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

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Tsukimonogatari + AssClass ep 12-22 impressions

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Happy New Year to you all! Hope you’ve all had a great time with family and friends, and hope you’ve all seen STAR WARS! We’re truly thankful with your patience thus far and hope our recent posts have met your expectations. Here’s a blast from the past and a signal to catch up. The surprise became too long to fit here, so expect an entire post for that. 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