Review: Sword Art Online II

Sometimes I struggle with the things I decide to put out. I tend to only cover a show when I have something I want to say about it. Most of the time that’s due to having an opinion that just goes against the majority. My ultimate goal, after all, is to get people to think about the shows they like and dislike and why. But I don’t want to have a reputation of always going against the grain, because then it looks like I’m doing it for the sake of it. That’s why I try to go in an alternating pattern with at least my longer videos: I started with a less than stellar Clannad review, then praised ToraDora, then laid out my issues with After Story.

But sometimes I have to put that worry aside and say the things I want to say regardless. Which is why I’m now going to explain through a review why I think people give SAO II too much shit.

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Top 10 (and Worst 5) Anime of 2014

Another year, another time to be unoriginal and do a top ten (or some degree thereof) post like everybody else in the universe. But they’re pretty fun to do, so it makes sense why everybody does them.

2014 was a pretty solid year for anime. I think I said the exact same thing about 2013, but this year was even better. When I make my list I go through all of the shows I watched that are eligible, and write down the ones that I think deserve a spot, then after I’m done I sort through the shows and decide which ones will actually make the Top 10. Sometimes I have just enough shows for the list, other times I don’t have enough and need to expand out a bit so I can have enough, and then there are times like this year where I have more than enough shows.

This wasn’t an easy list, I had an especially difficult time deciding the placements for the five through one spots, and if I could I would have given number one and two both the top spot in a heartbeat. But alas, there has to be one single winner.

Before getting into the list, I should explain which shows are eligible. The basic rule is that the show needs to have ended at some point in 2014. Doesn’t matter if it started in 2013 or even 2012, as long as the show ended in 2014, it qualifies. This means shows such as Your Lie in April, Parasyte, Magic Kaito, etc. that are still airing were not eligible.

Normally that would be the single rule of this, but now that split-cour shows are becoming a Thing, I’m adding a new one: split-cour shows where the second half doesn’t finish in the year are also not qualified. That means no JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, or Aldnoah.Zero. I’m defining a split-cour show as one that’s clearly incomplete without its second half due to no real resolution, or has a blatant cliffhanger to lead into it. These are shows that are typically planned to be split-cour in the first place and announced as such.

Oh, and also obviously only shows I watched are eligible. If a show you think is great didn’t make my list, there’s a good possibility I either didn’t watch it or it just didn’t manage to make the cutoff. …Or I may have thought the show was shit, but the former are more likely.

With all that out of the way, let’s get down to business.

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No, The Tokyo Ghoul Ending Wasn’t Bad

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.

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Why Clannad After Story is Also Overrated (In the Form of a Review)

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.

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A Very Serious Review of Sakura Spirit


Eh, fuck it.

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The Problems with Mahouka

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.

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Review: Samurai Flamenco

Before I start getting into this, I should mention that I originally didn’t want to do a review on this show, I wanted to do a “Why You Should Watch” on it. However, I very quickly ran into a problem: this show is fucking impossible to cover without going over spoilers just by its nature. And I mean spoilers even by my parameters, so you should probably stop here if you haven’t watched the show to completion. As I just said, I wanted this to be a “Why You Should Watch”, so know that it’s a show I recommend watching simply because of how interesting it is, I don’t guarantee whether you’ll end up liking it in the end or not, I just simply believe it to be a show that should be experienced regardless.

With that bit out of the way, I should also mention that this review will be slightly different from normal. Typically when I start writing a review I know ahead of time what my general opinion on the show is and which scenes and such I want to talk about.

The problem here is that I still have no clue what I think of Samurai Flamenco.

I already mentioned I think it’s something that should be watched, but that’s because I know it’s fascinating. What I don’t know is whether it’s the greatest thing ever written or a complete and utter train wreck. Hell I don’t even know if  it’s anything in-between.

So I have no idea where this review is going to go. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if things get philosophical or even existential. I’ll still cover events and such like I usually do, but this is going to be a lot more of a stream of consciousness than usual. Just my brain spilled out for all to see. If you’ve ever wondering what goes on in my head before and during the review process, this will basically be the closest you’re going to get.

Then again, considering my style of writing, there may not even be much of a difference.

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