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Apr 1, 2017
Youjo Senki (Anime) add
An arrogant man is thrown into an alternate world upon death. The man is reincarnated as a cute-looking blonde girl Tanya, a kind of ideal female figure for lonely anime fans. There’s a vicious world war going on and the hero becomes a soldier. She is good at magic, killing, and best, unlike many anime heroes, she is not a wimpy brat whining about saving humanity. She is ruthless. The main character makes Youjo Senki stand out among hundreds of alternate world (isekai) anime.

Tanya is what makes this anime worth watching. She is merciless. She doesn’t care what happens to people caught in the destruction ...
Dec 28, 2016
School is the perfect location for coming of age stories. It's a shame that this potential is little utilized. Thankfully, Hibike is an exception. It's an anime with chewed to death school settings, with clichéd competition aspect, that manages to be a fresh breath of air. Hibike is a well-told simple story.

In Hibike, the tribulation of the characters is small everyday problems that in general order of things are not that important. The stakes are low. At worst they’ll lose a competition which is hard to relate to. To be honest, they have pretty small individual worlds. But Hibike explores those little aspects of life ...
Jun 27, 2016
Mayoiga (Anime) add
Mayoiga is a perfect example of a third-rate anime that takes itself too seriously with its cardboard characters and creates few unintended pitying chuckles.

A group of people travels to a hidden village to start life anew. Character introductions start immediately, with the worst possible way, letting each one stand up and talk. They are all eccentric and therefore typical in anime, each you might have seen in any other average show.

The anime relies heavily on the mystery aspect to grab attention. It is all good and nice, but for a mystery to work, one needs to connect with characters. Otherwise, who cares about an ...
Jul 1, 2014
Mixed Feelings
No Game No Life is an anime of our age. It has solid animation quality, catchy opening song, and escapism-flavored generic story and characters. Anime has to succeed at least one of four main departments to get viewers' attention: characters, story, animation and escapist fantasies. The last one is the cheapest trick in the book. Therefore the market is inundated with isekai genre, where characters are thrown into a fantasy world to realize their daydreams.

No Game No Life succeeds in animation and escapism. Additionally, the staggering amount of fan service, references to other successful anime, and overused jokes try to make up for the ...
Jun 17, 2014
Aku no Hana (Anime) add
Aku no Hana is an attack on our comfort zone, everyday life at its most mechanical dullness. The anime quests to find something new, something different that can set us apart from the oppression of the mundane life. The dread of seeing time pass without offering any excitement is a familiar feeling for everyone. Therefore this is an anime we can all relate at some point in our lives.

The main character Takao Kasuga starts with a desire to be different. He reads books not because he finds them interesting, but to fantasize that he is someone others cannot understand. He is pathetic. He also ...
Apr 29, 2014
Fairy Tail (Anime) add
Mixed Feelings
Fairy Tail is an anime with nothing special or groundbreaking. If a character is in a dangerous situation, power-ups come to their rescue. If they want to give a motivational speech and get even stronger, they talk about the power of friendship and save the world. Their plot armor is so thick no god can kill them. This is a sin shared by many anime, but Fairy Tail overdid it.

The anime successfully creates its own world, introduces characters with different abilities. One Piece has pirates and devil fruits, Bleach has Soul Society and bankai, Naruto has ninja villages, and Fairy Tail offers a guild system. ...
Apr 26, 2014
Hyouge Mono (Anime) add
Hyouge Mono is an anime I do not recommend to anyone. Not because it is bad, but because it is completely on a different level. It is not a flower you can just buy and toss later. It is a fragile one, blooms in desolate lands, and you need a bit of effort to find it. It will never gather an army of fans screaming the best anime ever. It will never get the highest ratings. Most people will not even like it. They will quickly get bored and discard this gem. Then what makes Hyouge Mono great? Not its animation or sound quality. The ...
Aug 27, 2013
Toriko (Anime) add
Mixed Feelings
The story of Toriko takes place in the Gourmet Age. In that world people live to eat. Wars can erupt over delicious food. The main character Toriko and his partner Komatsu travel around the world to find exquisite ingredients. Toriko hunts, his partner cooks. This is the basic premise and I’ll be honest, it sounds stupid. Teenage heroes of other anime are trying to save humanity, planets, their family and friends from cool-looking edgy evil forces. But Toriko, a twenty five years old adult male, is chasing after food. It isn’t primarily a comedy anime to excuse the premise. Although soon it becomes clear ...
Feb 16, 2011
Master Keaton (Anime) add
Master Keaton is a great episodic anime eager to offer something new in every episode. Due to its episodic nature, it lacks a great plotline and significant character growth. But this does not make Keaton a dull anime, because of the fact that the original creator pours his vast knowledge of European history into the work and creates something interesting in every episode.

The story feels like the creator really loved history and countries of Europe and wanted to make a story to share his knowledge. Because of that the story though not great is kind of encyclopedic. Some episodes can be easily incorporated into ...
Apr 9, 2010
One Piece (Anime) add
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (445/? eps)
One Piece starts great. It has original setting for its time, it introduces the best hook in all shounen anime, important characters are nicely fleshed out, the main character cannot one punch every enemy, and the story doesn’t feel like the original creator has run out of ideas. But this was many years ago. It doesn't look like an anime worth watching in 2017.

Since One Piece was first published in 1997 as a manga, and was animated in 1999, it took decades to tell the story. Its creator Eiichiro Oda had just graduated from high school back in the 1990s. He kept writing the same ...

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