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May 2017 Anime Roundup

IMG_0556It’s a week later than planned, but here’s my roundup of all the anime I watched last month. This month even included a much anticipating movie that has been wowing audiences everywhere, and no I’m not talking about Your Name. Also includes a catching-up process to a completely ignored full CG anime that’s not streaming anywhere. Guess which one I liked more, me being the big contrarian I am.

…at least, I pretend I’m being contrarian, but then the rest of the preview is just more Titan and Hero Academia.

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Why Tanya the Evil may end up being my favourite anime of 2017

IMG_0546Tanya the Evil may end up being my favorite anime of 2017. Considering it’s the first anime by a studio with no hype behind it and that my first impression was that it would be an anime for neo nazis, that’s quite the achievement. It tells the story of a sociopathic salaryman who is reborn as a little girl in the middle of magical-World War 1 because God wanted to teach them about what happens to atheists. I could try sell the anime to you by posting a bunch of Tanya faces but instead I shall use the longer option and diligently explain why it’s good…while also posting a bunch of Tanya faces.

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April 2017 anime roundup

Shingeki no Bahamut Virgin Soul - 03 - Large 07New season, old anime. Because while I’ve tried a whole bunch of stuff this season, all the ones I’m really enjoying are sequels. Mind you, those sequels are really good so I’m not exactly complaining. Last season didn’t have much anime worth watching either, but the ones it did have were fantastic. If we go every season with only 3-4 anime worth watching but all those anime are amazing, then it will be the best year for anime ever.

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Spring 2017 anime hot takes

IMG_0535This was going to be First Impressions but since episode 4s are already starting to appear I figured Hot Takes would be better. I thought there wouldn’t be much worth watching this season beyond the sequels, but then I watched a whole bunch of the new anime and I turned out to be basically completely correct. But hey, at least those sequels are pretty good. Although if I’ve missed anything then please do let me know.

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Spring 2017 Anime Season Preview

Welcome to one of The Cart Driver’s fabled anime season previews, spring 2017 edition. Just 6 more until I’ve been doing these for a full 10 years. Yup, this site aint over until I’ve stopped posting these. Yes I know technically the first episode of the new My Hero Academia has already aired, but that’s just a sequel. We’re here for all those juicy new anime, like….ummm….which sequels are airing again?

That’s unfair, there are a few mildly interesting looking things, and every season sneaks in a little Tanya the Evil surprise here and there. Let’s roll through them all, shall we?

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3gatsu no Lion Review: The Man Who Sadsacked the World


What’s this? A week without having to write 10-15 pages on Rome’s assimilation of the Gauls, or the colonialist causes of the Congolese Civil War? I guess that means I can finally write about good anime and not feel totally burned out on the writing process.

And 3gatsu really is a good anime. It manages to have emotional weight without resorting to needless melodrama, the art direction is effective, and the pathos behind the characters is presented in a way that emphasizes a myriad of struggles and how they drive the characters forward. Unfortunately, the way the show introduces that frowny fuck up there almost made me give up on the show after the first episode. Read More »

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February 2017 anime roundup

IMG_0508When your anime watching is restricted to what you can view when you are on public transport, some anime fall by the wayside. Acca? Stylish political intrigue with adults that I once caught the ticket inspector pausing by me to check out. Little Witch Academia? Wholesome family cartoon that is maybe a little weird for a grown man to watch but whatever. Scum’s Wish? Let’s try catch up on that another time, shall we?

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Comedy with meaning and why Nichijou’s longevity bothers me

LQ2PrI have a perhaps naive belief in the power of comedy to say something. Through the disarming capabilities of comedy you can push past barriers that you could only otherwise cover in the gravest of tones. It’s why I try to argue against the belief that comedy is some kind of mysterious thing where enjoyment and taste can’t be broken down and explained why. It may be dry and dull to explain a joke, but I’m a critic so that’s what I do. It’s because of this belief in the depth of comedy that I despair at so-called “random” comedy. Where the joke is entirely in the construction and not in the meaning.

Or to put it another way, I feel very depressed that common anime fandom opinion is that Nichijou is a comedy classic and Watamote was some forgotten, briefly popular thing.

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