A Flip Flappers Review

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This is a series that really had me going for a while. I knew almost nothing about Flip Flappers going in, and to my pleasant surprise, the show made me want to learn everything about it within a couple of episodes. It presented something that felt so fresh and original while also displaying an unspoken variation on that of which it was derived. Building off of magical girls in magical worlds, Flip Flappers reimagined what came before it with a heaping amount of playful ambiguity and managed to stay utterly engaging despite how thoroughly confounding the show probably would’ve looked to be on paper. Continue reading

A Sound! Euphonium 2 Review

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The first season of Sound! Euphonium was “utterly fantastic” (quoting myself from my review of season one). It took me by surprise and delivered something thoroughly thought provoking. Characters were handled flawlessly, hackneyed themes were dodged with grace, and not a moment of my time felt wasted as I embraced its concepts of what it means to be a part of something, and what it means to be special. It was undoubtedly a brilliant season, and unfortunately for KyoAni, the sequel would have to be held to those standards. So that begs the question: Did KyoAni reach or surpass the heights it set for itself with season one? Continue reading

A Kizumonogatari: Nekketsu Review

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Kizumonogatari is a movie cut into parts for absolutely no reason other than to make more money off of chumps like me, both off the airing in theaters and Aniplex’s already wildly exorbitant Blu-ray box sets. While Nekketsu does manage to end on a much less awkward and arbitrary note than Part 1, it’s still abundantly obvious that this film was chopped up after the fact. Does this ruin the experience for me? Not really, but it’s certainly disappointing, and a bit of a personal burden because I have to travel to another state each time to see it. I’d gladly pay three times the amount of a ticket to see the full movie in one sitting, too. But because of the shitty, imposing business strategy behind it, Kizumonogatari can’t be consider a complete film, despite each part being still being an immensely enjoyable experience on their own. With that out of the way, let’s get into the actual review. Continue reading

Why Is Love So Hard? – A I’ve Always Liked You Review

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I did not like I’ve Always Liked You. To put it bluntly, this 1-hour and 3-minute long movie is shallow, generic, and all-around meaningless. Its sole purpose is to showcase the moments of high love confessions, in ways that are neither clever nor original. Just like many other stories in the genre of romance, I’ve Always Liked You uses these confession as a sort of “payoff”, yet it doesn’t offer up any kind of worthwhile setup for them. The characters are also unmemorable and lack any compelling motivations or adversities. While the animation and music are of an acceptable quality, from a narrative standpoint this film is plain mediocre. But let’s dig a little deeper than that, shall we? Continue reading

A ReLIFE Review

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To be honest, I wasn’t expecting ReLIFE to be very good. From the very first episode it was clear that this show wasn’t a powerhouse in terms of visual design/animation. It was almost as if my screen screamed “low budget” the moment I laid eyes on it. This didn’t necessarily have to be a problem, as all it takes is a little creativity and/or skill to work around the confinements of time and money. For one reason or another however, ReLIFE lacked the ingenuity to create any sort of visual spectacle throughout the season’s entirety. The show went with a very basic, but very consistent style. While it was at no point an eyesore, it was also at no point something worthy of awe. Backgrounds were no more than sufficient and background crowds ended up being less appealing due to lack of details/movement. Continue reading

A Hanasaku Iroha Review

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From the beginning, Hanasaku Iroha immediately sets itself apart from other typical shows within the same genres. The show seems to be aware of the tropes and conventions that are usually tied to romance comedy dramas, and so it actively differentiates. Instead of the classic lead up to a love confession, Hanasaku Iroha hits you with one in the first episode, letting the viewer see the aftermath rather than the rising action. When Ohana leaves Koichi without an answer, she changes the fish out of water scenario that would be the first act. Continue reading

All Bite, No Bark?- A Bungo Stray Dogs Review

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Bungo Stray Dogs is about a detective agency made up of “gifted” and eccentric individuals. Most members of the Agency wield their own unique, supernatural ability, and together they make a mighty force to combat the mafia. Also, only one of them is an actual detective.

Now that I’ve filled you in on the basic plot of the show, let’s get right to the heart of the matter. Bungo Stray Dogs is, at times, a mess. Through a series of awful setups that only lead to decent and sometimes good payoffs, Bungo Stray Dogs shows its inability to make a plausible plot with understandable or compelling villains. Its tone is completely unbalanced, the motivations of its protagonists are often over-explained while still remaining nonsensical, and to top it off, its main character is a total Mary Sue. Whatever there is to like about this show melts away by the time the season reaches its halfway point, and only somewhat returns to form for its finale.

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