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Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata

Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata

This show … this show panders to my anime fanboyism on every level. I think it’s parody was on point and general self-awareness done well. That and the abundance of beautiful fanservice … subtle or not.

Rating: 8/10

Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka

Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? is the anime Sword Art Online should have been. It’s easy to pick on Dungeon, the crappy harem, the needless fanservice, Bell who is loved by everyone for who knows what reason, there’s just a lot wrong with this show. That’s funny those seem to be the exact reasons Sword Art Online was terrible, but it added the whole real life component to make it doubly worse. In terms of which show captures that MMORPG feeling, Dungeon has Sword Art Online beat and that’s all that needs to be said, that’s what these shows are supposed to be about right? To do a good anime MMORPG and Dungeon is the best I’ve seen so far. Oh, Boob Hestia is in this anime, so it gets a couple of points tacked on.

Rating: 8/10

Hibike! Euphonium

Hibike! Euphonium

You know for a show about high school band Hibike! Euphonium has some drop dead visuals even if not remotely warranted. Anyway the show is pretty enjoyable, even playing a saxophone for a while in school I could relate so much to what goes on in each episode, but we were nowhere near as passionate nor filled with so many girls. The drama is quite light, nothing too over the top, a tease of yuri here and there and Hibike! Euphonium is an easy recommend.

Rating: 8/10

Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works 2nd Season

Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works 2nd Season

My main gripe with this show is that Saber, and probably why I lacked the same amount of interest that I had for Fate/Zero, had to bow down from center stage this time around. While quite prominent in the first half, her presence dwindled in the latter as Shirou and Archer’s conflict gained momentum to the end, leaving Saber off to the sidelines to observe and contribute little in both story and action as miraculously Shirou pulls himself together without her help. I find Saber to be the most interesting Heroic Spirit in Fate Stay Night in regard to her background as a female King Arthur and to see her noticeably missing was unfortunate.

I found Shirou and Archer’s battle of idealism carrying out far too long, with neither side really budging in the end which makes sense due to Shirou’s thickheadedness, settled less by great writing but instead carried through by flashy fighting. The reveal of Archer’s identity proved much more interesting, but sadly this reveal had been spoiled to me by the Unlimited Blade Works OVA that aired a couple of years ago.

Rating: 8/10

Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works

Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works

Fate/stay night hasn’t been impressing me as much as I had hoped. There’s something just so flat about this show, and I can’t put my finger on it, but I’m bored half the time watching it. Never mind the ongoing story involving the grail which is fine, but the day-to-day, down time dialogue just seems so forced and disconnected. I don’t really know, and it doesn’t help I’m not a big fan of Enimya and Tohsaka. Enimya’s righteous hero theme has been done so many times before, and Tosahaka is nothing more than you typical tsundere. The forced humor from this show has me so disengaged, it just comes off sounding so unnatural. Fate/stay night has a long way to go to improve to anywhere near Fate/zero levels, and already knowing the reveal in regard to the UBW storyline really doesn’t help. Flashy action sequences does not make a top-notch anime, characters do, and so far Fate/stay night sadly doesn’t have it.

Rating: 7/10

Death Parade

Death Parade

Death Parade is a good show, there’s no question, but I usually left it last on my list to watch on a weekly basis because some episodes are harder to watch than others. If the mechanic of a person’s organ being inflicted with pain during each game kept occurring after the first episode, I would have stopped watching Death Parade in an instant. I couldn’t stomach it any longer than the first episode. Luckily that’s not the case and each individual judgment onward is rather unique, insightful, and powerful. With great writing with each scenario Death Parade keeps you on your toes as to whom gets reincarnated or cast off into the void.

Rating: 8/10

Kill la Kill

Kill la Kill

Kill la Kills over the top craziness is its greatest strength and weakness at the same time. To enjoy the show more than I do now, I needed Kill La Kill to take itself a tad more seriously so I could grasp onto something more tangible. Sadly as the story kept expanding literally to exponential levels, I was just forced to accept whatever the episodes were going to throw my way. With thoughts of “Yeah this is pretty damn cool,” thrown in with “Sure, why not” with each episode, I was only enjoying the show on a superficial level.

That in itself isn’t really bad, but in its over the top action scenes, crazy characters, fanservice, and etc., I saw that the show could have been much more than what it ultimately came to be. I guess what I’m trying to say is, tone it the hell down! Ryuuko, Satsuki, and Mako, all great characters, but get caught up in the show’s latter half of absolute pure nonsense. It’s in this latter half that all development ceases to exist and the story follows in a quite boring “This Isn’t Even My Final Form” type of storytelling to its ultimate conclusion.

Kill La Kill definitely had something in those initial episodes, but as with anything Gainax influenced, the kitchen sink, no, the entire universe was thrown at it.

Rating: 7/10

Toaru Hikuushi e no Tsuioku

Toaru Hikuushi e no Tsuioku

A refreshing breath of air. Straightforward and to the point, its simple plot leaves a lot of the screen time for some good old-fashioned character development between Charles and Juana. Their relationship as they progress through the movie felt very natural and sincere. Sure the scenarios that the two are placed in are quite predictable, but their chemistry together felt good nonetheless. Its only fault would be the ending, well depending on your views on how these things should play out.

Rating: 9/10

White Album 2

White Album 2

Wow, what a roller coaster of feelings. It’s been a long time since I found one like White Album 2. I’m happy the correct girl was chosen, but man I’d go insane if I immediately didn’t read the visual novel endings and had to make due with what the anime cut off with. Otherwise for an early ending, a great romance anime, realistic and genuine. I really didn’t expect such a crazy amount of emotions from this anime, but it’s very good at what it does. Though the whole which girl is the correct choice is kind of rigged from the anime perspective, I mean she got two entire episodes dedicated to her, how could you swing it any other way!

Rating: 9/10

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

Your Lie in April is the very definition of a roller coaster ride. The emotional lows and highs throughout the episodes are both off-putting and captivating. The heart wrenching cliff hangers in the latter half of the series were emotionally draining, to the point clicking the play button difficult the following week to go through such emotions again. But alas, what a wonderful anime Your Lie in April turned out to be. A show that came out of nowhere in a sea of shitty ecchi shows that seemed to have surrounded it. Visually and audibly arresting at some points, Your Lie in April’s use of color and music were nothing short of outstanding. While the classical performances were great, in the end it’s the characters that kept me coming back every week.

Rating: 9/10

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