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Dec 26, 2015
This show tricks you. It pretends to have all the misanthropic nihilism of your typical horror-tinted, death-based thriller, but actually SURPRISE! it has a whole lot of hope and heart and ultimately had me crying so hard I had to pause because I couldn't read the subtitles. Let's talk about Death Parade.

The first thing you'll notice about this show is that it has some snazzy production value. The art is very pleasing, and even if you have no interest in watching the show whatsoever you should definitely listen to the opening theme. That's "Flyers" by BRADIO. You're welcome.

The atmosphere of read more
Dec 24, 2015
This is the sort of show that will make the optimists out there think something like "I have no idea what's going on, but I'll suspend my disbelief for a bit and see what happens." What happens is that you wind up with your disbelief suspended so high it's somewhere in the stratosphere and yet your patience goes unrewarded.

I'm being harsh. Let's talk about what drew me to this anime. The art is hands down fantastic, with beautiful sprawling surreal settings and pleasing character designs to boot. The first two episodes promise a hilarious and stylized spoof on superheros driven at read more
Dec 23, 2015
I've been mulling over this show with my reviewer cap on for awhile, but my first gut impression is still my strongest: This was the most fun I've had with a show in a long time.

How does one rate One Punch Man? It has its flaws. As a parody, it falls flat at times. It reuses the same jokes, and not all of them are that funny. The fight scenes are awesome but arguably suffer from their predictable outcome. But even as I'm writing this, there's a very insistent voice at the back of my head saying "I don't read more
Dec 21, 2015
Let me explain. ... No, it is too much. Let me sum up.

Kazuya Minekura's Saiyuki is a fabulous manga, but due to publisher switches and long hiatuses, it has never quite made it to the world of animation without some major confusion.

The manga is composed of four series: Saiyuki, Saiyuki Reload (which continues from the end of Saiyuki), Saiyuki Reload Blast (which continues from the end of Saiyuki Reload), and a Prequel series called Saiyuki Gaiden which stars the previous incarnations of the series' main characters.

Confused yet? We're only getting started.

If you are coming to the Saiyuki anime for the first time, read more
Dec 21, 2015
In terms of a standalone anime, the show certainly leaves a lot to be desired, but in terms of adapting a visual novel and trying to cram in one million storylines into twelve episodes, it was surprisingly successful. Not entirely successful, mind, but certainly successful enough to make you raise your eyebrows a little.

I'm not gonna lie, I enjoyed this show. I am not familiar with the games, but I found myself following the plot and worldbuilding reasonably well. I thought a lot more could have been done with the (surprisingly very cool) sci-fi setting, but the anime seems to have avoided read more
Dec 21, 2015
I went into this anime expecting some mindless trash (I was in the mood for mindless trash, to be perfectly honest), but what I found instead was a surprisingly heartfelt gem. There are pervy moments to be sure, with Maria's incubus and succubus familiars providing some raunchy laughs, but this solidly takes backseat to a character-driven medieval drama with some complex questions about religion and love. Go figure.

I powered through this show in a day, and wound up rooting for all of the characters despite their starkly clashing objectives (with some heartbreaking consequences for me, let me tell you). Maria's straightforward and read more