thus dismissing it as a generic *insert-genre-name-that-vaguely-fits-here*.
Here is a concrete example:
The protagonist spends the opening ten minutes of the show worrying that her love interest Jun doesn’t see her as a girl. Then the perspective switches to him. Jun learns that Tomo has made ...
Mar 23, 2023
Violet Evergarden, except actually good.

“I have no trouble communicating with women” - the protagonist.
“Wtf, how am I supposed to self-insert?” - weebs that were expecting a generic isekai / battle harem.

First, this show isn’t a battle harem academy despite the superficial appearance of one, it’s a slice-of-life comedy.
Second, it’s self-insert fiction in a very old-school western way, like Harry Harrison’s and Robert Howard’s books. The protagonist is a gigachad with bodybuilder's muscles, mad sword & sorcery skills, a multitude of diverse talents, and an ability to unhook bras with his eyes. Basically, he’s Conan the Barbarian - a self-insert in the sense that the audience ...
Dec 21, 2022
“I've always thought about this, but she's way too sensitive! ...I've never been this close to her before. She smells so damn nice! She feels so soft too! And what thick thighs she has. It smells of flowers, fruits, and sun from her which is different from soap... A calming scent and warmth, as if I were surrounded by nature... Wait, that's not it! I'm surrounded by natural flesh, not nature itself! This is bad! I'm starting to feel funny! Is this her mana's doing too?!”
- the protagonist’s inner monologue during the classic To LOVE-Ru gag of a girl tripping and landing with her crotch ...
Oct 20, 2022
Preliminary (3/12 eps)
How not to do marketing.

First of all, PSA: this series is a gun bunny blood opera - Black Lagoon, John Woo, Quentin Tarantino. Hot chicks in fetish getups dual-wielding pistols and murdering each other in campy over-the-top shootouts. The creators decided to completely hide this fact from all the promo materials, probably thinking it was clever. It’s not clever, it just makes the potential audience miss out on the show. I am the target audience of gun bunny shows, I had seen all trailers of this series before the season started, and I had decided to skip it because those had given me a completely ...

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