This week, Ben's too busy being someone else's Valvrave therapist to join us (traitor!), so Brittany Vincent jumps into to the fray. Then the two of us have fun discussing everything that's wrong with the conclusion of D... | subscribe
Oh, Diabolik Lovers. I've had a time yammering on about you with Karen on the podcast appearances I've been able to make. I eagerly anticipated you each Monday because I knew I was in for some kind of awesome trainwreck each ...
It’s hard to believe that a tale about a magical Kamen Rider that loves doughnuts could be a huge letdown. The show's premise was very promising, since our main hero was battling to protect the lives of innocent people after a Solar Eclipse Ritual caused countless people to turn into creatures known as Phantoms. If the series had played its cards right, we could've ended up with an interesting show with dark undertones.
Sadly, Kamen Rider Wizard’s inability to conjure up a tale with a focused cast of character left us with an unsatisfying series. With the show's special coming to an end, you can join me below as we find out if Wizard has one last trick up its sleeve.
I came into Attack on Titan enthusiastically praising its dark, despair-filled setting and crazy action. The first few episodes were strong, even if the characters were two dimensional cut-outs. The music was big and bombastic, and the whole thing seemed like it could do very little wrong over the course of its full 25 episode run.
I was naive.
As Studio Wit's first big animation project, the writing was on the wall for Attack on Titan.
The idea of having a new Garo series with a fresh cast of characters was a great way to expand on the world that we got to know during the previous seasons and films. While the CG and visuals weren't on the same level as Garo: Makai Senki and Garo: Dragon of the Blue Cry, the third season’s main draw was the concept of following a group of novice heroes. In the end, we were left with a memorable tale where each character had to grow in the face of danger.
With show's main story coming to a triumphant close, Garo: The One who Shines in the Darkness decided to give us a special chapter where we focused on the backstory of Burai, the Makai Priest that helped the four main characters in their quest to free Vol City from the clutches of evil. As we reach a conclusive point in what I like to call the Year of Garo, let’s point our swords to the sky one last time as we say farewell to the bringers of light.
It isn't often that I find a show that sticks with me for a while. Whether for good (all of Toradora) or bad (jakka jan) reasons, it definitely says something about the title that it creates strong enough memories to carry on with you for a long time.
Through a mixture of striking imagery, mature characters, and a unique setting, Silver Spoon stuck with me for all the right reasons.
Follow me as I go through just why Silver Spoon has become one of the shows I recommend to just about everyone, and why I hope that it sees some great commercial success here in the states.
If there’s one recurring theme with most video game anime, it’s that it tends do a very poor job translating the game experience into animated form. One of the major hindrances is the differences between media, since the charm behind playing a title is the harmonious bond between gameplay and story – assuming there's a plot. Due to this issue, a good number of video game adaptations tend to lose their main spark when they can only be watched.
In a surprising move, David Production manages to avoid this pitfall by creating an original story for the Hyperdimension Neptunia anime that mixes elements from all three games in the series. The end result is a fast-paced story that is obviously meant for people who are already fans of Compile Heart’s franchise.Yet, there are a few segments where the video game jokes and fun characters give the show enough weight to perhaps appeal to newcomers as well. With this being my first entry into the Neptunia series, you can join me below as we reach the final verdict on Gamindustri’s three regions.
Nothing irritates me more than a wasted opportunity. An excellent premise, interesting characters, engaging drama-- these things raise expectations. The problem comes when those expectations are dashed by flawed logic, weak execution, stereotypes and seemingly aimless storytelling. These initial strengths and subsequent failures make up my feelings for Sunday Without God. What started off so well turned into something replete with boring characters and tropes seen dozens of times. If it weren't for the fact that episode 12 ends the season, I would be ending my coverage of this show.
Hit the jump to get an extended explanation of why I lost interest in Sunday Without God as well as a recap of the final episode.
Seems it isn't just Genshiken that can disappear for years and come back with a vengeance. Everyone's favourite animated series about animated dolls has returned, bringing back the Alice Game and all of the crazy jargon that goes along with it.
After a rather insane start to the series (and for all the wrong reasons), it was easy to jump to the conclusion that this show was a disaster. However, the second episode was exactly what we'd wanted from the beginning, and everything seemed salvaged....at least, in theory.
In the beginning, I wasn't exactly impressed with this quirky little tale. I was mildly interested, but only at the most basic level -- it certainly didn't seem as though this family of transforming tanuki and their friends w...
Danganronpa: The Animation initially seemed like a good idea, but as the series wore on, it began to lose steam. With each information-packed episode, my interest started to waver -- especially since I already knew what th...
There are masterpieces; there are great anime, ones that you remember as tops of the year. There are good shows, stories that you enjoy with characters that are fun to watch. There are the eccentric ones where something from the show catches your mind and keeps you intrigued. There's the garden variety, average romps where it's fun to watch for a time. And then there's the rest.
I think for most people Day Break Illusion belongs to that last category. However the otaku thing to do is pick at it, to understand the unique points and significant aspects of the show. Namely, this is the first post-Madoka anime where a similar magical girls angle is combined with a different developing style, in a way similar to another established genre. What does the final episode hold for this next generation magical girls show?
Six years. That's how much time passed between Genshiken 2 and the confusingly named sequel Genshiken Nidaime, otherwise known as Genshiken Second Season. However, while fans of the show can certainly ponder the reasoning behind such a delay (it probably has something to do with the three year break of the manga,) there's no reason to expect this installment would deviate from the quality of the previous offerings.
And it didn't. A few alterations were made due to the ending of the original manga and the time skip between school years, which means we have new members joining the cast this time around. But don't worry, there's plenty of familiar faces still in the club, and even the graduates even show up from time to time.
But is this really necessary? With Sasahara, Kousaka and Madarame leaving the school, all of the characters you could label as the protagonist are no longer around. Instead, it's Ogiue who takes control as the president of Genshiken, leading a club that is now largely female. Is this what we wanted?