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Oct 14, 2022
Summertime Rendering is one of those high energy, fast paced thrillers that only come along once every now and then and are very difficult to replicate.

The setting is simple, but efficient, using the existing concepts of doppelgangers/shadow people/skinwalkers and an isolated location to keep the cast and setting small, but complex. The time travel premise of the show is well thought out, given adequate consequences and weaknesses to ground it, and an incredibly quick pacing that never allows a moment to go dull. And the characters are fairly simple to understand but immediately likeable with enough personality to remember them. The show has a solid, ...
Sep 24, 2022
FunnyFunny
You've seen sports anime about teens who were new to the game, and you've seen idol anime about struggling idols. But have you ever seen an anime about an entire tournament of people who are bad at BOTH?

Because that's the concept of Extreme Hearts, both the anime and in-universe tournament. Our MC is a failed idol who joins a league of potential idol athletes where the common goal is to use the tournament's notoriety to go pro. Their world has pro athletes and pro idols without combining the two and adding weird unexplained technology, it seems like all players here NEED this tournament of losers ...
Jun 19, 2022
Black Rock Shooter, where did you go? Never has that line been more true. I guess this adaptation definitely evoked this line of the song, by destroying everything else.

I really don't feel this is fair to call a BRS story, as it really feels like a subpar light novel (which it was) that only got greenlit by attaching itself to the BRS identity. None of these characters, plot, or setting has to be a part of BRS, and as a consequence of that none of this feels like it is.

This show is an absolute edgelord nightmare of mediocre writing. In early episodes it tries its ...
Feb 12, 2022
Argento Soma (Anime) add
Mixed Feelings
I have....very mixed feelings about this show. I love the concept, and I love the finale. But...man the majority of the show was hard to get through. Nothing was terrible or frustrating, it was just largely repetitive. I wanted to drop it at several times. But I persevered and I eneded up really liking the finale both as a story, and suddenly the characters clicked. Suddenly i was attached and I wanted an S2 with these characters i was suddenly fond of. Hell, it raised it back up to a 6 and while I'm currently riding the high I debated a 7. (Meanwhile the majority ...
Nov 24, 2021
I'll start this by saying I typically do not like historical anime and shy away from the genre. I'm largely here because of Yoshida and Yamada's involvement. And truthfully I was pretty bored and uninvolved initially, I had a hard time getting attached to anyone and the timeline kept jumping to where I had no idea what was going on or even what character was who. I'm aware this is a very well known and cultural story so that probably has to do with the shorthand, but on a weekly schedule I struggled. However, the anime is MUCH better when binged in 1-2 sittings like ...
Oct 31, 2021
Spoiler
Kaitou Saint Tail is a story with an instantly charming premise, infectuously likeable characters, and immensely attractive artwork that seems afraid to do much of anything with the quality concept it starts with.

The premise is solid enough, a mysterious phantom thief and the enthusiastic detective chasing them. A tale as old as time, it only makes sense to add a level of romance since the tension and charm of the cat and mouse chase should be palpable. (Just ask anyone who writes Lupin III fanfiction) And Meimi and Asuka Jr have very good chemistry. Unfortunately the two barely have meaningful interactions beyond the surface level, ...
Oct 16, 2021
To someone unsure about where to start with Precure, I feel that Star Twinkle is a good place to start. It shows a lot of the franchise's strengths without really specializing in one area.

Star Twinkle has a fun overall cast. Each character is given ample screentime and development. No cast member is the BEST Precure character but they play well together...and then there's Yuni. I never really felt she enjoyed hanging out with the group beyond serving her needs. Which is fine for a character except during the moments we have to act like we're close. But disregarding that, Hikaru and Lala are a very ...
Jul 17, 2019
Mixed Feelings
I wish I liked Majestic Prince more, I really do. Initially I ignored it after the first 5 episodes because it aired the same season as Kakumeiki Valvrave and Suisei no Gargantia, and Majestic Prince was far less captivating and engaging than those two. (And man…hoo boy…look how those two turned out…I guess style and shock doesn’t always create substance, Valvrave) However, when I came back to Majestic Prince, the sad truth that is while it’s not a bad series, it lacks a lot of qualities and just becomes a forgettable (and unfinished) memory.

Majestic Prince knows the tropes and dynamics of its genre very well. ...
Jul 17, 2019
Cross Ange is a series that could’ve been really memorable and enjoyable. Sure, it was grimdark and dirty, with gratuitous fanservice and violence. But if that’s your cup of tea, the initial setup and writing was pretty good. Ange’s determination to be the best mercenary prisoner was engaging, her rivalries and battles with fellow pilots were interesting, and the underhanded prison setting was different with its bartering and infighting. It was by no means ever high art, but it was fun to watch and only seemed to be getting better. When Ange and Hilda bond, become a duo, and plan on destroying the rotten world, ...
Jul 16, 2019
Cardcaptor Sakura is a beloved 90’s series for anime fans, and with good reason. It’s beautifully drawn art and addictively endearing characters made it an instant classic, and it is hard to watch it without a content smile. The plot is forgettable and becomes instantly simple to guess once you’ve been through the first arc and start seeing repeated concepts. But if you’re watching Cardcaptor Sakura, or most magical girl anime, for the plot…well…most magical girls are not and will never be Madoka Magica, and that’s a good thing. (Please put down your pitchforks. I like Madoka just fine, I’m just…I’m always glad to still ...