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May 19, 2021
Mixed Feelings
I don't have a lot to say about this one, so this will be a relatively short review. Shin Mazinger Zero was pretty cool in the first half, but I had completely lost interest by the end.

After the first few chapters, this series finally feels like it settles into a regular plot. Kouji fights Dr. Hell's goons in Mazinger, Sayaka and Boss try to help, you know, the usual. However, there is a new character in the android Minerva X, and strange hints about the setting that kept me reading to learn the truth.

The authors plays with a lot of classic Mazinger villains and story ...
Mar 20, 2021
Mixed Feelings
(TLDR: Gaiking is decently fun, with episodes ranging from hilariously wacky to pretty boring. If you're just looking for a cheesy classic super robot show without much substance, you're in the right place.)

I watched Gaiking over a year ago at this point, and I've had my notes for this review sitting on my computer ever since. Since I don't spend nearly as much time writing anymore, I never got around to fleshing out those notes into a full review. Rather than trying to finally write cohesive paragraphs out of these thoughts, I'm just going to post all of my headings and year-old bullet points so ...
Nov 22, 2019
Mixed Feelings
Somewhere along the way I acquired the first volume of Gundam Wing: The Last Outpost (Or Dual Story - G-Unit in Japanse). I had read it a couple times over the years, and always intended to track down the other 2 volumes, but it was never a big enough priority that I actually did. After stumbling across some convenient scans, I tore through all 3 volumes in less than a week (Which is really fast for me) and was very glad I never bought the final volumes. The Last Outpost has all the elements of a pretty decent shounen mecha series, but just doesn't have ...
Nov 18, 2019
Jesus (Manga) add
Who was Jesus? Was he a prophet, a heretic, a delusional man, or truly the son of God? This is still debated to the present day, just as it was when he walked the Earth. I'm not sure whether Yoshikazu Yasuhiko is a believer or just a man fascinated by history, but he put amazing effort into creating these two full color volumes that tell not only the story of Jesus, but also portray the world he lived in, and the reactions of people to his ministry.

There's no way around it: Yasuhiko-sensei is an absolute genius at composing manga. The expressiveness of his line work ...
Oct 10, 2019
It's no secret that Char's Counterattack illicits mixed feelings from many Gundam fans. On one hand, it's the epic conclusion to Char and Amuro's story together, but it is by no means a flawless movie. While it doesn't fix everything wrong with the movie, the manga of Beltorchika's Children represents what Char's Counterattack could have been. It was at one point submitted by Yoshiyuki Tomino for the script of the movie, only to be rejected and released as a novel, and much later as this manga adaptation. Obviously nothing can replace the glorious animation of the final showdown between the Nu Gundam and the Sazabi, ...
Aug 15, 2019
Real quick, the Gundam: The Origin anime is the best supplement to the original series. Period. Now, there are three ways to consume it! First is the Origin manga which retells the entire original Gundam story with additional backstory, and over the last few years the additional backstory has been adapted into a series of 6 OVA movies. This year, in true budget fashion, the OVA has been recut into a 13 episode series with minimal new content produced. The TV version, Advent of the Red Comet, is one of the best seasonal anime I've seen this year. The crisp animation and story make it ...
Jul 2, 2019
Mixed Feelings
Some anon once said, "CDA is just shameless charwanking," and I think there's definitely some truth in that statement. Char's Deleted Affair, or CDA, was one of the first titles published in the monthly Gundam ACE magazine, and it stayed in publication for the better part of a decade alongside Gundam: The Origin. In addition to introducing us to Haman Karn and showing the massive political transitions taking place, CDA fills in the mysterious transition Char Aznable undergoes between the original Mobile Suit Gundam and its sequel Zeta Gundam, and paints him in many glorious combat situations while being groomed as a dignified political leader. ...
May 6, 2019
Zoids (Anime) add
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 ...
Apr 15, 2019
Preliminary (66/? chp)
(***review up to chapter 66--End of the Moro Arc***)

After 1.5 years since my original review of this manga, I still highly recommend it over the anime version of Dragon Ball Super. Before, I only thought of it as a quicker, higher quality alternative to the anime, but with the addition of the Moro arc it has much more to offer. The Moro arc is the longest so far in the manga, and was able to tell its epic story with appropriate pacing since there was no need to keep up with an anime version. On top of covering the events of the anime in a ...
Nov 10, 2018
Mixed Feelings
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 ...

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