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Feb 5, 2018
Preliminary
Violet Evergarden (the series) is unlike any anime I've watched so far in that it aspires to be something other than entertainment. Rather than being pulp entertainment aimed at teenagers, it aspires to be Art. It aspires to be high literature. And as such it has to be judged by a different standard than you would apply to a Gintama or a Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid.

The series is nothing less than an artistic examination of what it means to be human. Sometimes it succeeds. Sometimes the series is a bit ham-handed in its attempts. It is an attempt worth watching. It is one of read more
Feb 2, 2018
Preliminary
Cute girls doing cute things, specifically talking about and going camping. Make no mistake: this is a very pleasant but not great series. There are no explosions, chase scenes or giant robots. There is a lot of beautiful scenery on about the level you would expect for a medium budget anime series. The artwork is adequate.

The story, such as it is through four episodes, revolves the four girls and only two of them are developed at all. Rin, the experienced camper, prefers camping alone in the winter (fewer people) and Nadeshiko, the novice camper, develop their friendship with the common bond of their love of read more
Jan 30, 2018
Preliminary
We have a new candidate for most polarizing anime of all time. There appears to be no middle ground on this one. You will either absolutely love this or your reaction will be that there is a special place in hell for whoever dreamed this one up.

I have devised a fool-proof test for whether you'll like this show or not. The results are based on your reaction to this joke:

Question: Why did Salvador Dali's chicken cross the road? Answer: A fish, m*therf**ker.

If you found that joke to be funny, you'll enjoy this show and I am happy for you. For everyone else I'm reminded of read more
Aug 7, 2017
Preliminary
Apparently there is a subculture of Anime fans who love descriptions of food. This series is fine if that's what you like. If you want characters or story-line, you should probably look elsewhere. I've made it through five episodes of this series and I'm bored purple by it. Each of the last three episodes has been exactly the same.

Part 1: Strange Creature/Fantasy Being/Whatever discovers the restaurant door in some expected location and, having nothing better to do, goes through the door. Cute waitress with horns that could easily be mistaken for different colored hair, seats them, gives them a menu and a glass of read more