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Mar 26, 2015
When I first started watching My Little Monster, I was already following Say 'I Love You' and I must admit, the initial impression I was left after three or four episodes with was mixed. One of the strengths of this show - and this is already strikingly clear from its first episode which was a very strong start - is the amount of content and fun it can cram into 20 minutes. However, I was a little bemused at the first-glance appearance of the relationship.

Haru's casual rape threat in the first episode, and repeated use of his physical strength to have his way made me read more
Mar 26, 2015
This show is madness. As long as you have a crass sense of humour and are an anime-viewer of dubious self-respect, you should probably go ahead and check this out. The jokes are generally less tame and hit-or-miss than those you find in other anime, and the writers did a great job at injecting satire of a bunch of anime tropes into the show. The result is a delightful cocktail of preposterous ecchi humour, caricatural harem dynamics and dirty slapstick gags that would make a serious audience retch.

There are bad episodes, and these tend to be where they shift from inane humour to basic high-school read more
Mar 26, 2015
At first, it looked like a light spot of fun with the addition of awesome airships to spice things up. So, three sisters are going on a quest, pursued by an evil corporation and some colourful pirates, right? "It's fine", I say, "it's normal for anime premises to sound a bit goofy, and the universe looks like it has great potential". So I decided to give it a chance, in the hopes of some good fun, drama, character development and all of that jazz - indeed I got my hopes up in such a way as the show progressed: At a point, it looked like read more
Mar 26, 2015
I gave Recently, My Sister is Unusual a watch in search of outrageous, original ecchi lulz. In this I was sorely disappointed, not least by the lack of more frequently inventive use of the show's premise to create entertaining and memorable scenes.

That's not to say it was a terrible show. It cut a light-hearted dash among the rest of my queue for this season, which involved a mixture of drama, intensity, violence and plot-twisting, whereas Recently, My Sister is 90% warmly predictable high-school bread and butter, and 10% risqué scenes that range from mild to fantastic, though unfortunately the latter was pretty darn rare. I read more
Mar 26, 2015
Despite the standard grade, this isn't really one of those 'meh' series that you rate indifferently. It's quite particular, with a set of pros and cons tearing at it in opposite directions that wind up making for a middling grade. Read on if you're interested in hearing what these strengths and weaknesses are so that you can figure for yourself if it'll be worth your time. The most potent thing about this show is its artwork: it uses very outspoken blends of colours with a particularly neat use of shading, and most of the action sequences feature an amazing, psychedelic change in the palette. Innovative read more
Mar 26, 2015

Don't be dissuaded by the immaturity of the characters upon a first glance: despite their seeming like an annoying bunch of teenagers, things get better. We have Hikari, who starts at a low point but grows significantly throughout the show, while there are several other characters (Tsumugu, Kaname, Sayu) whose initially auxiliary appearance gives way for their gradual blossoming. In fact, I think anyone can find at least one character worth rooting for in this show. But characters aside, the technical icing is what makes Nagi-Asu the gem it is – in terms of visuals it has been one of the most gorgeous series I've read more
Mar 26, 2015
Some might find it difficult to get into this show. The way the story is told to us makes it clear that the two main characters have survived whatever ordeals they faced, and the action itself is not nearly as kinetically satisfying, juicy or frequent as you get in lots of other anime, particularly ones that tend away from the moe side of the scale. Therefore, don't go into this expecting a huge amount of intensity, drama, action or gushing feels. Gifu Dodo is in essence a temperate tale told in smaller stories and adventures that tend to involve strategy, philosophy, courage and loyalty, all read more
Mar 26, 2015
It's generic fantasy done fairly well on the surface, but ultimately it's a hollow experience which reeks of missed potential. Though I haven't really spoiled anything explicit, I do refer to a fair amount of events in this review, so it won't be for those who don't want to know any details of what they'll see.

Plenty of SoU's merit rests on our shared experiences with the characters from the previous season. It also does a satisfying job of tying things from AoU's storyline into this one, though unfortunately it fails to improve on AoU's foundation or deliver satisfying resolutions of its own. SoU started off read more
Mar 26, 2015
TToD takes the generically vacuous premise of an 80's arcade game and attempts to make a good story with it. They partially succeeded. The narrative (discounting the dangerously misleading but brilliantly satirical first episode) starts out very light and often humorously, making for easy, pleasant watching in bulk when you're hungover or otherwise unable to cope with fast dialogue, complicated plots and frenetic action. For the amount of characters included they did a fair job of establishing them in this chunk and making all of them passable in their own ways. It's in the second half that things start to get more serious, with a read more
Mar 26, 2015
Argevollen isn't as bad as people made it out to be after the first episodes rolled out. It was a rare and appealing experience to a military history fan in that the plot structure is often focused around the political and military dynamics of the conflict. Unlike in a lot of other anime, we're simultaneously privy to the strategic momentum of the war from both sides' perspectives, their internal divisions and agendas, as well as progress on the field involving a whole array of tactics and plans. This means that there's more to it than a screaming protagonist smashing bad guys. Unfortunately he just has read more