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Nov 10, 2018
I can't help but compare Macross and Gundam, and therefore see this movie as an attempt to make some more cash off of the TV series without animating an entire new season. However, I admire the fact that they actually animated a new product instead of reusing footage from the series, which makes "Macross: Do You Remember Love?" feel like much more of a real movie than any of the Gundam trilogy entries. Despite this, the story suffers significantly from being crunched into 2 hours, and loses much of the charm that it had before.

The visuals are really the highlight of the movie. Thick lashes read more
Oct 28, 2018
Since the early days of my experience with Gundam, I have heard countless times how bad Gundam SEED is. I knew that someday I would have to get through it, and I decided that I would do my best to go in with no preconceived notions and let myself develop my own genuine opinion of it. Even though I was not entirely taken with this series, it seems to me that SEED is somewhat of an exaggerated evil. It had the guts to try things that no Gundam ever had before, absolutely nailed the mech designs, and established a lasting fan base whose influence drives read more
Sep 16, 2018
Had I seen it earlier in my anime career, I have a hunch that Heroic Age could have become one of my favorite series. For starters, my very favorite--Busou Renkin--was produced by the same studio Xebec just a year before, and the similarities in animation style seem pretty obvious to me. While today I find any and everything to nitpick, my younger self might have been enchanted by the grand scope and simplistic characters. Sadly, I think Heroic Age may be widely misunderstood by both viewers and potential viewers, which is a shame because behind the confusion surrounding its premise and backstory lies a wholesome read more
Aug 16, 2018
Franxxly speaking, this series abuses the elements of the mecha genre that I hold so dearly to send a message about relationships with people and our planet.

Darling in the Franxx pretends to be a mecha show to draw in a wider audience, and summarily sidelines the mechs for most of its run time to focus on character relationships. It then attempts to reap an emotional payoff and surprise you with its ulterior motive of social commentary, but can't pull it off with the flimsy characters it has constructed. This would not be nearly so offensive if it was sold as a character drama, but it read more
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