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Sep 14, 2021
This is a direct continuation of season 2 and concludes the story. Though it takes place 10 years in the future, the time skip only serves to display some new minor characters. The main characters don't appear to have aged or have gained much wisdom. Everything looks slightly better with the movie budget, and improvements in 3D animation technology from 2014 to 2021. The choppy framerate, which was the largest criticism of the TV show, still appears at times, though this seems like a stylistic choice as there were some scenes that were animated smoothly.

Sidonia S1 was a bombastic marvel, and led to many people read more
Aug 30, 2021
This is the second part of the post-TV movie trilogy, taking place after the events of the 3 TV seasons (Animation/Natural/Origination) and the first post-TV "movie", Avvenire. But while Avvenire was divided into 3 20-minute episodes, Crepuscolo and the upcoming final part of the trilogy (Benedizone) are a 1-hour movie.

It's more Aria, which we would've never imagined happening after Aria the Origination in 2008. Origination wrapped up the journey of the main cast and their senior undines very nicely, and to this day, it is still considered one of the finest iyashikei (healing slice-of-life) shows ever produced. 3 years after Origination, the voice actress for read more
Jun 10, 2021
This one was missed by many in 2020. That's because the first 3 eps aired in the Spring season, then it went on hiatus for 3 months due to Corona-chan. The remaining 9 eps were aired weekly form the end of last July, but by then the damage had already been done. No one cared about the show anymore, and without any positive momentum, the MAL score was below 7.00 for much of its run.

And that's a shame, because this is an absolute gem and is one of the best SoL shows I've seen. Breakwater integrated the educational bits very well into its skits. It read more
Apr 20, 2021
Also known as the 13th episode of season 1, there is absolutely no reason to watch this. It's a troll episode.

This was made 4 years before the NNB movie. At the time, they didn't know whether S2 (NNB Repeat) would be made, let alone the movie or S3 (NNB Nonstop). Early on in this episode, the cast wins a trip to Okinawa. They then spend the rest of the episode preparing for the trip, and it ends when they're on the plane, before they land.

The movie re-animates much of this episode with a higher budget, and by the 14th minute of the movie, the cast read more
Apr 10, 2021
Being a fan of the original 4 seasons of Selector/Lostorage WIXOSS, I was willing to give this show, the next WIXOSS, a fair chance, despite the poor initial reception. Both seasons of Lostorage WIXOSS sold poorly compared to Selector WIXOSS, so the executives probably thought that another dark WIXOSS season wouldn't be financially viable. But idol culture has exploded in popularity, so why not cash in on the craze?

This WIXOSS has nothing to do with Selector WIXOSS. Battles are done via an online version of the game, WIXOSS Live. This game is slightly different because now there are support LRIGs implemented into the ruleset, allowing read more
Mar 21, 2021
Dramatic tragedies are a genre that I love in anime. Shows like WorldEnd, Planetarian, and Your Lie in April tear me up. So what would it take for me to give a tragedy a low score? Is it even possible? Or is the genre immune, similar to slice-of-life? Flying Witch two years ago proved that I could hate a mundane slice-of-life show.

Lights of the Clione is very simple. It's about a perpetually sick girl who gets bullied all the time because she is constantly absent from school. Two classmates befriend her before her time is up, while everyone else is guilt-ridden. The animation looks like read more
Mar 14, 2021
The first two seasons, when I watched them, were charming. But S2 was five years ago. The first season introduced the girls and focused on their quirks. The second season introduced Chino's friends to the mix. This season, S3, brings them all together. This season looked much better visually than the first two seasons. Technology has advanced to the point where there's shadowing and lighting glare on everything. But as I kept watching, it dawned on me... I was finding all of this boring.

Have my tastes changed? Or has the slice-of-life genre evolved to the point where simple CGDCT (cute girls doing cute things) just read more
Nov 4, 2020
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What a chameleon. On the one hand, the first 7 episodes are fantastic. It's a crime thriller and you want nothing more than to see the villain get taken down. The cinematography shone frequently, using multiple angles and specific aspect ratios to establish the shots. It was a treat to see a villain with enough wit to always seem one step ahead of the MC, and the stakes grew, with the MC using more resources as the story progressed.

On the other hand, the last 5 episodes abandoned that premise, and the show goes into the most philosophical drivel about what is good, and what is read more
Nov 1, 2020
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I was curious as to how a noitaminA show could have such a low score on MAL. noitaminA shows are generally unique and aimed at the mature viewer, and some of them are masterpieces like Your Lie in April.

Battery isn't a sports anime like Haikyu or Kuroko's Basketball. It's a drama with baseball in it. Well, it would be, except that not a single baseball game is completed in 11 eps.

The MC, Takumi, doesn't respect his catcher, his teammates, or even his mom. All he can do is throw a baseball very fast by 12 year-old standards (87mph). But you won't be impressed because the read more
Nov 1, 2020
This is a chilling, yet spectacular masterpiece, and its low MAL score, combined with its snubbing at all of the 2018 anime award ceremonies, truly makes this a diamond in the rough.

At what cost would you take to protect your dream of peacefully living with someone? What if that dream were impossible? There have been shows with a yandere as a deuteragonist, most notably Future Diary, but this is the first one I've seen with the yandere as the protagonist. And with it comes a psychological angle that few anime can match.

The mainstream audience just doesn't get it. This isn't an easy watch. It plays read more