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Apr 1, 2019
A few years prior to the 2nd season of Mob Psycho 100, this series was relatively unknown. One Punch Man - once a goofy webcomic drawn in the charmingly childish style of ONE - was masterfully redrawn by the accomplished mangaka Yusuke Murata, and not long after an explosive anime adaptation from Madhouse introduced the world to the works of ONE.

No one saw Mob Psycho 100 coming. Adapted in ONE's style during the height of One Punch Man's popularity, its humble and unapolagetic flair both intrigued and repelled anime fans. But it didn't take long for those paying attention to take notice of the incredible read more
Jan 25, 2018
A masterpiece needs room to breathe.

Masaaki Yuasa is unquestionably a cut above your average anime director. He has an excellent understanding of how to adapt his source material and always treats it with great respect. He has left his unmistakable mark on anime with a unique flair and instantly recognizable style in storytelling, design and animation.

Devilman: Crybaby is part of the 50th anniversary celebration of works by Go Nagai. Many adaptations of Devilman have been made in the past, but it's been a while. For something this balls to the wall, Yuasa is easily one of the best choices of director for an animation like read more
Jan 25, 2018
Mary and the Witch's Flower is the inaugural film from Studio Ponoc and the 3rd directorial effort from Hiromasa Yonebayashi, whose previous films include the respectable Ghibli efforts The Secret World of Arrietty and When Marnie Was There.

Being essentially an offshoot of Ghibli, you can immediately see the visual cues Ponoc borrows from its roots. In many ways, it is as if nothing changed. From an animation standpoint, this film may as well have been made by Ghibli staff - but I say this not as a criticism, as not only will it take time for Ponoc to develop its own style, but this anime read more
Oct 8, 2017
If you want to learn how to screw up a hero's journey story, a love story and a "good all along" story - all at the same time - look no further than Virgin Soul.

I don't think i've seen an anime trip over itself more in its 3rd act than this one, and it's a real shame, because for the most part you have a cast of characters that mesh really well together. Even though I found Jean D'Arc and the angels quite boring and they suck up a lot of screen time in the 2nd half, that's really only the beginning of Virgin Soul's read more
Feb 21, 2016
Chances are if you're reading this review or watching this special episode of Working!, you've already seen the first 3 seasons. If you haven't, I'd recommend you go do that first.

Now that that's out of the way, there's actually not a whole lot to say - it makes me happy to say that this special is everything a Working! fan could have possibly hoped for in the context of an ending. How many SoL shows have broken fans hearts by constantly teasing us with closure but never letting it happen? "Lord of the Takanashi" spoils the loyal viewers by shattering every SoL trope a weary read more
Oct 3, 2015
The 3rd season of Working!!! offers a lot of what fans of the series have been waiting for - closure. However, one glaring knot is yet left to be tied, and the overall score of this season would have been impacted greatly if not for the one-hour finale that you should watch right after you see this season called "Working!!! Lord of the Takanashi".

Working!!! takes its time going through all our friends at Wagnaria and resolves a lot of questions fans have been dying to know and pairings they've been dying to see. The pacing is odd at times, and Yamada gets the read more
Oct 1, 2015
One positive thing I can say about Shokugeki no Souma is that it's an anime that knows exactly what it is - a ridiculously over-the-top sports/battle shounen with cooking as the centerpiece.

In the beginning, the plot seems familiar, but inviting - our hero Souma is faced with his first opponent - an aggressive businesswoman looking to put his father's humble diner out of commission to make way for her development plans. We all know she's simply a stepping stone into the universe of this anime. Predictably, she agrees to step down if Souma can impress her with his cooking. And, of course, he defeats read more
Dec 7, 2013
There's no escaping the fact that the Madoka Magica franchise is explosive. And with it comes the pressure on the creators to push out more content for the fans. After two films that covered the original series with many improvements and new footage, the first truly new piece of Madoka Magica canon has arrived in the 3rd film, titled "Rebellion".

Before I review the film, I will mention that Rebellion is not intended to be viewed without prior knowledge of the original series - it is required viewing to understand the plot, as nearly the entire story and its characters are reflections and references to the read more
Nov 23, 2013
Most of you may know that Space Battleship Yamato 2199 is a remake of the 1970's space opera by the same name (bar the 2199). If one were to make a comparison of its significance to its importance of the genre, it is basically the Star Wars of Japan - the series that one would point to as a culturally significant moment in entertainment and the rise of the genre itself.

In recent times, one becomes wary when they hear the word 'remake' or 'reboot'. Audiences have reluctantly witnessed so many beloved series, stories and characters get butchered in misguided and unnecessary attempts to be recreated.

Thankfully, read more
Sep 17, 2013
Gargantia was a hit or miss series judging from the reactions I have seen. Personally I enjoyed it - despite its predictability, it was a beautiful and charming story that everyone should give a chance.

On the Blu-rays comes not only improvements to the animation and art, but two unaired OVA's. Those hoping for a continuation of events after Gargantia may be disappointed - both episodes take place in the middle or before the events of the series, respectively. These episodes will not mean much to people who haven't already finished Gargantia, so I cannot recommend that you watch these before finishing the series.

The first OVA read more