11 CommentsAnime Analysis / By Scamp /

Winter Anime Season Wrapup Part 2 – Dagashi Kashi, Haikyuu, Osomatsu-san and the shorts


The Beatles were also fans of Osomatsu-san.

The new season has started and already there’s been some excellent anime. I was particularly fond of the first episode of Mayoiga, or The Lost Village as we’re apparently calling it now. This season is looking to be one of the biggest in anime for a long time, and I’m not even talking about the quality of the anime on show. Start digging into the money paid for streaming rights of Iron Fortress and My Hero Academia and watch your brain fall out of your ears. But whatever, that’s next season, and I’m too busy rounding up last season.

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23 CommentsAnime Analysis / By Scamp /

Winter 2016 Anime Season Wrapup Part 1 – Shouwa Era Rakugo Shinjuu, Durarara and Iron Blooded Orphans

Durarara x2 Ketsu - 01 - Large 27I’ve been at a bit of a loss on how to write about all these anime. I’ll have to figure out something better for next season. Heck since I’m not doing it for MAL, I might try write episodic posts again. Covering Big Order after the fun of blogging Future Diary, or maybe laughing at the weirdly inevitably mess Mayoiga turns into. That would be fun. But I don’t want to leave last season without having my say on the anime I’m finishing. I ended up with something of a scattershot approach to watching anime this season, considering I never watched any of Konosuba or Grimgar which people seemed to like, and in particular only watched the first episode of Erased. I liked it too, I just sorta forgot to watch more. But here’s what I did watch and me telling you where I think you should watch it too.

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8 CommentsBoku dake ga Inai Machi, Editorials / By Inushinde /

The Bokumachi Finale Will Probably Suck: Or Why Episode 11 Sucks


I can say that for the most part, this is a well-made show with a lot of love behind it. I like the characters, and for the most part it hit all the right emotional notes. But the penultimate few episodes left me in the cold, in the same way that a hamster using a dead hamster as a raft probably feels left in the cold. Needless to say that there are spoilers below the break, so be warned if you haven’t seen the highly telegraphed reveal yet.
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38 CommentsAnime Analysis / By Scamp /

If you prefer the childhood friend in Dagashi Kashi, you are bad and wrong

Dagashi Kashi - 08 - Large 23I’ve increasingly seen people watching the Japanese sweets show Candy Crus-sorry, I mean Dagashi Kashi, who are expressing their preference for the character Saya. This childhood friend archetype is indeed an agreeable character with her beady eyes, infectious smile and a snagle tooth that evidently runs in the family. She’s so cute, you just want to protect that smile. I feel like even the manga author himself must have been caught up in the love-fest for this character as the latest episodes have focused more on her. I am here to tell you that you people are wrong. You are everything wrong with anime. You are destroying the industry one waifu declaration at a time.

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68 CommentsSite News / By Shinmaru /

The Long Goodbye

fal-popee-shinmaruOne more Popee for the road.

I’ll cut to the chase right away: This is my final post for The Cart Driver, in all likelihood. Maybe I’ll feel the itch again in the future to write about anime. Maybe not. For the foreseeable future, however, I’m done. It’s been a long time coming. I kept saying to myself that I wanted to keep going, but … it just didn’t happen, for various reasons I’m not particularly interested in expanding upon. So that’s that.

OK, with that out of the way, let me be a big, sappy dork at length.

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13 CommentsAnime Analysis / By Inushinde /

Ranking the Mahouka from Bad to Worse: Enrollment

[HorribleSubs] Mahouka - 03 [480p].mkv_snapshot_20.57_[2014.04.23_22.12.59]

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16 CommentsLists / By Scamp /

The Top 30 Anime

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It was time we updated this damn thing. Back in 2012 when Shinmaru and Inushinde joined the blog, we came together to draft our joint top 30 anime of all time. It’s been four years since then and the list was looking increasingly dated. So we came together again to draft a whole new best anime list. 13 new anime have been added to the list in that time, although only 2.5 of those aired within those intervening years (the “half” being a certain long-running anime). Mostly it was just us watching older anime and discovering or rediscovering some true greats and making even greater cases for them being included.

Note that this isn’t any attempt to come up with an “objective” best list, as dumb as that concept may be. It’s not arguing the biggest or most influential. It’s simply a collection of our 3 collective tastes for what we think are the best anime ever. If you want our individual lists you can view them here:

Scamp’s Top 30 Anime

Shinmaru’s Top 30 Anime

Inushinde’s Top 30 Anime

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33 CommentsLists / By Shinmaru /

Shinmaru’s Top 30 Anime + tags

kaerun-idol-show-turning-girlsok Turning Girls isn’t actually on my list, but i didn’t know what to use as a lead image and kaerun rules so fuck it

The more anime I watch, the more the idea of ranking anime makes me uncomfortable. How the heck do I compare series with vastly different goals and methods of storytelling? Beats me. So I guess think of this more as “this is 30 shows I sure like a whole lot because they are cool and good” rather than “these are the 30 best anime of All Time objectively ordered into an easily consumable listicle.” Or disregard my handwringing entirely; that works, too.

That said, my list is better than Scamp and Inushinde’s, because I am cooler and better than them even though I watch anime. My tags are way better than their tags, too.

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