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Jul 2, 2018
It isn't too often that an anime can promise so much with its presentation only to vomit out a big nothing. This anime is a big, bland pile of nothing. However, this doesn't mean the anime necessarily goes the way of many other shows, staying the course and playing it safe as it fades into obscurity forever. And it isn't as if the writing is conceited enough that it makes it out to be more important than anyone would care. The problem lies in that while the anime does (at times) try to be original, relatable and emotionally engaging, it does so in the most read more
Jun 25, 2018
Fumikiri Jikan is a great way to spend three minutes. There isn't much to say besides the fact that the anime knows how to use up it's time. The problem with shorts often is not the length itself, but what happens within that timeframe. Some shorts have the gall to not only include an opening, but an ending as well, cutting into the content (mainly because there really is no content). Fumikihi Jikan allows itself to use almost all of it's runtime, with an opening that lasts no more than 24 seconds (at least for the one episode where I actually checked). This means that read more
Jan 7, 2018
For an anime that's usually about climbing mountains, making memories, overcoming struggles and accomplishing a dream, Omoide Present is a meandering stroll without a destination, the sounds of the park, a lost child, a broken promise, self-reflection, a desperate late-night room search, old photo albums and old memories. But of course, we go full circle, and in the end find, a promise kept, a child found, new promises, and the chance to make new memories. The cycle of overcoming and accepting the past and looking towards a bright future.

It's sentimental and beautiful. And you couldn't ask for anything more from an OVA setting us read more
Dec 24, 2017
It makes sense that if anime characters in an anime start talking about anime in their anime club then something strange has to happen on a (meta?)-physical level within their own story. Animegataris is a school-club comedy anime that sets itself up on a self-aware journey that (kind of) explores why anime otaku appreciate anime so much. And the best way to do that is through its own medium (of course).

There is a lot of anime in this anime. They talk about anime, they make an anime, they become an 'anime.' if this anime is going to be known for anything as this season peters read more
Jul 27, 2017
D4 Princess is one of those shows that most people will overlook. Unless the superficial reading of the plot and genre tags interest you, there honestly isn't much of a draw for the average person. As someone who is very interested in all things that combine magical girl-esque transformations and mecha-esque metal combat suits, D4 Princess was something to look forward to. In that regard, the overall aesthetic looks really good.

The odd thing is the show chooses to pull a few tricks. With the short episode length, the typical thing to do as a creator would be to stuff in as much silly antics read more
Jun 24, 2017
Much like Twin Angel's first TV series (Tokimeki Paradise) BREAK is much better written than most people would expect and, as some might say, than it deserves to be. Whether one likes the content of the show or not, fundamentally BREAK tells a coherent story in a surprisingly mature manner (mature, relatively speaking for the kind of show that this is). Much like Tokimeki Paradise, plot points are revealed subtly and intelligently, and most importantly, the writing is focused on telling the story. With simple characters and a simple message, the most important thing a writer can do is shape the story in a read more
Mar 30, 2017
Kuzu no Honkai and the praise it's receiving is an example of the weird idea that eroticism is only allowed as long as everyone is miserable. Read: 'realism.'

The main problem with the anime is that it's seemingly supposed to be a character driven story: we get quite a bit of internal monologue detailing the emotions, feeling and motives of the various characters. The problem is that the writing is suspect. Characters will often repeat the same thing over and over again in slightly different, or unnecessarily abstract ways. It's as if the writers have a large vocabulary but not enough, or any new, ideas read more
Mar 30, 2017
I really hope that the change in attitude regarding this anime is due to its own merits, and not word getting around that "hey, it's actually good, we're allowed to like it now!" When this anime started airing most people, especially MAL, were pretty harsh on it. This was despite the fact that by the time episode four aired, Japan, and a certain section of the English-speaking anime community, were becoming absolutely obsessed with it. This may be a tale of a simple delayed reaction, or another example of people jumping on the bandwagon.

Kemono Friends is animated and structured in a way that makes read more
Mar 29, 2017
Some members of the anime community always seem to make a point to show public outrage when random seasonal show-x doesn't meet some arbitrary standard of 'maturity' or 'artistic integrity,' all in some weird attempt to distance themselves from "those kinds of anime fans." When doing this it's always easier to go after the low hanging fruit, shorts like these which most people don't care about or don't have high expectations of. This review of One Room is written with the expectation that nobody else on this site will defend it.

The fact that this is a POV anime seems to be enough to send read more
Dec 29, 2016
Tabi Machi Late Show can handle emotional story-telling much better than full-length anime because it is not the individual characters that we care about, but the universal feelings the characters, and their time on-screen, represent.

The emotions that build up, that are communicated, that get left behind as we say 'good bye' to the people or places which we spend our time, is the main theme of these shorts. And in 30 minutes this theme is explored in every aspect of each short. With incredibly simple animation, interesting character design, deliberately spaced out dialogue, and melancholic music it is obvious that each episode is crafted read more