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Dec 29, 2014
In an age where a single idea can be copied, transmuted, inverted, and manipulated in millions of possible ways, the phrase "That's just a rip-off of ______" has become increasingly more common. For example, I've heard many arguments that Nagi no Asukara is just a rip-off of From the New World, and while there certainly are similarities between the two, it's quiet a stretch to say that a romance drama is just a rip-off of a dystopian horror series. However, there are times where the degree to which something is copied is so severe that read more
Dec 28, 2014
Sequels can be a tricky business, especially when the original series has such a huge following and is so distinctive in style and theme. There are many different reasons for sequels existing, ranging from additional stories that demand being told to easy fan base cash-ins, and the execution of these sequels also has just as many outcomes. One of the classic examples of what makes a bad sequel is creating one without the writing of the original creator, an occurrence with a notable example being Dragon Ball GT. So, how did the latest sequel lacking read more
Dec 27, 2014
The slice of life genre and I have never really had what one might call a stable relationship. It's a genre that often consists of nothing but charming visuals and comedy that does very little for me. So, to counteract this, the slice of life anime that end up in my cue usually have at least one extra theme or genre added, the most common being a romantic plot line. So, was my latest bundle of romantic cuteness enough to stave off the nothingness of a typical slice of life series?

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Dec 25, 2014
I've made it a habit this year to watch at least one TV short series each season, and I definitely plan on keeping this pattern going because you never know what exactly you're going to get out of a short series other than time well spent. From the creative nonsense of Tonari no Seki-kun to the bone-chilling terror of Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories, there is a surprising amount of variety to be found in the TV shorts category of your anime listings. So, how did my TV short pick for this season turn out?

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Dec 25, 2014
As the end of the year draws closer, I've found myself in a position where I want to get caught up on the year's more popular titles as soon as possible. Unfortunately, that also means watching shows of very similar genres back-to-back. It's not that I end up getting sick of the genre, but moreso that the faults with each series become more glaring than they normally would if I hadn't watched something from that genre in the while, and the most frequent genre suffering from this is the romantic comedy. So, did my most read more
Dec 23, 2014
In my short time of reviewing anime, I've covered quite a few different types of harems. I've done dramatic harems, reverse harems, and even harems that didn't start out as harems. However, I realized recently that I've never done a review for just a regular old comedic harem, so I decided to pick one up for this season. Upon finishing the series, I realized that everything I want to say about it could pretty much apply to every other comedic harem I've seen. So, aside from the specific anime I'm covering today, consider this as read more
Dec 23, 2014
In terms of the western market, the anime industry has been accelerating at a rapid rate since the reintroduction of Toonami to the television lineup in 2012. On the TV front, we had the first instance of a dub premiering at the same time as its original subbed version with Space Dandy at the beginning of this year, and even more progress has been made with the introduction of FUNimation's Broadcast Dubs this Fall, allowing fans access to the top dubbed series months before they would normally premiere. Even those outside the industry are beginning read more
Dec 22, 2014
The chuunibyou has become quite a popular archetype in recent years. While there are several different types of this "disorder," the most common among anime characters is the Evil Eye chuunibyou, where one believes that they have special powers or special connections to the supernatural world. While this type of character has been around for a while, their popularity has exploded over the last few years, especially with the premiere of Kyoto Animation's Love, Chuunibyou, & Other Delusions, and the possibilities for this character archetype are multiplying rapidly. For example, what would happen if the read more
Dec 19, 2014
"Love is like the sea."

Love stories have existed for practically the entire existence of storytelling. They've been told countless times, in countless ways, with countless settings and characters. From the grand and epic quests to silly school rom-coms, the love story is the most enduring story of fiction, and even non-fiction in some cases. With that in mind, one would think that original ideas, or even ideas that haven't grown stale, are quite lacking in this genre. So, how does today's anime stand in the read more
Dec 19, 2014
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and in the case of WIXOSS that may very well be the case. As I mentioned in my review of the first half of the series, WIXOSS takes a lot of cues from a certain magical girl anime called Madoka Magica, from the dirty secrets behind their world's setup to the hopes and aspirations of their main characters. While transmuting someone else's story to fit a new context is certainly appropriate, WIXOSS still ended up leaning a bit too hard on the fence and ended up flat out copying certain ideas and motifs from Madoka read more