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Nov 29, 2016
Pokemon (Anime) add (All reviews)
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Pokemon is probably one of the most basic and clean-cut examples you can find of an episodic adventure series. Ash wants to be the greatest Pokemon master in the world and he refuses to stop until he achieves his goal, and every episode in between is something that either helps him achieve this goal, impedes his progress, or has a lesson to teach him or one of his friends that will aid them in the future.

Of course, this kind of structure also means that most of the enjoyment gleamed read more
Jan 3, 2016
Alien 9 (Anime) add (All reviews)
Man what the hell do I even say about this one?

This is an anime that works much more solidly on a thematic and symbolic level than it does on a basic plot level, with most of the actions and scenarios set up for meaning rather than for story. This isn't necessarily an inherently bad way to go about constructing a series, but it will absolutely put off any viewers that aren't prepared for this kind of narrative.

Personally, this is the kind of anime that I've been craving for a lot as of late since I've been looking for shows that break the mold of what read more
Oct 10, 2015
Like many anime fans of my generation, I began my life as an anime fan through Cartoon Network's Toonami block, featuring shounen classics such as Dragon Ball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho, and Rurouni Kenshin. However, for me personally, I was on the tail end of those shows' airtime, only catching the Majin Buu saga and reruns of the first few episodes of other shows. I didn't come in at the beginning, so it wasn't like starting a brand new adventure, and it wasn't until around 2005 that I first got to experience the start of a brand new story, and that story, of course, was read more
Oct 8, 2015
Naruto (Manga) add (All reviews)
I honestly don't know what to say about this one that hasn't been said countless times already, but I'll give it a shot.
Despite its anime adaptation's less than stellar reputation, this manga truly is something to marvel at. The story is incredibly well-crafted and captivating, often surprising me with revelations about their world 400+ chapters in that completely change how I view events that I've known to be a certain way for so long, and yet rarely does it ever feel forced or unnatural. Almost everything feels planned out perfectly. The only part where I feel the progression is a bit unnatural was the beginning read more
Sep 18, 2015
[Note: this is a review of both episodes of this franchise]

This was quite a surprise for an OVA with only two episodes (6 min. and 28 min.)

Story-wise, there's not much that happens; in fact, the first episode sort of just drops you into the middle of everything and you don't learn any back story until the second episode, so it relies more on its comedy and bizarre surrealistic sensibilities to hold your attention, both of which are almost always on-target. It isn't technically a yuri title, but it does use that theme for a lot of its comedy, and as someone whose enjoys that read more
Mar 27, 2015
For those who aren’t familiar with me personally, I have a very strong connection to the world of music, and I actually spent my first two years of college as a Music Performance major, and even though that dream eventually came to an end, I’ll still be graduating with a general Music degree, as music is still an absolutely vital part of my life. So, naturally, the music genre is one of my go-to’s when looking for new anime to watch. Sadly though, music anime are not only very few in number, but the music aspects often seem to be more of a crutch to read more
Jan 16, 2015
Strangely enough, it's not really that common for a novel or manga writer to have more than one of their works adapted into an anime series. Most authors only get their one brief glimmer of TV spotlight, though whether this is due to the quality of their writing or the fact that they simply don't write many different stories is another matter entirely. However, when a writer with a very distinctive style does get that long sought after second adaptation, it might come as no surprise that they carry over a lot of the same read more
Jan 7, 2015
Note: This is a review of the English language version of the series. As such, any discrepancies between it and the original Japanese script will not be taken into account unless I feel it is necessary.

Normally, when I review an anime series or movie, I judge each series by the same general merits, as any story should be able to provide an excellent level of entertainment regardless of length, genre, or intended audience. However, there is one demographic that this rule changes for, and that would be for shows aimed at a child audience. Of read more
Dec 31, 2014
Much like with western entertainment, there are certain TV series and movies that stand out not just as promising installments of new or existing franchises, but also as popular events that a large portion of the community with wait in massive anticipation for. In the world of anime, the "events" that captures the most attention are new additions to the Monogatari series, an anime that began back in 2009 and is continuously pumping out sequels to this day. However, during the past year, the formula for how new entries into this franchise are premiered has read more
Dec 29, 2014
It's always rather interesting to see what sort of direction a new animation studio takes. Being fresh onto the anime landscape gives you a ton of options to choose from. Will you take the easy path of cute girls and slice of life, or will it be the hard road of heavy action and grandly designed set pieces? As of now, after the three main titles from our latest studio to be born, I'm very happy to say that Studio MAPPA has chosen to take the high road, and the possibilities for their future are read more