Series Review

Made in Abyss (April 2019 Review)

Well, I ended up doing this one a bit earlier than planned. Initially, this was slated for January next year, but after some thought, I decided to bump this one up. But still, this was one show that caught my attention back in late 2017 and never let me go. Well, that and this has some movies coming out so perhaps a bit of coattail riding on my part eh? Anyway, onto the depths of……

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The Wind Rises (March 2019/150th review)

Well I can’t believe it took me this long to get to my 150th review. And yes, before anyone points out “You done more than that eh?”, note that I am counting out pieces that I have written outside this blog or the archive site. Well, yeah there’s also the fact that I only do one or two reviews a month on the site anyway, and yeah the fact I have reached such a milestone. And like with the 100th review I did back in spring 2015, with the 150th I follow by taking on another film entry from that most beloved Japanese animation film studio……

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Skip Beat (Feb 2019 Review)

Well well, February be upon us once more, and again I continue my trend of covering anime with a focus on relationships and/or character dynamics. One thing I like about anime is the open willingness to explore unconventional relationships (harem, age gap, etc.) but often it will explore fairly standard relationships as well. But, as with many things in life, complications surely arise, as is the case with this show:

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January 2019 Review (Chaika the Coffin Princess: Avenging Battle)

Well, its times to resume my review for Chaika the Coffin Princess. For those you need a recap, here’s my review for the first part (insert link here). Now wait you might say: first part, don’t you mean first season? Yes, well, despite Sentai Filmworks billing the series as two seasons, its really one long series split with the first 12 episodes airing April-June 2014 then the last 10 episodes airing October-December 2014. Still, will the second part of this epic fantasy saga fulfill the promise the first part introduces? Let’s find out.

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Flip Flappers (December 2018 Review)

So, Izetta the Last Witch stands out as an example of a well done mahou shoujo story done in a semi-historical context. I close the year by talking about a mahou shoujo that’s a bit wild, surreal but still has a strong emotional core similar to Izetta. And yet, it got overlooked a bit during the course of its initial broadcast run (airing in the same season as ‘critical darling’ Yuri on Ice didn’t help matters) but I feel it deserves another look…….

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Izetta the Last Witch (Nov 2018 Review)

You, know, just as Evangelion has cast a long shadow over the mecha genre that is still felt to the present, I feel that Madoka has done the same when it comes to magical girl shows. Granted the genre has been buoyed recently thanks in part to the Sailor Moon revival and Precure (the Sentai of Mahou Shoujo if you will), but Madoka has set up the genre to dare trying to go ‘grim-dark’. Aside from perhaps Yuki Yuna is a Hero and a few others which managed to overcome the darkness, other magical girl shows (Daybreak Illusion and Magical Girl Raising Project) delight in the darker and dirtier aspects of storytelling with mixed results often leaving me with a bit of a sour taste in my mouth. Fortunately, there are two that came out in the same season that give me some hope in the genre which I will cover for the remaining slots this year. First up…….

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Halloween 2018 Review (Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne)

Well, well, it being October means one thing for me and the blog: the annual Halloween review. Of course, this year I have reached perhaps the limit of titles that are at least appropriate for this most spooky of holidays. In fact, this review was one that I had planned to do a year or two ago, but I kept putting it off hoping I wouldn’t have to come to this one. But eh life can throw you a curve ball and thus we come to this…..

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