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Apr 7, 2020
"Opposites attract". It is a cliche, a tired one at that, but nevertheless it works. The cliched premise of having a secret identity is also tried and true. Anime is not immune to this either, as it seems all plots must take place in a high school. Throw in the stereotypical "Tsundere" type leading lady and you have the basic elements of "Kaichou wa Maid-sama!" aka "Maid Sama!" a mediocre, predictable, but also enjoyable manga adapted into anime by the respected J.C. Staff studio.

Our plot centers around Misaki Ayuzawa, a strong willed young lady who has gotten herself elected the first female class president in read more
Apr 3, 2020
I don't think we appreciate just how helpless children are in this world. They are the future, but are often handed a world that is less than what it once was when the last generation got it. The new perspective and ideas they bring are often met with disdain and resistance. The world fights to protect the status quo. In "Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans" Season 2, the children of Tekkadan learn that lesson the hard way. What follows is an exciting and emotionally gripping 25 episodes of a group that fights to keep what they won in Season 1, but all the time events read more
Mar 16, 2020
The Moe genre is something that has really gotten about every treatment under the sun. It's not a genre I'm particularly fond of because it's just too cutesy, sickly sweet, and all rather pointless. However, I am a big Second World War buff. So, here I go with "Girls & Panzer". An adorable original production from Actas, who are best known for, well, "Girls & Panzer". I have to admit I was skeptical going into this series as it involves the usual bunch of high school girls who look like they're 8 years old forming up a band of misfits into a club where they read more
May 16, 2019
Another day, another review of an Anime that has been reviewed to death. What can I say about "Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch R2" that hasn't been said already? It's been lauded as an all-time great. It's been criticized as an inferior sequel to it's preceding season. It's even been trashed as an overrated mech mash. But, do you want to know what I think? Well, you're reading my review, so I bloody well hope so. It's another classic case of setting the bar so high at the intermission that it becomes impossible to conclude satisfactorily. They flew too close to the sun. And the read more
Mar 14, 2019
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Or so the saying goes. It certainly holds true with "Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn", the next installment of the main timeline of the Gundam franchise, taking place a couple years after the events of "Char's Counterattack", this OVA attempts to bring new life into a tried and tested, yet repetitive, franchise. In that, it succeeds in some areas while falling into the traps of the past.

U.C. 0096, things have settled down for the most part in space after the defeat of Char's Neo Zeon. But, naturally there are still forces waiting for the opportunity to read more
Feb 13, 2019
One of the most difficult things involving Anime is what to show someone who hasn't seen one before. Many suggestions come to mind, but most of those are probably dozens upon dozens of episodes long and most people don't have that kind of time and the shows themselves are usually genre specific. So, what can you show someone that more or less covers all the bases of Anime but is short enough to watch in one sitting? I submit "Fight!! Iczer-1"

Based off the manga "Golden Warrior Iczer-One" and brought to us by the studio AIC, known perhaps best for "Tenchi Muyou", this 3 act OVA read more
Feb 5, 2019
The refined product of art and storytelling that Anime has become today makes one often forget it's humble beginnings. Wasn't too long ago that Anime was known for highly sexualized ultra-violent pieces. It was a nice break from the typical Disney stuff and the campy TV shows of the time. This wasn't your Dad's Anime either like "Speed Racer", this was hardcore stuff for those with an appetite for edgy. In that sense, Studio Madhouse's "Wicked City" can be seen as something of a cult classic, something that the inspired others to create. Todd McFarlane credits it with helping inspire him to create "Spawn". With read more
Feb 1, 2019
I believe it is universally accepted that the key to great comedy is men in drag. "Tootsie", "Some Like It Hot", and many other examples have all proven (though not without exception) that putting a man in women's clothing is almost certain to obtain a ripping good laugh. But in the modern era, we can take things a bit further. What if we had men forced to become women and hide that fact while performing? Well, that's what we got in the definitely NSFW "Back Street Girls: Gokudolls" made by J.C. Staff and brought to you by the fine folks at Netflix.

The simple version of read more
Sep 7, 2018
I was somewhere in my house, on the edge of the bed, when the drugs began to take hold. I watched an Anime series that was as aware of itself as I was. The strange vision of a world devoid of a Fourth Wall sprang loose before my eyes, I remember a voice shouting, "What are these God darn animals?!" but as it turned out I wasn't on any drugs at all. I was simply watching, "Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan" AKA "The Disastrous Life of Saiki K."

This is an Anime show for Anime fans. Adapted from the popular manga series of the same name, this read more
Jul 14, 2018
I find it a massive shame in these times that so often we favor style over substance. We emphasis the appearance rather than the essence of subjects from other people to the world we live in to even ourselves. It then becomes even more important than to speak the truth about how things truly are rather than how they are simply perceived. This is what I will now do with "Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei" or "The Irregular At Magic High School", a terrific spectacle of dazzling visual effects and action from those who continue to set the bar in that category, Studio Madhouse.

Honestly, I was read more