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Jul 11, 2016
I wondered if I should give this show an 8 or a 1. It wasn't a choice between 7 or 8 or 9, but between 8 and 1.

In categories of plot, dialogue, and characters Kokoro Connect is nothing short of stellar. For lack of a better expression, I was reminded a lot of Bakemonogatari in terms of both superficial similarities, AND in terms of the subtlety and general quality of the writing. That is just about the biggest praise I can subjectively crown upon an anime series, and it means that Kokoro Connect is up there with the very best when it read more
Mar 1, 2016
"Understandably overrated"
“Lazy and arrogant adaptation of much better source material”
“Perhaps written by Lawrence himself, since it values potential profit over good writing”

It seems that, in art, there are certain works or artists that are viewed with such overwhelming and universal positivity and affection that speaking out against the said work automatically means one has bad taste. For example, it's okay for anyone to bash Justin Bieber, but the moment you say one thing negative about the Beatles, you are instantly branded a bratty teenager with terrible taste in music; people may even accuse you of being a Bieber-lover.

Spice and Wolf no doubt holds a read more
Jul 14, 2014
So yeah, it's a shonen genre that is MONOGAMOUS. The world is ending.

That aside, watching this series after years away from shonen anime has made me realize that the genre, or should I say the shonen subgenre of the anime genre, is undergoing a serious change.

By the way, be advised, that after writing the whole thing and reviewing it, I realize that it has turned into more of an essay and in-depth discussion on the anime genre, rather than a simple review, so only read if that interests you.

I'm giving this anime a pretty mediocre score, and I believe that many others have read more
Mar 19, 2012
I once went through a pretty severe existential crisis (who doesn't?). I recall searching "the meaning of life" on Wikipedia, out of sheer desperation for some answers. To my surprise, there was an extensive page cataloging various thoughts on the matter of existence, from Platonic to Utilitarian perspectives and everything in between. It was then that I learned that the right answer to some questions is not a clear, black-and-white response, but the very fact that others are also asking the same questions. Watching this anime reminded me of that fact of life.

STORY - 10
There are two types of narratives. read more
Feb 26, 2012
You may have read my review for Bakemonogatari, and if you have, you will know that I consider anime to be a legitimate genre of art, as are paintings, video games, and novels. You will also know that my admiration for Bakemonogatari goes well beyond simple fandom and that I regard it as one of the masterpieces that transcends the genre, as is Michelangelo's David to sculptures. If you have not watched Bakemonogatari, much of this review will not make sense. That's to be expected since Nisemonogatari shouldn't make much sense if you haven't watched Bakemonogatari. With that out there, I read more
Oct 14, 2011
FLCL (Anime) add (All reviews)
Rumor has it that Gainax had the writers create FLCL as a way to cool down from the emotional curb-stomping they subjected themselves to for Neon Genesis Evangelion. Indeed, the basic premise: a boy with too many worries who finds himself at the crossroads of the planet's fate, is similar. However, that's where the similarities end and the utterly anti-Eva rollercoaster ride begins.

The story itself is great. Often, a series trying too hard to separate itself from cliche falls into even more predictable cliche, but FLCL evades most predictions without ever resorting to the cliche "plot twists." This is achieved by read more
Oct 13, 2011
For every medium, there are few masterpieces that transcend the genre and become something special. Since I consider anime, as a genre, to be just as legitimate an art form (despite the bad rep it often gets), I will also review Bakemonogatari as a work of art, and it is irrefutably one of the special few anime series that fully capitalize on the strengths of the anime medium.

People have complained that the story is too episodic, too disjointed. However, the virtue of Bakemonogatari's storyline is that it is so minimal. In all senses, this anime is a character-based experimental, and an elaborate read more