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Oct 4, 2020
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Patlabor follows the misadventures of the Division 2 squad as they struggle to prove their worth as a police force to Japan and its citizens as they fight terrorism with robots called labors.

Despite the straight forward premise Patlabor plays out quite differently than most mecha. In fact Patlabor is closer to Ghost in the Shell (minus the serious tone and techno babble) being more of a police and procedural drama than actual mecha. Probably the biggest difference is that most of the episodes in Patlabor revolve around small scale issues like a drunk read more
Mar 25, 2020
*Potential spoilers for Oyasumi Punpun

I once heard a saying that life is 90% shit and 10% good. I thought it was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard because at least you know there is at least 10% good to look forward to if nothing else. Being able to capture that little feeling of hope in a story is what makes or breaks most drama series

3-gatsu no Lion is yet another entry into the sad boi genre but this time with 99.7% more shogi.

I would classify the first season of 3-gatsu read more
Jun 21, 2019

Have you ever wondered what it would be like it living with a bunch of middle aged hipsters turned terrorist as a young teenager with Stockholm syndrome? Wonder no more.

Eureka Seven is the age old of tale of reckless youth, expectations, and truly finding ones self. Renton, a wayward youth bored of his simple life, is lured into the glamorous world of lifting when the Gekkostate comes to his small town. With promises of fast hover boards and faster women Renton is quick to trade his old mundane life for a promising new one. However, all is not as it seems and Renton quickly read more
Oct 17, 2018
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You know the one thing I wanted in an FLCL sequel? A Kardashian reference because that will surely age well.

FLCL Progressive and Alternative tell the familiar story of being a teen and the all the troubles that come along with it… except without any of the subtly or charm of the original.

Sequels are usually a bad idea to begin with, but sometimes they are tragedies with both Progressive and Alternative unsurprisingly falling head first into the latter. It is not so much because they are outright terrible, but how heartless they and mediocre they are as they go through the motions. I know it read more
Sep 26, 2018

“Life is immeasurably difficult, things hardly ever work out as planned, and people are generally shitty.” –Goodnight Pun or anyone who has ever worked a 9-5 job.

Goodnight Punpun is the dark coming of age story of some little shit who agonizes over anything and everything.

Goodnight Punpun has three conflicting stories. The first story, told in book one, is about a young boy named Punpun who has a crush on the new transfer student Aiko. Together Punpun and his friends go on all kinds of misadventures like trying to find porn, going to abandoned factories, and etc. Of course, things are not read more
Apr 20, 2018
There isn’t much to Tatami Galaxy. A nameless protagonist, here by referred to as Watashi, wants another chance at a “rose colored campus life with a raven haired maiden”. Through mystical means he is granted the opportunity to do so, thus beginning his journey for that rose colored campus life he so desperately wants though it might just be right in front of him. With such a setup there are not many places to go, and Tatami Galaxy quickly finds itself trapped.

Most episodes follow the same structure of Watashi joining a club in order to reach his goal and falling just read more
Sep 28, 2016
Makoto Shinkai never fails to frustrate me. His works have tremendous potential, yet they all inevitably end up as shallow exercises in romantic drama that are pretty to look at and not much else. With the release of Kimi no Na wa. I was very skeptical if any of that had changed. It released to the top of multiple anime lists seemingly over night and I figured it would be 5 Centimeters Per Second 2.0, but maybe, just maybe, Shinkai would break away from his old patterns and surprise me.

Spoilers, he didn't.

Kimi no Na Wa. tells the story of a girl read more
Dec 25, 2014
There’s a current trend that favors dark and edgy stories such as Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and so on. Anime, being no different, saw the much anticipated release of Attack on Titan which is based on the manga of the same name. Given the astronomical amount of hype behind the series it certainly had a lot to live up to. That said, the hype was understandable as Attack on Titan seemed to have everything going for it, being produced by Production I.G., having top notch production values, and most importantly having a promising premise. Even I was taken in as seeing the trailer read more
Dec 16, 2014
Aria has garnered one of the most interesting reputations I have seen. Put on such an impossibly high pedestal yet still as polarizing as any other slice of life series if not more so makes it an oddity that one can't help but be curious about. And, if nothing else, Aria is a very unique challenge and experience for just about anyone.

Aria is about a group of girls who want to become the best professional boat rowers possible. There is a lot of food and tea in between.

Aria, for better or worse, doesn't change much throughout the course of the series. For read more