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Aug 15, 2022
Mixed Feelings
(Personal review from Facebook) My first anime finished after more than a month of preparing for Anirevo and Otakuthon over watching anime.

Anime can be a frustrating because they usually don't have a conclusion. They're glorified ads to read the source. That's part of the industry. It's so difficult to break out get a smash hit that once someone does, I don't blame them for milking the cow as long as possible. Romcoms in particular have this issue more than most.
Personally, I feel that romcoms too often fall short on both the comedy and the drama, since they are both diametric opposites of each other. I ...
Jan 16, 2022
NOTE: SPOILERS FOR THE TV SHOW AND CERTAIN SECTIONS OF THE MOVIE

This movie sequel takes place after the TV show. There was a recap movie called Rondo Rondo Rondo but I didn't see that. I'll be completely upfront here and admit that I didn't like the TV show very much, giving it a 3/10. However, having recently enjoyed Kageki Shoujo, which took a more grounded approach to the world of theater, I was willing to give the Revue Starlight franchise another chance. I was hoping that the movie would address my grievances with the TV show, and convert me into a fan.

The reason I disliked ...
Nov 23, 2021
I was fortunate enough to watch a screening of this at the Anime NYC convention in November, months before the public release. It was part of a double billing along with Belle, the latest film by Mamoru Hosoda, whom you might know from Wolf Children. While Belle packed the auditorium and received far more hype in the form of its own booth and advertisements all throughout the convention, Pompo felt like the actual masterpiece.

From the very beginning of the movie, the cinematography stunned me. Compared to most other anime, the world of Nyallywood seemed very much alive, colorful, and dynamic. Every scene transition was ...
Sep 14, 2021
Mixed Feelings
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 ...
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 (Benedizione) 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 ...
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 a diamond in the rough and is one of the best SoL shows I've seen. Breakwater integrated the educational bits very well into its ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...