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Dangan Ronpa Future Arc #2 July 21, 2016

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Future Arc has come out in full force now, and oh boy is it good! Great Gozu is great, the rules have been laid down, and deaths are happening at an honestly alarming pace. It’s really good, and I am actually enjoying myself, as opposed to last week where I mostly liked it all because it was finally happening. More words at The Fandom Post.

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Battery the Animation #1 July 16, 2016

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Woah! A new sports anime is out and I like it?  Stop the presses!

But really, Battery is quite special so far. It doesn’t really have a “hook” but it also doesn’t really need one – the strength of the drama alone already has me invested. My only real gripe is that the animation doesn’t rise too far above servicable, but honestly so far it doesn’t even need that, so I barely count it. I have more to say about this episode at The Fandom Post if you care, but really you should just go watch the show yourself.

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Dangan Ronpa Despair Arc #1 July 15, 2016

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The best Dangan Ronpa cast is back, and oh boy are they still the best. This episode is largely full of fluffy fun, but some small more intimate moments and the fact that we’ve seen the future makes it all work on two very different levels. This episode even makes the previous one retroactively better, since we now know more about a handful of the Future Foundation characters introduced there, and I’m hoping that is a sign of how things will generally play out for the rest of the season. I have more words at The Fandom Post, and I’m looking forward to next week more than ever.

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Dangan Ronpa Future Arc #1 July 13, 2016

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Danganronpa is finally back for one last go at the Hope’s Peak Academy story, apparently, and I couldn’t be happier. I wrote back when this was first announced about how wary yet optimistic I was about the final story being told exclusively through an anime. More things have obviously been announced since then – specifically, the fact that there are actually two concurrent anime – but the general set of fears mostly stays the same. This first episode doesn’t tell us how different or similar the story telling style will be now that it is not a visual novel, but I did mostly like what I saw here. In fact, I have even more words about that over at The Fandom Post, if that interests you, and I’ll be seeing you for more killing game fun on Thursday with the Despair Arc.

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Anime Review: Medaka Box July 13, 2016

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Back in June I wrote up a review for Sentai Filmworks’ complete collection of Medaka Box. At this point this review is a fair bit old, but I kept forgetting to post it here. Overall, Medaka Box is only a tame introduction to the great stuff the manga eventually has in store, but it’s still a pretty decent time, and I didn’t at all mind watching it again. Check out my full thoughts over at The Fandom Post.

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Anime Review: Tribe Cool Crew October 6, 2015

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We should all feel some level of appreciation for Crunchyroll at this point. When I started really watching anime, the popular things were licensed, most of the late-night otaku shows were fansubbed (if not a little late sometimes), and more pertinently, if you were into kids shows, you could count on the big, long-running franchises – your Pretty Cures and Jewelpets – to be subtitled eventually, depending on the demand for such things. Nowadays though, while not everything will get picked up, Crunchyroll does seem to try their best to pick up as many things as possible to serve every possible audience they can every single week. Tribe Cool Crew is one of those weird little kids cartoons that probably would have never seen any exposure in the English-speaking (and Spanish-speaking, and Portuguese-speaking) world had it come out at a different time, but for the past year we have been thoroughly graced by the joy of this show almost every single week, and I couldn’t be happier.

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Anime Review: Fuujin Monogatari December 26, 2014

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I participated in MyAnimeList’s Secret Santa event this year, and I received Fuujin Monogatari, a simple show about people who have discovered flying cats and magic wind-controlling powers. I have been intending to see it for a while now and I had as good an excuse as any thanks to my secret Santa. How does it hold up?

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Anime Review: Durarara!! August 11, 2014

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Durarara!! is pretty addicting urban legend suspense stuff. It intimidates at first by having such a large cast, but each and every one of the characters is cool in a modern, hip way and also not at all complex, making them both easy to digest and to quickly like. This works in its favor for the most part, because Ikebukuro is not only the setting for Durarara!!, it is also essentially the story and the main character. So, the show presents the city to you in pieces, specifically, the cast, whose stories mingle, collide, and combine in an interesting and exciting fashion, but it eventually loses itself in the struggles of only a few, when the beauty lies in its many. This review contains spoilers, so heads up.
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Anime Review: Hajime no Ippo August 21, 2013

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There are plenty of stories about a young man finding some sort of passion and following it to some sort of logical conclusion, and Hajime no Ippo chooses not to stray from that basic idea very far. Luckily for original creator Morikawa George, not straying far from this premise seems to be the recipe for a successful comic that has lasted more than 1000 chapters week after week since its original Shounen Magazine publishing in 1989. This adaptation by Madhouse and director Nishimura Satoshi is longer than your usual TV anime run, at 75 episodes, but it doesn’t quite cover the incredible length of Morikawa’s original comic. Instead, it opts for a sort of complete story in itself, covering protagonist Makunouchi Ippo’s career from its inception until his eventual championship. (more…)

Anime Review: Cross Game July 15, 2011

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I am typically hesitant to even begin decently long shonen series. They tend to be filled with flaws that reflect lazy writing for the sake of length, unfortunately. From huge casts of characters, ranging from the barely touched upon yet interesting side characters to the incredibly dull main characters who receive much more than their fair share of exposure. On top of that, there are occasionally long stretches of boring developments or slow pacing to keep the content running. Very often these lengthy series become too stagnant and similar to itself, leading me to feeling the need to take breaks from the show simply because I need to experience something in any way different for once. Last but not least, the ending is very rarely satisfying, leaving me wishing I had spent my time on a series that could end itself without so many bumps in the road.

Cross Game has none of those problems, and that is why it is a series that will be remembered. (more…)