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May 21, 2023
Blue Lock (Anime) add
Mixed Feelings
Numbness like a ginger. That’s how I feel about this one.

I watched this because I have Crunchroll. And unfortunately, it seems that if there is ever an anime I want to watch, it’s not on Crunchyroll. Sports isn’t my genre; it’s actually my least favorite genre. But it was, however, on Crunchyroll.

I was pleasantly surprised by the first episode. It ended with a twist that turned shounen on its head. And again, this is a sports anime, so all for one and one for all isn’t just a trope, it’s the core principal. The episode was spent building up the importance of the secondary ...
Oct 23, 2022
I gave Dr. Stone a 6 and this a 3, so you can probably deduce quite a bit from that. More so, my first take in Dr. Stone was how the first 5 episodes were incredible. You really could graph how I feel about this show in its entirety as a steady downward slope.

I was disappointed by the ending of season 1. I came into this excited that Tsukasa would finally be relevant again: because the show was at its best when he was on screen... And that still didn't pan out. The writers just didn't know how to make him relevant again. Opting instead ...
Oct 23, 2022
Dr. Stone (Anime) add
The first 5 episodes were some of the best that I have ever seen in a shounen anime.

Giving initial narrative control to someone who isn't the protagonist was intriguing. When Tsukasa was "the show" the show was among the best anime. It's always fun when a villain is principle based and not just anti-the-hero. It's even better that Tsukasa is actually right about how the downfall of society was property over people. And his willingness to achieve anarchs-primitivism by morally dark grey means makes him all the more compelling.

How did the show go from good to bad? I'm not entirely certain. Said another way, ...
Oct 23, 2022
SK∞ (Anime) add
It’s been a while since I’ve watched anime. Ok, that’s not entirely true. (I watched Salaryman’s club a couple of months ago, and it was the most average/ formulaic anime that I’ve ever seen).

It’s been a while since I’ve seen good anime.

Is Sk∞ good or bad? I don’t think I can answer that with a simple yes or no.

The show has an interesting premise; it’s about fun. What does that mean? How can a show be about fun? I think that’s a great question. And I hope that by writing this review I get a little closer to understanding that question.

What’s the plot? ...
Jun 9, 2022
I don’t know about most people, but I try to know as little as possible about a show before diving in. So, I thought I was going to get a cute, heat-warming show about friendship, but actually got a scary, somewhat gory, yet fortunately still a heart-warming show about friendship. I’m not sure I would have knowingly watched something premised around teenage girls’ suicides. But I’m glad I did.

The animation, music, characters, and their development were all fantastic. Some of the best I’ve seen in any anime, ever.

I know there are people out there who are “character development” people – like that’s there thing. It’s ...
Dec 18, 2020
Season 4 Part 1 was a disappointment. But Part 2 begins with Inarizaki's band silenced by Tsumu's serve... and Haikyuu finds its return to form.

The season premiere, Rhythm, showed us that Haikyuu still has something novel to say. Haikyuu grafts in the tertiary characters, the spectators, into focus.

Tsumu and Samo are more than entertaining, more than captivating, but in a way that only Haikyuu can... you find yourself rooting for the opponent as much as you do for Karasuno.

I understand that Hinata is the protagonist. But what really differentiates Part 1 and Part 2 is how much of the show he monopolizes. Similar to his ...
Nov 22, 2020
ReLIFE (Anime) add
Before Arata commits to ReLife, one decisive factor is that he will be forgotten. Although that does not turn out to entirely be the case... it is a great adjective to describe this anime.

I think I'm a sucker for any show based on the premise of getting a redo on life. (I'm scared to analyze that any further.) The premise is squandered. The show finds a way to take promising expectations, and with a twist, return to mediocrity.

1. NEET:
- Expectation: I anticipated this show was going to have some incisive commentary on neet-hood.
- The twist: Arata is atypical. He isn't a NEET, because of the ...
Nov 16, 2020
I want to like this show.

I gave it a 7/10. Which is higher than my ~5.5 average. So, obviously I like it in some semblance. What bothers is me is that I can't put my finger on what is preventing me from emotionally immersing with this show.

[I pressed submit with the just the above written portion, but MAL told me to write a longer review. But I really don't think I have anything else to say.]

I found Sakuta and Man to be interesting characters. The show was at its best when both characters are on screen. And I thought the animation quality was relatively high.

I ...
Nov 16, 2020
Mixed Feelings
I think some people are abashed to admit they like to "turn their brain off" and have mindless entertainment. But The God of High School (TGHS) was some of the best mindless entertainment that I have watched this year.

I think TGHS knew what it wanted to accomplish, and it did just that. I think generally, TGHS didn't take itself too seriously. And when it operated in that mode, it was enjoyable.

I binged it last night. I couldn't tell you a single character's name. And I'm sure there are plot holes in the "real plot" (in fact, I couldn't tell you what that "real plot" ...
Jul 16, 2020
In fiction, a MacGuffin is an object, device, or event that is necessary to the plot and the motivation of the characters, but insignificant, unimportant, or irrelevant in itself.

What is the MacGuffin here? The murders, the conspiracy, the ensuing detective work. If these are insignificant, unimportant, or irrelevant in themselves, what matters?

1. Friendship. Real friendship. Until about episode 9, Ishikawa lives a life of total self-indulgence. While his Epicurean lifestyle creates genius-level poetry, it comes at a cost. This cost is burdened by Kindaichi.

Is Ishikawa a bad friend for consciously using Kindaichi? Is Kindaichi a little groveling bitch for deluding himself that Ishikawa is going ...

It’s time to ditch the text file.
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