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

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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

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

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

Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace – Ep 1-3 Impressions

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Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace is a strange creation. Based off the work of famous Japanese author Edogawa Rampo (Yes, that is how Americans spell his last name. It goes against the title of the show, I know) and airing on the high profile Noitamina block on Fuji TV, this show’s concept and ideas seem to scream out that it’s a passion project. After all, that’s what most Noitamina shows are: high concept works made by experimental creators. However, one look at the staff and that image will be immediately wiped from your mind. Seiji Kishi as director? Makoto Uezu on series composition? Now, while I think these two get a lot more flack than they deserve, I think it’s still pretty safe to say their output has been mixed in quality (Humanity has Declined, Danganronpa). Still, I kept my hopes up and went in optimistic, and came out pretty torn on what to think. Ranpo Kitan may not be the trainwreck I was dreading it to be, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a few very crippling flaws. Continue reading

Summer 2015 decisions

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it one more time: we thank you all for being so patient with us and we’ll catch up to everything before starting this new season. In order to do so, we’ll also be limiting our intake of shows to 3 per season. A shame because this season seems plentiful, but to the unblogged corner they go. Also if a show hasn’t been updated by the time it’s finished and it doesn’t get an overall impression, it’s likely to end up in the unblogged posts (expect Denpa Kyoushi and Owari no Seraph). That being said, here’s a list of what we’ll eventually cover while we catch up on the past season. Edit: To avoid a rushed post, Stuart111 has given me the responsibility of Knights of Sidonia 2. Depending on how much material it gives me, expect it to either have its own post or show up in the unblogged territory. Continue reading