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Dec 16, 2017
"Waiting for Godot" goes anime! Inexplicable: mysterious, funny, melancholy, cheerful, kind...

A masterpiece!

“Estragon: I can't go on like this.
Vladimir: That's what you think.”
― Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

Well, MAL for its own, inexplicable reasons, does not permit succinct reviews, so as padding:

“Estragon: We always find something, eh Didi, to give us the impression we exist?
Vladimir: Yes, yes, we're magicians.”

― Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

“Perhaps I'm old and tired, but I always think that the chances of finding out what really is going on are so absurdly remote that the only thing to do is to say hang the sense of it and read more
Dec 2, 2017
I watched this series much longer than I first expected to, but the child-like quality finally overwhelmed the attractive character development and the general zaniness. Might have worked better for me with fewer episodes. Still, this series is an interesting alternative to the "usual" -- but "Girls' Last Tour", "Kaiba", "Knights of Sidonia, "RWBY," everything by Shinbo/Shaft, etc. provide a lot of other alternative anime too, but are much better IMHO.

BTW, since I am a dinosaur, I played the old 2-D games to which this series makes occasional references -- they aren't half-bad even today (I'm not sure, but there may be read more
Apr 28, 2017
Even though I am an old astrophysicist, I'm OK with the echii/harem genre -- sometimes I just want brainless fluff as a change. But this one, IMHO, transcends the genre by pushing all the tropes to maximum. The result is a parody of the genre achieved while staying absolutely true to to the genre, by which I mean there is no added self-mocking, "tongue in cheek" humor, or any material that "breaks the fourth wall". So it's funny in two ways at once. I've watched it two or three times and it's always charming. [BTW, if you like read more
Apr 28, 2017
From just episodes 0-3 it looks to me like this series will be the best of the season. Adult demographic SF with emphasis on concepts; more talk than action. Art for alien parts is eye-candy; terrestrial, ordinary, at least by comparison. Characters have actual character but it's too soon to know what if any development will occur. I have some concerns about the alien being too powerful and too benevolent, but further plot developments may put twists into the initial situation -- I like what I've seen so much that an original twist or two might even be in store. read more
Apr 24, 2017
This show, about children with special abilities being used as lab specimens, is likely to be very far over the line for anyone who is or has been a parent. It's moderately well done, I guess, if the viewer lacks a certain moral sensitivity, for example many teen-aged children have not had the time and experience to develop a mature moral perspective. My rating, as a parent, is based on my own extreme distaste for depicting child abuse as entertainment, even if the abusers are, as I expect will happen later in the series, apprehended and the children "escape" -- the trauma read more
Apr 10, 2016
The similarly-named precursor anime, Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko, is a fine example of what I call “lapidary” anime. Such works are elegant, concise, and concentrated, and bear the same relation to anime in general as poetry does to prose. Like poetry, creating anime of this type requires artistic ablity, skills developed through much practice, and great attention to detail. The creator/director of the precursor work, Makoto Shinkai (新海 誠), is the foremost practitioner of this style, having created a remarkable string of lapidary masterpieces, e.g. 5 Centimeters Per Second and Voices of a Distant Star.

Alas, Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko: Everything read more
Oct 11, 2014
Since the episodes we are being reminded of have just aired, this recap is totally pointless. If, by some chance you are coming to this series for the first time, please, just watch episodes 1-14. You will not be able to make sense of them from this episode. If, like 99% of viewers, you have been watching from the beginning, you will gain absolutely no extra information, alternate view of the story, or even just new artwork. Even though this recap is told nominally from Sinon's point of view, it is provides no new material concerning the plot or the characters. read more