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Sep 6, 2021
Evangelion 3.0+1.0 (Eva 4) is the epitome of disappointment. To be honest, I’m not even sure why I watched it, I knew all I would get out of it was going to be anger. Eva 4 is empty, baseless, dry, and fruitless. It is exactly what anyone would expect after watching the first three movies.

I was trying to have low expectations when it came to Eva 4, but somehow I was still able to be disappointed. I think a small part of me was hoping that Eva 4 would offer some sort of redemption for the movie series and that was enough for Eva read more
Feb 4, 2021
It should go without mentioning that the most something like High School DxD could hope to get from me is a 5/10. Having gotten that out of the way, High School DxD is about boobs, so this review shall too, be about the boobs.

[Tig o bitties]

If anyone ever told you that High School DxD was an Ecchi Harem with a good story, they lied. The story is horrendous, come here for boobs and boobs only.

I have a really big beef with the boobs in High School DxD: there is not a lot of variety. All the boobs are the same color and the read more
Feb 4, 2021
Imagine a domino set up where you start by knocking down one domino and before you know it, there are a thousand dominoes down in the shape of the Mona Lisa. That is what it feels like to watch Perfect Blue except that instead of ending with the Mona Lisa, you end up with such a distorted image that you are not even sure you're still looking at dominoes at the end. You start by knocking down one domino and you end up questioning your own existence.

[Ok, ok... wait, what?]

Perfect Blue is the kind of story that begins innocently enough by making sense and read more
Apr 2, 2020
Angel's Egg is uniquely brilliant in that what it set out to do, it accomplished masterfully.

Subtle imagery is often held with high regard as it adds nuance and a level of detail to storytelling that is invaluable. Angel's Egg uses a similar technique that is the literal opposite. Instead of using subtle imagery to enhance the telling of a story, Angel's Egg uses a towering amount of imagery as its form of storytelling altogether.

In this review, I want to contrast different viewpoints on Angel's Egg's method. I was not the intended audience of Angel's Egg, but former internet personality Sudostef was. I will read more
Apr 1, 2020
I don't think I've ever seen a more average anime than Cells at Work. The art is average, the sound is average, the writing is average (from a literary perspective), the characters are average, the themes are average, just everything.

Obviously, I wasn't expecting Legend of the Galactic Heroes when I started watching Cells at Work though, so I can't complain about its average-ness. I didn't watch it for the plot. The highlight of Cells at Work is its educational content. Cells at work entertainingly teaches you microbiology. It should win a Nobel Prize for doing that.

Cells at work teaches the viewer the essential read more
Apr 1, 2020
So I have a problem with Wolf's Rain. It is often compared to its younger brother Texhnolyze. Texhnolyze is in my top 10; Wolf's Rain is in my top 50. What happened?

[Movie Announcer Voice:]
From the creators of timeless classics like Evangelion, Lain, Code Geass, and Cowboy Bebop... comes a dark, dystopian, atmospheric fantasy-sci-fi series that is bound to sweep you off your feet. Wolf's Rain, 2003.
[End Trailer]

"OMG, every anime the announcer mentioned is in my top 10!" - me

Again, so what happened? Wolf's Rain has the right formula, the right people, and the right feel. They had the technology, but it's just not Texhnolyze. read more
Apr 1, 2020
What happens when you take the epic plot of Code Geass and replace it with a generic action plot? You get Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re:surrection (R3 for short).

I don't want to call R3 a cash grab, though I'm sure there's plenty of people calling it that, but it was missing that special spark that made Code Geass so great. The plot wasn't, "let's save humanity from the instrumentality project" like R1 and R2, it was, "your sister was kidnapped, come and rescue her." Very different. One's Evangelion, the other is Taken.

I don't even want to get into the Lelouch being alive read more
Apr 1, 2020

Revolutionary Girl Utena is exactly what I want from an anime. When I'm starting a new anime, I generally go into it with three levels of expectations: what I fear it is going to be, what I think it is going to be, and what I want it to be. I can count on one hand the number of anime that have been what I wanted them to be. Revolutionary Girl Utena is one of them.

In this review, I will avoid spoilers to the detriment of the review itself. The defining moment of the series is the climax and I will not say anything read more
Nov 24, 2019
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Gintama is many things, but it sure is not the second coming of Jesus in shounen anime form.

At the time of this writing, Gintama inexplicably has 6 spots in the top 20 here on MAL. It used to be 5 spots in the top 11 when I started watching it. After watching 201 episodes of it, I can promise you that at the very least, these 201 episodes do not deserve to be on any “top” lists. I am at a loss for words trying to explain how it got here in the first place.

The one thing that makes Gintama any good, is read more
Nov 13, 2019
Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Bladeworks (UBW for short) is the perfect example as to how the action genre fails a plot and worldbuilding heavy anime. UBW is simply a failure as far as storytelling goes. It has a lot of the flaws the original Fate/Stay Night had without as bad writing. You can read my review of the original Fate/Stay Night where I rip it apart for context.

Here is why the action genre is problematic: You can’t fight and do stuff at the same time. Anytime you need to do some world-building or character development or plot progression, it’s either before the fight, during the read more