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