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Overlord IV (Season 4)

More interesting and with greater political intrigue than previous seasons. Still has some issues with direction and an abundance of seemingly unnecessary details.

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How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Ω (Season 2)

Once you accept that this is an Ecchi with Isekai elements, and not the other way around, it’s actually enjoyable. Plus, there’s an interesting exploration of religious corruption…

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Keijo!!!!!!!!

A surprisingly decent (not necessarily good) sports/shonen of water polo / butt wrestling, naturally in a heavily ecchi environment. Not worth much past the novelty of the gag…

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Another

An effective, more classical approach to horror that lets the supernatural stay supernatural. While being somewhat one-note near the end, it does its job of keeping you up…

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ODDTAXI: In the Woods

A reframing/retelling of the main series that is slightly more condensed, and with a tiny amount of new content/story. Not suitable to watch “instead of” the main series,…

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Akebi’s Sailor Uniform

A simple slice of life with very impressive artwork quality. Cute girls doing cute things, but with less “anime nonsense” and more loving tribute.

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ODDTAXI

An absolutely amazing mystery, crime, drama ride that simultaneously feels very comfortable and very dangerous.

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In/Spectre and the Unfortunate Truth about the Truth

Public (and private) opinion and belief are often swayed most by what would be convenient, helpful, exciting, or easy rather than objective truths.

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Laid-Back Camp (Yuru Camp) Season 2

More of the same comfy vibes like last season, with a bit more immersive of a pace.

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Fruits Basket (2019) – 1st Season

A more intentional, palatable remake than the original. Characters get a bit more depth and the story as a whole is treated with a bit more respect.

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I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying

Like most short pieces, it’s not phenomenal but it’s short enough that it’s not a waste of time. Hits its groove after a few episodes.

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Horimiya

A refreshingly mature high school romcom with some solid substance and intricate characters.

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Fruits Basket (2001)

While definitely an “Early 2000’s shojo anime” there is a lot here that really endures (and endears) that makes it worthwhile as more than just an important contextual…

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In/Spectre

An interesting mystery and exploration of truth with strong classically Japanese cultural spirits, albeit with somewhat shallow and annoying characters at times.

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Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop

A wholesome, feel-good, low-stress adorable piece that channels the essence of teenage summer.

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2021-2022 Top 10

Between the start of July 2021 and the end of June 2022, I watched 36 anime series/movies. Here are my top 10 from those, as well as some…

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Wonder Egg Priority

A beautiful, raw, rattling ride focusing on human trauma in a non-pandering way. For about 70% of the way, then has a disappointing finish.

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My Dress-Up Darling

An excellently executed delight with fantastic characters, warm fuzzies, and a fascinating dive into the cosplay hobby.

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BELLE

A magical and soul-stirring piece with beauty musically, emotionally, and artistically.

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Crossing Time

A super short vignette series of interactions waiting at the Railroad crossing. Nothing special, but it beats doom-scrolling reddit/twitter for an hour at least.

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Komi Can’t Communicate (Season 1)

Cute and fun, but nothing too groundbreaking. Certainly has some great moments.

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How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?

A surprisingly funny, smart, and effective “edutainment” piece to get you excited about hitting the gym.

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Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt

Gunning for that early 2000’s Cartoon Network feel, PSG is a stark and unusually crass change of pace from conventional anime. I highly recommend the English dub.

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Jujutsu Kaisen 0

A fantastic prequel with a slightly more serious tone than the original series, and fantastic acting and animation.

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Jujutsu Kaisen

A fantastic blend of everything you’ve ever loved from Shonen greats, in action, themes, and comedy, with none of the drag.

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Zombie Land Saga: Revenge

A fantastic second season that improves on all fronts, with rich character development and growth. And all the songs are bangers.

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Ganbare, Douki-chan!

If you particularly enjoy tights, office-attire, or just really want a break from all the “High school” centered shows, this is a fun mindless mild ecchi one to…

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Ghost in the Shell 2.0

An important, seminal cyberpunk experience that has aged a little since 1995, but still an interesting piece that cements the genre.

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Somali and the Forest Spirit

A beautiful, heart wrenching and heartwarming adventure in a gorgeous fantasy world. With rich world building, heavy topic exploration, and my kryptonite: the “Learn to be Human” trope.…

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Spice and Wolf

It’s “Stonks: The Anime!” No, but really. A mature, slow burn romance in a fantasy setting with several entertaining economic thrillers along the way. A change of pace…

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Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.01 Thrice Upon a Time

Finally a satisfying, well-balanced, cathartic finale to all Evangelion.

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Eromanga Sensei

A weeby, trashy, ecchi-themed siscon/lolicon show that’s actually good? Good animation, directing, and interesting dialogue for a terribly creepy fanservice plot. I’m still confused.

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We Never Learn! (Bokuben)

Very much a cliché anime Harem RomCom, but with some good moments. A decent void filler, but nothing special.

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One-Punch Man (Season 2)

It felt a bit crammed with too many simultaneous ongoing arcs, but still a fun time with some interesting new characters.

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Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro! (Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san!)

The fun “tease you because I’m too shy to admit I have a crush on you” dynamic from Takagi-san, but in High school and a bit more sadistic…

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Citrus

A snack show good for scratching a Yuri itch. Despite a ridiculous hentai-flavored premise, there is little skin-service but excellent spice. Refreshingly frank and honest about sexuality for…

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Dorohedoro

With a cyberpunk/Alice in Wonderland vibe, this is a fun, gritty, fantastic adventure unlike anything I’ve seen.

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A Certain Scientific Railgun T

With great and meaningful attention to the supporting cast and their screen time, I found myself enjoying just about all of this season. The best “A Certain” series…

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Sword Art Online: Alicization

SAO goes back to its roots and slows the pace down for a more comfortable, immersive experience. Does still suffer from some SAO sins.

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Great Pretender

With a more adult tone than most anime, this felt like Cowboy Bebop meets Matchstick Men in a bright, bold, modern style. Definitely worth checking out.

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Gurren Lagann

A bold and saturated experience of strong creative expression fueled with raw Saturday Morning chutzpah. Ridiculous and charming, it defies all expectations.

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Fate/Grand Order – Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia

Overall story is painfully, obviously the story for a mobile game. Fate’s mental gymnastics for magic rules are rampant, but there’s some great fight choreography, as well as…

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Evangelion: 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo

All new story from the series at this point, though a lot of the character development is the same, and primarily focuses on Shinji.

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Lord El-Melloi II’s Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace Note

A fun (though verbose) Fate/Zero spinoff that channels the vibes of Sherlock Holmes, Hogwarts, and the Fate Universe, with a myriad of cameos from other Fate entries.

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A Certain Scientific Accelerator

The darkest “A Certain” entry yet that follows our antihero Accelerator. A more serious tone, some great fights, and a short, decent plot.

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Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls

A fun, tropey, sexy, harem of monster girls that’s got great moments. It does get a little sweaty at the end, but still a great time.

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Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel III. Spring Song

Studio ufotable flexes on the entire anime industry again with some of the most gorgeous art and animation, coupled with Yuki Kajiura’s perfect soundtrack. Unfortunately, the “rules of…

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God of High School

God of Highschool unfortunately really felt like an amateur webcomic, which isn’t surprising considering WebToon was the source material. Well animated fights, but Tournament Arc alone isn&#8…

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Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?

An Isekai with an identity crisis. It sometimes feels like a complete tongue-in-cheek excuse for an ecchi premise, but then tries to be legitimately heartfelt and sincere at…

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A Certain Magical Index III

Much better than previous Index installments, not nearly as much eye-rolling ecchi, but a lot of the same sins. Villains are all good guys by the next arc,…

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