I looked forward to this anime as the Spring 2021 season approached, and while my initial enthusiasm wasn’t rewarded completely, I enjoyed this show. It started with a ton of potential, fizzled in the middle amidst a poorly laid out plot, and finished pretty strong by playing to its strengths and not allowing plotlines to devolve into conveniently happy endings. […]
A great series at the pinnacle of a great time in the history of anime! A prototype for all subsequent mecha anime, Neon Genesis Evangelion had a massive impact on the genre and the world of anime. Complex characters, interesting storyline, and my favorite kind of ‘90s art style, this show satisfies on both an entertainment and intellectual level. And […]
That single word translates to “The Way of the Househusband.” And that title pretty much tells you everything you need to know about this short series.
Wow this is one disturbing anime. I’d heard the rumors, so I figured I should watch it and see what all the fuss was about. I found out. The sexual hyper-focus in this series destroys any effort that was put into this work. I can recognize that there are decent points in this anime, but it’s so heavily overshadowed by […]
Boobs, bidets, bikes, and benkyou!
I like Claymore. It’s a bit different and a bit typical all at the same time. Occasionally I talk about how typical can work, how it’s not always a bad thing. Claymore is another good example of this. Dark and very mythical, there’s no big surprises in this one, but it’s fairly entertaining and has some high points. The characters […]
Ascendence. Transcendence. Unknown. Supernatural. Technology. Fear. These things need not have anything in common, but more often than not, for better or worse, the human race considers them related. For long has technology’s advance filled people with dread, less so nowadays, but even as late as 1998, some people feared, or at least were awed by, the rise of the […]
There is such a thing as obsession with death. I hope none of you have ever encountered it, and I hope you never will. The mentality that imagined and created Deadman Wonderland cannot be a happy one. What unhappy view of reality could envision such a horrorscape?
If this was supposed to be a boob show, it wasn’t. If this was supposed to be school action/fantasy, it wasn’t. If this was supposed to be romance, it wasn’t. If this was supposed to drama, comedy, underdog tale, harem, I don’t know, it wasn’t. In short, this show wasn’t much of anything. A little bit of everything poorly done […]
Combine Monster with FLCL, sprinkle with a little Jojo, plop it in the middle Prohibition-era New York City, and voila! you have Baccano!
Yuri is one of the most interesting genres in anime. It’s not new, but it feels like it has the most unexplored territory, in a genre sense. Romance literature spans a spectrum from drama to comedy, but yuri (and yaoi) alter that established spectrum. If the romance spectrum spans in two dimensions, yuri and yaoi expand it into a third […]
Youkai! Anime is full of these traditional Japanese legends! From creatures like the nine-tailed kitsune to kappa to bakeneko to yuuki onna, so many of these mythical creatures have appeared in many different anime in as many different forms and roles. Often we don’t even realize they’re youkai! And that’s what makes it fun! Whether you’re a youkai enthusiast or […]
Ah the joys of discovering the meaning of love! In the world of anime, there’s no shortage of stories and characters designed around this eternal quest. On one end of the spectrum you have Violet Evergarden, which is pretty, happy, heartfelt, sweet, and good, full of humanity and life. On the other end of the spectrum you have Happy Sugar […]
This anime is extraordinarily brutal and I’m not completely sure why.
The ultimate villain in all the history of anime! Feel free to argue with me on that, but I know a lot of people will agree with me. What a winding tale of mystery and humanity! Old by today’s standards, this series is still probably the best example of mystery and suspense in the history of anime, rivaled by few […]
Karamiatte, ubaiatte, damashiatte, sarashiatte, motomeatte, kuruiatte!