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Apr 21, 2019

It's taken as gospel here on MAL that Ashita no Joe or "Tomorrow's Joe" was the first good anime ever made. I've decided to be even more of a hipster and go even farther back. This is Benkei and Ushiwaka from 1939! While Osamu Tezuka is rightfully remembered as the father of manga, there is far less appreciation for Kenzo Masaoka. Back in the 1930s, Masaoka was inspired by the work of Walt Disney and Max Fleischer to create cartoons depicting traditional Japanese folklore. Masaoka not only introduced sound to anime for the first time, but also introduced the concept of cel animation. Masaoka's apprentice read more
Apr 17, 2019

It's time for another ultra obscure review! Today I'm looking at "Tachiguishi: The Amazing Lives of Fast Food Grifters!" This was a 2006 movie written, produced, and directed by the legendary Mamoru Oshii. It's free to to view on Youtube with accurate subs...yet only 100 MAL users have seen it! This is considered Oshii's forgotten movie for a good's EASILY the worst thing he's ever made. We can forgive Oshii though because to err is human. Even the greatest film directors usually make at least one dud, unless they die young like Tarkovsky.


Fast Food Grifters is an ostensibly comedic mockumentary about Japan's most legendary read more
Apr 8, 2019

I'm late to this party, but I'm kind of glad I took my time to review this series. This anime got absurdly overrated and overhyped back when it came out for reasons I never understood. It's been 3 long years since then...and this is still one of the most overrated anime on MAL. The series has little moments where it has potential. It's not THAT bad on a technical level. I gave it a VERY generous 5 because I really don't believe in rating bombing. Otherwise, I would create 10 clone accounts and keep giving it a 1. I just sit back and laugh that read more
Apr 1, 2019
It's April 1st and the beauty of Spring is now upon us. The darkness of Winter has passed and life blossoms again. Shoujo Ramune is a magical anime that will make even the most cynical among us appreciate the joys of life! I was so inspired that I wrote this short poem in Japanese. 私は死にたいです

Shoujo Ramune is about young love. It's that pure, innocent love that one only feels in one's salad days. There is no sexual element. There is no consideration of finances or future planning. Not since Yoshifumi Kondo's Whisper of the Heart have I seen young romance portrayed so purely and so read more
Mar 30, 2019

I normally dislike writing previews, but Shield Hero is so odd I don't want to wait another few months. Shield Hero is impossible to avoid on social media. Every week it pisses off an entirely new group of people and generates enough controversy that it DEMANDS we rubber neck and bare witness to the train wreck. When you get past the outrage culture it's just kind of a garbage Isekai, but it's provided a wild ride so far!

Le Elephant in the room:

Firstly, let's talk about the initial outrage that boosted Shield Hero to fame. The very first episode features a greedy, gold-digging whore that falsely read more
Mar 29, 2019

"Don't get on that ship! To Serve Man...IT'S A COOKBOOK!!!"

Promised Neverland is basically this season's Made in Abyss and it is HYPED. Do I think it's currently a tad overrated? Absolutely. However, I stopped giving knee-jerk bad scores to decent series just because they're currently rated too high. The rating will naturally balance out and if not, I kind of stopped taking MAL's ratings seriously a while ago. Promised Neverland is a mixed bag, but I honestly had a lot of fun with this one.

Background: (Spoilers)

1,000 years ago, demons and humans fought for control of an alternate Earth. The 2 sides came to a stand read more
Mar 23, 2019

Hoo boy, this review might be a little controversial with some of my MAL friends. We all know how subjective comedy is and how we all find different things funny. I heard glowing reviews about this anime, but the jokes just really weren't working for me.

Humor Style:

Do you have young kids in your family? Have you ever watched Teen Titans Go? Asobi Asobase uses a very similar approach to its humor and episodes, only in my opinion its slightly less funny. For example, characters will constantly make stupid faces and that's the joke. Characters will reference popular things, and that's the entire joke. There's read more
Feb 19, 2019

Re:Zero rocked the anime world in 2016 and was named the new king of the Isekai genre. Re:Zero took the crown from Overlord Season 1, which had usurped Log Horizon, which had overthrown Sword Art Online in the famous coup d'état led by Digibro. The scramble for supremacy continues in anime's shittiest genre. Yes, I hate Isekai even more than I hate harem anime. However, I'm not just writing this review to rehash my opinion that anime would be better off if .Hack had been The Last Isekai back in 2002.


Re:Zero is about a gamer geek named Subaru who closes his eyes and wakes read more
Feb 15, 2019
Time for another episode of banned review theater! I fully admit I wrote some short and shitty reviews when I was first starting out. I was at a very busy point in my life and could usually only spare 30 minutes to write a review. This was one those I wrote to vent stress when I was in medical school. I'm bringing this one back because it holds perhaps my favorite reason for being removed. It was too mean spirited and hurt the feelings of the Desert Punk fandom. There is just SO much wrong with this. Firstly, the Desert Punk "fandom" is about 5 read more
Feb 14, 2019

It's Valentine's Day! That means a day of romance and god awful hentai reviews! This year I've decided to try be more inclusive. That means finding the most hardcore gay hentai I could find. Leave your Yaoi hands at home, because it's BARA time! Oh, and this hardcore gay hentai is also a Star Trek parody for some reason. This is Legend of the Blue Wolves...released by Media Blasters as "Hot Space Cowboys".

Bara: The final frontier. Time to go where no Top 50 MAL critic has gone before! This is the genre of macho, manly sex that is created by gay men for gay read more