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Aug 6, 2017
Prior to the ‘Monogatari’ series, Studio Shaft’s best work, arguably, was the ef: A Tale of- series. Presently, Studio Shaft is best known for creative direction and quality over the anime worked on. How would a studio be able to adapt a light novel focused around so much character exposition surrounding an out-of-order mystery? This blueprint just does not look easy nor does it seem interesting in terms of anime. The director in charge of Bakemonogatari is the same man that directed a previous critically acclaimed parody show by Shaft called Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei. This man is Akiyuki Shinbou whom has made a name for read more
Aug 1, 2017
Production I.G. has a pedigree of action (Blood +), mystery (Ghost Hound), and suspense (Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C.). When the studio decided to go with an original show i.e. Eden of the East there was much speculation about how it was going to turn out. Would it be a slow paced disappointment like Ghost Hound or be a well written engaging success like SAC? Eden of the East was directed and created by Kenji Kamiyama, whom is the same person behind SAC. Good sign number one. The second good sign was the character art was created by Chika Umino, the same person behind Honey read more
Jul 23, 2017
At this point Studio Brain’s Base (Baccano) has made an impact on the industry enough to start making a good name for themselves. This lead to the studio taking on a small adaptation of The Radio Wave-Like Girlfriend, which is an adaptation of a short three (3) volume light novel series. Standing at only adapting two of the three stories, how good could this anime possible be? A good choice was getting the director of the hit show Elfen Lied in Mamoru Kanbe. The man and the studio as of 2009 had experience in creating a deeper story and going beyond what was expected.

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Jul 16, 2017
More and more studios are starting to hit their stride after the massive Studio increase around 2004 and 2005. The once rookie studios such as Natsume’s Book of Friends studio Brains Base (Baccano!) is now making a name for itself and trying to separate from the others. Brains Base decided to go with Takahiro Omori in the director’s seat once again, but for a much different show compared to Baccano.

The story here focuses on a young 15 year old boy called Takashi Natsume. He has the inconvenient ability to see youkai (ghosts/spirits), and this power of his is inherited. Ever since he was a read more
Jul 16, 2017
At this point, a true Macross series had not come out since the mid-90s. This time, fairly new Studio Satellite without much prior success got the task for Macross Frontier. This is where the series truly takes a turn away from the mechs and makes the full transition to idols. A bonus was the role of director was shared between the experienced Yasuhito Kikuchi and the famous Transformers designer Shoji Kawamori. Where the Macross franchise was successful in the past, it was quickly established that Frontier is no Plus and certainly no Super Dimensional and more towards Macross 7 with more emphasis on female idols read more
Jul 2, 2017
Studio Sunrise hit hard and hit fast by releasing a sequel to this hit property. Original creator and director Gorou Taniguchi returns. He is a long standing member within Sunrise and has worked on a number of Gundam shows and directed Planetes previously. Could the sequel live up to the hype and catch lightning in a bottle once again; even if the ending to the first season was something to debate about, or will the second season falter at the very end?

Exactly a year has gone by since our main character Lelouch took up the mask of “Zero” and lead a vigilante crusade against his read more
Jun 25, 2017
This review cover seasons 1 and 2

This is an entrancing tale about two adults and was brought to the world in two pieces: Season 1 was by Studio Imagin (an in-between animation studio primarily) and Season 2 was done by the outstanding Studio Brain’s Base (Baccano). The good thing was that from season one to season two the majority of the staff and voice actors remained the same including director Takeo Takahashi whom at this point had only done a couple very below par shows to his name (Chou Henshin Cosprayers). The more important question remained. How can a show about economics be interesting and read more
Jun 21, 2017
Preliminary
Here we have Studio Production I.G. working on this new psychological supernatural anime called Ghost Hound. A studio with some good experience handling psychological shows like this such as Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex, but then some questionable supernatural shows like Blood+. Then this was created by Masamune Shirow, the creator behind Ghost in the Shell. Plus, this was directed by Ryuutarou Nakamura, the director behind Serial Experiments Lain. At the very least, Ghost Hound should have zero issue delivering upon the psychological part of the anime, but what about the supernatural?

The show takes place in a small town called Suiten focusing around read more
Jun 11, 2017
Review covers Rebuild Movies 1-3

In 1995, the original series of Neon Genesis Evangelion (NGE) came out to the world and sprung an anime attack not only in the East but also in the Western world. However, Studio Gainax was hit with crazy technological issues along with creator/director Hideaki Anno suffering from his own personal issues. Inevitably, this lead to countless problems and one of the least understood endings in anime ever. Three movies deemed “Rebuilds” have been made to date with a loose retelling of the original series: Evangelion You are (not) alone 1.0 (episodes 1-6), Evangelion You can (not) advance 2.0 (episodes 8-19), and read more
Jun 5, 2017
Clannad (Anime) add (All reviews)
Covers a review over Clannad and Clannad After Story.

Widely regarded as one of THE best romance drama anime in existence from anime fans is Clannad and its sequel Clannad After Story. This anime comes off the heels of the anime Kanon 2006 remake by studio Kyoto Animation. The same studio stuck with another visual novel adaptation from developer Key to test the waters with Clannad. This would be their third attempt from Key and discards much of the magic and supernatural aspects of Air and Kanon to instead focus on a more down to Earth story. There were some expectations for the studio to meet read more