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Jun 8, 2019
On a sleepless night in late 2004 just a week before my 9th birthday, I was watching the usual rotation of shows on [adult swim] - Futurama, followed by Family Guy and then if I was still awake, I'd be watching whatever anime came next. There was the usual rotation of InuYasha, Bebop, and whatever else was on at the time. Of course that night, I came across a show that I still hold near and dear to my heart as an adult - the original Fullmetal Alchemist TV series.

As a child (especially a sleep-deprived one), I never really understood most of the show but read more
Sep 17, 2018
Dragon Ball is the quintessential shonen tale about a weird kid and his exploits in the equally weird world surrounding him. It has a little bit of everything in it - a quirky and likeable cast of characters, fun action scenes, comedy that's funny 90% of the time, and plenty of moments thrown in here and there that can leave you shocked, in tears, or feeling all mushy inside because it's legitimately heartwarming.

No review of Dragon Ball is complete without mentioning its infinitely more famous sequel in DBZ, and this certainly remains true here. With that said, I'd like to establish that this is as read more
Jul 9, 2018
Adolescence, in no uncertain terms, fucking sucks. This is especially the case if you're introverted as fuck and don't get along well with others for whatever reason. Though the memories of my own adolescence are starting to get hazy, I do remember quite well just how much trouble I had interacting with others my age. Sometimes, I really just wanted nothing more than to just stand around with the guys from my class and actually be a part of the conversations they were having. Of course, social rejection and isolation ends up giving way to a LOT of nasty emotions and thoughts. I can't even read more
May 12, 2018
As someone who was bullied and abused quite a bit during his formative years, I generally don't care to think of my past tormentors as human beings. When you're going through the thick of it all, they don't really seem like people as much as they come off as monsters. Of course, one of life's painful truths is that people are capable of changing for better or worse. There have been countless times in my adult life where I'm confronted with my past tormentors and I had to accept the reality that they weren't the same person they were back then. Some of them actually read more
Feb 25, 2017
You know the old adage "you either die a hero or live long enough to become the villain?" Well... that's me right now. I could've just stayed a casual fan of anime, but instead I find myself becoming a bitter and jaded cynic who's slowly beginning to think that anime really was a mistake and that it's nothing but trash. This is a medium that seriously impacted the person I've become (for better or worse) and to see season after season of garbage coming out, it's pretty infuriating. At the same time though, I have to remind myself that there's shit out there that made read more
Jul 19, 2016
I just wanna state that for the record, I have no problem with shojo smut in and of itself. Most of the time, it's analogous to shonen ecchi shit and isn't really offensive enough to be worth hating. With that said, there are aspects of shojo smut that REALLY piss me the fuck off (i.e. molestation being played for romance). Let's not forget that every so often, there comes a particular manga that just evokes all manner of visceral disgust out of me. Haou Airen is one such manga and to this day, I still maintain that it's the single most vile, reprehensible thing I've read more
Jul 6, 2016
I don't understand why it's so fucking hard to get an action show that's consistently entertaining. Of all the programmes I watched, Tokyo Ghoul is probably one of the few shows that actually made me feel like I was wasting my time watching it. "Oh, why didn't you drop it?" you might ask? Well for starters, I was actually following the programme as it was airing at the time (fun fact: I actually had the most upvoted preview at the time, but it got taken down because the show finished airing). But that isn't enough to truly explain why I so viscerally despise Tokyo Ghoul. read more
Mar 1, 2016
This isn't Star Wars. George Lucas's franchise should NOT be renamed into anything else.

If any work of entertainment in our history deserves the title of 'Star Wars,' then it is the entirety of George Lucas's franchise and NOT this anime. Star Wars is more star wars than LOGH ever was, is, or will be. Constant spiels of exposition about various topics, a constant show of myopia in regards to its setting and subject matter, all the while consistently failing to act on the countless possibilities presented to us, this is 110 episodes of pure, unadulterated wasted potential in the most inexcusable ways possible.

In case you read more
Feb 21, 2016
[contains heavy spoilers; read at your own risk]

Ah, Clannad: After Story. Bar none, one of the most illustrious anime series to date with a reputation for being something that will undoubtedly touch your heart and make you cry if you've grown attached to the characters. In many ways, I can definitely see where the praise is coming from. It isn't often that we receive a slice-of-life series that goes beyond the realm of high school and for what it does, it does the whole "life beyond high school" thing exceptionally well. Hell, there were a few moments where I was genuinely shocked at what just read more
Nov 15, 2015
All ye infidels who doth worship the pretender god Madoka beware! Haruhi is the one true God of anime, and those who dare say otherwise shall incur Her divine wrath! Oh man, the Haruhi Suzumiya series is one of those programmes that I loved the shit out of in my late middle school/early high school years and still adore to this very day. Equal parts awesome concept, gut-bustingly hilarious English dub, and equally hilarious comedy, Haruhi is one of the few programmes where I'll gladly jump aboard the bandwagon and praise it.

Alack, it's also one of those franchises that's becoming increasingly ignored over the read more