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Jul 11, 2020
There's little horror to be seen in this anthology of three short stories involving ineffectual male characters and their interactions with a mysterious woman named Mumako who grants their wishes...with a twist.

The animation style is pedestrian at best, and drawn more like a gag comedy anime than horror. The stories are not in the least bit scary, offering at best a vague surprise in the end, but prepare to be unimpressed.

Basically this is a waste of your time. It's dull, not scary, and the art and music are barely doing the minimum. There are plenty of actually decent one-shot horror releases from the read more
Mar 23, 2020
Eizouken is a blast of 100% DIY, punk rock energy in anime form. Once the first notes of “Easy Breezy” play, you know you’re in for something genuinely different, and things just get better from there. The three high school girls of Eizouken, determined to make anime at any cost, embody in every line of their animated existence an irrepressible energy that can’t help but translate into an emotionally moving and compulsively watchable journey for anyone willing to jump on board for the crazy ride.

And a wild ride exactly what you get. While Eizouken doesn’t wave away the details that go into making animation, it’s read more
Mar 12, 2020
While Ziggy isn't exactly good, it deserves attention from those who have a taste for the kind of wild, anything goes type of anime that was easily available in the 80s/early 90s OVA scene. The plot's absurd, the characters are barely developed, and the animation is mediocre, but who cares? You get to watch a Japanese hair metal band run around London, play bad songs, and clear themselves of murder charges! The film contains some unintentional comedy at its finest and deserves a viewing (preferably after a few drinks).

There are a lot of great moments in Ziggy just waiting for well-deserved mockery, like the band read more
Feb 21, 2020
Move along folks! Nothing to see here.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak in China, production had to be delayed, and it's completely understandable that a recap episode would be on the table. Nobody should complain about that. It's a global health crisis. But there's also no need to watch this episode. There's no original content besides a few voiceover lines that add zero additional information.

So, for viewers in the future who wonder about the value of this "special" episode, just don't bother. It's not going to tell you anything new and there was no effort made to add original content. The production committee or studio read more
Feb 11, 2020
Kuutei Dragons had all the components necessary for a really interesting show but ultimately failed to put them together in a satisfying way. Airships straight out of Laputa, amazingly beautiful dragons, world travel and adventure...what could go wrong? Well, a few things.

First off, the sole motivating force of the show is just "we hunt dragons for money and because they taste good." We never get much more than that, and it's just not enough to drive twelve episodes unless you really, really like watching dragon hunting (and eating). Almost every one of those scenes, and there are a lot of them, play out identically: people read more
Aug 14, 2019
Preliminary
Is this one of the most ridiculous ideas in anime history? Of course! And that's why it works. With just about 2 minutes of material per episode, you don't have to invest yourself in anything. Just enjoy the surreal juxtaposition of angsty teen Amuro having a serious mid-battle discussion with Hello Kitty about friendship and nonviolence.

I'm not sure that traditional notions of good or bad apply here. This is just a series of shorts celebrating the 45th anniversary of Hello Kitty and the 40th anniversary of Mobile Suit Gundam. The animation is actually much nicer than it ever needed to be, and the production read more
Jun 27, 2018
This is the coziest episode of one of the coziest series in history. The first part is cute, but ultimately a throwaway story that others have summarized. The main story is the gambling. It's everything Hakumei to Mikochi does best: let these characters just do their own thing, enjoy the situations that unfold, and watch the (very low key) chaos fly.

I truly felt like I'd want to be nowhere else in a snowstorm than in that exact place, gambling, drinking, and generally having fun with exactly those four people...although I damn well wouldn't be betting money given certain individuals...*cough*

It was precisely how you'd want read more
May 25, 2018
Softenni is known as a lolicon show. The series itself was really not particularly extreme, except for some silly and predictable fanservice. (Nobody cares about seeing pantsu but whatever.)

These specials throw it all out there. Do you want to see 13-15 year-old naked anime girls? Here you go. Uncensored.

In terms of quality they're quite good. If you enjoyed the series then absolutely give these specials a watch. It's the same humor and not just throwaway trash.

But, if you are uncomfortable with the 100% nudity plus lolicon, and have concerns in that regard, I do not recommend these videos.
Nov 9, 2017
Before reading 1F, I'd seen a variety of reviews online. Thankfully I ignored several of them and read the manga anyway. It's a very detailed story of the life that workers faced (and still face) at the epicenter of an unimaginable disaster.

The value of the manga is that it doesn't attempt to diagnose or encompass the entirety of the Fukushima disaster. There are many other well-researched and compelling books that can offer readers that experience. What 1F provides is the chance to experience the daily routine that defines the perilous existence of those who have chosen to face a set of dangers that most read more
Jun 23, 2017
It's not a good sign when the most compelling scene of a new anime series occurs before the opening credits in the first episode. Clockwork Planet was pretty much all downhill from there.

I recall noticing a comment on some website or other noting that this was the ultimate chuunibyou show, and I'd say that's about right. Clockwork Planet plays out as an endless variation on weird anime-centric fetishes instead of something resembling a real story. I was initially attracted to the show because I thought it might involve some kind of steampunk aesthetic, but I was quickly disabused of that potentiality. Instead, you have read more