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Apr 3, 2022
The second season of Attack On Titan goes up and down like a rollercoaster; not just in terms of story but also quality.

The story of the original season began with titans breaching Wall Maria, and the second season opens with a mirroring storyline about titans appearing within the confines of Wall Rose, and the Survey Corps are forced to investigate the breach.

And that's far from the only similarity between the seasons. While Studio Wit bizarrely waited four years before attempting to follow up on their incredible success with the first season, the second season turns out to follow quite closely in its predecessor's footsteps. read more
Mar 26, 2022
Cute-Girls-Doing-Cute-Things slice-of-life anime usually comes in two flavours. The first one focuses on the Cute-Girls-Doing-Cute-Things bit, smothering the viewer in moe candy floss that offers little nutritional value beyond the saccharine. I call these the K-On Klones. The second type actually gets what the slice-of-life genre is all about. These anime use the Cute-Girls-Doing-Cute-Things merely as a premise as they go about bringing into focus the sublime facets of life through the lens of the mundane.

The question is, which category does Akebi's Sailor Uniform fall into?

The show follows Akebi Komichi as she enters the all-girls middle school Roubai Academy. Growing up in the countryside, Akebi read more
Mar 19, 2022
Humans have reigned at the top of the food chain for a long time now. Other predators like sharks and bears might rip us apart if we have to engage them in a fist fight, but in reality we kill far more of them than they do us. But! What if that's no longer the case? What if something replaces us at the top and start preying on us? This is the conceit that "Attack On Titan" builds upon, and does it so compellingly that it became one of the few shows to break through the walls of anime fandom into mainstream consciousness.
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Mar 13, 2021
I ended up watching this after Crunchyroll's random feature landed me on its page. At the time of viewing, this show's rating average barely broke the 5 mark, so it's fair to say I didn't exactly have high expectations. Still, how painful could it be to sit through a series of sub-5 minute show? (Actually, I just remembered my experiences of grinding through "Teekyuu" so the answer would appear to be "very".)

Perhaps due to my low expectations, I ended up rather enjoying these shorts, finding the episodes to be silly and fun.

But what is Hakata Mentai about?

Uhh, I'm not entirely sure I can describe the read more
May 30, 2020
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Everyone loves a good underdog story, a story about some gritty protagonist who overcomes their disadvantages to climb to the top through a combination of superhuman effort and sheer force of will.

"Hyouka" is not one of those stories.

It's the opposite: a celebration of the sort of genius that burns so brightly that ordinary mortals like you and me can only sit back and admire, often with envy, knowing that no matter how hard we try, we'll never be the next Mozart or Holmes.

On the surface, "Hyouka" tells of the mystery-solving escapades of a student literary club. But like most anime involving detective work, this aspect read more
Mar 14, 2020
It's all too easy to make fun of an anime christened with an unfortunate name like "Wind: A Breath of Heart" (try saying the title fast) ... but that would just be immature of me.

"Wind: A Breath of Fart" is one of those patchy anime that feels like it got stitched together from three different shows. Starting off with some horribly crappy first scenes, it improves into a borefest with the occasional amusing moment, then magics in a dramatic story towards the end.

When I first watched "Wind: A Breath of Fart", I found its mix of highschool hijinks with a dash of magic rather read more
Nov 30, 2019
"Witch Hunter Robin" is one of those anime which grabbed me from the get go. The engrossing atmosphere drew me in, and the realistic art style is just the kind that I favour. But as the show progressed, it became obvious that it simply isn't as great as it first appeared, and I became less and less enamoured with it.

"Witch Hunter Robin" takes place in a modern world where magic is a thing and an organisation called STN hunts down magic-wielding witches, often with the help of magic-wielding "craft users". The show focuses on the Japan branch of STN, where a young craft user named read more
Oct 19, 2019
Have you ever wondered who's the toughest waitress around, and wished there exists a martial arts tournament that can help you answer this intriguing question?

Well, me neither.

But apparently, someone had, as this is the premise for a fighting anime called "Variable Geo", which features said tournament of the same name.

I only picked up "Variable Geo" because I'd played the original SNES game before (a fiendishly hard game by the way - I couldn't even get to the boss on the easiest mode), and since the anime comprises only three episodes, I thought: why not?

I'd braced myself for a bad anime, but the shittiness of "Variable read more
Sep 7, 2019
I first began writing a "Legend of the Galactic Heroes" review many years ago and couldn't finish. Now I come back and find my opening paragraph on how democracy is overrated and not a magic bullet that solves everything has aged rather too well to remain impactful. In the intervening years, quite a few political earthquakes have shaken people's faith in the system, highlighting weaknesses that they seemed blind to before.

At the time I started my reviewing attempt though, "Legend of the Galactic Heroes", or LoGH for short, provided a refreshingly nuanced commentary on different political systems that stood out amongst the monotonous chorus read more
Aug 24, 2019
"Why the fuck does a 12 episode series need a recap?!" was my initial reaction to "Girls und Panzer: Introductions!".

"WTF? There are TWO of these?!?!" was my next.

The first half of the first episode seems to confirm my worst fears: its opening salvo serves as a crucial reminder for the mountain of material contained in the previous ... five episodes. Following this, we're "treated" to an introduction of the many moeblobs littered around the show, giving us the full information shower on their unique moe quirks, including such juicy tidbits as what flowers they like, their favourite classes, and maybe what coloured buttons they prefer read more