Mostly annoying guy who watches anime and reads manga half-casually half-analytically. Used to read a ton of manga back in the day until I switched over to anime as the scanalating industry started going down but still enjoy both. Anime and manga are both truly wonderful mediums of art that deserve more recognition as such and I want to be a part of bringing them into a better light than it currently is. Since I watch anime extremely selectively I rarely drop any anime even if I know it to be bad. Dunno why I put myself through it...
I do a review probably once every 4-5 months sometimes due to their sheer length (up to 3000+ words) but I do plan on pumping out more this year to improve my writing skills. I used to do plenty of short 1000+ word reviews or so back in Crunchyroll (39, in fact) and reading through them I'm surprised how little my taste in anime actually changed in 7 years. I'd like to re-review some of them though since the writing level for some of them is atrocious (I'm sorry, Railgun. I didn't know better...).
Short thoughts while watching anime:
-Rule number 1 of Makoto Shinkai films- Never, ever science the shit out of it.
-Idol anime heh? They have their charm I guess. The reality is that it's showbiz like any other.
-Is Yuri on Ice even a sports anime? I have no idea but its pretty nice anyway.
-I wonder when Yamada Naoko got so good. Had to rewatch K-On! (after 3 years) after the 2nd season and movie blew me away and still found it average after all this time.
-There's no such thing as an "artsy" and "normal" anime. They're just normal anime if they pay attention to the fundamentals. Anime is an art form like any other meant to convey some intention to the audience through audio-visual storytelling. Unless its Aldnoah Zero, of course.
-Made in Abyss: Definitely anime of the season, likely anime of the year, possibly greatest anime of the decade. All this after only 3 episodes.
-Ookami san to Shichinin no nakama- The quintessential anime that shows what you should NOT do when making an anime.
-Screw Sakurada Reset. Cats. F*cking cats are the answer. Wowee.
-To make a cup of Blend S you take 5 shots of GochiUsa, add a generous sprinkling of Ouran, mix in a teaspoon of Sansha Sanyou and New Game (in equal parts) and serve with a stick of Lucky Star.
-Valrvrave the Liberator episode 4 predicted Brexit back in 2013.
-According to Valvrave, if someone is wearing the same uniform as you, they can't possibly be an enemy spy. Oh, the shock.
-PA Works continue to do great work with Sakura Quest. Episode 11 is literally just an advertisement for Nanto, Toyama. It's not an anime episode.
-Kyoani making 3 movies and 3 series for 2018 got me like
-A badminton anime coming out in Summer 2018 by a studio that still hasn't got an identity but can make great animation? SOLD.
-The world of Cardcaptor Sakura sure has developed a lot in 2 years. Smartphones, e-mail, cars. Thanks, Elon Musk.
-Just Because! is one of my favourite romance-dramas of all time. It's like an upgraded Ano Natsu with a dashing of Sakurasou.
-6 years later and Chihayafuru finally gets another season. This brings me great joy and hope. Hope for more seasons for my other favourite anime.
-Yuru Camp is definitely the surprise of the season for me. I expected it to be good but not that good. Very nicely done, C-Station.
-Re:Creators seems to continue the trend of incredibly poorly written Troyca shows. And I even got my hopes up...
-Hyakuren no Haou to Seiyaku no Valkyria is making me compare it poorly to Isekai Smartphone on the first episode. I don't know how that's possible but it's happening.
- Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works has got me really frustrated atm. How the heck can people still go to school after a school-wide black out? No one would want to go even if they could.
-Pokemon name: Emiya Shirou
evolves into: none
base stats: anything he wants it to be whenever the story calls for it
ability: Unaware - does not understand what power scaling in anime is, thus allowing him to take on a guy who OHKO'd a magic-boosted assassin with ease)
held item- Avalon (allows instant, passive regeneration of hp)
- Deux ex Machina (only necessary attacking move. Instantly KO's the opponent.)
- Plot Armour (boost defenses to incredible levels. I doubt a nuke could stop him once boosted up.)
- 11th-hour power-up (required boosting move that makes him a dangerous sweeper against any team build)
- Protagonist luck (recovers hp to full even when at near f*cking death and increases evasiveness at same time. When used in conjunction with Plot Armour he becomes nigh-unkillable)
competitive viability: easy ban to Uber tier. His ability compounded with his moveset being full of bullshit main character powers allows this pokemon to take on even Yugi Moto.
-Holy shit the MC of Hyakuren no Haou to Seiyaku no Valkyria is probably the creepiest guy I've ever seen in anime. Why would they say he "took a liking" to a little girl??? If that isn't plain creepy I don't know what is...And why not just abolish slavery? Seriously...
-Anyone who knows even a hint of management and economics knows how difficult it is to set up an education program...But cleaarly the guys at EMT2 don't.
-With all the praise Seishun buta is getting I'm proud to say that I completely called it out back when the anime was announced and invested most of my Fall 2018 shares into it.
-Irozuku Sekai is probably the most PA Works anime that PA Works have ever made. And that is probably the best thing that can happen.
- Shokugeki no Soma is basically turning into Toriko. Wtf.
- Short Maquia review and why PA Works are basically the Alfa Romeo of anime:
~The electrics don't work well
~The gear box is somehow too far away from the driver
~The boot lid doesn't fit properly
~The wheel hubs start loosening whenever you drive more than 100kph
~For the brief times it actually works, it's absolutely one of the most beautiful experiences in the world. Staggered by how magnanimous it was in its presentation. Okada Mari and PA Works really work well together.
-Sora Yori and Yuru Camp can compete for best SoL of 2018 and both wouldn't bother fighting it out and just make friends with each other.
- Code Geass' Suzaku is pretty dumb. Like, really dumb. Like during the invasion of Kyushu in episode 20 he says that they are "wrong in their way of doing things". Were the British, American and Canadian forces wrong in invading Normandy in 1944? According to him probably. What a massive twat.
- If Railgun III must have original stories, then please please please put it before then big Daihasei Arc and not end on a disappointment like Railgun S....
- Love Live! is an anime. It's just 26 episodes of anime. That's it.
- Most fire song of all time:
- Nothing demotivates a person more than having to watch My Sister, My Writer...That shit is horrible...
- "And beyond this point is the "Johannesburg of Oorai"!"
Girls und Panzer das Finale part 1
Hey hey. As someone from South Africa, I'm quite miffed. Nothing can be so bad as to be compared to Johannesburg.
- Kujira no Kora episode 6 in a nutshell:
Honestly, ratings don't really matter. What matters is enjoyment. Some shows you should watch purely because they're awesome even if they're not very good. So sorry to waste your time with this.
10- Mythical. This tier is for completely flawless shows and manga that perform at the highest levels in every aspect and profoundly affected my views on anime and story telling in general.
9- A tier for anime that are the best at what they do. They excel in above mentioned aspects and are close to being flawless but might have some small things which bother me enough to not give it a perfect score. These anime still gave me great value and enjoyment and personally rung with my fundamental needs for an anime.
8- Great shows which have great stories and characters that I would like to revisit if I have the time. Have aspects of a 9 rating but have more glaring flaws such as plot holes and logic gaps on further inspection. Despite this these shows have a lot to offer and can be shows that shot for the top but didn't quite make it
7- Highly recommended shows that are mostly simple and don't really try too hard to get into a top 10 list. They are mostly great value for time invested. An exception to the rule would be the deeply polarizing shows that have too many positive and negative aspects and find this level as a sort of limbo of uncertainty of whether they're actually great or simply average.
eg. Akagami no Shirayukihime
6- Average to above average. Can have some aspects of a good show but have a lot of flaws cluttered around it. These shows don't do any harm and are watchable and even enjoyable under the right circumstances so quite a few "turn off your brain and just enjoy it" shows. Can try to be good and can actually specialize in certain aspects but the overall product is average.
5- Below average to average. The cut-off line for watchable anime. These shows are filled with flaws but aren't terrible. Flawed shows that are still great fun to watch lie here.
eg. Kantai Collection
----The upper gulf----
The gap between 4 and 5 is larger than the one between 5 and 8
4- (Hindenburg fire and crash 1937)
Pretty bad shows that mess up in most departments. Hardly enjoyable and a a slug fest to watch despite the plethora of poorly executed gimmicks. Sometimes tries to test your patience and intelligence.
eg. Boku dake ga inai machi
3- (Sinking of the Titanic 1912)
Too much stupid to even care about. Seriously bad shows which are a total bore and you'd wonder why people bothered making the anime in the first place. A place for seriously annoying anime which aren't the polaziring type.
eg. Mekaku City Actors
----The lower gulf----
The gap between 2 and 3 is larger than the one between 3 and 6
2- (Chernobyl nuclear fallout 1986)
This is where it gets offensively bad. These shows go out of their way to insult you and the greater anime community in general due to their complete incompetence with basic storytelling, directing and characters so poorly written they become caricatures of the trope they represent. Continuous releases of these types of anime would actually break the anime industry and set it back a few years.
eg. Rail Wars
1- (Chicxulub Meteorite Impact 65Mya)
An anime that shakes the very foundations of our existence and can destroy millions of lives in a cruel instance.
eg. Aldnoah Zero
Favourite anime films (since series can't compete with full-blown movie productions)
-Tamako Love Story
-The disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
-Liz and the Blue Bird
-Whispers of the heart
-Kiki's delivery service
-The girl who leapt through time
-Garden of Words
-Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home
-Koe no Katachi