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Mar 29, 2020
Shows like this don't tend to get much attention. On MAL, we tend to pay more attention to the anime aimed at an older audience, and the only way a series aimed at a younger audience tends to break through is if it was part of our own childhoods like Pokemon or Digimon. So by that standard, Gegege no Kitaro 2018 is astonishing for even finding an audience in the first place. And part of that is the fact that while it's a children's anime ostensibly, it has plenty here for an older audience as well.

Gegege no Kitaro is a very episodic show. It read more
Mar 26, 2019
So, apparently the recap finale to "That Time I got Reincarnated as a Slime" is now listed as a separate thing and the original show is down to 24 episodes. Fair enough, if a tad odd, it's not like Slime is the only show to have a finale be a recap (Hi Clannad: After Story) but seeing as it is it's own thing, let's roll with it.

So while I'd rather talk about the content of the episode, I think we first need to discuss where the episode falls in the show. The big problem is that Slime has been listed as 25 episodes for read more
Mar 25, 2019
When it comes to isekai series, a lot of people despise the common tropes, and to be honest, I get why. A lot of them are wish fulfillment power fantasies where we get to see the main character win over and over without ever facing real challenge. And here we have another one in that vein. And yet..... I don't hate it? It's not perfect, and I can totally see others despising it as another example of that trope, but personally, I think throwing it in that bucket and leaving it behind is a tad unfair for one main reason, this is not a show read more
Oct 21, 2018
Wow. Just wow. I'd heard this season of Yami Shibai was bad before I started it, but I didn't expect it to be THIS bad. If you asked me to tell you what not to do in a horror series, this would be the first thing I pointed to. And knowing that the previous seasons ranged from okay to actually pretty good makes this season's failings more baffling.

So for starters, the first thing you'll notice watching this, especially coming off the previous seasons, is the narrator. The narrator originally existed to give basic context for the setting, and they had someone with a distinctly read more
Jun 28, 2018
There's really not much to say. If you liked 3-gatsu no Lion (March Comes in like a Lion) and you liked the music to the first opening, you'll probably like this. If you like the song but not the show, (or have no opinion on it) you might still like the extended song, although the imagery won't have any impact. If you don't like either, this isn't for you. For a 5 minute music video, it manages to capture so well what makes the show so great. The imagery is all very evocative, most of it is new, some reused, but it all fits so read more
Feb 8, 2018
(Talks about both Clannad and After Story) With shows regarded as classics, there's a certain expectation that comes with them. If it's held up and still remembered for close to 10 years, it means there's something about them that has not only stood the test of time, but hasn't really been replicated. And with Clannad, that is true. I just wish that the moments of this were more than like 6 episodes out of a 49 episode series (including both another world chapters)

Okay, fine, that's a tad unfair, but for a vast majority of the series, I felt it was.... competent. There's some really good read more
Dec 19, 2017
This is possibly the most underappreciated show I've watched. For how good it is, it is criminal that more people have not watched it. If you want to know if you should watch it, the answer is yes. It's consistently funny, the characters are charming, it has enjoyable action, really in most senses it's a worthwhile trip.

The premise is every 80s JRPG ever. Evil lord is risen, go slay it hero! And this series is a deliberate parody of those, from occasionally shifting to a pixilated art style to mocking the tropes of said genre to even the fact that there's 4 elemental swords read more
Dec 19, 2017
Juuni Taisen is not a good show. It has good moments in it, and the occasional character I liked, but it is not a good show. Yet for the entire 12 episodes, I was never forcing myself to keep watching it.

Let's start with how it's not a good show. At first, it kinda sets itself up as a battle royale with no main character and as such is just a "pin your hopes and see who survives" sort of ordeal. However, if you know about the Chinese Zodiac, watch the end credits, or have basic pattern recognition, you will know the order of deaths read more
Jan 21, 2016
Hoo boy... this is going to hurt.

So when starting this show, I saw some promise at points. This anime is based on the works of Edogawa Ranpo, who himself is influenced by Edgar Allan Poe. And that does intrigue me, seeing as I enjoy Poe well enough, especially the Telltale Heart. And boy does it fall flat.

So let's start with this as a mystery. Mystery stories can work well in two ways. 1, giving the audience the clues to solve the mystery, or 2, having the story behind/of the mystery being incredibly engaging. The first just simply doesn't happen, so it tries for the read more
Jan 20, 2016
Preliminary
Like many people, I grew up with the Pokemon anime. And even to this day, I can still enjoy it well enough, but it's obviously aimed at a much younger audience, and at times it not only limits my enjoyment, but I feel it limits the stories it can tell. Well, the answer to this plight was the Pokemon Adventure manga series. If the anime is aimed towards 6 year olds, the manga is aimed more towards a young teen audience, and it really helps.

Now, I'm not going to say this is a story for everyone. If you have no nostalgia towards Pokemon, no read more