No seriously, I can’t get over this moment. After seeing bruises on Kayo’s leg, it’s a torn glove that makes Satoru go “oh shit this is serious!” Yeah, normal parents don’t do stuff like that. Still, it’s a far cry from actually beating your child. Continue reading Boku Dake ga Inai Machi Episode 3 – Torn Gloves are the First Sign of Child Abuse
I liked Satoru’s inner monologues in episode one. While shitty life circumstances can certainly make a person miserable, toxic thought patterns can do just as good of a job. Satoru was monologuing in toxic thought patterns, and that’s part of what made his character so compelling. The key, of course, is that these monologues came from the inner most parts of Satoru’s mind. Apart from that one comment he made to Katagiri about dreams, he didn’t go around saying depressing things to people. He didn’t talk about how his life had no meaning or how no one will care if he dies. That’s why we needed the internal monologues. Continue reading Boku Dake ga Inai Machi Episode 2 – Not Wearing Gloves is a Sign of Nihilism
I resent the first half of this episode. It was the better half of this episode, but I still resent it. It made me think Bubuki Buranki might be something other than a generic story about a high-school age person with super powers who fights cartoonishly evil people. At the start of the episode, our dear protagonist was six years old. As far as I can tell, his direct family members were the only people he knew. His sister was his twin instead of an imouto. And there was this great feel to the entire thing. The family was happy living together and with nature, despite the danger it presented. If there was one good thing about the CG, it’s how it aided this atmosphere. While Knights of Sidonia showed us how good the inside of a spaceship could look, Bubuki Buranki has showed us how good a forest can look. Continue reading Bubuki Buranki Episode 1 -Expectations Without Reward
I’m not entirely sure where Schwarzesmarken stands in the Muv Luv Alternative universe. Presumably, it’s meant to be an entry point for people who don’t want to play the entire visual novel. So that’s how I’m going to judge it. As someone with no prior Muv Luv knowledge, what did I get out of this episode? Continue reading Schwarzesmarken Episode 1 – In medias res only works if you don’t fucking suck
I’ve gotten used to all anime being more or less about the same thing. This isn’t necessarily bad; Code Geass is a generic mecha story, Shirobako is a generic s’life fest, etc. etc. Nonetheless, when I encounter an anime about a manga artist who travels back in time to solve a crime that happened during his childhood, I can’t help but shout “thank god they’re doing something new!” Continue reading Boku Dake Ga Inai Machia Episode 1 – Weird and Nihilistic
When I dislike an anime, I can usually still tell why the creators thought I would like it. Jun Maeda, for instance, obviously believes there’s something entertaining about watching cute underage girls break down and cry. Every so often, though, I watch something like Active Raid, which leaves me scratching my head and wondering what the point was. It’s a mecha series with quite the prolonged action scene, leading me to believe that the outcome of the battle was supposed to be what kept me watching. If that’s the case, the nonchalant attitude of the characters certainly killed the mood. Only the main character actually seemed to care if the heroes succeeded or failed. Bizarrely enough, everything about the writing made me think we’re supposed to be irritated with the protagonist for being this way. Yes, how dare you care if criminals with super-powered weapons get away with robbery! Wouldn’t you rather we live in a state of chaos? Continue reading Active Raid Episode 1 – Clumsy All Around
Every fiber in my body was screaming at me about how terrible the storytelling in this episode was. To begin with, it’s disgustingly cliche; a girl, inspired by two hot guys high fiving each other, decides to go to the same high school as said hot guys. She discovers that the club is now down to a few members, so she recruits a few hot guys to join the club. Presumably, they will all fall for her, and the bonds of bro-camaraderie will grow between the male members of the group. There’s absolutely nothing original about the story, save for the fact that stride is a made-up sport. Continue reading Prince of Stride Alternative Episode 1 – Why the fuck am I enjoying this?
One year, I will make a top 10 list. I was really considering adding Aldnoah.Zero here just for that purpose, but then I remembered that Aldnoah sucks. This isn’t to say that I’m dissatisfied with 2015. While it would have been nice if there was a tenth likeable anime, pretty much everything in the top five is on par with the best 2014 threw at us. Continue reading Top Nine Anime of 2015
While there are a good number of murderers out there in the real world, the most terrifying people you meet may never do anything physically violent. They’re the manipulative type, the people who lie and put on an act to get what they want. They’ll pose as your innocent kohai and niece of your friend so you think you can trust them. They’ll pretend they want help with just this one, small, paranormal task, and then they’ll leave you alone forever. Then the next day, they’ll pretend they’re offering you help, and you’ll accept, even though you just met this person yesterday. Continue reading Villains of 2015: Ougi (Owarimonogatari)
When you think about it, the premise of Garo is actually pretty fucked up. Horrors exist because human beings are weak, imperfect creatures. Makai knights are granted that knowledge, then told that they must selflessly devote themselves to protecting people from the very horrors they create. More importantly, this is all Makai knights are allowed to do. They couldn’t, say, stop a village from executing an innocent man for political reasons. They couldn’t avenge the death of someone important to them if it meant harming a human.
Continue reading Heroes of 2015: Leon (Garoooooo: Carved Seal of Flame)