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Seasonal Selection – Scarlet Nexus Episode 5

Run and fight and run As you know, it is a coup Wait, Kasane what? So, from last episode we reinforce Karen’s cryptic nonsense as the coup kicks…

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How about a nice game of Wixoss? – Selector Spoiler Review

So, Selector, what even is it? Depending on who you ask it’s either one show with two seasons, or a one season show, Selector Infected with a one…

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Seasonal Selection – Scarlet Nexus Episode 4

Red Strings, there you are Cryptic talk and cryptic scenes Seto bites the dust? So, we resume Scarlet Nexus with a big battle on the highway, and things…

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Chuuni Dreams – When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace Spoiler Review

You’ve seen the story before: All of a sudden, some high school students gain fabulous secret powers, giving them radically more agency. Really, this can be anything, from…

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Seasonal Selection – Scarlet Nexus Episode 3

Oh crap, boss monster. Everyone playing both sides. The pace is awful. So, we start by finding out what weird way Naomi was going to ‘die’. Turns out,…

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Candidate for the Plot – Pilot Candidate Spoiler Review

“Here we go again.” That’s honestly what I thought when loading up the first episode of Pilot Candidate.  Mechas versus space monsters, protecting what’s left of humanity from…

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Seasonal Selection – Scarlet Nexus Episode 2

Great misfortune, huh? Standard training, deployment… Ah, there we have it. Pardon the return of the Haiku intros. This episode is the kind that goes by in a…

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District Nope – DearS Spoiler Review

Think, for a moment, about the concept of Aliens visiting Earth. How is this handled? Well, usually the aliens are depicted as being in at least some ways…

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Seasonal Selection – Scarlet Nexus Episode 1

I love JRPGs. I know as someone who is at least a bit of a gamer that I shouldn’t utter that sentence, but I do. I like it…

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Naked Wolfgirl Economics – Spice and Wolf Spoiler Review

Sometimes a show gets famous for something it’s not about. A particular scene, idea, moment, or mistaken bit of marketing will catch the attention of potential viewers and…

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E-Waste – In Another World With My Smartphone Spoiler Review

There are a few pieces of media that seem… unreal. Concept or pitches that seem too stupid to be real, the fiction equivalent of satire where the very…

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Seasonal Selection – 86 Episode 11

The final episode of the cour (special pending) and if you told me this was the absolute final episode of the show and anything related to 86, I…

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Gods, Names, and Weirdness – Kyousougiga Spoiler Review

I’ll come out and say this at the start: Kyousougiga might be the strangest anime I’ve seen to date. It’s not that any particular element is too far…

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Seasonal Selection – 86 Episode 10

No Lena this week. For much of the episode, not really much talking either. This one is very much on the artistic end, trying to convey an experience…

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Trigger Does Social Drama – Brand New Animal Spoiler Review

What do you expect when you’re told that there’s a show, by Studio Trigger no less, about a girl who mysteriously turns into an animal person and so…

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Seasonal Selection – 86 Episode 9

The time for the great battle against Shin’s brother’s Shepherd form has come. The episode “feels” short, consisting essentially of two extremely powerful scenes rather than a lot…

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In the Panties of Madness – Koi Koi 7 Spoiler Review

So, stop me when this sounds crazy: The show opens with two girls on a bicycle being pursued by a pair of attack helicopters, only for the biker…

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Seasonal Selection – 86 Episode 8

So, this episode is all pretty much ‘gearing up’ for what would seem to be a final confrontation. The Spearhead is down to five, and they’re being sent…

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Review Slot: Conquered! – World Conquest Zvezda Plot Spoiler Review

Here I go diving into a show without a whole lot of story again. Zvezda Plot is ironically rather plotless, and has a staggering disconnect with anything resembling…

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Seasonal Selection – 86 Episode 7

The pace of 86, at times, makes it difficult to talk about, or at least to start with. At the bare minimum for the week’s episode we saw…

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Poor Unfortunate Souls – Magical Girl Site Spoiler Review

So, enough of those bright and cheerful magical girl shows, how about something dark, painful and miserable? Something about suffering girls trapped in a dead-end hellscape of abuse…

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Seasonal Selection – 86 Episode 6

We spend most of this episode with Spearhead, oddly enough including an extended flashback scene to when the formation was first formed, having a fun cookout together. One…

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There is Now a Level Zero – Little Witch Academia Spoiler Review

Little Witch Academia is a show with an interesting history. It first started as a half-hour special, introducing us to the major characters and at least a version…

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Seasonal Selection – 86 Episode 5

So, to an extent, I was wrong. Shin’s brother got a more detailed address than I was expecting, even if, no, it wasn’t the crux of another transformation.…

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Your Mileage May Vary – Vividred Operation Spoiler Review

Vividred Operation is a weird one for me. The first time I tried to watch it, I quite part-way through Episode 2. The reason for this is probably…

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Seasonal Selection – 86 Episode 4

86 continues to impress with its humanity, but to an extent much of what was had and needed this episode was highly predictable from the last. That’s not…

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Seasonal Selection – 86 Episode 3

I hope you enjoy slow burn drama over any general expectation of action. Frankly, I kind of appreciate the approach… at least when there’s been a second cour…

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Metal Hands & Human Hearts – Violet Evergarden Spoiler Review

Violet Evergarden is one of those shows that you’ve probably at least heard about if you’re the kind of person who’s reading this blog. It’s fairly recent, the…

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Fire Breath to Warm the Heart? – Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Spoiler Review

So, you want a “Feel good fanservice” sort of piece – something like Helpful Fox Senko-san – but want it to be a little more high energy, like…

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Seasonal Selection – 86 Episode 2

Plot 101: Introducing some more of our main story. Honestly, one thing I’m enjoying about 86 is how it’s been building up the world. In the first episode,…

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Seasonal Selection – 86 Episode 1

So, this season we’ll be taking an episode-by-episode look at 86. Because this choice was kind of last-minute, it’s not really a show I’ve researched or know anything…

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Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro, Episode 1

So, every season, I try to watch one show and report on it, episode by episode. Sometimes these shows have been pretty decent, other times they’ve been bloody…

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Misery & Redemption – The Rising of the Shield Hero (Season 1) Spoiler Review

Isekai is something of a touchy subject. It’s a simple concept, turned into a complex genre, which has then gained something of a bad reputation. And, I have…

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One in the Chamber – Danganronpa Spoiler Review

Death games are often difficult to get just right. There’s a real tension in how much you develop characters that must ultimately be killed, in how desperate the…

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A Forgotten Masterpiece – Keit Ai Spoiler Review

What if I told you there was an anime that was like the love-child of Your Name, Toradora!, and Noein, but actually predated all three? It’s a largely…

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Seasonal Selection – Ex-Arm Episode 12

Last week, and endingThis week, new bad from nowhereAt long last, silence So, after the previous episode in which Beta was destroyed and our hero flew off into…

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Who The Hell Do You Think I Am? – Gurren Lagann Spoiler Review

Now, here’s a show I’ve alluded to before – the whirlwind of illogical, enjoyable energy known as Gurren Lagann. Part of me wants to just jump right in,…

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Seasonal Selection – Ex-Arm Episode 11

The animationIt burns! My eyes, it burns them!Please, take it away! Welcome to the Climax Episode! Not a lot happens, so it can be summarized very quickly: Beta…

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Not Enough – The Price of Smiles Spoiler Review

On a distant planet, in the mecha-riding future, a princess ascends her country’s throne in a time of crisis, having to take the reins and defend her people…

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Seasonal Selection – Ex-Arm Episode 10

A decent fight sceneSome needless complicationsNo impact at heart So, today’s episode of Ex-Arm had two major lines: Akira versus Beta and Alma versus Soma. Second one first.…

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A Tribute to Tokusatsu – SSSS Gridman Spoiler Review

“Tokusatsu” is a Japanese term for effects-heavy live action film-making. Most often, it’s associated strongly with a very particular few styles. Flashy costumes, suitmation monsters, and very often…

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Seasonal Selection – Ex-Arm Episode 9

Speeches everywhereFriendship, revenge, blah, blah, blahPacing is a lie. This episode is mostly focused on getting Alma back. The fight in the tunnel is as badly choreographed as…

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Mechs & Magic – The Vision of Escaflowne Spoiler Review

Escaflowne is an… interesting production. It’s a sprawling story spawned out of the lawless pre-2000s zeitgeist that didn’t require shows to inhabit particular genre boxes quite as insistently…

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Seasonal Selection – Ex-Arm Episode 8

Uninvested fightsCyberspace looks like garbageSurprise villain why?! Ex-Arm once again screws up in ways I wouldn’t even have expected. Pretty much the whole episode is just a brawl…

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Fictional Countries, Real Robots – Full Metal Panic (Season 1) Spoiler Review

It’s March, and that means I’m once again going to take a dive into the Mecha genre. Now, I’ve looked at Mecha shows before, both in and out…

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Seasonal Selection – Ex-Arm Episode 7

3D Arab PrinceTragic pasts not well set-up Clippy’s the bad guy Wow, this episode was scattered. Instead of nothing really happening, everything happened at once without the setup,…

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Worst-kept Secrets – Actually, I Am Spoiler Review

It seems to have been something of a theme this month to take on the idea of the hazy middle ground between “Harem” and “Romance” – two concepts…

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Seasonal Selection – Ex-Arm Episode 6

Haiku summation: Animation gets better, The writing gets worse. Live reaction audio and details after the cut. So, this time we start with Skeletor creating his spheres of…

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Battle School Romance, No Harem Required – Chivalry of a Failed Knight Spoiler Review.

So, last September I took a swing at the “Battle School” genre, which I feel like needs more acknowledgment as being its own thing with its own conventions,…

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Seasonal Selection – Ex-Arm Episode 5

It was bad enough that the animation, slowly improving though it is, should never have made it to the screen. Up until now, that was the worst thing;…

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