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Mar 16, 2015
The irregular at magic high school, better known as Mahouka, is a well produced anime. It's a much more standard Shounen anime than I first thought, and you could easily place it with recent anime such as Tokyo Ravens or Accel World.

+ Magic system is interesting. So broken that it's not.
+ Large cast of characters.
+ Decently paced. Doesn't drag on to fill the animation budget.
+ Drama is kept to a reasonable level.
+ Characters aren't dying left and right.
+ Leaves room for a second, and/or third season.
+ Relatively unique concept of magic

- Shiba siblings aren't well explained nor explored.
- Characters aren't dying left and right.
- Magician's read more
Mar 31, 2014
At it's heart, this sequel is meant to just give you more time with the characters, so enjoying this sequel is completely about your expectations.

The original series was about growing out of your awkward early teenage years, getting over your delusions and accepting a measure of adulthood and responsibility. This second season takes all the lessons learned, character's increases in maturity, and goodness from the first season and forgets it. It focuses on the odd romance between Yuuta and Rikka, which progresses in a non-standard fashion.

My verdict is:
It's fine, as long as you don't expect anything deep.

That said, it's KyoAni quality animation that looks read more
Jun 24, 2013
If action defines whether you like a show, this show is for you.
If you're looking for a meaningful story, steer clear.

The show is worth watching the first four episodes, either way. It's just like they made four episodes of a series with really cool characters but no point, and suddenly decided they needed a "moral of the story" about friendship inserted at the end. *sigh*

--- Action ---
The combat is bloody gorgeous, the fights are amazing, and the music is fitting. Amazing if you're just watching for this. A 10/10 for the fights alone.

--- Story ---
I began watching this show, loving it. It was mysterious as read more
Jun 14, 2013
I tried to love this anime. I wanted to love this anime. So many glowing reviews surrounded this anime, and it took every drop of my fading enthusiasm to finish SEL to the end, hoping it would mean something to me.

(Light/Unintentional Spoilers present)

Lets start with the source of my problem with the series - Lain. Lain doesn't really have many friends, and she doesn't seem to be passionate about anything at all. It seems like her down time is just her chilling in her room at home in bear pajamas. One day she gets a message from a classmate that committed suicide. This somehow sparks read more
Apr 3, 2013
Sword Art Online is a fast paced adaption of an author's debut novel, which does some things really great, and others not so well.

Lets start out with saying that I have read the light novels. The anime is nearly a pure adaptation of the novels, although it keeps everything chronological and brings the many side arcs and stories in line to make it more cohesive. Usually I'm a huge fan of keeping strictly to the source material. Not so much here.

The author had a major chance to expand and redevelop his debut novel into a solid anime, but instead he let them copy it directly, read more