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Sep 30, 2016
When Macklemore invented gay rights back in 2012 with his release of Same Love, it was very clear that he was fresh off of viewing the arthouse masterpiece Yoru no Hi. While we can all agree that Same Love is one of the best singles of 2012, second only to PSY's Gangnam style, can the same be said of this video. Does Yoru no Hi stand the test of time now that Macklemore has defeated heterosexuality? With these questions in mind I plunged into this short film to find out.

Visually, this one's a shocker. Everything is rendered in brown tones, which creates a murky, depressed, read more
Jun 26, 2016
I didn't expect to have strong feelings going into Pan de Peace. I expected it to be a simple short that wouldn't take much investment, and indeed, when it did begin to air, I didn't really care about it. However, that feeling of mere apathy didn’t last for long. As it became more and more apparent that the show would not amount to anything, it was quickly replaced by a desperateness to find some modicum of significance in what was essentially a void of nothingness. As such, in this review, in addition to giving an honest evaluation of the show in question, I will also read more
Jun 17, 2016
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Concrete Revolutio is one of the most underrated shows out there. It's a project that its creators clearly poured their hearts into. It's full of social commentary and critiques of post-war Japan, and it's satisfying to piece the story together while figuring out what it all means. So naturally, I've been very excited for the second season of this show. Did it meet my expectations and deliver a great product? Yes, but that's a qualified yes.

Story: 8/10
Concrete Revolutio's most powerful aspect has always been its narrative, and that rings true for The Last Song as read more
Jun 15, 2016
OZ (Anime) add (All reviews)
I'm really glad these early Madhouse OVAs are finally getting subbed. Last summer it was Download, and now it's OZ.

OZ is a two-episode OVA purportedly based off of The Wizard of Oz. I say purportedly because the connection is pretty flimsy. Instead, we've got a sci-fi thriller set in a post-apocalyptic North America. A young girl and her bodyguard set out on an adventure to find her brother, who supposedly rules over the mythical land of Oz. Except Oz is actually a weaponized fortress and the wizard is an absolute madman.

Along their way, they come across an android who aims to acquire humanity. And read more
Mar 25, 2016
When you're creating a sequel to a previous work that has "New" or "Shin" in the title, you're normally setting a high bar for yourself. Shin Megami Tensei spawned a fantastic franchise that completely eclipsed its first few Megami Tensei games. New Super Mario Bros rejuvenated Mario's side-scrolling series and sold 30 million copies, and spawned a ton of sequels. There's probably some more examples but I don't feel like recalling them.

But then there's Shin Devilman. The title may suggest something like a reboot, or a re-imagining, or a sequel. But instead of vastly expanding the Devilman universe, Shin Devilman goes for a more scaled-back read more
Feb 7, 2016
Otherwise known as "The Dio Novel", Jojo's Over Heaven is one of the two translated Jojo novels, the other being Purple Haze Feedback. However, unlike the other, Over Heaven doesn't end up being a significant addition to the series.

Over Heaven takes place during Part 3: Stardust Crusaders, but the perspective is now Dio Brando writing a diary. So what exactly does Dio write about? Well, it's a mixture of him about his life during Part 1, describing his meetings with the priest Pucci that set up the events of Part 6, and describing events currently happening in Part 3. This novel tries its best to read more
Jan 8, 2016
Concrete Revolutio is not the kind of show that you can find to be totally average. Nope, since episode 1, this show's been incredibly polarizing, leading to many people dropping the show because it didn't immediately fulfill their expectations. But after finishing the season and reflecting on it as a whole, Concrete Revolutio is something very exceptional.

Story: 9/10
Concrete Revolutio's unconventional narrative style is probably what initially scared many people away from the show. You see, the storyline is not linear. The date that episodes take place in will be shown at the start of the episode, but at first episodes do not seem to be read more
Dec 28, 2015
Oh man, what could've been.

Persona 2: Innocent Sin is one of my favorite video games ever, and its companion, Eternal Punishment, isn't far behind. Its story is top notch, its characters lovable, and its gameplay not bogged down with dating sim elements.
This 6 minute video was included in the box of the Japanese release of Eternal Punishment. It's not hard to find on youtube either. It plays out like a trailer for an anime adaptation of the duology. The central mysteries and antagonists are established, all the important characters get shown, and it ends on a cliffhanger, so as far as trailers go, everything read more
Dec 25, 2015
Starmyu (Anime) add (All reviews)
Ludonarrative dissonance is a pretentious term from 2006 game reviewers that refers to a game's narrative clashing with its gameplay. Having watched "Starmyu", formerly referred to as "High School Star Musical", I believe that this term should be co-opted for things outside of video games, such as animation.

There's a certain point in the final episode where the titular Stardust Team claims that they will host their final performance in an avant-garde way. You see, that's sort of the overarching story of this show. The musical team of our 5 main characters likes to perform in unconventional ways - challenging the standards of their school ensnared read more
Sep 20, 2015
Despite all the big-name people working on this show, Chaos Dragon was laughably bad and quite possibly the worst show this season.

Story: 4/10
The country of Nil Kamui was a country, until they got invaded and their allies didn't help. Additionally, their guardian, Red Dragon, didn't help. This is the backstory that gets repeated at the start of every episode, and man, what a lame setup it is. It's very basic stuff for a high fantasy anime, and there's very little worldbuilding. It also doesn't help that the opening potentially spoils who's gonna be dead by the end of the show.

Art: 4/10
Generic at best, atrocious at read more