Finally, I Watched Love Live!
I’ve actually been quite interested in watching Love Live! School Idol Project for some time now. Unfortunately, the series only had the second season of the first series available for several years. That is, until recently when Funimation (now Crunchyroll) got the streaming rights to the first season. While it’s true I could have started with future entries, I wanted to start from the beginning and make my way slowly through the franchise as I’ve been doing with Fate and others. Today I’ll be sharing 9 thoughts, or “μ’sings” if you will, about my experience with Love Live! so far. Continue reading “9 μ’sings about Love Live! School Idol Project”
A Great Place to Start?
For the past few years I’ve slowly been collecting all of the mainline Fate entries along with a few other editions in order to finally dive into the franchise in full. With both season 15 and 16 of #AniTwitWatches my chance to start finally came. During this period we watched both of Deen’s adaptations of Fate/Stay Night (2006) and the Unlimited Blade Works film. Rather than do a typical review, I’m electing to instead discuss my expectations with each and my general thoughts on the franchise moving forward as I prepare to continue this journey deeper into the fandom. Continue reading “Fate/Stay Night (2006) & UBW Route 1 – My Fate Journey Begins…”
Uso’s Getting his Money’s Worth!
Well, in a figurative sense at least. Before we begin, today’s article is sponsored by Uso, or as you may know him on Twitter as @obamasnowToo. Having won the New Year’s AMQ special event, I awarded him my $15 Patreon tier where you can suggest just about anything for me to take a look at and cover in some capacity. In keeping with the New Year spirit, he gave me a few suggestions from the 2021 anime lineup to choose from and I ended up selecting Muteking the Dancing Hero. He knows that I’m a fan of Tribe Cool Crew and Brave Beats, so this was something I had some interest in anyway, but thanks to him I had a nice excuse to watch the whole show. With all this preamble out of the way, today I want to talk about anime fans and children’s media, why so many fans seem drawn to it, and what exactly it can bring to the table while looking at this Muteking reboot along the way. Continue reading “Anime Fans & Children’s Media – A Look at Muteking the Dancing Hero”
Did Fruits Basket get the FMA Treatment?
Awhile back I watched the original 2001 version of Fruits Basket which is a slightly dated, partial adaptation of the source material of the same name. I enjoyed it, but didn’t have enough to say to write a full piece. Now I’ve had the chance to watch through the first season of the 2019 version, and it begs the question: Did this receive the Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood treatment? By which I mean, is the old one worth watching, and by extension, do you need to watch the first season of the new one afterwards? Today I aim to answer these questions and walk you through exactly what’s been improved upon, and what hasn’t. Continue reading “Fruits Basket – Old or New?”
I’ve Returned From Yet Another Anime Pilgrimage…
My last multi-year journey in anime saw me visiting Hunter x Hunter but even before that I had begun an even longer journey back in 2016, now five years later, I have returned from one bizarre adventure, the story of which I am prepared to share with you here today. I’ll be walking through each leg of the journey, my thoughts, the things I took away, and naturally, any regrets that came along with my travels. So sit back, enjoy a fine wine, and let me regale you with the anime legend that is: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. Continue reading “Jon’s Bizarre Adventure – A JoJo Retrospective in Preparation for Stone Ocean”
An #AnitTwitWatches Discussion
Season 14 of #AniTwitWatches just concluded by time you are seeing this article, but I actually finished RahXephon some time ago closer to the middle of the watch as I lost access to it around then. As a result, I had to binge through the whole thing in more-or-less one sitting past episode 10. Long story short, I don’t recommend doing that, but why don’t I? In today’s article I want to discuss the benefits of a more metered watch like #AniTwitWatches provides, and why some shows really deserve you taking your time with them. Continue reading “RahXephon – To Binge or Not to Binge”
Everything’s Here But…
While watching Samurai Flamenco I couldn’t help but notice the show shares a flaw with it’s prominent theme. The main character, Hazama, struggles with his sense of identity in his pursuit of justice. In the same way, the show struggles to tow the line between genre parody and its more serious narrative elements. So would I recommend this one? Yeah, but it comes with a pretty big caveat. Let me explain. Continue reading “Samurai Flamenco – Technically Perfect, Ultimately Lacking”
Still Too Much Anime!
Alright, the Spring 2021 season was stacked, and after taking a closer look, I realized I watched a pretty big chunk of the shows. Rather than do a bunch of individual reviews, I thought it’d be fun to do a best and worst of list featuring five shows for their respective categories. Today I’m looking at the shows that left a bad taste in my mouth or otherwise missed their mark, along with why I thought this was the case. You’ll likely disagree with some of these, and if you do, that’s fine! I’m glad some folks enjoyed some of these shows, even if I don’t agree. Of course, just like last time, let me know what would have made your list in the comments below. Continue reading “Worst in Season – Spring 2021”
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…”
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”