Final Impressions

Sword Art Online II photo
Preemptive Tears!
There’s something wonderful about having a show make you feel emotional-- especially when you were certain that the series couldn’t top its first half. One moment you’re expecting the program to fall apart w... read feature

Build Fighters Try photo
A Good Try
In my mind, in the story I've built for myself for lack of genuine information, Gundam Build Fighters is The Little Gundam That Could, a show and concept that someone in the bowels of Bandai or Sunrise had to fight ... read feature

Shirobako photo
(Do)Nuts About Making Anime
Spoiler alert: Shirobako ends happily.  Of course, that's really only a spoiler to the most stubborn and obnoxious of curmudgeons. There was really no other way for this show to end. And to be frank, it ended as it should have: Full to bursting with sappy, sentimental, idealistic, feel-good cliche. I love it.  read feature

FI: Garo: Makai no Hana photo
Like father, like son
When Keita Amemiya decided to return to the Garo franchise, this gave the show's fourth season the opportunity to go back to its roots, as the detailed costumes made a triumphant return. Despite the great callbacks ... read feature

FI: Kamen Rider Gaim photo
Now thats how you make a Fruit Salad!
Back when it was announced that Urobuchi would become Kamen Rider Gaim’s Main Writer, it was certain that 2013’s Rider series was going to be an interesting tale. Despite Gaim being a children’s show, t... read feature

FI: After V photo
Its time for one last drink
Back when After V premiered during the Spring Season, I couldn't help but to be excited over the fact that we were getting a sitcom about a Sentai team that spends their time in bars after battle. While the show’s premi... read feature

FI: Mekakucity Actors photo
Is this the real life? Is this just Mekakucity?
To take a collection of narratively contained songs, light novels and manga and spin it into a television series makes this show a anthology about a unique group of characters connected to each other in the same (and perhaps multiple) universe(s).   read feature

FI: Is the Order a Rabbit photo
Follow the white rabbit
Having completed this season, I have no reservations whatsoever when I say this is the best slice-of-life offering I've seen in years. Drama-free, happy-go-lucky, no-strings-attached episode after episode of fun characters and exceptionally great art. read feature

FI: One Week Friends photo
"I would like to be your friend"
Our lovable cast was in some trouble the last time we checked, but luckily for everyone, Kiryu is around to knock some sense into our protagonists. One Week Friends proved to be one of the strongest shows of the season, even if it doesn't have the flash or draw as other offerings. read feature

AA: WIXOSS photo
The beginning of the end.
So, Selector Infected WIXOSS: a anime about a commercial card game. Does it sound like a show you would watch? Me neither. Yet somehow, WIXOSS has become one of my biggest surprises, beating out many of what I considered to be the safe bets of this season. read feature

FI: Saki photo
See you next season?
The final episode of Saki: The Nationals doesn't really feature much in terms of climatic wrap-up. The series end with a giant standing nod to the other half of the story: the Episode of Side A. And maybe that's for the best.... read feature

Nagi no Asukara photo
Love me like the ocean
Nagi no Asukara was a show featuring intriguing ideas and frequently beautiful imagery, but it never quite gelled into a cohesive experience for me. For the show's entire 26-episode run, I kept feeling like the story was just... read feature

Sakura Trick  photo
A weekly dose of yuri lovin'
Too often, romance anime is relegated to tsundere girls and beautiful bishounen. Where's the yuri representation? True, we've got plenty of harems and beautiful boys, but there's a huge dearth of relationships between women i... read feature

Soni-Ani photo
Why was this so good? Anybody?
It was patently obvious we didn't expect much from Soni-Ani: no one on Japanator even bothered to write up a First Impressions for it at the start of the season. We figured it would be a vapid, 12-episode long commercial for ... read feature

Engaged to U photo
Secret engagement and UFOs
As much as I enjoyed watching Engaged to the Unidentified, the end of the series left me feeling more than a little conflicted. Seriously, I haven't felt this conflicted at a series conclusion since, er...Golden Time. Which w... read feature

Zvezda Plot photo
All hail the loliarchy?
I don't have a good grasp as to how to truly enjoy enjoy an anime like World Conquest Zvezda Plot, where clever writing and smart world building paint an internally consistent story, but what happens in this story about a lit... read feature

Kill la Kill photo
And they all lived happily ever after
The final episode of Kill la Kill has come and gone, with the story of the lone transfer student seeking revenge for her father's death having come to its conclusion.  Things exploded, Gainax references were made, people... read feature

Wizard Barristers photo
If this is justice, then I'm a banana
In the final episode of everyone's favorite poorly-written supernatural law procedural, Cecil agrees to defend her worst enemy in court, because no one in this world has ever heard the phrase "conflict of interest." However, ... read feature

Gundam BF photo
Boyfriend/Best Friends/Bro Fist/etc
It’s finally at an end. After 25 episodes of unfiltered Gundam love, Build Fighters has reached its climax. Starting off as a kid who couldn’t find the right pilot for his beloved gunpla, Sei has gone farther than... read feature

ImoCho photo
Stop wearing those scary panties
ImoCho has consistently been a source of great confusion and frustration over the short time it's been airing. It started out as a hilariously trashy series I felt a little sheepish about enjoying, then it evolved into someth... read feature

Pupa photo
TL;DR, it sucked
Pupa has been a long, strange ride. I'd love to say that I enjoyed it, but the truth is I couldn't wait for it to be over. Instead of a gritty, disturbing look at a symbiotic brother-sister pair and the challenges that come w... read feature

AA: WUG photo
The meaning of idols, the meaning for me
The journey for Wake Up, Girls! ends with episode 12, but the real challenge WUG faces only begins as the anime ends. It's high time to remember that the anime of WUG is just that; some stuff we watch on TV or via the interne... read feature

Onee-chan ga Kita! photo
Cute and forgettable
What do you say about a 12-episode series of shorts that doesn't have any real story? It wasn't really that funny, either. Or endearing. Thinking back on it, it was actually pretty bland, overall. The only things that happene... read feature

SamuMenco photo
It's over! Wait, what?
Well, the final episode of Samurai Flamenco finally came out (thanks for that delay, guys), so now I can talk about the last installment of this crazy series. It's really hard to write about it, because so much of it feels in... read feature

FI: Kyousougiga photo
God's in his heaven and all's right with Mom and Dad
I'm late, I'm late for a very important date. With the winter anime season in full swing, this is my last opportunity to do a Final Impressions for something from the fall season. I think I put off writing up Kyousougiga for ... read feature

Outbreak Company photo
This is how the wars of the future will be fought
I really wonder how something like Outbreak Company comes about. Did the creators actually plan to do a surprisingly nuanced portrayal of the fine line between cross-cultural appreciation and cultural imperialism, or did it j... read feature

Little Busters! photo
Ouch, my brain
I commented several times that I didn't think that Little Busters! Refrain would wrap up completely within thirteen episodes. In fact, the midpoint of the series was moving at such a sluggish pace that it seemed all would be ... read feature

White Album 2 photo
A love that can never be, with a sequel
A good, classic romantic triangle needs a satisfying conclusion. For many of this generation of anime viewers, the bar is set using a meme regarding nautical affairs. [Editor's Note: He means NICE BOAT.] Unfortunately, that i... read feature

FI: Coppelion photo
Not quite saviors after all
It's taken me quite some time to write up my final impressions of Coppelion, because I've been so conflicted. I was eager for the show to begin and when it did, I was blown away by its refusal to adhere to "normal" color pale... read feature

Gingitsune photo
Raise your hand if you want to convert to Shintoism
It's rare for me to like a show this much, yet have so little to say about it. With Gingitsune, I can think of things to say-- conclusions to draw from the narrative, things about themes and character development and tone and... read feature

Arpeggio photo
It's a carnival!
Just how did Gunzou and company escape the strange and deadly "ship" that Kongou was able to create? How will the Fog ships based out of the American coast handle I-401? Will they ever make it to Hawaii, or all the way to San... read feature

Galilei Donna photo
Time travel first, objections later
It's been a rough ride on board the home-made goldfish airship along with the three descendants of Galileo Galilei. It's also a learning experience; Galilei Donna is a textbook example of both what you can do with suspension ... read feature

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