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Dec 23, 2019

I may sound a bit bitter in this review. But please make no mistake, I think this show is a pretty fun romp. But I’ve seen the elevator pitch thrown around for this show. It promises “a harem show where the protagonist is the best friend gag character instead of the Harem MC”.

That seems like the premise, at first. The Gentleman Gamer main character can’t get women to fall for him because they’re too busy drooling over his best friend. Given this, he tries to get laid by manipulating the femoids behind read more
Apr 12, 2019
TL;DR: Season 2 evolves the basic coming-of-age of season 1 into a breathtaking journey of Mob’s rapidly growing maturity and relationship with those around him, in a way that perfectly matches the increasing stakes and spectacle of the show.

I was worried going into Mob Season 2.

Mob season 1 was a story all about letting go of ego and rejecting spectacle, ego and pride, in favor of personal relations and self-improvement. But those things, that’s what shounen is all about. Shounen is about powering up, big displays of strength and willpower, loud proclamations of ideology and ideals. It celebrates chuunibyou. That is very anti-mob. And read more
Apr 12, 2019
TL;DR: Mob is a visually stunning, wonderfully written show about self-improvement and reconnecting with others, and you owe it to yourself to watch it.

I adore this show.

Unlike it’s visually impressive, but (comparatively) shallow older brother, One Punch Man, Mob is brimming with personality. ONE’s vision comes together into a somehow deeply nostalgic whole, where every part seems integrated to tell a story of self-improvement and the denial of egoistic solipsism.
The art style and animation is breathtaking, all rendered in thick, luxurious linework which flows with a cartoonish smoothness that can be goofy when the show wants to land a joke and frighteningly crisp when read more
Jul 5, 2018
So it has finally ended, what a ride it has been. This review will contain minor spoilers but will not refer to any specifics.

In the later half of the original Tokyo Ghoul, Ishida had begun to explore the maddening, fracturing psyche of Ken Kaneki. Tokyo Ghoul:Re is the natural continuation of this exploration and delivers an extremely satisfying resolution about halfway in.

However, things deteriorate after this. The second half of the Manga is sadly lacking in my opinion, delving into a long, uninteresting and poorly plotted arc (with a few standout sequences) which ultimately only leads to a sort of doubling down on the read more