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May 15, 2018
Naruto and the Crescent Conundrum reminded me a lot of the Pokemon movie Destiny Deoxys, both for its liberal use of CG and depth of its plot. Neither are very impressive films, but I did have a blast watching this one. This particular Naruto flick sets itself apart from the rest primarily with its look, but not much else.

Crescendo Kingdom stood out in my memory among the Naruto movies I saw as a kid for its distinct visuals. Most notable are the breezy summertime outfits our main characters don for the adventure, but even more striking are the vivid color palettes and wicked cool action read more
Mar 30, 2018
The year is 2018, and as the landscape of video media at large has begun to shift, so has that of anime. Enter Netflix, easily the most successful video streaming service, along with their mountains of money. The streaming platform enables many new ideas to see the light of day, including new takes on classic properties which have gone underappreciated in present times. The creative staff behind Devilman: Crybaby seized this opportunity to produce a unique and thought provoking short series designed for cross cultural appeal.

Crybaby uses its animation budget very creatively. It has a bit of a minimalist tone, if I'm allowed to use read more
Mar 24, 2018
Pokemon Heroes was one of the few Pokemon movies I never saw as a kid, as well as the first one that showcased new Pokemon from the third generation, which is wicked cool! This signaled that what you thought was only Pokemon times two, was now Pokemon times THREE. This was a very important shift for myself and many other fans, initiating the tradition of featuring the upcoming generation's legendary Pokemon in the movies of the current one. Additionally, it was the last movie to feature Ash's original hat and outfit, and Misty! It's significance is realized by it's solid, ambitious animation and formulaic fulfillment, read more
Feb 3, 2018
Remember your first anime? Me too. This was not my first anime, but it /is/ the first series I ever watched from beginning to end, and as such it holds a special place in my heart. That was my disclaimer to let you know that I'm reviewing one of my favorite series, and while I tried to mitigate it, there may still be some inherent bias found within. Busou Renkin is a fairly unimpressive production, but was the first anime that fully captivated me with its entertaining characters, exciting battles, and easygoing attitude.

Busou Renkin's animation is about par for the course for 2005. That is read more
Feb 3, 2018
Road to Ninja is simultaneously the best Naruto movie I've seen to date, and the ultimate fanfiction. While I struggle time after time to feel engaged by forgettable, one-off movie characters, even the slow parts of this one involved people that I care about faced with challenges deeper than a new, scary bad guy that must be defeated within the next two hours. While it's nothing technically impressive, Naruto: Road to Ninja distinguishes itself from other movies in the franchise by telling an emotionally charged story about its main characters.

The production is honestly the most underwhelming part of this movie. The animation doesn't look that read more
Jan 3, 2018
Gundam Unicorn was still in progress when I first began to delve into the franchise. I told myself that I would watch the whole series when it was complete, yet here I was 3 years out from its finale without having seen it. Seeking out and purchasing the entire OVA series was a rather unappealing option, and as a franchise I care about I try my best not to pirate Gundam anime. Lo and behold, I discovered that the entirety of the TV version was available (Officially!) for free on Youtube. RE: 0096 is a marketing masterpiece chock full of stunning visuals and Gundam fan read more
Dec 19, 2017
Erase any context or connection to Dragon Ball. This is a story about a man too cool for friendship having a change of heart and fighting an uncannily sinister monster. Why, that sounds both riveting and perfectly suited for a 20 minute special, doesn't it? Spoiler alert: It isn't. Actual spoiler alert: This entire work was an excuse to look at SSJ Bardock, but save yourself the time and just look up fan art instead.

What this special tried to do was set up a plausible scenario for Bardock to achieve golden status, and simultaneously make him responsible for the legend of the Super Saiyan (I read more
Dec 7, 2017
The first time I saw Blade Runner, I thought, "Are they just doing a Ghost in the Shell?" It was not until later I learned that Ghost in the Shell had in fact been doing a Blade Runner on us the whole time. It seems quite fitting, then, that Blade Runner has finally wound up producing a work of anime. My viewing of this short came right off the back of my second time seeing the film, so I was already familiar with the setting. Even without having seen it, this still makes for an excellent way to fill your eyeballs with a concentrated dose read more
Dec 1, 2017
My expectations were high, looming in orbit alongside the main character's personal mech. However, they soon plummeted to the surface just as quick as a giant robot can fall from the sky--which is to say, rapidly. What I discovered in Gun x Sword was a unique mix of unoriginal ideas with inconsistent tone and pacing, and a seemingly budget production.

The premise looked like it could cater to my very specific mech sensibilities, and I heard its praises from a trusted friend. Early on the show introduced several internal tropes which I eagerly anticipated seeing in each episode. However, after building up my formulaic expectations, it read more
Oct 15, 2017
Just when you thought GT was the worst possible Dragon Ball animation ever produced, they hit you with the TV special. I would class this with the Star Wars holiday special, in its total lack of merit and besmirchment upon its parent franchise. This 45 minute charade contains almost no fighting, and the only commonalities with any Dragon Ball you've ever experienced are limited to character likenesses and child anatomy presented for humor. While not its only trespass, the greatest of its sins is its sinister deception of the audience, leading them to believe this will bear some semblance to the Dragon Ball they know read more