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Sep 11, 2019
Let me start by saying that I’ve never come across a piece of art as poignant and life-changing as Ushinawareta Mirai no Motomete. As soon as I started it, my mind seemed to leave my body and get sucked into the student life of Sou Akiyama. I became entranced with his nuanced character; his thoughts, his actions and his motivations all came through to me as if he was a missing part of myself that I had just found. The first thing I noticed was the creative parallel to a visual novel character by the name of Sou Hiyori, who shares a lot of traits read more
May 30, 2019
How do I describe the greatest piece of media to ever grace my lowly existence? Well, let’s start with what’s immediately obvious about Kimi no Na wa, because just the surface layer of this masterpiece is enough to impress even the most cynical of critics.

Without getting into spoilers, I’ll sum up the plot as convoluted and poorly paced. The sloppiness in storytelling really touched me and added an immeasurable amount of weight to the gorgeous animation. That’s right, the rumors were correct. This movie is beautiful. The sheer amount of lens flares present during the runtime shone brightly on my soul and illuminated what read more
Apr 6, 2019
Have you ever thought about a premise in which an underground organization takes in orphaned girls and technologically modifies them to serve morally ambiguous purposes? Well, I often have, alone in my bed, but not exactly in the same way Gunslinger Girl establishes its story and characters.

This anime is one of the most grim and unapologetic I’ve ever seen. From the very beginning, we’re introduced to this concept of little brainwashed girls used as specialized weapons to take out important targets. You’d think that a show like this would be just your typical paper-thin “badass kid kills bad guys” type of deal, but it read more
Jan 30, 2019
Gin no Saji is a charming slice of life comedy that revolves around [generic protagonist] as he tires of the city life and enrolls at a farming school. There he meets wise farming teachers and friendly farming students who show him the ropes of farming. He discovers the nuance and talent which lie underneath the surface of farming and becomes determined to be the very best at farming, or at least impress [generic love interest farmgirl]. Prepare for gags and giggles in this hilarious farming anime from A-1 Pictures!

Okay, now that the moderators aren’t looking, I’m going to make my actual review. You guys won’t read more
Nov 6, 2018
Ghost in the Shell brings into question what really makes a human. Is it the soul? Is it the body? Is it love? The struggle to find an answer to this existential mystery is the focus of Major Motoko Kusanagi, a fully prosthetic cyborg. Her inner-conflict interspersed between action sequences and more slow, deliberate moments creates an experience like no other.

Although Ghost in the Shell as a whole is refreshing and moving, there are aspects of it that seem to need more context. For example, the ambiguity of Kusanagi’s humanity is alleviated almost fully near the beginning when she is shown jumping off a read more
Sep 22, 2018
Tales from Earthsea, or Gedo Senki, is a very interesting piece. Although it comes from the acclaimed Studio Ghibli, the film doesn’t follow the usual conventional story beats found in Hayao Miyazaki’s works. It’s very linear and serious in pacing and theme. I won’t get into the details of those aspects for two reasons:
1. I don’t want to spoil the story.
2. I honestly don’t remember anything that happened in the movie.

Hear me out for second. I usually have excellent recollection of films and television because I enjoy analyzing as much as I can while watching, even if it’s bad. All of my read more
Sep 3, 2018
Ponyo is a Ghibli movie that touches my heart in its deepest, watery depths. The pure wholesomeness and magical atmosphere of Miyazaki’s imagination manifest themselves in a film about the cute friendship between a boy and a fish. That’s pretty much all there is to the story, but that incredibly simple aspect is only the tip of the iceberg. Underneath the convoluted and nonlinear surface, Ponyo explores the nuances of emotion that exist in us all, whether we notice them or not. Our powerful desire to protect what we love and our elementary sense of wonder are represented by the two young protagonists, respectively: Sousuke, read more
Aug 20, 2018
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Fullmetal Alchemist series from 2003. It begins right where the original show left off which, as you might remember, was at a notorious cliffhanger. They waste no time continuing the story in Brotherhood and providing the conclusion that the fans had all been waiting for. Despite this, I don’t think it’s necessary to watch the two shows in chronological order. I’ve never seen the original and I was only confused for the first 20 episodes.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (or FMA:B, as the intellectuals call it) stands as one of the most under-appreciated anime series of all read more
Aug 17, 2018
Fate/Zero introduces a magical battle royale set in an alternate version of our modern world. The Goblet of Fire chooses seven contenders to fight and scheme until only one is left standing. All of the players of this game have a wish that only the Goblet of Fire can grant. With the help of familiars—spirits of warriors from ancient times—, the contestants employ their magic and their alliances to reach the ultimate goal. I wanted to summarize up until this point and provide some background because my main criticism is about one of the familiars. The woman called “Saber” is a warrior from medieval times read more
Aug 12, 2018
Eve no Jikan tells the heartwarming story of segregation in a futuristic society and how a boy named Rikuo experiences both sides of the issue. It is reflective of our modern world as well as cultures from centuries before. I believe this short series would be one of my favorites if I wasn’t so perturbed by a detail that was never resolved. I can only describe it as a significant plot hole left behind by careless writing, and it distracted me for the entirety of my viewing. I will spoil a little of this anime, but let me explain; Rikuo’s connection to the android world read more