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Jun 30, 2018
Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online is an interesting series. It tries to improve upon the formula established by the original series by introducing a more traditional plot structure (ostensibly for those that never managed to figure out that SAO was a thinly veiled slice of life show), but in doing so it fails to capture any of the originality that made SAO a hit with its actual fans.

Instead what we get was an above average show that the talking heads of the western anime community can now bring up whenever they decide to repeat their common misunderstandings of the original series for read more
Sep 29, 2017
"To rate an anime appalling requires that a show goes past offensive, and into a world of its own. It is a rating reserved for shows that revel in how terrible they are. These are the masterpieces of disgusting; the types of work that fail so spectacularly that these failures are discussed in hushed whispers for years to come."

I don't rate a show with a score of appalling just for being bad. To reach this lofty rating a show must go above and beyond what I consider terrible. It must truly love the things it does wrong. "In Another World With My Smartphone" does exactly read more
Sep 17, 2017
I describe a masterpiece as “a realization of an artistic vision that goes above and beyond what is possible for a normal anime. It implies a level of understanding, thought, and workmanship that stands above anything else in that genre. It is a piece of media that can evoke feelings and emotions within me unique only to it.”

Re:Creators fits that label perfectly. It would simply not be possible to tell this story in any other medium. Every aspect, from the theme, to the plot, to the characters, to the visuals, and even the music and vocals manage to perfectly distill what is unique and wonderful read more
Jan 31, 2016
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Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry is a positively surprising addition to the Magical Sword Battle genre. The setup is a fairly standard "super powered teens playing with swords and magic in a school," and it doesn't push any major boundaries in terms of storytelling. It plays on the familiar theme of chivalry and honor, even in the face of impossible odds. It's all quite recognizable, but presented in the background so that it doesn't really stick out.

Where the show really excels at is the characters. All the major characters are interesting and at least somewhat relatable. They all have their strength and read more
Jun 27, 2015
DanMachi is a perfect example of a successful formula applied in a very unoffensive, reasonably executed, and acceptable style. This is not a series that pushes any boundaries, or tries any original techniques. It is just a good series to highlight the state of Anime in mid-2015. It's not going to be winning any awards, but you could certainly do much worse.

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The first term that comes to mind with DanMachi is "formulaic." Not in a bad way mind you. It is a fairly nice formula, employed fairly effectively. The story is interesting enough that you don't want to toss it. Sure, it's the read more
May 23, 2015
Kyousou Giga is an exploration into storytelling, mixing mythology, sci-fi, and a rich cast within a whimsical yet still believable world.

The plot is presented in a compact episodic form, exploring just a single aspect each time, in a matter not dissimilar from the Game of Thrones. It catches all the right notes, managing everything from happy and whimsical, to sad and melancholy, from lighthearted to serious and back again, all in a natural way. The setting is both believable, and utterly impossible; combining humans, gods, and beyond.

The art is vibrant and cheerful, though not too detailed. This only adds to the tone of the read more
Mar 22, 2015
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The SAO franchise, and particularly SAO II, is a very controversial series. It is disliked by a lot of people, and the complaints are quite damning. For these people the story seems disjointed, the characters make decisions that don’t make sense, and the pacing is all over the place. Those that make such complaints are happy to describe how they think they would act if they ever found themselves in a similar situation. These people generally have something in common. They have either never played any MMOs, or played them very casually. In this I am sorry because they will likely never understand read more