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Jun 29, 2009
I usually pride myself on objectivity when evaluating things. However, just watching Casshern Sins makes me want to squee, and I have a feeling that squeeing and objectivity don't exactly go together. So I suppose that I will write a subjective review.

Now, at some level I can understand why one might not like Casshern. You might say the character designs are old fashioned (they're actually quite beautiful, though, old in style but with modern colors and animation). You might say that it's slow (rather, it's like a flower blossoming in front of you, slowly, but surely). You could conceivably say that it's full of clichés read more
Oct 17, 2008
Slayers Revolution is a show that isn't going to turn anyone who hates Slayers, but for Slayers fans it's a perfectly acceptable continuation of the series.

I have watched Slayers from the beginning. I have the previous collections, and even some of the movies (god knows why). I have fond memories of watching it in high school, and although it's nowhere near the best show I've watched, I have a lot of fun with it. This new Slayers show is bound very closely to the ones that came before it (somewhat surprising since they were so long ago), so I have a hard read more
Oct 14, 2008
Summary: Baccano is an anime that could have been one of the best ever. Unfortunately, due to a series of missteps, the series is merely great, not perfect. Even so, it's a show well worth watching, and one that takes a lot of new and interesting steps.

Review:

Baccano is an anime with a lot of problems. During the first half of the show, it steadfastly refuses to give away any information, while simultaneously adding extra confusion by jumping all around the continuity. These jumps could be okay, but they're usually entirely without context. There is no connection between the scene read more
Jul 20, 2008
Kino's Journey is a collection of societal parables, told through the eyes of a wanderer who visits countries and observes them. Kino, the main character, takes a somewhat prime directive stance toward the civilizations, although she is sometimes coaxed to interfere out of compassion.

The show is a collection of parables, and as such, the societies it portrays are exaggerated portraits of a certain societal trait. It's possible that some viewers will feel as if they're being beaten over the head with the moral on some of the episodes. As for me, I thought that it was refreshingly straightforward, and had no problem read more
Jul 20, 2008
Preliminary
First of all, let me say that my rather middling score of this anime is in no way a sign of any deficiency on the show's part. The series was pretty much exactly what it set out to be. A slice of life show about a bartender helping people by serving them exactly the right drink. Although the show did wax a bit too poetical about the drinks for my taste, it was surprising how well they tied it together.

Rather, the score reflects the fact that this anime is not for me. In fact, I'm not exactly sure who it is read more
Jul 19, 2008
Preliminary
I saw an episode of this anime on a demo DVD that one of my friends had, three or four years ago. I mention this because it is still made fun of in my group of friends. The animation is bad, the character design is bad, the plot is nonexistant, and the fight scenes involve a girl crying lightning. The show includes one of the most annoying characters I've ever heard, as well as the biggest breasted character to be drawn outside of hentai.

I think this show may have been conceived as a parody, but I'm honestly not sure. If it read more