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Oct 4, 2022
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Since I just reviewed an anime that started out weak and got way better, this week I'll be looking at an anime that started really strong and ended by being the most infuriating anime I've seen in years. Ranking of Kings is an absolutely GORGEOUS anime that uses a style inspired by Ghibli but also by American cartoons such as Adventure Time and Stephen Universe. The animation by Studio Wit is spectacular. The fight choreography, especially in the first half, is jaw dropping. I think this had the budget of about 5 normal anime because some person at Kadokawa REALLY wanted to bet on this ...
Sep 28, 2022
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Warning: This review contains spoilers for Made in Abyss S2.


Where do we even begin? Made in Abyss is a very, VERY odd franchise. The premise is that there is this forbidden area called the Abyss and it's a truly terrifying place. It's filled with unspeakable creatures and the fabric of reality is warped so the threat of painful mutation and horrible death is omnipresent. Despite this, brave explorers journey forth into Abyss in search of powerful artifacts of possibly alien origin. Deep within the abyss there is even something with the power to grant wishes, however it's always a monkey's paw sort of wish and ...
Sep 19, 2022
Since season 3 is right around the corner, I decided to give an overview of Mob Psycho 100 and what makes it one of the most unique shonen anime around today. If I had to describe Mob Psycho in just one sentence, I would say that it's a shonen that rejects the tropes and teachings of shonen SOO hard that it accidentally became an old school superhero comic. Shigeo "Mob" Kageyama is a genuinely good person who was born with absolutely incredible power, but only wishes to use that power to help other people and make the world a better place. He never has to ...
Aug 9, 2022
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In my last review I covered a highly obscure anime that nobody has ever heard of. Today, I'll be looking at an underrated anime that most people have heard of, but relatively few have actually bothered watching. Dirty Pair is a 24-episode TV anime from 1985. It was animated by Sunrise, which is why it looks a lot like Zeta Gundam and other top tier Sunrise anime from the mid 80s. That's also why it uses stock Gundam sound effects in every single episode. Dirty Pair is considered a classic by Gen X and Millennial anime fans around the world. Sadly, the series never received ...
Aug 1, 2022
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Now that helpful votes don't exist anymore, I'm completely untethered and can review the most obscure anime possible without feeling any pressure to review seasonal stuff. What better way to kick off the new MAL than with Oh Edo Rocket, an anime that you've never heard of, and nobody cares about.

Oh Edo Rocket was based on a stage play that heavily relies on political satire. It apparently used the Edo period as a metaphor for the Japanese politics of the 1990s and the reactionary policies that accompanied the lost decade. Basically, if you don't know who Yoshiro Mori is, just assume everything is going ...
Jun 28, 2022
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Birdie Wing is my vote for the most surprising anime of the season. This is an original property not based on a manga, VN, LN, etc. The script writer of Excel Saga just decided one day that he wanted to make a women's golf anime in which professional women's golf is heavily tied to the mafia. The mafia places bets on the golfers in order to settle disputes and the golfers compete in a massive underground lair based on the NERV GeoFront from Evangelion. This anime is fucking insane. You never know exactly what you're going to get from script writer Yosuke Kuroda. Sometimes his ...
Jun 17, 2022
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Sonny Boy exploded on to the scene in Fall of 2021 and quickly proved to be amongst the most unique, challenging, and ambitious anime in recent years. If anyone asks me what my favorite anime time period is, I will quickly answer that it was the 10 years between 1995-2005. Evangelion was a HUGE financial success despite being weird, unconventional, and not at all holding the viewer's hand. This ushered in the most creative and bold period in anime history where TONS of weird, artsy shit got greenlit that probably wouldn't have in any other period. Especially original properties not based on a manga, LN, ...
Jun 10, 2022
I'm happy to be the first person on MAL to review one of the most controversial and hilariously awful manga of all time. Manga Kenkanryu or "Hating the Korean Wave" is a manga written by a hardcore ultranationalist from 2chan during the late 2000s. It sold over 1 million copies in Japan, although according to Japanese media from the time, there is serious doubt that most readers took it seriously. Many people bought it just to laugh at it.

A young boy's grandfather dies while recalling his service in WW2 and how much better the rest of Asia would be if it had stayed under Japanese ...
Jun 1, 2022
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It's been a longstanding tradition for me to review terrible yaoi anime every June. However, I'm rapidly running out of hilariously bad ones. I can't really do anything to top Kimera: Gay Vampires from Outer Space. So, this year I'll break with tradition and review the highest rated LGBTQ anime on all of MAL! Why is it the highest rated? Honestly, I have no idea.

Doukyuusei is a direct adaptation of a yaoi manga written by a heterosexual woman. A lot of the hackneyed cliches you would expect show up here. There are clear cut "seme" and "Uke" roles. The Seme forcibly kisses the Uke ...
May 29, 2022
Today I'm reviewing a strange one. I'm an older anime fan and I feel like I've seen a fair amount of anime at this point. It's kind of difficult to really surprise me. Jinrui is weird in the way that Twilight of the Cockroaches is weird. I started to ask questions like "Who made this?" "How did this get made?" "Who was this even made for?" The key difference is that Jinrui is actually good.

Jinrui is a 12 episode...event that loosely adapts a bizarre series of light novels. A cataclysm that's never explained devastates Mankind at some point in the next 200 years. After that, ...