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Apr 22, 2015
Note: This review covers all seasons of the series that have been released so far (Bakemonogatari, Nisemonogatari, Nekomonogatari, Tsukimonogatari and Second Season).

While it might look like a fanservice-ladden harem series at first glance, Bakemonogatari actually feels like a perfect deconstruction of the genre to me. Despite the fact that characters spend a whole lot of time just talking to each other, the series manages to make these interactions really interesing and meaningful. Drama, comedy and even some titillating scenes manage to coexist and ease into each other in a very interesting and mostly organic way, and the show knows not to use overly sudden mood read more
Apr 19, 2015
Paranoia Agent is, to say the least, a very quirky psychological mystery series. Made by Satoshi Kon, it constantly blurs the line between reality and fantasy in very interesing and intriguing ways as it presents the story of a mysterious boy who assaults people.

The show can be unsettling and downright disturbing at times, but that isn't a bad thing at all. The mystery is compelling and is handled really well in my opinion, and the surreal atmosphere that permeates the series makes it even better. The characters worked well, and the sound certainly helps the paranoid and confusing tone the show has.

As long as you read more
Apr 19, 2015
Shirobako is yet another series I watched on a whim and which ended up surprising me in a very good way.

While the first episode shows a bunch of high school girls who're part of an anime-making club, the show nearly immediately skips past that part of the characters' lives and instead treats us to a completely different setting instead, where we see them several years later as they're either already working professionally, or at least looking for a job. This alone was enough to catch my attention, since it avoided the overly done high school setting that so many series end up doing.

The main character read more
Apr 19, 2015
Kokoro Connect is a series I decided to watch on a whim after spotting it in CrunchyRoll one day, and I'm certainly glad that I did.

I felt like the story was, by far, the stongest point of the series and what made it stand out from your average high school romance/drama anime. While the audience is never given a full and proper explanation of why the main cast suddenly find themselves swapping bodies with each other, reading the others' thoughts or acting on their supressed desires, among other things, all these events are handled really skillfully to flesh the series' themes out.

All the apparently bizarre read more
Apr 18, 2015
Death Note was a different kind of mystery than what I expected at first. The story's a classic set-up of two genius masterminds locked in a spectacular battle of wits full of intrigues and lies, but told from the point of view of the culprit rather than the investigator, which made the series about seeing the various ways Light tried to keep L from finding out the truth about the Death Note.

The art and sound were decent, but nothing to write home about. However, I felt like the show really gets to shine when you get down to the main conflict. The first 24 episodes read more
Apr 18, 2015
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I started watching this show thinking of it as a mystery, and was instantly hooked by the ominous, foreboding atmosphere which made me question what exactly was going on (in a good way). The first few episodes did an amazing job of introducing the cast and presenting several bizarre and unsettling elements in a way that reminded me of Twin Peaks.

I had really high expectations after experiencing such an interesting first part, but then Another did something I feel supernatural mystery/horror series should never do, and chose to answer most of the bizarre mysteries that got me hooked on the show in the first place, read more
Apr 18, 2015
I feel like this series managed to deliver a nice blend of paranormal mysteries and romance. The school setting was fairly interesting in the way it was done, since it was a mish-mash of buildings laid onto each other, resulting in a frankenstein school full of dead ends and abandoned areas where ghost stories thrive.

While the protagonist is the only male character and the show does lean on some one-note fanservice for his relationship with the girl’s ghost, the series also features two female club mates, although their presence is a lot less noticeable than that of the main couple. The aloof girl felt very read more