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Dec 27, 2020
Let's discuss a topic people like to bring up: stupid and allegedly stupid decisions by the characters, especially some side characters, and whether this counts as luck, plot armor, or whatever. The answer is nuanced. Much of the alleged stupidity is actually deep ignorance, which is different, and the ignorance has been caused on purpose. It is revealed very early on.

First, a general point: If you follow the full narrative, it is very clear that people irrationally believing in propaganda and other convenient lies is intentional. It is even clearer if you read the manga.

"Humans don't believe the truth. They believe people."
"People believe what they read more
Dec 22, 2020
Preliminary
It was the year 20XX. Earth was assaulted by dark and edgy manga, bringing cynicism and grim moral commentary to the hearts of jaded readers. To counter this threat, they published a light-hearted, wholesome manga: Talentless Nana. Follow the adventures of the kind and heroic Nanao and the lovable airhead Nana as they work tirelessly to help their friends and defend all of mankind. There is even romance in the air and comedic hijinks for good measure. Nana's cute, cheerful smile will melt the icy hearts of critics everywhere. The feel-good manga of the decade.


[And this is where I give the obligatory spoiler warning. There read more
Dec 20, 2020
I generally enjoyed many aspects of the show, but in fairness I have to point out a few problems that are holding it back and many people seem to have missed or overlooked.

1) The evil nobles are extremely evil and in a very obvious way.

2) The schemes and plots sometimes rely on predicting other characters' actions to a completely unrealistic degree. And the characters can perform impossibly accurate deductions based on very flimsy evidence.

3) Too episodic, though this improves later on.

Let's go through these one by one.

1) The evil nobles are extremely evil, and the show makes sure that you are aware of it. They read more
Oct 16, 2020
Preliminary
"Kind Mr. Josef was worried.
The expectations of all who believed in him were weighing on his shoulders.
Thinking only of the people’s happiness, he thought it was time to work hard
at developing the Federation.
But…
Its citizens, spoiled by his kindness, only fell into decline.
How awful!
...
What in the world is this job?
The answer:
The environmentally friendly job of counting trees in Sildberia.
It was work that soothed the tired people’s hearts with the power of nature
and would surely protect the environment as well.
People could enjoy forest bathing while gazing up toward the clear starry sky
while spending their days devoted to this noble task.
It was truly labor by the people, for read more
Jun 28, 2020
Gleipnir is what happens when characters go out of their way to make edgy decisions for the sake of edge itself. Here's the difference: A cunning and ruthless person only takes brutal action when it furthers their goals, while a psycho edgelord goes all-out edgy even when it is useless or detrimental to their goals. Not every character is guilty of this, but it is very prevalent, especially among the dime-a-dozen villains who exist to be curbstomped and among other side characters who are quickly forgotten.

Here's an example: A group of people demands another group of people to sacrifice one of their own members as read more
Jun 20, 2020
Preliminary
Yesterday wo Utatte is a combination of mind-numbingly stale dialogue, unlikeable and uninteresting characters, non-existent romantic chemistry, and a hatchet job of an adaptation that shreds the source material to pieces.

The dialogue is so dead and barren that I can barely believe that these people love each other. Or that they think about anything beyond their immediate surroundings. Or that they have well-defined personalities to begin with. For a romantic drama, you need some kind of chemistry between the characters. Well, apparently not here because here we have the characters stand around saying nothing of relevance. That simply doesn't work. No matter how slice-of-life your read more
Apr 15, 2020
"It would leave a bad taste in my mouth."
‒ Ray Starling

You know what, Ray? This anime leaves a bad taste in my mouth, and you are one of the chief culprits. Infinite Dendrogram promises infinite possibilities, but instead we get Ray Starling, a piece of cardboard masquerading as a human being, a robot that gazes upon the world with an empty light in his eyes, an empty husk of a man who delivers the most generic lines imaginable.

"My battle's far from over. You can't stop my pace, my sword-wielding arm ‒ not yet. Not as long as I see tragedy before me ‒ tragedy and read more
Feb 19, 2020
If you want to throw your beret in the air and have a toast to democracy, watching the anime is a great idea, but how about reading the novel as well?

As you may know, LotGH is best known for its lengthy plot that focuses on politics and war, as well as its intense focus on political philosophy, such as democratic theory, legitimacy of government, and theories involving various ideologies. The philosophy and the plot go closely hand in hand, with the latter demonstrating the importance of the former. The world-building is like an encyclopedia and the cast of characters is like a phone book. It read more
Jan 29, 2020
Preliminary
I must be pretty far from the target audience because many people seem to be enjoying this show a lot while it isn't working for me at all, sometimes for the exact same reasons. I had my suspicions when reading the synopsis, but they are not always reliable and people were spreading hype about this. Here is the main problem:

If everything is perfect, then nothing is interesting.

Everyone loves the protagonist for being cute and overpowered.

Everyone is perfect friends with everyone else. No conflict to be seen here. Never have I seen an MMO community that is so perfectly friendly. Even in terms of light-hearted read more
Dec 13, 2019
If you are not yet wearing your beret, maybe now would be the time to dust it off.

One of the side effects of splitting the season into four-episode sets is that I get to review them on their own. This particular set of episodes happens to be stacked with important plot points and dialogue. This is where several premises are overturned. Basically, it means plot twists of pretty big importance, and they also make a lot of sense in-universe. Furthermore, because of the selection of episodes, many of the problems that were present in the other parts are conveniently absent. Pacing is now slower, in read more