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Jun 29, 2020
As a once avid player of the game, I was initially disillusioned when I heard that an anime adaptation was announced. The mobage itself employs the use of animated cutscenes frequently and is advertised heavily as being so. With the game being incredibly long as it is with a tedious and ultimately boring storyline to boot, I was expecting the worst when it came to this.

Thankfully, the show adapts nearly nothing from the actual mobage. With the director of Konosuba at its helm, Priconne is honestly more of a spiritual successor of sorts to Konosuba, albeit less focused overall. The show is practically anime read more
Jun 21, 2020
Listeners shows you can't rely on good voice talent alone to prop up your show. When it was first announced, the list of A-list seiyuu being cast as virtually everyone had piqued my interest disregarding the actual content of the show. Talents and performances from people you don't really hear from that often nowadays with the influx of newer cheaper talent. So I vowed to myself to sit through this to the end at the very least, I mean, if they could spend enough money to get good talent, surely the actual show would be at least somewhat decent wouldn't it?

Turns out I was deluding read more
Jun 19, 2020
Kakushigoto is the Hitou Nami of anime. By that which I mean it is a completely fine and serviceable anime, but otherwise incredibly average and normal. If I had never watched any of the author's previous manga-to-anime adaptations, I may have been more lenient with it. However, in an ironic culture counter-current moment, I was introduced to Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei through this show, which heavily influenced my expectations of this show moving forward, in both style and substance.

Unlike his previous works, Kakushigoto contains quite possibly the most positive (or least negative) self-depiction of Kumeta himself. No longer is he some loser whose eternally bitter about read more
Jun 17, 2020
Before I begin, I should put out a disclaimer that I do not play or watch baseball at all or am completely familiar with its rules. That said, I believe that if a show is good, it means it's good even if you are unfamiliar with its content. After all, aren't sports anime about the hot-blooded action, the thrill of a near miss, or the catharsis of a narrowly won game in spite of the odds?

Well, Tamayomi isn't like many sports anime, at least with regards to the shows I've watched. It's the Sega Football Manager to EA's FIFA. Despite the name, the actual main read more
May 28, 2020
Before Kumeta hit it big with Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, there was Katte ni Kaizou, which started out as a series with some random off the wall humor and dick jokes to becoming what is essentially SZS-lite complete with social commentary and pseudo-philosophical musings. Shaft's 6 episode OVA captures this evolution so succinctly to the point of brilliance.

If you're reading this, there is absolutely no way that in 2020 you would stumble upon this OVA series by accident without knowing or watching SZS. It was how I came across it and while it did color my expectations to a fair degree, the show is read more
Apr 28, 2020
My first experience with Seto no Hanayome was at a friend's house, and back then I watched only the first episode and thought nothing more of the show, being a high school harem romcom, a genre that I am generally averse to. Half a decade later I decided to revisit the series with a different perspective after watching and liking the director's other shows, Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita and Asobi Asobase (being a recent fan of the Yakuza games helped too) ,and, ho boy, have I overlooked this gem of a show.

It's very difficult to explain how great a comedy is without spoiling any of read more
Mar 28, 2020
Ecchi anime are generally shallow. I've seen my fair share of ecchi anime (and even some hentai anime) and they rarely ever amount to anything spectacular. It's mostly junk food, quick and easy but unfulfilling a few hours later and ultimately forgotten the next day. Ishuzoku Reviewers is the 7-course Michelin-Starred dining experience of ecchi anime, served with a rotation of wines for each meal. It is genuinely a fancy dining experience unlike any other.

To start, the show is actually funny. I really mean it, not in the lowest-common denominator "Rito-kun no harenchi!" stuff, but actual humour with comedic timings and actual jokes. It is read more
Mar 27, 2020
Kirara shows for me are occupy one of two states. What this means is they are either some of the best anime I have ever watched (K-On, Yuru Camp, Hidamari Sketch), or incredibly mediocre with nothing better to offer (many many other shows). Koisuru Asteroid is, unfortunately, as boring as they come when it comes to CGDCT. I've had similar experiences with Rifle is Beautiful last season and normally I would have done the sensible thing and stopped watching after a few episodes. And yet somehow I kept pushing myself to watch this, because, similar to Rifle Is Beautiful, this is made by a renowned read more
Mar 25, 2020
Spiritually, Bofuri (I ain't typing the real title this time) is very reminiscent of 2018's Gun Gale Online. A cute tiny girl and her best friend just totally breaking apart the game's systems and having a jolly fun time doing so.

It's honestly both a fun comfy ride for what can be said to be a villain origin story. Think about it, the fun Persona-esque date music isn't so fun when you're on the other side just getting pummeled to death by Meipuru. Hell, it even plays in one of the final battles when you really start feeling bad for everyone else as Monster Meipuru read more
Mar 23, 2020
Eizouken has been a very comfy anime for me this season. The soft colours, the incredible backgrounds, and the music all make for a comforting experience with the simple story of three friends (plus alpha) making an anime.

Shirobako comparisons aside, I do like how a lot of focus is given to the business management side of things instead of just purely the animation side. For a talentless office worker such as myself, it's a lot easier to engage with the show from Kanamori's perspective.

The direction is incredible. This is my first proper Yuasa show (I did watch that weird wrestling thing he made read more