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Nov 30, 2018
Overview:

Patlabor 2 the movie is an anime that nearly half of my MAL friends have watched in the last year. Every person I've talked to has said this film is one of the greatest anime films ever made and an indisputable masterpiece. Obviously I went in to this with VERY high expectations. However, my overall feelings towards the film are a little complicated.

Firstly, I want to say that Patlabor 2 is in fact an excellent film. The animation is jaw dropping. It does a masterful job instilling mood and atmosphere. It has some excellent character moments and I love to watch Goto and Shinobu's relationship read more
Nov 28, 2018
Preliminary
Overview:

There is a new trend here on MAL. We've all seen Galactic Heroes now. We've all seen the Satoshi Kon and Oshii filmography. We've seen everything Yuasa has to offer. Where the hell do we go now? If everyone remaining on the site is what used to constitute an "elitist", then is anyone truly an elitist? What new marker can we use to separate the boys from the men? After much thought, we here at MAL have decided to go with public domain adaptation, public access, children's anime from 1968 to 1982. If you can sit through 100 episodes of Heidi or Anne of Green read more
Nov 12, 2018
One of my old banned reviews. The original review was taken down for not going into more intricate plot detail...even though I explain the entire plot.


Since the early 2000s, absurdly nasty "reaction videos" have been very popular on the internet. Whether it is "Shrek is Love, Shrek is Life" or "2 Girls 1 Cup", we ALL have to watch those videos, then force all of our friends to watch them and laugh sadistically as they retch in disgust. Aki no Sora is basically the anime version of this cultural trend...only it lasts for 30 fucking minutes!

Aki no Sora is the tale of a young read more
Oct 26, 2018
Overview:

This isn't going to be an easy one to review. I have very mixed feelings towards Tekkon Kinkreet. It's one of those anime that to me wasn't great and certainly wasn't bad. However, that isn't to say it was average. It's more accurate to say it was simultaneously spectacular, and a total piece of shit...so it ended up in the middle.

Oh and Spoiler alert! I can't really talk about why I'm conflicted with this film unless I go into some spoiler territory.


Plot and characters:

We are introduced to a wild and beautifully animated city. According to the director, this city was created by taking elements read more
Oct 5, 2018
Overview:

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.

Background:

Death Billiards is read more
Sep 28, 2018
Overview:

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.

Background history:

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
Overview:

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!


Background:

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
Overview:

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