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Jul 18, 2010
I remember learning somewhere that it's Japanese manners to ask for second helpings of something, as a way of appreciating the food. I'm probably mixing that up with something else, but in any case, Hidamari Sketch x 365 is a second course that's almost as good as the first, especially with how the two compliment each other.

The premise of Hidamari Sketch x 365 is really a unique one. It basically serves to expound upon and continue telling the story told in the first season of Hidamari Sketch, detailing the bite-sized adventures of Yuno, Miya, Hiro and Sae. Just like the first season, this means that read more
Jul 16, 2010
If the world of anime was a diner, Hidamari Sketch wouldn't just be the cake, it would be a whole damn bowl of chocolate frosting.

Here you will find a show for an extremely specific audience, one that probably isn't for most fans, to be honest. Not only is it the dreaded slice of life genre, but it's unapologetically moe to boot! Both of these subsets have quite vocal critics, and if you insist on rejecting a show based on either qualification, then stop reading right now.

But if you're curious about why I hold Hidamari Sketch in such high regard despite these two facts, read more
Jun 30, 2010
Anyone who's been to an sensational rock concert can tell you how easy it is to lose yourself in a wave of music. Anyone who's ever lost an old friend can tell you how hard it is to say goodbye too soon. And anyone who's ever been to public school already knows the value of a little recreational delinquency. Angel beats tries to mix themes such as these alongside more than a handful of different genres/styles. For only 13 episodes, it has nothing if not ambition.

As a result, Angel Beats is very unique in that, when it does so well, it can aspire to read more
Jun 29, 2010
I guess I might as well start off by saying that this review won't be liked by a good number of fans who loved the first season of Gunslinger Girl and hated the vast number of changes that Il Teatrino made to the original. Having seen and loved season one myself, I will concede that it was a better adaptation in every department. However, to leave it at that does the series a great injustice.

The biggest flaw Il Teatrino struggles with throughout all 13 episodes, to the point where some action scenes are really hampered, is quite poor animation. I'm hardly an expert when it read more
Jun 28, 2010
Ah, School Days. What an experience. It's become such a phenomenon in the anime community (Nice Boat!) that most people have probably already seen it. If you haven't for whatever reason - and especially if you haven't had the ending spoiled - you're missing a diverse little head trip.

First off, you're going to need a good bit of patience. SD likes to tease it's audience, to the point that you could really consider the first 11 episodes as painfully slow buildup to the (admittedly awesome) finale. That tension encompasses a veritable roller-coaster of emotions, styles and themes. You'll see cute awkwardness give way read more
Jun 27, 2010
Gunslinger Girl is like nothing I have ever seen before. I stumbled upon the series enticed by the premise of young girls working as assassins, but I found so much more. I laughed, cried and grew along with each girl as the story progressed.

The show might not be so well received by viewers looking for a different approach. See, although at first glance GG appears to be an action series, once you get two or three episodes in you begin to understand it's really a character driven drama. So if you go in expecting over-the-top gunfights ever other scene, you're going to be disappointed. But read more