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Sep 25, 2018
So this was one of those anime I'd often see recommended back when I first got into anime in the late 90s and early 2000s, but for whatever reason, I never got around to watching it at the time. But now that I finally found it on Nozomi Entertainment's YouTube channel, what I found was a product of its time that's aged rather poorly. Or maybe I've just grown too far out of the target demographic.

I'd heard that this was a magical girl series going in, and while that's technically not wrong, it's pretty clear that it expects its audience to identify more read more
Jan 7, 2017
So I'm the type of person who gets really annoyed by well directed anime trying to work with shitty scripts. Like I thought Windaria was ruined by its writing, and Macross Plus only drops in quality whenever anyone opens their mouth. So I didn't have very high expectations for a Gundam series that has a reputation of being all style and no substance.

Here's the thing: they're right. The characters don't have much depth, there isn't any message beyond the most basic "war is bad," and watching it doesn't even add much perspective to the UC Gundam universe. But sometimes, style is read more
Feb 2, 2016
This show feels a lot like a 14 year old trying to write something meaningful. There's lots of sad character death, brutal war scenes, and tragic backstories, but there's little to no depth to anything, and it's mostly told with the subtlety of a sledgehammer to the face. I mean they might as well have called the second episode "Crawling in my Gundam, These Wounds They Will Not Heal." The direction was decent, and it felt like everyone involved was really trying, but the short runtime really killed most of the potential this had. Sadly, the last half of the final read more
Jan 23, 2016
So Seed is one of those really divisive series. It was really popular among the general anime crowd when it came out, but has a mostly poor reputation among Gundam fans, who complain that it's largely a rehash of the original series. I'm a long time Gundam fan who got out of the fandom for a bit when this was popular, but I finally heard there were digest movies that supposedly did a decent job condensing the series, so I figured I'd give it a shot and try to give it a fair chance.

Gundam fans are right about it borrowing a lot from read more
Dec 19, 2015
So I'm one of those weirdos who actually liked the F91 movie despite it having massive problems. For some reason, it had several spinoffs. Crossbone is great, and you'll usually hear about how it's a must read from Gundam fanboys. You'll occasionally hear Silhouette Formula 91 mentioned, but unfortunately, it's completely forgettable and not worth your time. But I rarely hear people mention F90 aside from listing it as something that exists in the Gundam franchise. Having finally read it, I'm just baffled. This is easily much better than most Gundam comics I've read. It's paced really well, read more
Dec 19, 2015
So I'm one of those weirdos who actually liked the F91 movie. It had huge problems, but if viewed as a clipshow of a good series that never got to be made, you can get something out of it. And regardless of what you think of that movie, the Crossbone Gundam manga salvaged the setting and characters into a good series. After reading that, I became curious as to whether any of the other mange set during this period were as successful.

Sadly, Silhouette Formula 91 is just mediocre. Characterization and plot are minimized to make room for mobile suit combat and read more
Oct 26, 2015
So after the first season's focus on social networking and gamification, the series has moved onto tackling democracy and mob mentality. The results are more mixed than last season. Part of the problem is that it feels like the first several episodes spend a lot of time twiddling their thumbs and not really going anywhere. The Gatchaman are famous now, they got a new member, a friendly alien has shown up, and it doesn't feel like much happens with them for a while despite there being a new enemy. Then it feels like they rush into the major event that drives read more
Sep 1, 2015
In the future, the world's most popular popstar is an AI. But little does the public know that she's incomplete and relies on the emotions of a human woman to perform. But what happens when these emotions cause the AI to act on its own? Sadly, this is the B plot, so you'll have to sit through scene after scene of some pilots being dicks to get your answer.

Seriously, this series really doesn't hold up. The characters are completely unlikable, and none of it makes much sense. Isamu might be one of my least favorite anime protagonists ever. read more
Mar 15, 2015
Preliminary
In the afterward, Osamu Tezuka himself says "In my own opinion, I have never done a series as poorly as this one," and I have to agree. It meanders all over the place, nonsensical plot twists just pop in out of nowhere, and there's no real focus. It's actually kind of hard to follow despite trying to be a simple children's action/adventure series. There are bits and pieces that work on their own, and Tezuka's art, even this early, is always a delight, but there are far, far better Tezuka books you can get. For Tezuka completionists only.
Dec 20, 2014
So this is one of those forgotten 80s OVA's written by someone who thought mad libs were the best way to come up with a story. You see, the Biblical Noah's demonic twin brother, also named Noah, is trying to kill a girl whose DNA has a program written by god that gives her Bodhisattva powers, since she would somehow prevent him from creating a new universe for demons once the universe's entropy reaches zero. If any of that made sense to you, you're either a smarter person than me, or you should seek out a psychiatrist. This anime is really a read more