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Jul 29, 2020
Preliminary
I have an affinity for “Re:Zero” that I often struggle to divorce myself from when I’m looking at it objectively. I was two years out of high school attempting to navigate my adulthood, fettered by the shackles of wage-slavery, and weening myself off of an indulgent lifestyle that I feel the residuals of to this day. At the time, it seemed like anime was my preferred method of escapism, marrying the puerile wonder of animation with storytelling, two things that are very dear to me. There was a lot that I gleaned from Re:Zero, particularly in its cautionary tale about the potential ramifications of escapism read more
Jul 17, 2020
Ah, Mirai Mizue, every indie animator nerd’s favorite screensaver virtuoso’s latest outing is a collab with idol group “Maison book girl”.

For as layered and elaborate as some of Mizue’s animations are, very rarely do they convey a narrative as much as they are vehicles for his sensibilities as an animator. “Kanashimi no Kodomo-tachi” is not much different in regards to his other animations. And suffice to say, considering the structure of most works I’ve seen in Mizue’s catalog that I’ve been able to get my hands on, I’m surprised he hasn’t collaborated with more artists in this capacity.

I never really made the connection read more
Jun 24, 2020
Writer James Beckett of AnimeNewsNetwork once said, speaking on the anime “Fire Force”, that it felt like it was written by “two middle-schoolers stacked on top of each other wearing a thick trench coat.” Sorry if I didn’t get that exactly right, James. Can I say the same applies to “Plunderer”? Well, as someone who was once a middle schooler thumping my feet to Slipknot and Green Day as I scrawled in the margins of my homework, I’d like to think my capacity to conjure a competent narrative was at least marginally better than whatever...the fuck I just saw.

I’m going to keep this review read more
Jun 21, 2020
HEY! Listen!

“Listeners” is fucking garbage, and in most cases, I’d say you’d have to see it to believe it but I pray no one besides myself has to lay themselves bare to this level of unfiltered drek.

If the litmus test for a half-decent anime screen-writer is having listened to the musical stylings of Jimi Hendrix, Prince, and Pink Floyd (among many...many others), then you can consider most dads in the continental United States accomplished enough to pen something equal to or better than Listeners. This isn’t a show for music nerds or people who can appreciate the hallowed halls of surface-level dad-rock, no, no, read more
Apr 4, 2020
Since it first began airing, “My Hero Academia” has been the unwitting punching bag for joyless old dogs like me who have lost the childlike fascination with watching cartoon characters whale on each other with little rhyme or reason. Not that My Hero Academia has ever really prided itself on intricate or brutal fights worth revisiting when compared to some of its peers, because in all honesty, as of late, this anime has lacked even that to keep me motivated to continue on.

If there’s one thing that My Hero Academia’s 4th season has proven, it’s that mangaka Kohei Horikoshi has mastered the art read more
Mar 27, 2020
Life sucks, so let’s just allow ourselves to sink into the soft pillowy embrace of alcoho-er...I mean...cute girl anime.

If its core fanbase wasn’t evidence enough, it’s hard to fuck up a cute girl anime. In the past, I’ve gone on record being fairly lenient towards most low-effort moe anime. With “Koisuru Asteroid”, most of my convictions about cute girl anime have been gravely perturbed.

The term “CGDCT” or “Cute girls doing cute things” is one I’ve never been a fan of, if not for the sole reason that I grew up in the era that encapsulated its inception and persistence. I get the appeal read more
Feb 1, 2020
Preliminary
You know, I like sex, but probably not as much as these guys.

Defunct cultures throughout the aeons have tried to make sense of our purpose in the macro. Why are we here? Why do we love? What is the nature of sin? When ruminating on these questions, I can’t help but think, what kind of footnote will anime leave in the Akashic records? I think I’ve finally found my answer.

“Ishuzoku Reviewers” is PEAK culture.

If you’ve been a part of this community for a respectable amount of time, it’s no secret that anime has a skeevy underbelly that your average bear isn’t quick read more
Dec 25, 2019
To round off this year of abysmal drops in the bucket from the rusty spigot tapped into the vast ocean of low-effort isekai anime still waiting down the pipeline, “Ascendance of a Bookworm” hit me like a brief mouthful of ambrosia that I desperately desired.

There are only so many ways to frame an isekai anime nowadays, it’s like when Fox announces they’ve renewed The Simpsons for another 3 seasons and realizes, “Haven’t we already done everything?” In this regard, Bookworm isn’t exactly novel when you think about how it recontextualizes this tired concept. It’s not an original concept, but it’s one that recognizes the read more
Oct 24, 2019
Preliminary
Ah, yes, nice to see my Twitter feed finally getting an anime adaptation.

Yes, just yes. Whatever this show is on I need at least 10 times the lethal dosage injected directly into my capillaries. There’s no pretense with Azu-Lane, absolutely none at all, and it’s hard to not love for that reason alone. For the uninitiated, Azur Lane is the gacha equivalent of crack cocaine, essentially making up half of China’s GDP. An eventual adaptation of this popular gacha game seemed imminent from the moment it was released, it was only a matter of time. For all intents, Azu-Lane’s model is admittedly exploitative and read more
Sep 18, 2019
Anime is often criticized for how underwritten their stories can feel. Unfortunately for Kanata no Astra, it has the exact opposite problem.

Kanata no Astra is now the sophomore effort of SKET Dance mangaka and Gintama alum, Kenta Shinohara. I remember when Kanata no Astra first began publishing, it didn’t cause as many heads to turn as it has now, nearly 2 years after it's finished its run in Shonen Jump+. At the time, it didn’t really seem like anything other than an attempt to fulfill shonen manga’s need to reinvent itself with different settings and concepts. To my surprise, when I finally decided to read more