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Jun 7, 2015
お殴りしてもよろしいですか?

Working!! places high among my favorite anime. The show uses many kinds of humor, some more culture specific than others, and should appeal to many kinds of people. The characters interact in surprisingly believable ways considering how much the show focuses on humor.

Like many comedy anime, Working!! throws a group of characters together to create a situation for humor. However, in most cases, this effort seems labored and implausible. The approach is basically: 1. Create weirdos with the most extreme quirks you can. 2. Make up a reason for them to be stuck together. 3. Do a bunch of random stuff and hope some of read more
Jun 5, 2015
A friend of mine once told me that if asked to describe Pacific Rim, he could sum it up as “a perfectly good stupid movie.” I enjoyed Pacific Rim. I also enjoyed Cross Ange.

Most of this show falls clearly into the realm of self-parody. The fanservice in particular made me laugh almost every time, and by itself would make Cross Ange the best new anime I've found in a long time. Further, when an episode ended, I actually cared what happened next. Usually I stop watching for a while and do something that feels like work before resuming a show, because nothing holds my read more
Jul 14, 2014
When I first started examining anime for the season, I completely passed this over. Every time I looked, I saw mediocre ratings. After reading what pretty much everyone else has to say about this thing, I wasn’t expecting much. I’m glad I gave it a chance.

Most shows of roughly this type spend half their first episode spouting expository dialogue (and probably a good portion of the rest as well). Black Bullet lets you pick things up on your own. It contains far less exposition than most anime, and what it uses is well-placed and unobtrusive. If your mood isn’t favoring a brainy show, but read more
Jul 11, 2014
Sidonia’s quiche is probably best described as “dumb but fun.” It does a lot of stuff that doesn't make sense. The pilots are all idiots, especially early in the series. None of them follow orders. Whenever a fight starts it turns into chaos as they all do random things. In fact, that’s basically how their whole society works. Most of the jeopardy in this show comes from people's stupidity, which makes it very hard to understand how they managed to avoid blowing themselves up for so long.

In particular, I found it hard to suspend disbelief during an incident where a quick look at mission read more
Jan 26, 2014
While Freezing is limited by its intended genres, it still manages a certain level of quality within those limits. For example, it has lots of fast-paced battle scenes (good), but because it shows fights all the time it leaves very little room for character development (not so good).

Further, the fighting does not need to take so much screen time. This show pauses in way too many places for expository dialogue. For every few seconds of a fight, the action will stop for a moment so a couple of lines of dialogue can tell you exactly what you're seeing. It's kind of stupid, since half the read more
Oct 15, 2013
Preliminary
Tokyo gets mysteriously and very suddenly trashed. Monsters start coming out of cell phones and the main characters use their poke... er, um... demon summons to fight them. This, of course, attracts the attention of a shadowy government organization that is tracking just that sort of activity with some kind of sciency looking stuff. The men in black capture our heroes, take one of them aside, and explain to him that they are JP's: an organization established with a great deal of exposition. This pretty much sets the stage for... a great deal more exposition. Did I mention that the demons look and sound read more
Sep 1, 2013
This comic has a nice ending, but it's pretty much what it appears to be at first glance. The story is certainly not the most memorable part. It's mostly ecchi stuff. There are some misunderstandings. Some lead to humor, others not so much.

There are things that I enjoy about this comic. There are also times when it seems overly long (especially since its obvious where things are going from pretty early on). Some of the chapters feel that way by themselves too. There's only so much of the ecchi stuff that can happen with each ploy read more
Aug 22, 2013
Scrapped Princess is one of very few titles that I think better of every time I watch. Part of this is my growing understanding of Japanese language and anime. Part of it is that Scrapped Princess is a lot more complicated than it may first appear to be. It has numerous layers of subtlety that you may miss out on during the first viewing. That isn't really a problem, since it is pleasant and enjoyable as a simple fantasy story with a slight twist. The unfortunate thing is that it may not draw you back for a second viewing.

On repeat read more
Aug 5, 2013
Preliminary
Crime Wedgie (or Cry Moo Wedgie, if you prefer) is of passable quality, but it is definitely schizophrenic. I had a difficult time watching it without having thoughts that distracted from the show: thoughts that contained words like "contrived" and "juvenile". It just seems amateurish.

Some shows can mix multiple genres and come out okay. This one doesn't. The shifts from one thing to the next are so sudden they destroy any attempt at suspension of disbelief. I would try to develop the idea that I liked the show. That idea was repeatedly repulsed when the show read more
Aug 1, 2013
Some time ago, my brother was telling me about a conversation. Unfortunately, I don't remember who was talking to whom. It may have been a conversation he had with a friend, or something he watched in the Futurama DVD extras. At any rate, it went something like this: "I love Futurama! It's a very funny show about the future!" "... ... ... Exactly which part of it is about the future?".

My review of Geneshaft has been a long time coming. It was pretty new when I first watched it. At the time I saw tons of read more