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Seasonal Selection – Black★★Rock Shooter: Dawn Fall Episode 7

Baseball. Comedy. Edge. So, this episode I will give credit for at least trying to develop characters. I guess we just had a huge drag-out fight with Smiley…

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Sacrifice, Despair, Slice of Life, and Two Stories for the Price of One – Yuki Yuna is a Hero Season 2 (Washio Sumi & Hero Chapters) Spoiler Review

It’s been a while since the first time I talked about Yuki Yuna is a Hero. The basic takeaway was that it was very much a Magical Girl…

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Seasonal Selection – Black★★Rock Shooter: Dawn Fall Episodes 5 & 6

There are many edges and this show is determined to lord over all of them. I’m doing two episodes at once to catch up. This regular feature is…

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Friendship Through Superior Firepower – Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Spoiler Review

When it comes to Magical Girl franchises, Nanoha is one of the big ones. Possibly not on the uppermost tier (it’s hard to say anything stands on the…

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Seasonal Selection – Black★★Rock Shooter: Dawn Fall Episode 4

If you want to know what the term “Edgelord” refers to, consider this show to be at least a somewhat decent example of its use when referring to…

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Cardcaptor Sakura in Fate/Stay Night’s Skin – Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya Season 1 Spoiler Review

So, this is a show about a grade school girl who discovers a magic staff and then learns that she has to harness the power of magic in…

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For the Sweet Tooth – Dagashi Kashi (Season 1) “Spoiler” Review

Here I go reviewing another show that could get that “Slice of Nothing” descriptor and that doesn’t really have much of a plot to spoil. Well, I’m pulling…

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Seasonal Selection – Black★★Rock Shooter: Dawn Fall Episode 3

The “edgy teenager” energy is strong with this one, but that is at least its own kind of entertainment. The episode starts with the vehicle chase we ended…

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Cheerful Plunder – Bodacious Space Pirates Spoiler Review

Just saying the title of this one, “Bodacious Space Pirates”, puts you in a certain kind of mood, doesn’t it? High-flying adventures! Laser beams! Who gives a clipped…

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Seasonal Selection – Black★★Rock Shooter: Dawn Fall Episode 2

This episode at least seems a little less jammed full of material. Is it any more sane? The jury, I think, is still out on that. We start…

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Seasonal Selection – Black★★Rock Shooter: Dawn Fall Episode 2

This episode at least seems a little less jammed full of material. Is it any more sane? The jury, I think, is still out on that. We start…

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In the Name of Fanservice – Isuca Spoiler Review

Back when I reviewed Omamori Himari, I may have mentioned that there was certainly room for a show that was similar to Shakugan no Shana, but significantly steamier,…

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In the Name of Fanservice – Isuca Spoiler Review

Back when I reviewed Omamori Himari, I may have mentioned that there was certainly room for a show that was similar to Shakugan no Shana, but significantly steamier,…

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Seasonal Selection – Black★★Rock Shooter: Dawn Fall Episode 1

What the hell have I gotten myself into? Seriously, I am struggling to recall a time when just the first episode of a show threw out so much…

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Seasonal Selection – Black★★Rock Shooter: Dawn Fall Episode 1

What the hell have I gotten myself into? Seriously, I am struggling to recall a time when just the first episode of a show threw out so much…

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When the Wimpy Kid Joins the MIB – elDLIVE Spoiler Review

Last year, I reviewed DearS, a show with a premise that vaguely reminded me of a western film, in that case District 9. They ended up being pretty…

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When the Wimpy Kid Joins the MIB – elDLIVE Spoiler Review

Last year, I reviewed DearS, a show with a premise that vaguely reminded me of a western film, in that case District 9. They ended up being pretty…

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Neon Genesis Evangelion, the 4Kids Version

First off, this isn’t going to be a traditional review – I’ve looked at Neon Genesis Evangelion already, and there’s not much point in reviewing a dub separately…

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Neon Genesis Evangelion, the 4Kids Version

April Fools!  There is no such thing as the “4kids version” of Neon Genesis Evangelion.   The “Review” of it remains after the cut. First off, this isn’t going…

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Seasonal Selection: Sabikui Bisco Episode 12 (End)

Exactly what we were promised by last episode is what gets put on the screen this time. Really, there’s only so much I can say about this. All…

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Seasonal Selection: Sabikui Bisco Episode 12 (End)

Exactly what we were promised by last episode is what gets put on the screen this time. Really, there’s only so much I can say about this. All…

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Super Robot versus Real Robot – Aldnoah.Zero Spoiler Review

There are, on the whole, two major wings of the Mecha genre. The “Super Robot” subgenre consists of shows where the Mechas and their pilots have magical powers…

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Super Robot versus Real Robot – Aldnoah.Zero Spoiler Review

There are, on the whole, two major wings of the Mecha genre. The “Super Robot” subgenre consists of shows where the Mechas and their pilots have magical powers…

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Seasonal Selection – Sabikui Bisco Episode 11

I would be so frustrated right now if this world had ever pretended to heed any sort of logic or reason beyond “It’s cool, therefore we’re going with…

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Seasonal Selection – Sabikui Bisco Episode 11

I would be so frustrated right now if this world had ever pretended to heed any sort of logic or reason beyond “It’s cool, therefore we’re going with…

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Growing Harem Chronicle – Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle Spoiler Review

So, Fantasy Mecha is a thing. It’s certainly less popular than SF or Cyberpunk Mecha, but it is at least an established mash-up. Battle School also has its…

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Growing Harem Chronicle – Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle Spoiler Review

So, Fantasy Mecha is a thing. It’s certainly less popular than SF or Cyberpunk Mecha, but it is at least an established mash-up. Battle School also has its…

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Seasonal Selection – 86 Episode 23 (S2E12) (End)

A whole episode of clean-up off the battlefield and not one but two of those classic 86 “credits roll partway through the episode” fakeouts sees the show off,…

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Seasonal Selection – 86 Episode 23 (S2E12) (End)

A whole episode of clean-up off the battlefield and not one but two of those classic 86 “credits roll partway through the episode” fakeouts sees the show off,…

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Seasonal Selection – Sabikui Bisco Episode 10

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is a masterpiece. The movie more or less launched Studio Ghibli (since that’s what most of the team involved with it…

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Isekai & Invention – Knights & Magic Spoiler Review

Without correcting for overall quality or removing material from the context of its genre, I can safely say that, in some ways, Knights & Magic is the most…

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Seasonal Selection – 86 Episode 22 (S2E11)

We’re back on the battlefield, here at the end. And it is marvelous. I don’t know if the long pause (for which various reasons have been circulating, the…

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Seasonal Selection – Sabikui Bisco Episode 9

Rocks fall, everybody dies. The episode starts with Milo’s near-death experience, followed quickly by a heartfelt scene between Milo (currently blind) and Bisco (Treating him with the anti-rust…

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Retry of Star Driver – Captain Earth Spoiler Review

So, anyone who’s followed this blog for a while probably knows that I was… not a fan of Star Driver. For those of you just joining us, the…

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Seasonal Selection – Sabikui Bisco Episode 8

The daring rescue goes about like daring rescues do… and look at that! Answers. So, last week I mentioned that Kurokawa (the thug governor) needed a better explanation,…

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The Teen Romantic Drama with Mechas and Kaiju In It – SSSS Dynazenon Spoiler Review

SSSS Gridman was an… interesting affair. It was an outright tribute to all things Tokusatsu while also being a bizarre ride of metafiction and divinity. It could grab…

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Seasonal Selection – Sabikui Bisco Episode 7

We found the Rust Eater! And, predictably, that’s far from the end of our woes. Getting it starts with an action scene, fighting the Pipe Snake (Giant human-teeth-having…

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The Case of the High School Mystery – Hyouka Spoiler Review

The basic premise of Hyouka is this: the main character is Houtarou Oreki, a high-school freshman who fancies himself an “Energy conversationalist”, which is to say he hates…

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Seasonal Selection – Sabikui Bisco Episode 6

This is, believe it or not, a lower-key episode. Yeah, in this show. Well, at least it’s one for the most part. The meat of the episode sees…

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Schlock Enough At Last – Infinite Stratos Spoiler Review

When it comes to anime, we all have our own junk food that we enjoy – shows laden with fanservice and sometimes lacking in plot. Comforting shows, where…

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Seasonal Selection – Sabikui Bisco Episode 5

We spend most of this episode on two lines: one with Milo and Bisco held captive by a bunch of kids, while on the other Pawoo rescues a…

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Multi-Route Drifting? – Fruit of Grisaia Spoiler Review

Fruit of Grisaia is an oddball of a Visual Novel adaptation. It’s unclear who the proper heroine of the show is supposed to be, probably because if anything…

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Seasonal Selection – Sabikui Bisco Episode 4

Ah, here’s the fun road trip the pitch kind of promises. The episode is mostly concerned with getting Milo to bond with Akutagawa (the giant crab). The pacing…

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Adapted Epic – Muv Luv Alternative Anime Spoiler Review

Welcome to something of the “Main Feature” for the month I’ve spent reviewing Muv Luv properties – Muv Luv Alternative, Anime Version. Technically, this is only season 1,…

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Seasonal Selection – Sabikui Bisco Episode 3

On the whole, the show seems to stabilize here and actually tell us a comprehensible story, solving most of the issues I had with the previous week’s outings.…

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The Alien Invasion Story About Human Cold War Politics – Schwarzesmarken Spoiler Review

The entire Muv Luv BETAverse is, in some ways, a love letter to cold war science fiction. I don’t even know if this was intentional, but between the…

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Seasonal Selection – Sabikui Bisco Episode 2

My level of concern is now higher than it was after episode 1, and as we get into how this episode has fallen out, I will explain why.…

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Imitation Gold – Muv Luv Alternative Total Eclipse Spoiler Review

I’ve talked a few times in this blog about imitations, the usually lesser offspring of greater progenitors. Yuki Yuna is a Hero from Madoka Magica. RahXephon from Neon…

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Seasonal Selection – Sabikui Bisco Episode 1

Well, I can’t say that this show doesn’t just throw you right into things. In one episode we’re introduced to a post-apocalyptic Japan with loads of details and…

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“Save in the name of True Love” – Muv Luv Extra & Unlimited Visual Novels Spoiler Review

Well, I always seem to get myself into something mammoth for January, and this year it’s going to be a big, long look at the Muv Luv franchise.…

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