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Nov 8, 2019
Being from the same studio, the same genre, the same base concept and coming out at around the same time, the comparisons to Cowboy Bebop are absolutely inevitable. Bebop, of course, went on to become an all time classic of the medium and one of the most beloved anime of all time, so it's perhaps a bit unfair to hold Outlaw Star to the same standard, and while I'm not ready to say that this is the better show- objectively, it isn't- it most certainly holds its own and is well worth a watch.

Some things this show does well include an engaging story, not taking read more
Oct 27, 2019
This anime was pretty different from what I expected based on its synopsis and in this case it wasn't in a good way. There actually isn't a whole lot of combat or mystery or drama. The anime is actually probably closer to a slice of life than anything else. The main characters, a group of four girls, die very early on in the anime and one would think this would be a pretty monumental, life-changing event but instead, upon the girl's "revival" if you will, almost nothing changes. They go to school, work their jobs, go on dates, worry about bills and do all the read more
Oct 21, 2019
I'm a big Shinkai fan and have thoroughly enjoyed several of his other works, but honestly if I'd not known this was directed by him I probably wouldn't have ever guessed it. For me this really lacked the heavy interpersonal focus and emotional impact that his other films like 5 Centimeters Per Second, The Garden of Words and Your Name had.

This was, as usual for this director, visually lovely and very colorful, and it's a creative fantasy adventure, but overall I just wasn't all that entertained. The characters were not developed and I had no emotional attachment to them whatsoever, the voice performers were very read more
Oct 13, 2019
My wife and I both strongly, strongly disliked the previous works we've seen from this creator- Serial Experiments Lain and Texhnolyze, respectively- so by and large we expected more of the same here and our suspicions were correct. You can tell very quickly when you begin watching this that it was made by the same guy and that's damn near the only thing that happens very quickly in this anime because, just like its two aforementioned counterparts, this has horrible pacing and moves at a snail's speed.

Ultimately, while it shares many of the same problems as the other two anime- horrid pacing, a bare bones/generic/undeveloped read more
Oct 1, 2019
Almost always when an anime has really, really good or really, really poor scores on this site and then I watch it I can at least understand why people feel that way, even if it does not match my personal opinion. This was not one of those cases. This anime has some pretty awful reviews and I really don't understand why. It's not amazing by any means, but I really and truly do not understand what is so bad about it. I thought by and large it did basically everything somewhere between decently and well, even if it wasn't amazing at anything, but it certainly read more
Sep 30, 2019
Your Lie in April is an anime I have mixed feelings about. It has a very promising base premise and it does several things very well, but it also does a few things very poorly. Overall, while the show ended up more good than bad, I cannot help but feel it was not as good as it could have been if a few specific different choices had been made.

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The quality of the animation is consistent throughout the series, the two leads are visually distinct and do not remind me of the protagonists from other anime and there are a handful of colorful, dazzling moments. It's read more
Sep 19, 2019
This anime gives Deadman Wonderland a run for its money for my "Most Juvenile Anime I Have Ever Seen" award. This anime is BLATANTLY targeted at angsty teenagers in every way and it's cringe-inducing to watch.

The writing is unbearably bad. Expect constant lines along the lines of "Shit is bullshit! Let's go F some shit up!" or "Let's go start some shit" or "I'm going to show that F ing C the definition of pain". It's offensively mindless and juvenile and could only possibly appeal to unhappy teenagers.

It's not just the writing either. All the characters try really really hard, and not the least bit read more
Sep 15, 2019
Spice and Wolf Season 2 is more of the same in nearly every way and as such if you liked the first season it's hard to imagine you not liking this season too and of course if you didn't you probably won't. I'll hold off on repeating too much of what I already stated in my Season 1 review- I'm operating under the assumption that if you're here you've already watched the first season and, hopefully, read my review for the first season as well. Instead I'll focus on the differences between the two seasons, as many aspects of the show are largely the same.

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Sep 12, 2019
Spice and Wolf, while certainly not for everyone, is an exceptionally enjoyable, very high quality anime for those who fall into its target audience. Action and adrenaline junkies should avoid this one as they're likely to be bored and disappointed, but for those who view anime as an art form, have an appreciation for quality music and voice acting and prioritize characters and interpersonal relationships above all else when it comes to anime, Spice and Wolf cannot be missed.

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The art is perhaps the most average part of the show. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it whatsoever. It's never choppy or ugly, it does not read more
Sep 8, 2019
Sankarea, in one word, was disappointing. Not that it was an a terrible show- it wasn't- but more in that it started out as a very good show in the first three or four episodes, probably on pace for a strong 8 or maybe even a low end 9, but then it became super mediocre and ended up with the weakest possible 7, maybe even a 6.5.

The first three episodes do most things right. They're in no rush and they take the time to develop the important characters and give context and motive to the base premise of the plot. It sets up an excellent read more