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Jan 7, 2012
There isn't really a middle road to be found with Bakemonogatari. It's a show that one may take in much delight or endeavor in extreme frustration. Those familiar with director Akiyuki Shinbo will know why since he brings a style of visuals and direction that is often very surreal and frantic. He meshes together typography with a world of visual captivation that accentuates every action, conversation, and detail. This style of direction is then applied to the extremely heavy, fast paced dialogue of Nishio Ishin's Bakemonogatari which also tends to include a lot of word play. Some may find this combination to be akin to read more
Dec 28, 2011
If one is to look on the surface of Mashiro-Iro Symphony, one would be hard pressed to see anything that was not seemingly riddled with cliche and the usual tropes typical of visual novel anime adaptions. What is remarkable about this show though is actually how it tends to subvert or twist these tropes into a surprisingly pleasant, soothing watch.

With the limitations imposed on studio Manglobe to do this adaption in one cour, they truly deserve a pat on the back for their efforts. The production values are pretty solid, and though the character designs may be simple, they are rather pleasant to watch. But read more
Dec 20, 2011
Being the prequel of the well known franchise Fate/Stay Night, Fate/zero certainly captured the attention of many very easily. What is immediately clear about this production though is not only does it match its predecessor, it far surpasses it in every way imaginable. Whether it be the directing, visuals, character exposition, or anything you can possibly think of, Fate/zero manages to move into a class of its own. In the end, this all adds up to a much more complex and interesting tale, which one will certainly not be soon to forget.

The very base of Fate/Zero is no different from Fate/Stay Night. It revolves around read more
Nov 30, 2011
Quite possibly the most soulless show to hit the anime industry in a long, long time, Guilty Crown is a true example of "don't judge a book by its cover." Yes, this show by studio Production I.G. may in fact have some of the most impressive TV anime visuals ever, while also having a modestly good OST (Save that god awful OP by Supercell), but once one peels away these more superficial aspects and dives into the core of this production, there is nothing but a hollow shell.

Guilty Crown is supposed to be about Japan in a semi-futuristic setting after some sort of viral pandemic read more
Sep 25, 2011
Like other PA works animes in the past, Hanasaku Iroha has managed to provide quite the unique experience, but this is not necessarily a good thing. If I were to sum up the idea of this anime, it could be put quite simply as learning to love your work. It is a fairly down to earth idea, and I would have been hard pressed to imagine that I would be coming into a show with such an identity crisis as this one.

The story begins with the main character Ohana being forced by her mother to move in with her Grandmother who happens to be the read more
Sep 17, 2011
Coming in as a Western anime fan it is hard to not be skeptical of an anime about superheroes. Considering our own comic book industry and how it contrasts to anime in general, I almost would never consider the possibility of an anime successfully capturing the world of superheroes. Perhaps this is why I consider Tiger & Bunny to be one of the most pleasant surprises I have seen in quite a while.

Tiger & Bunny is a story about corporate sponsored superheroes called "Next", essentially mutants like those of X Men, who are constantly filmed on television in Sternbuild City. By engaging in heroic acts read more
Sep 13, 2011
Some of the best stories have always been about the most simple things in life, and in this respect Usagi Drop manages to excel greatly.

The story of Usagi Drop revolves around the 30-year-old Daikichi who decides at the funeral of his grandfather to adopt an unwanted and illegitimate 7-year-old child, Rin. The very premise of this story lends itself to quite the heart warming tale, but the story is at the same time undoubtedly mature. In a nutshell, Usagi Drop is a story about parenting, and the societal worries and responsibilities that come with parenting, and in this case, adopting a child. As it read more
Sep 13, 2011
As the latest visual novel anime adaption to come out in the anime industry, Steins;Gate goes above and beyond what many of its contemporaries have accomplished.

The main plot of Steins;Gate revolves around the experiments and activities of a certain group of friends who managed to customize their microwave into a machine that could send text messages into the past, and the resulting consequences of their actions as the organization SERN, researches on time traveling, tries to capture them.

While Steins;Gate is a science fiction story, the core of its story was always the characters and it was the science fiction elements that acted as its framework. read more
Aug 4, 2011
In a future where every family is in possession of androids, for which all basic human chores and tasks are delegated to, how does the relationship between humans and their robotic creations pan out when androids seemingly have artificial intelligence?

This isn't a new topic in the science fiction genre by any stretch of the imagination, but as a film Time of Eve manages to be a huge breath of fresh air with both its approach and execution to the topic.

The setting of the film mostly takes place at a cafe, called Time of Eve, where inside the cafe there is a rule that there will read more
Jul 20, 2011
There are many times in anime where I've been left dry simply because I was out of the target audience. However, there is a time, rare that it may be, that an anime is created with absolutely no target audience in question. Unlimited Blade Works is lucky that I don't consider it a movie because it would be one of the worst, if not the worst anime movie I have ever seen. Unfortunately compiling a slide show of random fights without any well established context, background information, plot, scene transitioning, and character development does not qualify as an actual movie.

First thing's first though and for read more