Box of Goblins – Life is Like a…

Hear me Out for a Second

Imagine yourself asleep on a train, you were previously sitting alone. However, now that you awaken a man sits across from you holding a strange and ornate box. After a brief exchange, you hear the box coo at you. The man says, “Oh, you heard that?'” as he begins to pull on the tassels at the front of the box. The tiny doors open to reveal a young woman’s head surrounded by flowers. The man continues, “Yes, she is still alive.'” What follows is an elaborate tale concerning several murders and how the young woman came to be in the box.

The above is the opening moments of an anime that I am extremely excited to talk about today, Box of Goblins. It’s immediately weird, yet captivating. No doubt, you are sure to have several questions, and much like the man on the train can’t seem to pull himself away from this view, to forget the sight he saw, surely, neither will you.

Of course, at first glance the show doesn’t seem to be anything particularly special. If you compare my synopsis above to the official MAL synopsis here, you’ll see it doesn’t do much to sell itself:

The story follows a series of bizarre murders of schoolgirls who have been dismembered and stuffed into boxes. The private investigator hired by a missing daughter’s mother joins forces with an antique book seller and others to unravel the murder spree.

-The Box of Goblins MAL Page

If there’s one thing this synopsis has going for it, it’s that the subject matter is more unusual. How do all of these fairly different elements all converge into a cohesive product? I’ll admit, it was enough to get me to look into it, but the opening moments, what I’ve transcribed above and used as this post’s image, does more than mere words could ever do for the show. Now that I have your attention, let me explain to you why Box of Goblins is a hidden gem just waiting to be uncovered. Continue reading “Box of Goblins – Life is Like a…”

Yasuke & Trese’s Biggest Problem – A Continued Look at Netflix Anime

Recently I Gave Both of These a Watch and…

When it comes to reviewing Netflix “anime” adaptations, I’m no stranger. Housing some of the best titles I’ve ever watched right alongside some of the worst I’ve ever seen, their track record is spotty at best. That’s why these two recent titles, Yasuke and Trese are worth talking about. On the surface, both 6 episode series don’t have a lot in common. They are radically different stories, but at the end of the day, they share almost the exact same issues. They both avoid playing into their strengths, what make them unique, in favor of telling bland, straightforward stories. Continue reading “Yasuke & Trese’s Biggest Problem – A Continued Look at Netflix Anime”

#Animexchange – Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun

A Decent Comedy

This is the fifth instalment of the “Anime X-Change Project” reviews. If you don’t know what that is, be sure to check out all the info here from an earlier post. A heads up, I’m putting a pause on these for a bit, possibly indefinitely, after this entry. The reason being my new computer is here and my content creation priorities have shifted. Today’s review is brought to you by @MechAnimeReview, or Scott. I held off on Nozaki-kun for awhile because comedy anime are pretty hit-or-miss for me. That begs the question, was this anime a “hit” or was it a “miss”?

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Solty Rei – Gonzo Does Father-Daughter? Sign Me Up!

Cool Creative Combo

It hasn’t even been a month and I’m already back with another father-daughter review in Solty Rei. During one of our weekly Anime Music Quiz games, the opening for this show played and several players brought the absence of this title on my list to my attention. A Gonzo show? A father-daughter show? Well, sounds like a gross oversight on my part. So now that the meme is out of the way, just how exactly does Solty Rei stack up? Continue reading “Solty Rei – Gonzo Does Father-Daughter? Sign Me Up!”

#Animexchange – Sound of the Sky

I Hope You Like Amazing Grace

This is the fourth instalment of the “Anime X-Change Project” reviews. If you don’t know what that is, be sure to check out all the info here from an earlier post. For this one @InfiniteZenith suggested Sound of the Sky which someone had once told me was “K-on! without a soul”, well there is a Rio… Mio… hmmm, suspicious. All jokes aside, this anime is more properly akin to Girls’ Last Tour with a dose of Violet Evergarden. If that sounds like a winning combo, that’s because it (mostly) is.

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WorldEnd: What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us? – Bringing More to the Table

Went in For the Meme…

You know I watch a lot of father-daughter shows so I decided to take things to the next level with WorldEnd. It’s a father-daughter-daughter-daughter-daughter-daughter-daughter-daughter-daughter-daughter-daughter-daughter-daughter-daughter-daughter-daughter-daughter-daughter-daughter show, so you know I had to cover it! All jokes aside, there was more to this one than I expected resulting in a pleasant surprise. Continue reading “WorldEnd: What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us? – Bringing More to the Table”

SSSS.GRIDMAN & My Anime Watching Experience

GRIDMAN Highlights Something Interesting…

For the tenth season of #Anitwitwatches we watched SSSS.GRIDMAN, a Trigger anime from 2018 that simultaneously pays homage to, while modernizing, the tokusatsu shows of the Showa era. The anime is an exploration of depression and nostalgia that I wouldn’t call bad, but fails to fully realize itself thanks to flat characters and the inherent conflict of catering to fans of yore while trying to tell its modernized and more mature story. However, that’s hardly GRIDMAN’s most interesting talking point. Continue reading “SSSS.GRIDMAN & My Anime Watching Experience”

Don’t Sleep on High-Rise Invasion

Unironically, One of The Best Netflix Anime

I saw High-Rise Invasion on the Winter 2021 lineup, and seeing it was a Netflix title, figured I wouldn’t be watching this one until June at the earliest. Color me surprised that it only recently dropped, dub and all, just a few days ago at the time of this writing. I knew instantly when I saw it on the list for shows this season that I was going to watch this anime, and as you can probably already guess, I’m really glad I didn’t pass this one over. In a season where there is just so much to watch, I hope you won’t overlook High-Rise Invasion.

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#Animexchange – Mo Dao Zu Shi

Chinese Animation Measures Up

Image result for ma dao zu shi animeThis is the third instalment of the “Anime X-Change Project” reviews. If you don’t know what that is, be sure to check out all the info here from an earlier post. Today we’ll be looking at a Chinese animation called Mo Dao Zu Shi which was recommended by @YuAlexius. This isn’t my first Chinese show, but it certainly is the best one I’ve seen. Just how good is it? You’ll have to read on to find out!

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