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Jul 9, 2017
Throughout it's entire runtime Atom the Beginning was a thoroughly unique experiences. Much like Astro Boy, the series it functions as a prequel to, Atom the beginning utilizes a light, colorful and action packed presentation to drive a rather complex idea home.

The idea that robotic beings created by man might gain sentience is no new concept. It's a concept explored multiple times by various authors of science fiction. And yet Atom the Beginning presents itself in a significantly different manner. The series focuses on the thoughts of the central character A106 instead. While most of the series is seemingly episodic in nature the actions read more
May 4, 2017
ReLIFE (Anime) add (All reviews)
"Someday we'll part. Maybe be forgotten. But we're living in the moment. So... make lots of friends, fall madly in love, and enjoy every moment to the fullest." - Arata Kaizaki.

At first glance Relife feels a bit like every other school life anime but the standard high school humor is replaced by jokes about generation gap or Arata miserably. The main cast is also introduced and at first seems like perfect instances of traditional tropes. And that's when the brilliance of Relife arises.

Relife simultaneously tells the story of a man who is desperately trying to put his life back on track and also read more
May 4, 2017
Your Lie in April is a romantic drama centered around a talented yet broken musician. Because of a dramatic past incident our protagonist is unable to hear his own music and thus loses the ability to perform it. This is where the main heroine enters his life and helps him regain his ability to create and perform music.

Production value in not lacking in this project. The art style is unique and the atmosphere is well established through beautiful background and it's melancholic background music. However animation is often hit and miss. There are completely unnecessary moments where there is a beautifully animated scene that has read more
May 4, 2017
2016's most popular entry to the ever popular and absurdly abundant Isekai
genre (trapped in another world) Re:ZERO has quite a few things to offer to viewers without really bringing in anything new.

Seemingly the most interesting thing in Re:ZERO is the fact that the main character starts without having any destructive superpower that is common in too many shows of the genre. Instead it constantly puts the protagonist in situations that are life threatening. Characters who would be cute moe blobs in sol anime are walking machines of death in this one.

All of that being said the protagonist he as the power to come back to read more
May 2, 2017
Outbreak company is a wish fulfillment show. There is quite a bit of fanservice. Most of the characters exist to fulfill some sort of fetish. Almost every single troupe popular in the otaku community is utilized and the main hero is a rather useless shut in who saves the day and gains a harem.

Simultaneously Outbreak company provides a parodic meta commentary on the genre of show it stems from, while managing to make allusions to real life issues. The way the main character slowly makes the people of the fantasy world fans of anime/manga goods is something that mirrors the effect those goods have on read more
May 2, 2017
Preliminary
Sometimes an anime will come along that is obviously intent on tugging on your heartstrings. Sukasuka is another example of such anime. But man is it effective.

While the show's rather predictable plot, based upon a more or less common premise might not seem all that interesting at first, the show uses what it has to it's full potential.The characters are given enough moments for the viewer to empathize with them. The cute albeit generic artwork coupled with a solid soundtrack, a lovable couple that you want to root for and likable side characters are utilized to create powerful moments.

The show oozes melancholy. read more
May 2, 2017
In spite of our sorrows the world will constantly move, never stopping to even consider our feelings, as if it wishes to be cruel to us. Even people around us will go on with their lives. Even during our darkest times, there will be people around us who are happy. And the opposite stands equally true. This is a universal truth. The world doesn’t revolve around our personal joys and miseries. A San Gatsu no Lion truly understands.

A masterwork of visual storytelling, San Gatsu no Lion is ready to showcase the deep, heavy atmosphere the show often has the showcase along with unyielding hoy read more
Feb 28, 2017
Preliminary
One of the reasons I fell in love with anime in my childhood, a time when I didn't even understand complicated terms such as "anime", is because of the sense of wonder some of those shows from my childhood had. Most shows I remember from back then had a simple yet endearing side to them and most importantly they were fun.

Little Witch Academia is exactly that type of show. Set in an interesting premise, a world where magic and technology co-exist yet the sheer practicality of science is killing of magic is very similar to that of how science had killed of traditional arts. read more
Oct 2, 2016
Berserk (Anime) add (All reviews)
Berserk 2016 is a CGI anime that tries to imitate the feel of anime. Because of this watching Berserk feels like you are watching gameplay footage of a game that has a very low framerate. The sound, though more interesting than the older adaptation is off sync very often. At a few moments the animation and sounds are so off that they create a jarring experience.

The anime also seems as if it really doesn't understand Berserk. While Berserk is a violent and horrifying at times, it is also about a man who has survived through great loss. Some of the best moments of Berserk are read more
Sep 30, 2016
91 Days (Anime) add (All reviews)
91 days was a genuine surprise. After finishing their splendid anime adaptation of Durarara!! they managed to make a true mafia story. Its inspiration's become apparent the moment the show begins and no time is wasted to let the story go in full throttle.

91 Days is a revenge story through and through but still manages to keep the viewers on their feet. It is best to take breaks between episodes to let the suspense set in as almost every episode ends in a cliffhanger.

Sadly the animation is inconsistent. The fact that the studio had to suffer through budget constraints becomes apparent half way read more