Maybe it’s just the small portion of the anime community that I’m capable of observing, but it seems like the show getting the most attention this season is Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress. I mean, I can’t say that’s too surprising seeing as it’s the Attack on Titan team and Tetsuro Araki’s staple over-the-top directing is natural at drawing people in, but I think there are plenty of other shows airing this season that deserve the attention more. One of those obviously being Re:Zero.
To be fair, Re:Zero is probably the second or third most talked about show this season, but it’s easily the best out of the approximately twenty shows I’m watching this season, and I want it to be the most talked about show, not the almost most talked about. So I’m going to give spoiler-free reasons for why you should watch the show if you aren’t, but also try to explain why it’s so good to those that are watching it or dropped it early on since they weren’t entirely convinced. Though I will explicitly mention some stuff from the first episode.
For reference to those who might see this late, I’m making this after having seen eight episodes of the show. So there could be even more reasons down the line I could give, but just haven’t seen them yet.
This might be a bit late, but I only now started noticing just how much shit the Tokyo Ghoul anime ending was getting. On the one hand, I expected the cries of it being a “cliffhanger” and “unfinished”, but on the other, I didn’t expect the sheer magnitude of it all. Maybe I just happen to not be seeing the more positive reception, but it seems almost unanimous.
So now I have to take the time to explain why everyone is wrong and I’m right.
…That was a joke, obviously, but I do genuinely believe it was just fine, so I wanted to take a little bit of time to explain why I think people missed the point of what made the ending… well, an ending. Along with some pondering on what an ending in general really is.
Needless to say, this is going to be entirely about the final episode of Tokyo Ghoul, so you probably want to stop here if you haven’t seen or finished the show. Which you should, because it was great.
Well, this was inevitable.
I don’t think most people who saw what I had to say about Clannad are really surprised that my thoughts on After Story are the same, but there’s also a fair amount of people that see After Story as this objectively perfect emotional roller coaster that nobody could possibly hate, and they probably want some explanations. A fair enough of a request.
However, this won’t be a purely negative review. It’s not like After Story is the worst thing I’ve ever watched or anything, it has its positives. And hey, maybe it’ll prevent people from saying stupid shit like “you went into the show biased” or “you didn’t watch it correctly”.
Oh who am I kidding, people will still claim things like that no matter what I say.
By now, Spring season shows have wrapped up and Summer season shows are starting to get into swing. This season is actually shaping up to be a pretty good one, too.
But instead of talking about either of these groups of shows, I’d rather go over one that started in spring but is going for a second season: Mahouka. It’s been getting a pretty good amount of attention and seems to be decently received among viewers.
The problem is that Mahouka has some pretty glaring issues, and I want to go over them. Some people have already started bringing up issues with the show, but people aren’t quite getting into the nitty-gritty of it. The actual fundamental problems of the show seem to be going mostly ignored.
But don’t worry, that’s what I’m here for.
This is a huge rant post. If those aren’t your cup of tea, I suggest skipping on reading this.
You know what pisses me off? When shows that are complete trash get massive amounts of attention. I mean, it’s one thing if everyone is just laughing at the show, but then you get shows like OreImo, where people are calling it a “guilty pleasure”. OreImo is not a goddamn guilty pleasure, unless you really like the taste of garbage.
If you’re one of those people who like it just because “ermagherd, Kirino be an otaku just like meh!!!1!11! XD” then shut up. I would fucking hope that people are smart enough to know to choose friends by their personalities rather than their hobbies, but apparently that’s too much to ask. I know it might be a hard concept to understand for thirteen-year-olds, which seems to be the average age of the people who like this abomination, but you’ll understand when you get older.
As for everyone else, it’s honestly at the point where I’m convinced the only way you could like the show is if you secretly (or not so secretly) want to bone your little sister. And if you don’t have a little sister, you wish you had one so that you could, because seriously, the only thing OreImo is at this point is horrendously written, incest pandering bullshit. It certainly isn’t a heartwarming tale of siblinghood, nor a story about anything else since the other characters only do things when they benefit Kirino in some way.
The final episode was the tipping point, and now it’s time to spill my fury out for the world to see.
So I wrote a review for the first season back when that ended, but the second season starting up inspired me to write this post, despite the fact that it covers similar ground.
I’m not normally one for shounen, but when the fall anime season started, I gave Magi a shot because I liked the idea of an Arabian Nights reimagining. Turns out, there was quite a bit here to like. Of course, I don’t really have the time to go over every little thing about Magi that I like, so I’m just going to point out two major ones.
Now, even though I say major things, I’m willing to bet at least one person is going to think, “Wait, these points are actually pretty minor.” First of all, I’d disagree with that entirely, but more importantly, you’d be surprised how often it’s the little stuff in shows that can make or break it. They typically play a huge part in whether I’ll like the show or not. It’s also one of the reasons I often argue that execution is what’s most important in a show. Two shows with similar plots or even themes can be drastically different in quality thanks to the little touches, since those often add to the larger aspects of the show.
But don’t just take my word for it, I’ll point out what I mean with those two examples in Magi I mentioned.