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Jun 19, 2021
Vivy is a testament to how having excellent production values does not result in a good plot. Watching Vivy and expecting a meaningful plot on AI, sentience, and humanity is akin to expecting your calculator to answer "What does it mean to put your heart into something?". The way Vivy handles its themes is in the most shallow Hollywood way with no regards for subtlety or ingenuity. It is as derivative as it gets.

But it's still a fun ride. Don't get me wrong, the plot is still asinine and the characters never stop to think "Hey maybe we should do something about this giant evil read more
Jun 19, 2021
Despite being an anime original from 2021, Back Arrow is incredibly nostalgic for me. A two-cour super robot show with a plot and setting straight out of a late 90s/early 00s JRPG? Sign me up. Back Arrow is a throwback to the anime from the early 00s, from a time where shows like these could co-exist with the entire landscape before being shoved out for the next big fad. Nothing from this show (apart from animation) feels like it's from the current generation, and it's great.

The story is penned by Nakashima, whose stories are all woefully similar, but they do scratch that itch of wanting read more
Jun 18, 2021
Gridman was one of my favourite anime from 2018. I say this despite not being into Tokusatsu all that much. The way Gridman challenged your expectations and left you with grand anticipation for every new episode, plus the excellent contrast between the human/existential drama and the over-the-top action made it one of my favourites. Dynazenon on the other hand, is thoroughly average all the way through.

For what it is, Dynazenon is still a fine and competent show, but it's really missing that extra something to really reel you into its world. The human drama and high stakes action are still there, though less intense compared read more
Jun 15, 2021
"Once Everlasting Guilty Crown plays, the show becomes amazing" -- A Wise Man.

Guilty Crown is what you get if Neil Breen has a production budget. It is complete and utter garbage with no genuine redeeming factors attached to it, and I love it dearly in spite, no, because of its failings.

The sheer ineptitude of GC is astonishing, and you do get that Okouchi wanted to tell a story about oppression or natural selection or something, I don't know. The theming and plot threads are a complete and utter mess with no regards to any consistency or logic. And I wouldn't have it any other way. read more
May 27, 2021
A das Finale style staggered movie release, one VA change, plus several delays later, we are finally at the first part (out of six) of the sequel series to Princess Principal, four years after its initial release. So how exactly does Princess Principal das Finale part 1 fare? Does it fulfill its premise of "spies and lies"? Do the two turtledoves consummate their relationship in Casablanca? Does it meaningfully build upon its unique Victorian era Cold War London setting?

The answer to all of these is "No". But it's still a pretty fun CGDCT show.

It's effectively the first two episodes of a hypothetical season read more
Mar 31, 2021
[Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers for the whole series, starting from the third paragraph onwards.]

Over-ambition is Wonder Egg's undoing. 12 episodes (really 11) is not enough to fully explore the extent of what Wonder Egg wants to be, and callous mismanagement of its writing and themes does turn the show into a farce.

Now, the statement above does not appear to correlate with my final score for this show. I should really say that in spite of all its flaws, I thoroughly had a fun time with Wonder Egg. It's not the thinkpiece it wants to be, nor is it a particularly impactful or meaningful read more
Mar 28, 2021
Mono no Aware refers to the Japanese Aesthetic on the passing of things. Of impermanence and the change in time. In a post-Aria world, Non Non Biyori gracefully inherits the torch, and come this third season, elegantly embodies the spirit of Mono no Aware.

It's been 8 years since I started watching the show, and honestly I didn't care much about NNB at the time, casually dismissing it as some SoL show that's really slow. 8 years is a long time for someone to change, and I've grown old and miserable over the last decade. Having NNB around, rewatching the first season in fact, has made read more
Mar 23, 2021
Talk about a gem in the rough. When I went into this I certainly wasn't expecting the show to take me on such a wild ride, but here I am. I suppose theater type shows do inevitably muddle the line between the stage and reality, as with Revue Starlight, so I can't say I wasn't unprepared for the twists and the revelations that came, but still.

You know, as an adver-anime for the real life Alice In Theater Troupe, I must say I am impressed they'd bother doing a strange sort of plot that goes above and beyond the generic idol-style trappings of other shows. read more
Mar 22, 2021
You know, there are two shows with "Dungeon" in the title this season, and I very nearly stayed away from this show due to its stupidly long title and terrible-sounding premise. I never liked the idea of having an overpowered MC be the core of an entire series and I generally dislike harems in the first place. Thankfully, Tatoeba Dungeon is a standout comedy on all fronts and a fun experience all around.

Let's get this out of the way first, yes, the premise of Lloyd being ridiculously overpowered yet unaware is unfunny and the joke is incredibly stale and repetitive. However, unlike most other comedies read more
Mar 22, 2021
Urasekai Picnic is proof that attaching a competent director to good source material doesn't necessarily result in a good adaptation. For whatever reason, the anime adaptation of Urasekai Picnic is plagued with issues through and through. From the moment the first PV dropped I should have been alarmed, the audio mixing was completely messed up, and the animation quality was subpar at best. Still, I tried to convince myself that it's just a bad PV, surely the actual show would be at least decent right?

I gotta start with the first thing that came to mind when I started watching the adaptation: Audio. The audio mixing read more