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Jul 21, 2018
I've enjoyed the Mega Man Battle Network series ever since middle school, so I decided to investigate the animated series motivated by my desire to merge my anime and gaming hobbies. What followed was a long couple of months trudging through its over 50 episodes, after which I admittedly missed having it around. The bottom line is that Rockman.EXE is very much a low budget commercial to boost toy and game sales, and while it isn't the worst kids show I've ever seen, there isn't much of worth the be found here.

(Please note: I interchange the English and Japanese character names Rockman/Mega Man and Netto/Lan read more
Jul 1, 2018
From the moment I found this DVD in the anime bargain bin, I knew I would be in for a treat. Whether or not this was a good movie, I was going to be extremely gratified by how dank the 3D animation would surely be. To my surprise, this second film in the series was much more exciting than its predecessor. Appleseed managed to not only improve its visuals the second time around, but also tell a more personal story that did not almost put me to sleep.

Maybe this isn't a surprise, but Ex Machina looks noticeably better than the previous Appleseed movie. It's about read more
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