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Apr 25, 2019
Spoiler alert: it sucks. Prince of Darkness sucks hard. It's become such a punchline that it doesn't even feel worth a professional stripping-down of how it fails on nearly every level. This is particularly saying something coming from me, as I consider the original Nadesico TV series one of the best mecha anime.

First things first, it's widely circulated that Prince of Darkness turns so many people off because it relies on information only presented in a Japanese-only Sega Saturn visual novel. However, "The Blank of Three Years" has had its story shared and revealed that this is hyperbolic apologism for Prince of Darkness. According to read more
Jan 20, 2019
AD Police is a spin-off OVA of the Bubblegum Crisis OVA. Though Bubblegum Crisis was ostensibly a cyberpunk work it stayed true to the first half of its name by always wearing a smile that still showed joy in a dystopian future. That balance of playfulness with grit is all but gone in AD Police, a prequel chronicle of the Neo Tokyo Metropolitan Police force before Bubblegum Crisis's Knight Sabers hit the scene.

This is perhaps a suitable tonal shift, as the Knight Sabers were shown to be just about the only force that could surpass Boomers, cyborgs that can occasionally go berserk and threaten the read more
Apr 27, 2018
Preliminary
While reading Shuuzou Oshimi's popular Flowers of Evil manga, I took a look at the rest of his works and noticed recurring themes of adolescent sexuality. Some premises had more of a... questionable nature than others, and after sharing a few with a friend we each decided to read a different one volume work from the author. Curious if the rest of his works would have the same nuance and tact as Flowers of Evil, I decided to give the most absurd premise a shot: Sweet Poolside, a manga about a hairless boy shaving a hairy girl. And thus, my life sank further into the read more
Apr 1, 2018
Preliminary
At the end of my review for the original printing of Shaman King, I wrote that it was perhaps a blessing that Takei wasn’t able to give the series a proper ending under the assumption that it would only lead to further disappointment in the manga’s declining quality. Four years later, Takei resurrects the series and proves me right. Shaman King’s downward spiral picks up right where it left off – or if anything, it accelerated. This makes the rushed, evolving train wreck of the second half of the manga look like a brilliant masterpiece. There’s so much to go over here in the broad read more
Mar 17, 2018
I, like many others, first encountered Shaman King in the western version of the manga magazine Shonen Jump. The series had the prestigious honor of being one of the first titles to premier in the anthology. While not in the very first issue, Shaman King started publication in the magazine's first year alongside established heavyweights such as Dragon Ball Z and Naruto. Quite an honor to be one of the first Japanese-only shonen series Viz was willing to take a chance on. It ended up being one of my more well-liked titles, and evidently this sentiment was matched by enough others to ensure all 32 read more
Dec 17, 2017
Unsurprisingly, one of the weaker Zelda worlds results in one of the weaker Zelda manga. The Wind Waker's retro cartoonish visual style may sound like an ideal fit for a manga, but ironically it ends up ensuring this manga has nothing substantial to add to its game. Manga adaptations of Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask were the story's first opportunities to tell themselves using the more mature and detailed tone of the official art that was excluded by the Nintendo 64's limited capabilities. Those manga enrich the experience, while this aesthetic which relies heavily on actual animation and moving expressions suffers in manga format.

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May 29, 2017
This was actually pretty all right. I'm a big fan of the original Dancouga series and at some point swore to never watch Dancouga Nova out of principle. I made a snap judgment assuming it'd be some moe fanservice sell-out, but the reality is that it's a standard mecha series that doesn't go so far as to insult the original series. That being said, it IS still very standard, and while not an embarrassment it struggles to find a reason to be watched by both mecha and Dancouga fans. I decided to shovel down this one cour series since Dancouga Nova seems to have replaced read more
May 11, 2017
On Your Mark is a Miyazaki-directed Ghibli music video made for Chage & Aska's song of the same name. Miyazaki created this unusual side-project to escape from writer's block, and bafflingly interpreted the generic love song's lyrics into the story of the short movie. As you would guess, On Your Mark is a 6-minute heartwarming tale of a dystopian future where two police members raid a technologically advanced city laboratory and find a mutant angel girl and make a mission to set her free. Why not. It's a fairly chaotic mixture compared to Ghibli's usual takes on traditional fairy tales or coming-of-age dramas, but for read more
May 10, 2017
This was probably the best Arise episode so far. It's also the one with the least amount of action. And the lowest rating on MyAnimeList. I'll use that to support my observation. But still that advantage is so slight that I'm not even sure if it was better than the first episode. My main reasoning for this is that it turns the focus away from being a detective thriller back towards world building and character development. This means Arise is getting closer to that chemistry that made Stand Alone Complex such a winner. This comes at a somewhat unnecessary cost, however, when the actual action-centric read more
May 7, 2017
What can I say? I'm a Batman fan. Though the "real" fans might run me over the coals for saying so. I like the movies, the animations, and have read my fair share of the more popular graphic novel compilations, but I don't have the gall to dedicate myself to the entire mythos. Regardless, Batman is runner-up to Spider-Man for my favorite western superhero, and the important thing is he maintains that status through the sheer great concept that's kept him going. More so a modern take - the gritty neo-noir detective stories set in a city as black and grimy as tar. I'm sure read more