#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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Key in Transition – Kanon (2006) Review & Discussion

Kanon is a Weird Show

A long time ago I had planned to review and discuss each of the “big three” Key anime. Those being AirKanon (2006), and Clannad + After Story. Each a brain child of Jun Maeda, who would go on to make additional works that could easily be added to this initial list. However, I never got around to that article partially because I wasn’t sure how to convey just how radically different, while still being very much the same, each show was. Today I plan to retackle that very same article and explain the significance behind Kanon (2006). Continue reading “Key in Transition – Kanon (2006) Review & Discussion”

#Animexchange – Time of Eve

Impressive, but not Perfect

This is the second in a series of reviews for the “Anime X-Change Project”. If you don’t know what that is, be sure to check out all the info here from an earlier post. This time we are looking at a six episode ONA series, Time of Eve which was suggested by @nobIemonsters. I’ve been meaning to give this a look for some time now and this was the perfect excuse! With that, let’s dive right into my thoughts.

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The Gymnastics Samurai – A Surprise Seasonal Hit!

Unexpectedly Good

If you don’t know by now I watch pretty much every father-daughter anime on the market so color me surprised when I discovered The Gymnastics Samurai was one such show, but not only that, it was SO MUCH more. After checking this out on a whim for the Fall 2020 season, I knew I had to stick with this one and I’m very glad that I did. Continue reading “The Gymnastics Samurai – A Surprise Seasonal Hit!”

#Animexchange – White Album 2

Hitting (Almost) all the Right Notes

Before we dive into the review, this is the first in a series of reviews for the “Anime X-Change Project”. If you don’t know what that is, be sure to check out all the info here from an earlier post. My partner, @Animated_Andy recommended me White Album 2, which despite its name, is not actually a sequel. In his own words:

So let’s see just how on the money he happened to be!

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Great Pretender – International Crime Capers

Netflix Has a Winner

“You should always try to do the right thing, become a benefit to society, and earn the respect of every person you meet.”

-Edamura

We all strive to become a benefit to society… that’s why I write reviews on the internet, and I do so with confidence. Welcome, it’s your #1 (self-proclaimed) confidence reviewer Jon Spencer! Today, we’ll be discussing Great Pretender, and let me tell ya “This baby can hold so much thematic depth that it’s even a detriment at times”. *Slaps keyboard* gzdfb; send review. Continue reading “Great Pretender – International Crime Capers”

Anime ABC’s Z is for Zankyou no Terror

The End of a Saga

Ever since the dropping of the atomic bombs in Japan, 1945 the country has never been the same. It’s an event that has left a permanent scar that permeated the culture, which is why nuclear disaster is such a prevalent theme in Japanese media, especially anime. Today’s final ABC review explores the impact of the bombings and offers a whole lot more to say on rather divisive subjects. From the brilliant mind of Shinichiro Watanabe, I present to you Zankyou no Terror. Continue reading “Anime ABC’s Z is for Zankyou no Terror”

The Skull Man – A Slow Burn Mystery

Who is The Skull Man?

A rumor about a masked killer in Otomo City, a corrupt district of Japan where conspiracy and death are all too familiar, grabs the attention of a Tokyo reporter, Minagami Hayato. He’s soon joined by a young photographer, Kiriko Mamiya. At first, this seems like a fruitless effort but slowly the pieces begin to come into place and a deep conspiracy is revealed, but by then, it just may be too late. Continue reading “The Skull Man – A Slow Burn Mystery”

The Princess and the Pilot – Mini Review

A Pleasant Enough Film

For the eighth season of #AniTwitWatches, I decided to host a movie night and the winner of the public vote to decide what to watch happened to be The Princess and the Pilot. Didn’t know much about this film going in, so wasn’t sure what to expect from this film. As you might imagine, the 2011 feature follows a princess as she is transported by a lone pilot in hostile territory during a time of war. It’s a quiet film peppered with moments of action. While not bad, it’s a bit plain.

Really, that’s the long short of things here. The Princess and the Pilot isn’t a film I regret watching, nor is it something I’d recommend you give a pass to, but I find it hard to just outright recommend. It does just enough to be spared feeling totally average, while simultaneously being so obviously constructed that it doesn’t bring much of its own flavor to the table.

The one exception to this is the dogfight sequences, or really any time the plane is utilized in the film. These kind of anime are more rare, so it’s nice to see them. However, the action sequences, though brief as they are, do deliver. The tension is there and the right amount of emphasis is placed on each moment.

As a result, the slower, more intimate parts of the film where our pilot and princess talk to each other feels appropriate. The two characters don’t really part from the “two different worlds” story, which is further contrived with the shared history between the pair, but their interactions are earned with growth felt between both of them. Still, I can’t help but feel there was more opportunity here that went ignored.

There isn’t much else to say about this one. I know I haven’t exactly painted The Princess and the Pilot as the most exciting film, but if you have a free afternoon and are looking for something fairly straightforward to watch, this’ll fit the bill just fine. Likely, you’ll enjoy yourself but find that the film is underwhelming despite the premise. Final verdict, worth the one-time watch on a rainy day.


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Anime ABC’s Y is for Yuri!!! on ICE

A Love Letter to Figure Skating

When a work has so much love and passion for a given idea or topic poured into it, it’s almost impossible to ignore. It comes through in the final product. Yuri!!! on ICE is an anime that took the world by storm because of its love for professional figure skating and the statements it makes on love itself. However, it’s passion is also the show’s biggest downside, often sacrificing quality for its passion.
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