Zombie Land Saga

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

It’ll make you laugh, it’ll make you cry, it’ll make you cringe! And sometimes, all three at once! Zombie Land Saga is one of the funniest yet emotionally charged combos you’ll ever see. With an amazing cast of characters, pretty artwork, and simple but crazy but effective story, this one will have you on the edge of your seat, sometimes falling off your seat laughing! Hey, it’s an idol anime with zombies. What could go wrong?

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Kiznaiver

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

This show tries to be so many different things. While dealing with the philosophical and psychological, it is at times comedy, drama, action, and finally, romance. There are some interesting parts of this show, then there are some ordinary parts. I think this inability to truly be one thing, or at least to stick to what works for it, causes this series to be a bit of a miss. While it is attention-grabbing and goes by really fast, it ends with you feeling not much at all. But maybe that was the point!

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Magical girl anime is bright, colorful, and super exuberant! Giving little girls something really fun and happy to enjoy during their middleschool years, magical girl genre is all about excitement, kawaii, and happiness! Think this is another iteration of that? Nope. Think again.

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Overlord

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

There are two kinds of isekai anime. In the first, the MC is fairly ordinary, and has to struggle and strive to achieve greatness. This is not that! Overlord is the second kind, where the MC is so overwhelmingly powerful that they have zero chance of losing a single conflict.

And it’s so much rip-roaring, rocking fun! Through three seasons as of the time of this writing, 39 full-length episodes flies by faster than FLCL could dream of. With simple yet sufficient storylines, fantastic artwork, and those amazing characters we’ve come to expect from the kings of isekai at Kadokawa, this is one of funnest viewing experiences you’ll ever have!

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Noblesse

Rating: 1 out of 5.

This one felt a little different initially, and after a little research after I completed watching the series, I found why. While this particular production was Japanese, the series originated in Korea. Initially I felt this had promise, but it dwindled down into ordinary characters, subpar story, and decent artwork. Overall disappointed.

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Monogatari

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is the greatest anime I’ve ever experienced, without question. There are so, so many things that are great about this series. It transcends this artform. From amazing artwork, to exceptional storyline, to the massive and tasteful swings between the comedic and the utterly heartbreaking, and above all, the magnificent character design and execution, this is a top 5 anime by any standard, and arguably number one. This is supposed to be a review, but honestly, I will have difficulty finding appropriate words to describe this series. If you haven’t seen this, go and experience this masterpiece right now, then come back here and join me as we relive all the amazing facets of this magnificent work of art.

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Yamibo: Darkness, the Hat, and the Travelers of the Books

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Fun, pretty, artistic, and yuri. And those really, really, REALLY weird faces. Yami to Boushi to Hon to Tabibito is a quick and fun ride through some interesting worlds–via books!–and cute characters. And yes, just a little yuri. Think Alice in Wonderland meets Dr. Who with yuri. This one’s a little lesser-known than some anime, so if you like to get out of the mainline of popular anime, this one definitely does that.

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Durarara!!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

What’s with that name? It’s just a big jumble of sounds! But you’re right, it is just a jumble of sounds, like the rumble of a powerful engine on a black sportbike just before it zooms away into countless mysteries and strange encounters with the world of humans. This series has a multitude of characters, most of who are pretty interesting, a rambling story that does the job, and classic modern artwork that screams anime. This was one of the first ever anime I watched, and after rewatching large portions of it recently, I am very happy to relive my memories of it here with all of you.

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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

I love the name of this anime. Without a doubt one of the best names I’ve encountered. That and its fame in animedom is why I decided to finally watch it some time back. But this anime does not rank highly on my list. There are too many unnecessary plot twists that attempt to explain every little mystery, and it gets complicated and impractical as a result. Character design is decent, but execution suffers because of the all the aforementioned plot twists. Art is exquisite, though not my favorite. Overall, there’s some things I really like that make this as popular as it is, and there’s some things I don’t like that probably also serve to make it popular in some cases.

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Tonikawa: Over the Moon for You

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This is a masterpiece! This is a magnificent mixture of slice of life and rom-com and a little mystery and total cuteness! This show is full of heartwarming moments and beautiful characters. A beautiful opening too. It’s so simple yet so sweet, I looked forward to this every week when it came out. This is the feel-good champion of Fall/Winter 2020. Writing this as S1 just ended, I cannot wait for S2.

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