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On “Shiki” Ground

I often talk about what I don’t enjoy in anime. This is done more than to allow me to rant and rave about ‘slights’ foisted against me and…

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Short Run Series XXIII: “Gin” Mill

Well, it came around faster than I imagined, but I realized why. So, we have had the second season of “Gin no Guardian” (or “The Silver Guardian”), which…

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“Ancient” Artifacts

I was greatly relieved when the series, “The Ancient Magus’ Bride” (“Mahō Tsukai no Yome”), came to fruition and actually explained the proper position of the apostrophe. The…

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Roller “Maidens” from Outer Space

We have, for your perusal, another in the long and grand tradition of “Girls Who Save the World” shows. On its face, this is no different. No, seriously,…

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“Two Car” Garage

Not only is it a sports anime, it’s a driving anime and it is estrogen-heavy! What were they thinking? Well, you know me, I’ll look at almost anything,…

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Because “The Night”

One the one hand, I personally enjoy realistically rendered anime. It is far too easy to fall into tropes and traps when you deal with a ‘traditional’ anime…

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Ultra “Violet”

This is initially a hard show to get into, in that one is uncertain where it is heading to from the outset. It came off as a war…

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In the Known “Universe”

I was commenting on the sudden influx of outdoor animes. This is another of those outdoor shows, but, boy howdy, what a place to be going to! “A…

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Boot “Camp”

I am not certain what starts a trend, but there is some trigger. Usually, one company does a particularly themed show, it really takes off and then everyone…

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Instant “Ramen”

I find myself drawn to crime drama animes, as there is enough going on to garner my interest and the evil guys can get genuinely evil. Such is…

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There Is Nothin’ Like a “Dame”

Hybrid shows are always a problem, in that they want to be all things to all people, but they are not always capable of fulfilling the promise. Such…

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“15” Minutes of Fame

Rating systems are always odd, as it is someone else’s opinion as to what that threshold is between being a child and being an adult (of sorts). It…

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Did You Just “Realize” That?

Steampunk is a genre that I genuinely do not fully understand. I can grasp bits and pieces of it and I have seen a few steampunk-themed shows. I…

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“Apartment” To Let

There is always a problem with having a large cast in an anime, in that everyone needs to be there all the time. However, for this show, “Yōkai…

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“12” Angry People

At its core, this show is no different than “Future Diary” or “Eden of the East”, where a group of people (in this case, twelve) are brought together…

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“Head” for the Hills

Calloo callay! Our favorite demon bureaucratic wonk is back for a second season of marvelous mayhem in “Hozuki’s Coolheadedness 2” (“Hōzuki no Reitetsu”). You know, Hell is not…

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I Come From a “Land” Down Under

This is the oddest looking show I have seen in some time. And I don’t mean wild and crazy as with “Dead Leaves”; I mean it more like…

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“Blend” Into the Crowd

Another Japanese obsession I cannot wrap my noggin around is the theme café/maid café fetish. OK, I have never been to Japan and I don’t even do the…

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“Ballroom” Dancing Made a Man of Me

I caught this delightful entry at AX 17, where we were the first to see it, which also spurred me to eschew a couple of other offerings to…

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Short Run Series XXII: – It’s a “Wonderful” Life

It has sadly gotten to the point where I am tired of NEETs or hihikimoris or shut-ins or whatever you want to call those people who willingly shut…

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A New World “Record”

One of the freedoms you get with doing an Alternate History/Universe series is that you are untethered by anything concrete in the real world to tell your tale.…

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Home “Made”

Another trend that I am seeing is what I call the Cutely Brutal show. The artwork is more along a cartoony, slightly exaggerated approach, but the story itself…

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Songs of the “Whales”

This is one of those stories that drops you in the middle of things and tries to explain some aspects of this odd and strange life that you…

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Sneak “Attack”

OK, if you did not know that there was going to be a second season of “Attack on Titan”, you go stand in the corner with the other…

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Girls Will Be “Girls”

Do not let the rather casual, almost cartoon-like animation fool you; this is a rather cruel and heartless show. “Shōjo Shūmatsu Ryokō”, (“Girls’ Last Tour”) tells the tale…

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COMMENTARY – Keeping Abreast of the Times

If you have watched anime for any length of time, you have been presented with the city of Akihabara. Just after WWII, it was Akihabara Electric Town, a…

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“In This Corner”….

I feel that I will never understand the magnitude on the Japanese psyche regarding WWII and the dropping of the bombs. It permeates every fiber of their being…

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Here Comes the “Bride”

I could have seen this at AX 17, but they mooked with the scheduling so it passed me by. I had to wait for it to come online…

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The “Bane” of My Existence

I wuz robbed! Someone call the anime police! What a crock of crap! Please excuse my histrionics, but never have I felt so cheated by a show as…

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“Lies” We Tell Ourselves

I will never understand the Japanese mind, especially in the anime way. It’s that a lot of shows I see tend to reinforce the idea that the government…

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For Me and My “Gal”

When you were in high school, there was a ton of stuff to worry about: getting into college, being popular, seeing your name in the school newspaper. But…

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COMMENTARY – Land of the Lost

There is a scene from the movie “A Fish Called Wanda”, where Kevin Kline cracks open a safe, hoping to find a ton of pelf within, but is…

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Short Pull Series XXVII: “Girl” Power

Slapstick is a harder genre to master than one thinks, as you have to balance the mayhem with the results. It doesn’t succeed as well as it should,…

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Attack of the OVA #20 – “Rescue” Mission

Untethered OVAs, for me, are a bother, in that I end up getting plunked into the middle of something and since there is not going to be anything…

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“Collection” Agency

As with any movie that comes from a successful series, I am leery that it might be just might be a recap of the series, put in movie…

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Not Drawn to “Scale”

“Sword Art Online” has been one of the more interesting series (and now franchises) of the past half-dozen years. As with any movie that comes from a successful…

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Where the “Battle” Rages

Well, well, lookie here. Another “Girls Who Save the World” show. I. Did. Not. See. That. Coming. Although one can compare it to the “Symphogear” series or even…

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“Cheer”, Cheer, The Gang’s All Here

More Japanese weirdness. OK, sure, this is another “Girls Who Save the World” tale, but what they are doing is saving their city from neglect. Huh? Wha? Eh?…

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Short-Pull Series XXVII: – Your “Children” Know

In one sense, this reminded me of “Daily Lives of High School Boys”, in that it is a series of events and actions where, at the end of…

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Such is “Life”

This was heavily promoted at AX 17, but I could never find any episodes scheduled for viewing while I was there, so I had to wait for the…

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Who’s On “First”?

I have often stated that they will do an anime on practically anything, so I was surprised to see a College Bowl caliber of show, where brains and…

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“Freak” Out

Many of you might be going, “Wait, he’s reviewing a sports anime. He’s not a big fan of those shows.” And, yes, you are correct, but this is…

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I Met Up with the “Gambler”

And here is the ‘two’ of the one-two punch. Another of those very harsh private academies animes, this one is truly a classroom of the elite, but that’s…

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“Elite” Interests

This is part of a one-two punch review in regards to Japanese schools and their educational system. Most animes use the schools as a jumping-off point to look…

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Lord, It’s a “Miracle”

A trope in and of itself, members of faith are usually portrayed as a caliber of charlatan or deceiver and are potentially as evil as the evil they…

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The “Principal” Cause

This first came up as an offering at AX 17, but since there was zero description in the handbook about it, my initial thought that it was going…

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Do You Want to Play a “Game”?

We are heaved back into the seething cauldron of uncertainty and panic, better known as high school, where the slightest misstep or errant statement can doom you to…

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It’s All “New” to Me

When the show “New Game!” came out, I had two big problems with it. The first was the overwhelming female cast in it (men were there, but certainly…

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Ne “Plus Ultra”

Latin is a funny language, in that it is used mostly in the scientific naming of things and in any column from George Will. There are useful phrases,…

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The Halls of “Academia”

The biggest problem with any show that deals in magic is that it is all going to be referred back to ‘Harry Potter’ and how they did it.…

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