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May 2, 2021
Quick thoughts:
Wow. Can't say I completely understood what happened, but this was still one of the most enjoyable seasons of anime I've watched in a while.

Story:
I think the story was told pretty well. It's a straightforward timeline with a few short flashback arcs when additional context was needed. I was a bit confused in the first couple episodes, but I think that was mostly due to me forgetting some details between seasons. I liked how there wasn't a clear cut good or bad side being pushed; they present the motives and thought processes of several characters and seem to leave it to the viewer to read more
Jan 11, 2021
Quick Thoughts:
My favorite of the Love Live franchise.

Story:
Much of this season is spent on exposition, in the sense that each club member gets an episode focused on their development. While not technically episodic since there is timeline followed, it does have that feel to it. I felt the quality of these episodes was inconsistent, but i think they at least succeeded in giving each member some depth. Adding to this, the mood of the anime was inconsistent as well. The speed at which serious situations (relative to this type of anime) arise and then resolve is too quick. It kinda makes sense for the first read more
Nov 1, 2020
Trigun (Anime) add (All reviews)
Quick Thoughts:
Underwhelming.

Story:
Trigun is fairly episodic in the beginning. The main group of Vash, Meryl, Milly and, later on, Wolfwood visit a new city, Vash gets into comedic shenanigans, some kind of conflict occurs, they settle it and move onto a new city. This is the formula for about the first 10 episodes, after that each episodes delves bit by bit into Vash's past and internal conflict. I think it took a bit too long for the plot to get going, but the pacing was fine otherwise. I thought the ending was bit predictable, but it was fitting overall.

Art:
The art and animation shows its age, and read more
Oct 6, 2020
Quick Thoughts:
Attempts to add drama and depth to basic harem fell flat.

Story:
This season covers some backstory between Eriri and Utaha, the completion of Blessing Software's game, and plans for the group going forward. Central to all of this is the group (Namely Eriri, Utaha, and Megumi) putting pressure on Tomoya to make his priorities clear, both business-wise and romantically. There's little to no subtlety put into how this is presented, and the end result is something frustrating to watch. Whether it's through direct communication or subliminally through the scripts they write for the game, the girls feelings and expectations are in plain sight for Tomoya, read more
Oct 6, 2020
Quick Thoughts:
The premise was kinda interesting, but unfortunately not much was done with it.

Story:
The story follows Tomoya as he assembles his dream team for creating a dating sim. The season could be split into 4 parts, with one part dedicated to each of the other four members. My main issue with this format is with the first part being dedicated to Megumi. Given the title of the anime, the first few episodes led me to think this anime would be about her development, but it ended up playing out like any other harem.
The pacing was fine though. Team members were introduced and developed at read more
Oct 1, 2020
Quick Thoughts:
Hinamatsuri had some funny moments, but it was underwhelming overall.

Story:
There's some continuity between episodes, but the series is generally episodic. The POV switches between several characters: mainly Hina, her friends, and her caretaker Nitta. I thought this format worked well since Hina was too one-dimensional to be the primary focus. Most of the scenarios were pretty typical for this kind of comedy, but I did find Anzu's episodes pretty unique in that they covered topics like homelessness, frugalness, and morals from a different perspective. As far as genres, I'd say Hinamatsuri was mostly comedy and SoL, but there were some attempts at tear jerking read more
Sep 30, 2020
Quick Thoughts:
This felt like a nice improvement over the first season. I found Subaru more likable and easier to sympathize with, and the pacing is more tolerable.

Story:
Early on, Subaru and Emilia travel to a place called Sanctuary which is surrounded by a barrier that traps half-breeds inside. They're basically stuck here for the entire season. A situation like this would normally make the pacing feel slow and the episodes repetitive, but because there are more people in this season aware of Subaru's ability, there's a better sense of progression with each Return by Death. I still think RbD takes away a lot of the impact read more
Sep 29, 2020
(Note: I didn't watch any Index and I skipped fillers in the first 2 seasons of Railgun)

Quick Thoughts:
Suprisingly enjoyable. I think the character development this season fixed a lot of their weaker points (Kuroko especially) and I liked most of the new additions as well.

Story:
This season can be split into 2 arcs: The Daihasei Festival and Indian Poker. It's mostly told from Misaka's perspective, but there are a few episodes where she takes a backseat to other characters like Kuroko or Saten. This works well in that allows dedicated development for important side characters while also given different perspectives on the main story. The pacing read more
Sep 27, 2020
Quick Thought:
Very enjoyable movie; it was nice to get a look at the full trio in action.

Story:
This movie covers the group's stay with Bondrewd as they prepare for the next layer of the abyss. This means more insight into Nanachi's past, as well a new character Prushka (Bondrewd's daughter). The content is what you'd expect out of MiA: new areas and creatures, more secret's revealed about the abyss, and more of Bondrewd's gut-wrenching experiments. The few comedic moments were awkward as usual, but everything else was executed pretty well. Ending was good; it concludes this arc nicely while also building hype for the next season.

Character:
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Sep 27, 2020
Quick Thoughts:
Season 2 felt like a downgrade in just about every area outside of production quality.

Story:
It continues some time after Tekkadan successfully escorting Kudelia and co. to the election. They've gained a ton of clout, and Orga decides its not enough; He wants complete dominance over Mars and wants to get there through the "shortest route possible" (foreshadowing that is recalled multiple times in this season). Multiple loosely-related subplots are introduced as well, but they're so half-baked that the end result is a clustered, unfocused story. The pacing was fine until the last several episodes, where they decided it was time to start killing-off read more