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Oct 9, 2020
Reviewer's note: This is my 3rd entry into the G.I.T.S. franchise unless you count the live-action film of 2017, starring Scarlett Johansson. Also, this review will mirror in many respect my review of the 1st S.A.C.


✪ Genre: action (gunfights), detective, mecha (android, power suit, robot), science fiction (artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, cyborgs/human enhancement) seinen, along with some other themes: law and order (cyberterrorism, police, special squads), military, nudity, political corruption, virtual world



✔Positive Aspects✔

◧ Soundtrack: a solid compilation of compositions spanning multiple genres: instrumental Middle Eastern-influenced percussion, funky jazz fusion, techno, solo piano, orchestral music (violins, violas, pianos, flutes), pop piano ballads, new age (violins, percussion, read more
Oct 4, 2020
Reviewer's note: This is my 2nd entry into the G.I.T.S. franchise unless you count the live-action film of 2017, starring Scarlett Johansson.


✪ Genre: action (gunfights), detective, mecha (power suit, robot), science fiction (artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, cyborgs/human enhancement) seinen, along with some other themes: law and order (cyberterrorism, police, special squads), nudity, political corruption, virtual world


✔Positive Aspects✔

◧ Soundtrack: It's very unusual for an anime series to have a soundtrack that is as varied as that of S.A.C.'s. It's is comprised of pieces from various genres, such as ambient with and without vocals, trip-hop, instrumental rock, piano ballads with vocals, slow tempo guitar pieces, some goofy tunes read more
Sep 28, 2020
Reviewer's note: This is my 1st entry into the G.I.T.S. franchise unless you count the live-action film of 2017, starring Scarlett Johansson.


✪ Genre: action, detective, science fiction (artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, cyborgs/human enhancement) seinen, along with some other themes: law and order (police, special squads), nudity, virtual world



✔Positive Aspects✔

◧ Soundtrack: a couple of Japanese folk music pieces and a certain, quite intriguing track of Japanese/Bulgarian influenced ambient music with some very ominous chorals.

◧ Concept/Plot: the film is set in a futuristic, cyberpunk Japanese society where a clandestine law-enforcement/quasi-military unit is trying to track and apprehend a hacker of cyborgs who's constantly engaging in criminal schemes. Meanwhile, read more
Sep 24, 2020
Reviewer's note: This is my 20th entry into the Fate franchise.


✪ Genre: drama, contemporary fantasy, detective, magic (magic school, spellcasting), seinen, superpower, with elements of comedy and action (swordplay, gunfights)


✔Positive Aspects✔

◧ Animation: the series roughly follows the character design standards set by the previous studios, a combination of colors of moderate to low saturation/moderate illumination with the internal and external environments being more muted comparison. Even though the characters seem distinct enough, the series' entire 'atmosphere' feels a little more muted than usual.

◧ Soundtrack: seems to be, mostly, comprised of orchestral music (violins, violas, percussion, flute, piano, etc.) with some of it being lower in read more
Sep 22, 2020
Reviewer's note: This is my 19th entry into the Fate franchise.


✪ Genre: action, contemporary fantasy, magic (spellcasting), seinen, superpower



◧ Animation: the series roughly follows the character design standards set by the previous studios, a combination of colors of moderate to low saturation/moderate illumination with the internal and external environments being more muted comparison. Even though the characters seem distinct enough, the series' entire 'atmosphere' feels a little more muted than usual.

◧ Character development: one episode cannot suffice in order for me to make an assessment, but the protagonist's character traits, temperament, self-image are roughly outlined through his interactions with some of the deuteragonists and through read more
Sep 21, 2020
Reviewer's note: This is my 19th entry into the Fate franchise overall. I would not recommend this series to anyone who's not sufficiently acquainted with the franchise (i.e. having watched the Fate/Stay Night universe, at a minimum)


✪ Genre: action (swordplay, gunfights), contemporary fantasy, drama, magic (spellcasting), seinen, superpower


✔Positive Aspects✔

◧ Animation: even though every studio after Ufotable attempted to replicate its level of animation, only A-1 Pictures came incredibly close with the series under review. The studio uses the same combination of colors, of moderate to high saturation/moderate to high illumination, with the characters 'popping out' against the more 'muted' landscapes and man-made structures. Wonderful work, read more
Sep 12, 2020
Reviewer's note: This is my 18th entry into the Fate franchise and this review encompasses all 13 episodes.

✪ Genre: action (swordplay, gunfights), contemporary fantasy, magic (spellcasting), RPG, seinen, (superpower) with elements of sci-fi (artificial intelligence, post-apocalyptic, dystopia, virtual world)



✔Positive Aspects✔

◧ Animation: even though this series was created by Shaft, the design standards fit the same mold that previous studios followed - a combination of colors of moderate to low saturation/medium to high illumination, with the environment and landscapes, urban, natural and surreal, being comparably more "muted".

◧ Soundtrack: cool soundtrack, mostly dominated by slow and medium tempo orchestral music, whereas, and more infrequently, new age read more
Sep 12, 2020
Reviewer's note: This is my 18th entry into the Fate franchise and this review encompasses the Illustrias Tendousetsu episodes.

✪ Genre: action (swordplay, gunfights), contemporary fantasy, magic (spellcasting), RPG< seinen, (superpower) with elements of sci-fi (artificial intelligence, post-apocalyptic, dystopia, virtual world)



✔Positive Aspects✔


◧ Animation: even though this series was created by Shaft, the design standards fit the same mold that previous studios followed - a combination of colors of moderate to low saturation/medium to high illumination, with the environment and landscapes, urban, natural and surreal, being comparably more "muted".

◧ Soundtrack: cool soundtrack, mostly dominated by slow and medium tempo orchestral music, whereas, and more infrequently, new read more
Sep 7, 2020
Reviewer's note: This is my 3rd entry into the Fate/Grand Order spin-off works, but 17th in the Fate franchise overall.


✪ Genre: action (swordplay, gunfights), contemporary fantasy, magic (spellcasting), seinen, speculative fiction (time travel), superpower


✔Positive Aspects✔

◧ Animation: even though this series was created by Clover Works, it certainly follows the design standards set by the previous studios - it is based on a combination of colors of moderate to low saturation/medium to high illumination, with an ancient rural environment and vast, breathtaking landscapes that are a tad muted in comparison and against which the characters are beautifully "popping out".

◧ Character development: it took the series about read more
May 19, 2020
Reviewer's note: This is my 1st entry into the Fate/Grand Order spin-off works, but 16th in the franchise overall.


✪ Genre: action (gunfights, swordplay), contemporary fantasy, dystopian, magic (spellcasting, magic weapons), seinen, superpower (emotions awaken superpowers)


✔Positive Aspects✔

◧ Animation: the characters' design is generally good, based on a combination of colors of moderate to low saturation/medium to high lumination, with the urban environment and the urban landscapes being more muted in comparison. Overall, I feel that Lay-Luce's work trails Silver Link's work in the Fate/Kaleid spin-off series.

◧ Concept: an interesting take on a somewhat familiar scenario - humanity's future appears to be on very shaky grounds, thus read more