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Oct 5, 2018
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Back in 2013, there was a contest to write and direct a 30 minute anime short. The winner was an anime called Death Billiards, which in 2015 was expanded into today's topic of discussion. Firstly, I want to say that I loved Death Billiards and immediately put Death Parade on my "to Watch" list. Unfortunately, I have a pretty long list of anime to watch and it wasn't until just now that I got around it. I'm going to be upfront and say I was deeply disappointed by Death Parade. To explain why, I first have to talk a little about Death Billiards.

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Death Billiards is read more
Sep 28, 2018
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My quest to watch the obscure and the weird continues with Psycho Diver! This 45 minute, standalone OVA is one of the most skull fucking insane anime I've ever witnessed. It has some really good ideas that were pretty damn creative for the time, but the execution is all over the place.

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This wasn't based on a manga. It wasn't based on a light novel, video game, or anything else. Anime industry veteran Mamoru Kanbe just went to Studio Madhouse with a script and pitched this as a 45 minute OVA. Madhouse accepted and we got this blessing of insanity. In America, it was read more
Sep 16, 2018
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I love to watch weird, ridiculous shit. There is no hiding that fact at this point. This is one of the reasons I'm so drawn to anime and always will side with anime over American comics. Believe it or not, American comics used to have detective stories, horror, romance, and categories besides spandex wearing super heroes back in the 1920s-1940s. The diversity of American comics was murdered forever in 1954 with the passing of "The Comic Code". It was decided by the Eisenhower Administration that comics should only be for little kids and comics aimed at older audiences would make Americans gay! Thanks Ike! read more
Sep 11, 2018
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Time to review another obscure OVA! This time we're looking at The Cockpit. This 1993 OVA had EVERYTHING going for it, but still somehow managed to wind up terrible. It was written by Leiji Matsumoto, who also did the character designs. The director was Yoshiaki Kawajiri, who directed such classics as Ninja Scroll and Vampire Hunter D. This was also made by Madhouse on an impressive budget. The plot is WW2 from the eyes of Axis fighter pilots.

So I went into this expecting something like Das Boot. Many of the Axis soldiers will be humanized and realistic, while also being staunchly anti-war and pointing read more
Sep 7, 2018
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It's finally happened. I'm actually going to dive far enough into the anime cesspool to review a Nagao Takena anime. Leave your standards at the door!


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So who the FUCK is this Takena guy? Nagao Takena is basically the Shadman of anime, only he uses claymation for some reason. Nobody likes this guy. Nobody gives him positive feedback on his work. Nobody is funding this man on patreon or anywhere else. None of this stops him. He will just keep cranking out the worst claymation the world has ever seen until the day he dies. There is something quite admirable and beautiful in that. Takena must read more
Sep 3, 2018
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Since the mods removed my review of the astoundingly bad hentai Aki Sora (I'll reupload it later), I'll just review another piece of smut. This is the utterly mystifying hentai known only...as Stairs. Why is called that? I have no idea.

Background:

It's not a secret that I love to write comedy reviews of terrible anime. I've always wanted to be MAl's version of The Cinema Snob or Bennett the Sage. This means that I've sat through some of the worst hentai to ever exist in order to write snarky reviews, which maybe 15 people are ever going to read. Stairs is utterly unlike any hentai read more
Sep 2, 2018


A short anime made with little effort deserves a short review written with little effort.

There exists a principle in economics called diminishing returns. It also applies to comedy and art. Remember Inferno Cop? Remember how funny and different it was? You first saw it and your jaw dropped. You just HAD to share it with friends. Then we got Ninja Slayer and it was the same fucking thing, but it was still funny. Much like Hangover 2 was still funny. Luluco is Inferno Cop 3 and while not as bad as Hangover 3, it's still pretty bad. I honestly found myself laughing very sparsely by read more
Aug 31, 2018
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How in the FUCK am I the first person to review this series on MAL?! Raven Tengu Kabuto is only 45 minutes, but this is one of the funniest, most batshit insane examples of "So bad it's good" anime I've ever come across. Strap yourselves in because we're going on a wild ride!

Background:

I feel like there's something missing in modern anime. We get generic shonen tropes, self referential humor, attempts at genre subversion, and occasionally something artsy and esoteric. What we honestly lack in the modern day is gloriously over the top, stupid, fun, with zero irony or sense of self awareness. Anime has read more
Aug 28, 2018
Shiki (Anime) add (All reviews)
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Shiki is an unusual anime. This is an anime that tries to tell a very Western style vampire story, but set it in a small Japanese village. The entire first episode follows this obnoxious, bratty girl that it wants the viewer to think is the main character...then kills her off. In fact, there is no one main character. You see things from the perspective of several characters on the human side and several on the vampire side. It is up the viewer to determine which side they sympathize with and want to root for.

Horror factor:

Shiki is first and foremost a horror anime, so is it read more
Aug 25, 2018
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Beaten by the Black Rain isn't a well known anime, but it should be. This very well might be the most disappointing anime sequel I've ever seen. One of my favorite anime films of all time is a 1983 anti-War film called Barefoot Gen. I think it's vastly superior to Grave of the Fireflies and I will readily defend it as an unfairly overlooked classic. Black Rain is the sequel to Gen made by the same writer/director just 1 year later. This anime is just fucking baffling! It takes EVERYTHING that Gen did right and does it wrong! WHY Mr. Nakazawa?! Why would you do read more