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Jun 17, 2019
I’m in a unique position, in relation to how people usually view this franchise. I’ve seen pretty much nothing of Monogatari as a series, sans a few early episodes of Bakemonogatari. All I know is that Kizu takes place at the very start of the series, and features a somewhat different style and approach the series overall. I'd heard about how good the Kizumonogatari films were meant to be, and I've always been a little drawn to anime films rather then TV series - so, I dove in, expecting just a feature-length version of what I'd seen in Bakemonogatari.

Man, Kizumonogatari is really something different.

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May 22, 2019
I'm the first to admit - I'm a sucker for romance anime. They're cheesy, they're silly, but I just can't get enough of them. The issue is, most romance anime kind of sucks. They all feel like they're twelve episodes, spend ten of them getting the pairings together, and then we MIGHT get one kiss before show is over. It just... sucks. So when I heard Bloom Into You was a little different, and from a few recommendations from people who've read the manga, I dove into the show looking for that something was a little different. And man, was I not disappointed.

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Apr 19, 2019
If there's an award for most weird and wild show for 2018, Gakuen Basara is for sure in the running.

I wasn't really a fan of Sengoku Basara. I only watched the first season, but I felt it was a pretty average series that I was only really interested in because of my interest in the Warring States period of Japan. But, I liked it enough that when I heard about Gakuen Basara, a school-setting version of Sengoku Basara. So, knowing a lot about the real-world individuals, I decided that at the very least, this show would be a good laugh at crazy, school versions of read more
Apr 17, 2019
I went into Vampire Hunter D with a lot of hopes. I’d heard about the film for years, and there are few things that get me excited then some weird-ass, edgy as balls vampire slaying action with some delightfully 80’s style. And whilst I got some delicious art and at least a bit of fun action, Vampire Hunter D fell way below my expectations, falling into a lot of the problems a lot of anime just seem to naturally have.

First, I’ll start with the good stuff – generally, this film looks great. It’s opening scene, in particular was fantastic – the dark, grassy fields, the read more
Apr 10, 2019
Ever since The Tatami Galaxy single-handedly re-kickstarted my interest in anime proper, I’ve been a massive fan of Masaaki Yuasa. Devilman Crybaby was my 2nd favourite series of 2018, and Ping Pong The Animation stands as one of the medium’s greatest triumphs. So, it was great with elation I finally sat down to watch Lu Over The Wall, a film that is a bit more family oriented then his usual fair, and clearly not as deep or meaningful, but lacks none of the heart and visual splendour that has become usual Yuasa fair.

When I watch a Yuasa property, I feel they can be divided into read more
Feb 5, 2019
Lord Slug is the fourth film of the Dragon Ball Z film series - and it comes with a plot and villain that are just as generic as the last film - thankfully with the caveat that it's at least a more interesting and exciting film then Tree of Might, but that's not saying much when the result is still quite a bit more forgettable and middling then I'd like to see in a Dragon Ball film, or any film for that matter.

One thing that sets Lord Slug apart is it's set-up that could only really work in a film setting - a doomsday setting read more
Jan 27, 2019
On my quest to watch and review all the Dragon Ball Z films, I'd been feeling pretty good about their quality after watching Dead Zone and The World's Strongest, wondering if they weren't as bad as I thought they'd be. Tree of Might ground that idea to a halt and made me a lot more worried about the quality I'll be expecting in the near future - since this seems to be one of the better regarded ones.

Tree of Might features the coming of Turles, a Saiyan warrior who bares a near exact resemblance to our hero Goku, and his planting of a 'Tree of read more
Jan 25, 2019
I've never really delved into the treasure trove that is the Lupin the 3rd series - outside of watching the outstanding Castle of Cagliostro, which was more due to the talent attached to the production. After stumbling upon it by chance, I watched Goemon's Fountain of Blood, due to my fast love of the character from the aforementioned film, and excitement over the little bits of it's events I knew about. What I found is something that appealed to me so much, and makes me a little bit sad there isn't anything quite this brutal (to my knowledge) in the rest of the franchise.

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Jan 25, 2019
Like it's predecessor, I didn't have the highest of expectations going into World's Strongest, but I must admit they were a bit higher after being surprisingly happy with how solid The Dead Zone was. In the end, I feel whilst World's Strongest is an enjoyable, fun romp, it has more notable weaknesses then it's predecessors in the form of a weaker villain and plot, and the obvious issues that come with a non-canon film.

The film deals with the emergence of a mad scientist, now only a brain in a jar, and his attempts to take over the body of 'The World's Strongest'., and Goku and read more
Jan 23, 2019
Dragon Ball as a franchise has always been a pretty important part of my interests – it’s what ordinally piqued my interest in Japanese animation, it got me into martial arts in media, and it consumed me when I was around 11 or 12. The newest series, Dragon Ball Super, besides some highlights, didn’t really grab me as a fan, and I started to wonder if I had been the one to grow out of it. Dragon Ball Super: Broly convinced me that it wasn’t me – this is the best Dragon Ball has been in a very, very long time.

The first thing I took read more