Battery – Review

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Battery isn’t a great show. In fact, I think saying Battery is a good show might be stretching it a little, because out of the all the anime I watched last season, Battery was by far the easiest to gloss over. Every time I watched Battery, I flashed back to myself in elementary school during an innocuous birthday party, feeling disappointed after receiving a baseball chapter book. Of course it was kind of rude of me to feel that way, it was a present after all, but I had what I liked and it definitely wasn’t sports books. What I’m trying to say is that I probably would have hated Battery as a kid! Its plot is a series of moralistic vignettes told through the lens of a sport I don’t care about (I was soccer kid, what can I say), and the fact that this anime is an adaptation of a series of children’s novels is clear in almost every aspect of the story. From the emotionally unstable middle school protagonist Takumi, to the slow and lackadaisical pace, Battery is a Mike Lupica book in animated form. Continue reading

Kiznaiver – Review

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Kiznaiver was probably the most controversial show of the Spring 2016 season, and for some pretty obvious reasons. Not only is it the product of the divisive studio Trigger, but it’s also a teenage melodrama written by Mari Okada. If there weren’t a few angry and/or thoughtful think pieces written for this show, I’d be very surprised. However, in the months leading up to its airing, no one seemed to notice these red flags; and now that everyone has shouted and made stupid hot takes about Mari Okada’s personal life (which we know nothing about, by the way), I’m here to sit in the dust and write my own unoriginal thinkpiece about how Kiznaiver is kind of a mess. Continue reading

Akagami no Shirayuki-hime S2 – Review

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Back in the summer season of 2015, I was absolutely in love with Akagami no Shirayuki-hime. I adored its characters, relationships, setting, animation, basically everything it had to offer. I will admit that it’s not the greatest shoujo series to have ever graced the world of anime, but what it lacked in intricate writing was more than made up for by the beautiful atmosphere the first season presented. The show streamed on Funimation.com every Monday here in the States, so watching Shirayuki was like an exercise of after work relaxation for many people. Sometimes you need a complex piece of fiction, but other times you just need something heartwarming and optimistic. Shirayuki definitely filled that void for me (while also just been really well put together in general), so I was clamoring for the second season even before the first one aired its final episode. So, did the second season live up to my high expectations? Continue reading

ERASED – Overall Impressions

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Disclaimer: This post contains some very, very minor spoilers. Also in case you need a brief plot summary, I’ve linked one in the opening paragraph. Just click on the first mention of the show’s title and that should take you to it’s MAL page.

Last season I covered a show called The Perfect Insider: A Noitamina block mystery anime produced by A-1 Pictures that was a fascinating character drama with a downplayed mystery– at least until the ending came around and ruined everything. And today I’ll be covering ERASED (otherwise known as Boku dake ga Inai Machi): A Noitamina block mystery anime produced by A-1 Pictures that is a fascinating character drama throughout a majority of its short runtime– at least until it’s tenth episode where it stumbles and then disappoints a majority of its audience… Huh. That’s weirdly similar. Continue reading

Ushio and Tora – Overall Impressions

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Modern day adaptations of very 90’s material have become increasingly popular over the past few years of anime. Ever since the release of the new Hunter x Hunter adaptation in 2011, more and more of these shows have been popping up. Parasyte is one of the major examples, which I personally found to be a disappointing mess. I’ve had a really hard time pinpointing what made that show fall apart at the end of its run. I mean on a lot of levels the show was fundamentally the same as it was at the beginning. Sometimes I wondered if they didn’t do enough to modernize the material, or maybe the modernization was the problem itself. Well, apparently Studio MAPPA heard my idiotic questions, and they decided to take their own stab at the topic by producing a show based off another critically successful 90’s shonen manga, Ushio and Tora. So, how does this attempt fare overall? Continue reading

The Perfect Insider – Overall Impressions

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Noitamina has had a rough year. After starting off strong with two commercially successful TV shows and the ticket selling Psycho Pass movie, the programming block’s epic plans fell apart pretty quickly. One of the three Project Itoh movies was delayed due to Studio Manglobe’s bankruptcy, The Empire of Corpses’ ending was rushed out the production door, and Ranpo Kitan and Punch Line absolutely bombed with their blu-ray sales. So with things looking bleak, Noitamina watchers like me looked towards the nearest source of optimism, aka The Perfect Insider. Was this final show of the Fall 2015 season enough to save a year of otherwise disappointing Noitamina projects, or was it just another failure? Continue reading

Akagami no Shirayuki-hime – Ep 7-12 “Final” Impressions

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Why must you do this to me Studio Bones? After stealing my heart and making me shout in fanboy delight, you end on an episode that is quite literally titled, “The End of the Beginning,” and then force me to wait for a second season in Winter. You’re cruel, oh so cruel. Anyways, in case you can’t already tell from those previous statements, Akagami no Shirayuki-hime has ended its first season, and with a long wait ahead of us there’s no better time talk about all this show’s many features. So with that said, let’s get this thing started! Continue reading

Kekkai Sensen – Ep 11-12 Final Impressions

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It’s finally time. Yep, after three months of waiting for it, the finale of Kekkai Sensen aired on TV, allowing me to finally talk about this series’ final two episodes. Really, I would complain about the delay, but honestly these final two episodes are so amazing that I find it hard to care. The show may have left me bated on a cliffhanger for months, but when I see something this, well, perfect, I can’t help but forgive it for all its transgressions. I mean I loved these final episodes so much I watched them both twice, and the final episode is 46 minutes!… Okay 46 minutes of beauty, but that still means I spent an hour and half of my life just watching this one episode. And to be honest, I would do it all over again. Continue reading

Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace – Ep 4-11 Final Impressions

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Well that was bad. Yep, after my strange optimism after the first three episodes of Ranpo Kitan, I can now safely say that this show is really just plain awful. Sure it has a few good moments, I mean when your stories are based off the works of Edogawa Ranpo you at least have a few good moments here and there, but overall this show is incompetent in a surprising amount of ways. Now, while I would love to spout out the same information I said in my last post, that would be pretty boring and frankly lazy. So instead I’m going to shake things up and take on these final episodes case by case. Not only will this help me really dive into the nitty gritty of each individual arc, but it will just show the many different ways Ranpo Kitan consistently screws itself over due to lackluster execution in both its writing and direction. And with that disclaimer out of the way, let’s dive on into the madness that is Seiji Keishi and noitamina’s daring mystery project. Continue reading

Akagami no Shirayuki-hime – Ep 1-6 Impressions

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Akagami no Shirayuki-hime is perfection… Okay, maybe not literally, but in my heart it’s king! Ever since Akatsuki no Yona ended in March, I’ve had a strong desire for a second season, and luckily for me Akagami definitely fulfills my need for a shoujo fantasy-adventure with a strong female protagonist (A very specific subgenre indeed). However, that doesn’t mean this show is just a clone of Yona. In fact, Akagami brings it’s only unique flavor to the genre, providing an experience that’s equal part classic Disney princess and smart, sentimental character drama. Continue reading