Category Archives: Anime Analysis

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Inaho is terrible and Slaine is great

There are loads of great anime this season. More airing at one time than I can remember in my anime viewing life. So much so that couldn’t decide which one to start praising first and my natural instincts took over. As the adrenaline kicked in I started typing furiously at a keyboard and suddenly realized all […]

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Secret Santa review: Mind Game

Every year the anime blog Reverse Thieves have been running a Secret Santa for anime bloggers where anime bloggers give each other 3 anime to watch before the Christmas period and to write a review on one of them. The one I got this year was the last big Maasaki Yuasa directed anime I had […]

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Ghost in the Shell Arise – Final full review

Ghost in the Shell has gone through a few hands in its life. From the cyberpunk manga origins by Shirow Masamune, before he turned into a weirdo who only drew calendars full of pictures of impossibly proportioned naked girls covered in machine oil, it then went to Oshi. There it had its most visually striking […]

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Zankyou no Terror Episode 11: Resonance in Ball-Passing

In stark alignment with everything preceding it, the finale to Zankyou no Terror is something of a mess. Character motivations remain vague to nonexistent, Five’s entire subplot has been in service of absolutely fuck all but pinning more of the already unwieldy story on American involvement, and the second half refuses to clarify what should […]

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Mahouka is terrible on every level – a final review

I watched all 26 episodes of Mahouka. I’m not entirely sure why. At some point it was a scholarly interest in why this was the latest hottest thing in light novels. It might have been because people said it gets better in the novels later and I wondered at what stage that would be. At another […]

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Tokyo Ghoul Episode 12: The Taming of the Ghoul

When it comes to finales, I always think it’s best to examine them on their individual merits, and what they add to their shows in general. After all, this is how shows choose to end themselves. They can be excellent individual episodes while being shit for the overall narrative, or conclude everything else while otherwise […]

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Returning to Eden of the East

In winter 2009, Nodame Cantabile Paris Chapter was making headlines on ANN about how it was blowing apart records for audience figures watching late night anime in Japan (despite not being as good as the first season). I was still a pretty new anime fan at the time and was only vaguely aware that anime […]

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Tokyo Ghoul Episode 9: Yes We Kaneki Ken

I don’t know if it’s because Hannahmontanagatari made me pay closer attention to how my shows are framed, but I’ve found myself really interested in how series are driven by their protagonists, and whether the methods are competent, or involve pounding masturbatory compliments about the main character into the audience’s collective skull. Of all the […]

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