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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
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
Jun 5, 2017
Famous and terrific Studio Gainax hit big with this anime. This is the same studio that brought the world top anime such as Evangelion (1995) and Gunbuster (1988). Tasked with directing this action packed show was Hiroyuki Imaishi whom is a long standing key animator on a slew of shows ranging from Evangelion to FLCL. Needless to say, this guy knows his action and crazy lighting. The real question now lies, how could a super robot show be any good outside of the 1970’s?

Gurren Lagann begins in an underground society where human basically live like moles. Our story’s main hero is a young boy named read more
May 21, 2017
This would be the third season in the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha with the end title of StrikerS. The first two seasons each spanned 13 episodes by Studio Seven Arcs and director Keizou Kusakawa. Seven Arcs prior to this third season at this point was very young with basically only this series and an ecchi show called Sekirei under their belt. StrikerS broke from the usual 13 episode format and created this show to be 26 episodes. The first two shows in the series were actually pretty good and the later movie adaptations were even better, so high hopes stood on this third iteration of read more
May 14, 2017
This anime comes from Studio J.C. Staff and with director Kenichi Kasai. Both were involved with the successful slice of life anime Honey and Clover. In terms from a general perspective, both of those anime share similarities. However, it is in fact how great and developed the characters are which makes the difference in an anime like this from being great such as Honey and Clover or terrible like Nanaka 6/17 (2003).

Nodame Cantabile is a story about two piano students. One is the immensely talented Chiaki Shinichi who is seemingly great at everything music from violin to piano to even conducting. The other is the read more
May 7, 2017
Note: This review covers movies 1-7

Kara no Kyoukai aka The Garden of Sinners is dark and beautiful and philosophical and filled with intensity. This was the anime that made studio ufotable worth something. Prior to 2007 and The Garden of Sinners, the studio had not really done anything too notable. The studio was founded by former TMS Entertainment staff (Lupin the Third, Detective Conan), and interestingly enough Kara no Kyoukai was written by Kinoko Nasu and published by Type-Moon. Basically, The Garden of Sinners was the blue print for the Fate/Stay series and other popular Type-Moon productions.

The Garden of Sinners main plot takes course over read more
Apr 30, 2017
Toei first tried to take this Key eroge visual novel into an anime adaptation, but created something in 13 episodes complete with plot holes and cutting the original story. Then, only four years later Kyoto Animation stepped in for the series save together with director Tatsuya Ishihara (Air). This Key show was the company’s debut visual novel in 1999 followed up with Air in 2000. Not to be confused with the company’s co-founder Jun Maeda, Kanon was created by Naoki Hisaya which could be why this show is the most original story from Key.

Kanon follows a young 17 year-old man by the name of Aizawa read more
Apr 23, 2017
Ghost Hunt is an interesting take on the mystery genre that is pretty underrepresented in anime as a whole. Studio J.C. Staff has a rich history with some anime that are considered classics like Slayers and Revolutionary Girl Utena, but also getting into unfamiliar genre shows like Honey and Clover. Seeing the old studio touch on a mystery show along with the much unknown director Rei Mano could offer something fresh. Mostly these supernatural or mystery shows in anime come packaged with super powers or giant weapons, but Ghost Hunt is about bringing more realism into the genre. Basically, imagine if the live show Ghost read more