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Jun 6, 2015
Love is such a difficult concept to grasp analytically. To a logical person, its very existence breeds chaos, confusion, and worst of all, addiction. Love compels, love pulls, love creates, love destroys - I would argue love is the most powerful human force. White Album 2 ignores the typical Hollywood-esque bland high school romances and sets in motion the most feels I've had in recent memory.

This won't be like my typical reviews, in that I break down each and every category. I'm just going to pour my heart out by saying, if you want to feel something move inside you, watch this beautiful anime. read more
Apr 15, 2013

Before you guys click the "not helpful" button, let me clarify my position before you shower me with criticism and disgrace: SAO wasn't inherently bad. It had its flaws and certainly did not meet expectations and hype, but honestly, what did you guys expect? "Perfect" anime come once a generation - and though I may have rated more than one 10 myself, that does NOT mean it's perfect, far from it. It's what MY "perfect" opinion is. But truly good titles, one that the hivemind agrees on, comes rarely, and if you guys are pasting YOUR idealistic 10 to SAO and trying to read more
Mar 7, 2013
I was scared to touch this anime. Despite the reviews, despite my friend's sage advice, despite everything, I resisted for months. I didn't want to dive into something that showed only on Adult Swim at 2 in the morning on weekdays. It didn't seem like the kind of show I wanted to watch. I want to see the latest and greatest, the anime that grab the headlines, that are here and now, that are modern and are visually appealing. Cowboy Bebop didn't seem to me like it fit into any category I ever liked either. Western styled mixed with space drama? How can that even read more
Jan 21, 2013
I....I wanted to like this show. I really did. The first season could have been better, but that's a different story. Perhaps I had high expectations, but when have the sequels ever beat the original? Darker than Black's universe easily could have brought epicness and awesomeness in a second season; instead, my hopes are dashed and I am left wondering: what happened?

Story: 7/10

WHAT HAPPENED HERE. This isn't a second season; it should be the first season of a different show in the same universe. The main character is now a side character and is replaced by a Russian girl?? I don't understand. I wanted to read more
Dec 24, 2012
After reading many of these reviews, or quickly scanning them, I realized there really wasn't a middle ground - you either loved it or hated it. And it seems to me most people wanted to hate something like this. But maybe both sides are missing the point: after all, for the people who want to bury this in the ground: lower your sophisticated and urbane shields for a second and try to understand WHY this anime wasn't deep or anything. And for the people who think this is flawless, it isn't. But perhaps I should make a stand here and try to look at BOTH read more
Oct 20, 2012
Maybe it was the build up. Maybe it was the characters. Maybe it was simply who I am. Aria the Origination seemed to pull my heart strings this way and that, making this so bittersweet. It's easy to fall in love with a character. But three characters and their mentors? And then saying good bye to all of them? It was a heart-wrenching moment. Aria the Origination takes the best of the best when it comes to plot development and character interaction all beneath a facade of gentle Neo-Venezia. I'm not going to do my standard "here's a score and here's why I gave it read more
Sep 22, 2012
There's just something magical about the way Aria the Animation strikes a chord deep inside you. It doesn't show up in the typical manner nor in an easily discernible way, but slowly, inexorably, steals your heart and before you know it, you've fallen in love with each and every character. There is no moe; there are no crazy plot turns; there is no artsy action. Instead, Aria the Animation goes deeper than you think; judging a book by its cover becomes less and less relevant when diving into the waters of Neo-Venezia.

Story: 9/10

I really, really wanted to label this as "slice of life" and read more
Jun 17, 2012
Never judge a book by its cover. Sounds cliche and overused, but this doesn't ring truer to this particular anime. At first I was confused: was this a comedy, a slice-of-life, or somewhere in between? Why wasn't this straightforward? It didn't matter; I fell in love with each and every character. This wasn't the typical slice of life, because something bigger was working behind the scenes, something larger than each character's problem, one that would eventually tie everything together.

Story: 8/10

A little background: Sugisaki is one lucky man. The student council at Hekiyou Gakuen are chosen by popularity vote, and it so happens that all 4 read more
May 25, 2012
What really does happen when you die? That's a question plaguing man-kind for centuries. Is there a life after death? Do our physical bodies stay behind and our souls go somewhere else? What about if your past life was full of sin and bad choices? Is there a hell, or an in-between such as purgatory? Angel Beats! describes such a question and more: what if your past life was regretful? You then are stuck in a high school, living adolescence in a different setting with people like you. Interestingly Angel Beats! lets the viewer interpret what happens rather than giving you all the information, and read more
May 11, 2012
Bakemonogatari isn't the typical anime. It can even be even in its own category, going above and beyond what the "norm" is. It frequently crescendos and comes back down, dramatically, slowly, eking every last drop of your attention and leaving you completely and utterly exhausted when the scene mercilessly ends. It's beautiful storytelling, really. One that will leave you yearning for more. It delves into the basic human condition: are we not all mortal? Do we not face emotional roller coasters in our everyday lives? Bakemonogatari goes beyond entertainment and dives head first into such tender topics.

Story: 8/10

The story background is vague. Very vague. The read more