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May 25, 2019
Mizue Mirai’s animations are noteworthy for creating the sensation of a digital-esque cleanliness, despite being hand drawn. Most of Mirai's works feel like they're proof of concepts, but Wonder feels complete and in my mind is his magnum opus. This film came together when somewhere in 2012 Mirai decided to start drawing one second of a short film every day for a year, with evey day continuing from the last day. Though some parts of the film feel much simpler, as if Mirai was too busy that day to create anything impressive, the vast majoritiy of this film is wonderfully animated, with an enormous amount read more
Mar 18, 2019
Nora (Anime) add (All reviews)
Nora is about a girl named Nora who meets a professor on a flight to a vacation resort in space. But as they start hanging out in (space)town they notice an inordinate amount of electrical appliances, machines, etc. malfunctioning. It turns out another professor has decided to do a sick prank on mankind using a supercomputer, but the supercomputer decides to take things too far and attempts to wipe out all mankind, including the bad professor. Not cool. So the the professor and Nora, who were already trying to find the cause of all the malfunctioning, decide to try and stop the supercomputer with the read more
Mar 17, 2019
This might be the first clear instance of this type of anime. This anime is one of the oldest OVA's out there and it tells its story almost entirely through music video. The closest thing older than this that I can think of that does a similar thing is Belladonna of Sadness, which I think might have inspired this OVA to some extent. It's a little Ironic, though, that this anime, mostly based around music, is most interesting for its visuals. The songs are fine, but they're nothing impressive; it's really the visuals you watch this OVA for.

The story is about a boy who read more
May 25, 2018
In 1958 Toei Animation came out with their first feature length film, Hakujaden. This film was such a big success that throughout the 60s and 70s they kept making a film like it every year. Generally these films tended to be high in production quality and in particular 1968’s Horus, Prince of the Sun wouldn’t be outshone as a sakuga showcase untill well into the 80s. Horus was a commercial failure, however, and Toei decided to change their business model and started making two films a year: one expensive and the other cheap. This change, together with the fact that a lot of talent working read more
May 21, 2018
Sukeban Deka is perhaps mostly known nowadays in the west as one of the biggest influences to the show Kill la Kill. In particular the live action tv show and movies were quite popular and Kill la Kill even directly copied the ED of that show. The OVA, though lesser known, is nothing to sniff at either, even if it has it’s problems.

Sukeban Deka started out as a manga in 1975 and would have been considered a classic by the time this OVA came out. It was inspired by the rise of Sukeban, gangs of violent highschool girls that tried to defy gender expectations and read more
May 17, 2018
Birth (Anime) add (All reviews)
In the late 80’s, at the peak of the Japanese bubble economy, money was being thrown around almost arbitrarily, and as a result a large amount of incredible looking OVA’s were being funded, regardless of whether they were any good or had the potential to sell. This, besides cementing the time period as the most visually interesting time period in anime history, would be the downfall of the anime industry and directly lead into the sluggish(though certainly not irredeemable) early 90’s. The mid 80’s however were slightly different. Yes, a large amount of OVA’s were flooding the market, but most of them were porn. And read more
Dec 19, 2017
From the promotional art of this show it looked like it wouldn't be more than a boring kid's show, however, after seeing the (2017) besides the title, meaning this is a remake and the original is probably quite popular in Japan and after seeing it's rated PG 13 and after reading the synopsis of the manga I decided to give it a try.

What I expected, as the synopsis suggested, was a cute and somewhat fun show about video game tropes. However, what I got was a show that was far less focused of video game tropes or being cute and much more on comedy...good comedy. read more