Anime ABC’s – F is for Flowers of Evil

Story Through Music

Flowers of Evil, or Aku no Hana, is another ABC show that  had not seen prior it to it winning the vote. Through it’s 13 episodes run, I experienced the most bizarre coming of age story coupled with a self-acceptance story that I have seen to date. Most striking, however, was the music. You could almost get away with just watching the OP and ED of each episode (with a minor amount of context) and fully comprehend the narrative of this anime.  Continue reading

Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor (Season 1) Review – This is Why you Should Gamble Kids

Er, I Think That’s Backwards, Why You Shouldn’t Gamble

80032After finishing Kaiji:  Ultimate Survivor, to be further referred to as Kaiji, I felt it was necessary to immediately do a write up. Normally, I would wait a bit, think about it some, and do this, but not for this show. I have a passion for the “mind game” genre which Kaiji belongs to and have waited a good long while before watching. Did it live up to all the praise, or is this anime not worth taking the gamble on?

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Anime ABC’s – E is for Erased

Erased Has Excellent Direction & an Interesting Premise, but is That Enough?

3727644b109279e2cb405ac89b0f293f1452549294_fullAfter over a month of waiting I am finally getting to this review of Erased! This is the first Anime ABC’s show that I haven’t seen prior to it winning a vote. I was really excited to have a show win that I hadn’t seen yet. I had been wanting to watch Erased, or Boku dake ga Inai Machi it’s Japanese title, pretty much since it aired back in the Winter season of 2016, but just didn’t get around to it. This anime was pretty contentious so where exactly do I stand? Continue reading

Anime ABC’s – D is for The Devil is a Part-Timer

Comedy That Transcends Cultural Barriers

The Devil is a Part-Timer or Hataraku Maou-sama!  is a rare type of comedy anime that manages to get Western humor right while still feeling Japanese. This is true of both the sub and the dub, but today I’m going to be just talking about the dub as that’s my general preference as most of you know by now. The Devil is a Part-Timer, or Devil as I’ll refer to it from now on, was one of the better shows to come out of the Spring season in 2013. Did the show leave me impressed by the end of its 13 episode run, or did it run out of steam for me?
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Ajin Season 1 Review – The Full 3D CG Anime Experience

Normally Anime Isn’t Fully Digitally Animated & That’s Probably a Good Thing

79202lHowever, every now and then CG and 3D animation is necessary for budgeting, time, or practical reasons. In Ajin’s case, the show is fully done in this manner. While it isn’t always the prettiest in terms of animation, Ajin did manage to capture my attention with its intriguing cast and provocative narrative. Was Ajin a forgotten masterpiece of the 2016 Winter line up, or something that was rightfully passed over by most of the community? Continue reading

Anime ABC’s – C is for Code Geass

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This review has been a long time coming, but I finally finished watching both seasons with my friends. This review will cover both seasons and is spoiler free. Code Geass is a 50 episode Sunrise anime split between 2 seasons. For several years the anime has been out of print but recently came back thanks to Funimation for a 10th anniversary re-release. I first watched Code Geass several years ago when I first got into anime, and I loved every second of it. Did my thoughts change, or is it just as awesome as I remember? Continue reading

Anime ABC’s – B is for Baccano!

A Review About an Anime Featuring American Gangsters, Eccentric Robbers, & an Afternoon Train Ride

Baccano! is all of this and more. Animated by Brain’s Base, Baccano! is a 13 episode anime (16 if you count the OVA’s included on the DVD’s) sporting a highly stylized presentation, unconventional narrative, and highly dynamic and engaging characters; Baccano! is an anime that any fan of the medium can’t afford to miss out on. If you haven’t seen this one yet, then you are in for a real treat. Let me tell you why. Continue reading