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Dec 17, 2016
The year is 1939 and as always the Germanian Empire is wreaking havoc all over Europe. (What else would you do in 1939, especially if your country is called Germania?) But when they invade the small alpine nation of Liecht ‒ I mean Eylstadt ‒ the opposition has a plan: to defeat them with... magic. And by magic, I mean the titular witch Izetta, flying on rifles and destroying tanks by launching swords and so on.

So let me ask a question here: is anyone actually interested in Nazis as the antagonists? (Oh, I'm sorry, not Nazis. I mean imperial Germans who happen to yell "Sieg read more
Sep 22, 2016
Imagine getting suddenly thrown into a fantasy world. Would you be:
A) shocked about the whole thing and desperately trying to survive and then find a way home,
or
B) cheerfully helping random girls and running into mortal danger like an action hero without any care?

If you answered B), then congrats, you just might be the protagonist of Re: Zero. Who would act like that, really? No actual human being. As a result, this guy is impossible to relate to. Whenever they try to make him seem more human, he always quickly reverts to his waifu-chasing heroics. Just listen to him:
"One good deed a day."
"My main heroine read more
Mar 25, 2016
In my review of season 1, I suggested saluting the Japanese flag. Well, it looks like the writers decided to give me a hand because the ending now contains a Japanese flag flying gloriously. Plus fantasy girls in military gear in various military activities, having tons of fun. In fact, the military is portrayed as so fun we should all join. Play around in the bath and get the complimentary harem. Sounds legit to me.

...Anyway, season 2 picks up where the last one left off. Beyond the titular gate is a fantasy land with elves, dragons, catgirls and whatnot. The place has been annexed by read more
Mar 25, 2016
Boku dake ga Inai Machi (also known as Erased) is a show with all sorts of drama: murdering people for no real reason, generic child abuse by evil parents, and divorce over the alleged theft of a chocolate bar. Sounds engaging, doesn't it?

But it also has a comedic side, such as romcom blushing, by a guy in his twenties at a ten-year-old no less. And the running gag of "I said that out loud!" in every other episode. There is also debate on the merits of secret bases and their inherent manliness.

And let's not forget about the murder mystery. There's a killer out there and read more
Jan 11, 2016
One Punch Man is a highly accurate parody of the shonen and superhero genres. It mimics them with stunning precision.

Overpowered protagonist? Check.
Like Superman on steroids. One! Punch!

No plot worth mentioning? Check.
The overall plot is uneventful to say the least, and the show is mostly episodic. Even within each episode there is little meaningful moral conflict or development. It's good vs evil for the blandest reasons, and none of it matters in the long run. There are plenty of fight scenes though.

Bland throwaway characters? Check.
Most of the cast is a collection of one-shot nobodies with barely any screentime. The villains are a revolving read more
Oct 7, 2015
A gate to a medieval fantasy land opens up in Japan, and this can only mean one thing: sword-wielding troops get mowed down by the glorious Japanese military in their attack copters with Wagner playing. And I mean that in-universe; the soldiers are literally playing a CD of Wagner in their copters.

Why, you ask? Because Japan needs more technology and minerals and such because nationalism says so. Oh, and some humanitarian reasons, but those aren't as important.

The plot kicks off when out of nowhere a gate appears and from it come a bunch of orcs and medieval troops that indiscriminately kill civilians, wreck the read more
Apr 8, 2015
It is time to review a story that never should have taken place. By any measure of realism and sensible writing, the show would have ended after their escape from SAO, the technology would have been banned in the wake of the public outrage, and there would be no need for further walls of snarky reviews at MAL.

But there was more money to be made, and what are realism and sensible writing compared to that? So here we are then.

When reviewing season 1, I implied that the second arc was a cashcow, and I feel the same applies here. It is a thinly veiled attempt read more
Nov 18, 2014
Are you tired of Good Republic vs Evil Empire? Are you tired of archaic honor and pointless martyrdom? Are you tired of war dramas with runaway nationalism and selfless sacrifice to secure the government's next election victory?

Well, look no further because Legend of the Galactic Heroes is tired of those tropes too. This is a show that takes political philosophy seriously and debates about it in a pretty analytical and argumentative way and at great length. Which is superior: a corrupt democracy or a virtuous autocracy? What good is having an election if the majority tramples on the rights of the minority? Does the legitimacy read more
Nov 1, 2014
"There's no way to know the rules or the goal, yet there are 7 billion players making whatever moves they want. There are no parameters and no way to even know the genre. This world is just a crappy game."
‒ Sora, No Game No Life

Is it really that bad? Real life is a wide open sandbox game with the most realistic physics and graphics in existence.

No Game No Life is a show that is full of games and tactics. Just one problem: they don't work. And I don't mean some small loopholes here and there. The very foundation of the tactics requires knowing read more
Oct 12, 2014
Once upon a time, in a land far away, there lived a brave young boy. He was the best swordsman in the land and the manliest man of all. He overcame countless trials with little effort and won the hearts of many fair maidens.

Yes, it's time for Sword Art Online, the origin of many angry rants.

The premise doesn't sound too bad. Ten thousand players of a virtual MMO are trapped in the game and forced to complete it to escape, except that death in the game leads to death in real life. Just think about it: this could be a tragic story of struggle read more