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May 6, 2019
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Seriously, how do I keep coming back to these Studio Xebec shows? They've produced so much over the years, and some of it is actually decent, but not this one. Zoids (Chaotic Century if you're American) had a huge amount of potential, but was completely watered down with flat visuals, a bloated cast of shallow characters, and way too many episodes of what amount to filler.

This show had all the ingredients to be one of my favorites. It follows all of my stupid rules to make a great mecha show:
-It keeps the same theme song throughout
-There's a robot battle in every episode
-The robots are in read more
Apr 15, 2019
Preliminary
(***Review up to chapter 42--End of the Tournament of Power***)
I have been watching Dragon Ball Super on Toonami religiously since the start of 2017, because I didn't want to have my first viewing of it in Japanese. I had long debated reading the manga until it finally premiered that January, because I knew I could just imagine the voices in my head. For some reason I let myself sit through 2 years of terrible pacing and low animation quality before I finally decided it was time to just read the damn manga, and I'm so glad I did. Toyotarou's Dragon Ball Super manga packages all read more
Mar 13, 2019
I first started Velvet Kiss in high school when all I saw on the thumbnail were boobies, and never finished it until recently. I decided to start it over from the beginning since it isn't too long at only 4 volumes, and I'm very glad I did. Velvet Kiss surprised me with it's dreamy artwork, very clean sex scenes, and competent character drama. With the high school English paper thesis out of the way, let's get on to the review:

The artwork in Velvet Kiss is pretty fantastic. Characters have highly expressive faces, the character's fashion choices are adorable, and all of the nude illustrations look read more
Feb 2, 2019
Disclaimer: As part of an effort to sharpen my comprehension skills, I watched Hi-Score Girl entirely in Japanese most of the time, and therefore did not catch every plot detail or fully take in every bit of characterization. Therefore, I won't try to make this review as in depth as some of my others, and everything I say should be taken with a grain of salt. However, High Score Girl still entertained me by taking me on a tour through video game history with funny characters and spot-on 3D animation.

I'm a huge nerd for 3D animation, and the animation style here is what most enticed read more
Dec 19, 2018
When Gundam Build Divers began airing, I was excitedly showing my friends the cool custom Gundam designs that it was showcasing. In the second week of it airing, I was telling them about the kickass theme song and how the only character I liked was the gay one. By the third week, I was begging for it to stop. The team at Sunrise missed the mark with Gundam Build Divers so completely, that I can't even be arsed to write a proper thesis or remove the outline headings that I use to structure reviews. My thoughts are as follows:

How does it look?
Soulless, except for rare read more
Nov 10, 2018
I can't help but compare Macross and Gundam, and therefore see this movie as an attempt to make some more cash off of the TV series without animating an entire new season. However, I admire the fact that they actually animated a new product instead of reusing footage from the series, which makes "Macross: Do You Remember Love?" feel like much more of a real movie than any of the Gundam trilogy entries. Despite this, the story suffers significantly from being crunched into 2 hours, and loses much of the charm that it had before.

The visuals are really the highlight of the movie. Thick lashes read more
Oct 28, 2018
Since the early days of my experience with Gundam, I have heard countless times how bad Gundam SEED is. I knew that someday I would have to get through it, and I decided that I would do my best to go in with no preconceived notions and let myself develop my own genuine opinion of it. Even though I was not entirely taken with this series, it seems to me that SEED is somewhat of an exaggerated evil. It had the guts to try things that no Gundam ever had before, absolutely nailed the mech designs, and established a lasting fan base whose influence drives read more
Sep 16, 2018
Had I seen it earlier in my anime career, I have a hunch that Heroic Age could have become one of my favorite series. For starters, my very favorite--Busou Renkin--was produced by the same studio Xebec just a year before, and the similarities in animation style seem pretty obvious to me. While today I find any and everything to nitpick, my younger self might have been enchanted by the grand scope and simplistic characters. Sadly, I think Heroic Age may be widely misunderstood by both viewers and potential viewers, which is a shame because behind the confusion surrounding its premise and backstory lies a wholesome read more
Aug 16, 2018
Franxxly speaking, this series abuses the elements of the mecha genre that I hold so dearly to send a message about relationships with people and our planet.

Darling in the Franxx pretends to be a mecha show to draw in a wider audience, and summarily sidelines the mechs for most of its run time to focus on character relationships. It then attempts to reap an emotional payoff and surprise you with its ulterior motive of social commentary, but can't pull it off with the flimsy characters it has constructed. This would not be nearly so offensive if it was sold as a character drama, but it read more
Jul 21, 2018
I've enjoyed the Mega Man Battle Network series ever since middle school, so I decided to investigate the animated series motivated by my desire to merge my anime and gaming hobbies. What followed was a long couple of months trudging through its over 50 episodes, after which I admittedly missed having it around. The bottom line is that Rockman.EXE is very much a low budget commercial to boost toy and game sales, and while it isn't the worst kids show I've ever seen, there isn't much of worth the be found here.

(Please note: I interchange the English and Japanese character names Rockman/Mega Man and Netto/Lan read more