Ben-To – Taking Things too Far

Ben-To Has One Great Premise

People come together at the local grocery store to beat the tar out of each other for half-price bento boxes. It’s just a totally normal thing in this show. After one episode, I was sold. I then sat down and watched the whole thing in one sitting.

Unfortunately, Ben-To slowly began to lose its charm as time went on. Had it stuck to its premise while only dabbling in occasional fanservice, the show would easily have been a lot better. So what was the problem exactly? Ben-To‘s go to joke was to sexually assault, and in some cases, borderline rape its cast. That just isn’t funny. Furthermore, some of the fanservice was tied up into that mess, which is not a good idea. Ever. Continue reading “Ben-To – Taking Things too Far”

Kaiji: Against All Rules Season 2 – Mini Review

Let Down & Disappointed

This is an adapted and edited re-upload of a review featured in an update awhile back

501Kaiji’s second season started off with a bang, much like season one. I was hopeful. Unlike season one, I stayed interested in season two of Kaiji for much more of its runtime. The big reason is that the gambling games featured in season 2 were more varied and played out interestingly. You can view my thoughts on season one here.

However, by the end a huge flaw surfaced with the show. The pachinko arc was so… dang… long. I made the Dragon Ball joke last time, but it felt the same way here again. A real let down; I was disappointed because I wanted to like this series.

It’s a real shame too, because I actually enjoyed season 2 up until its final arc. Upon conclusion, the show does not wrap up the main conflict from season 1, but ends in a good enough fashion. Overall, this was better than season 1 (even having me retroactively rate season one a bit lower to a 5/10 form a 6/10), but just barely. 6/10 for this one. Only worth a watch if you have seen season one but is not really worth recommending past that.

You can find both seasons of Kaiji for legal streaming on Crunchyroll. Did you enjoy Kaiji or think it took on more than it bargained for? Let me know in the comments below. Leave a like if you enjoyed the article and hope to see you back at the site soon!

Edogawa Rampo – How Rampo Kitan Inspired Me to Read a Japanese Classic

Edogawa Rampo is the Grandfather of Japanese Mystery Literature

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Hirai Taro, the real name of famed author Edogawa Rampo, was born October 21, 1894. Rampo took inspiration from Western mystery writers such as Dolye and Poe (among others). In fact, his nom de plume is dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe as it is a direct verbal translation of Poe’s name. Existing in a time between critically acclaimed Agatha Christie and Edgar Wallace, Edogawa Rampo was instrumental in shaping the modern day mystery genre in Japan. Continue reading “Edogawa Rampo – How Rampo Kitan Inspired Me to Read a Japanese Classic”

Anime ABC’s – G is for Gunslinger Girl (S1 & 2 + OVA’s)

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AKA Lolis with Guns

Gunslinger Girl was introduced to me as “lolis with guns.” I was immediately interested by this description and knew that I would be watching this anime. Up until now, the opportunity hadn’t arisen. I had started it up with some friends awhile back, but we never got around to finishing it. Fortunately, Anime ABC’s is just the opportunity that I was looking for to finish this show. I’ll be taking a look at both seasons of the show and the OVA’s in this review, so let’s get started! Continue reading “Anime ABC’s – G is for Gunslinger Girl (S1 & 2 + OVA’s)”

Ajin Season 2 – Mini Review

An (Almost) Stunning Conclusion

This is an adapted and edited re-upload of a review featured in an update awhile back

81858As you may remember, I enjoyed Ajin‘s first season rather well. Check out that review here. I was so inspired, Ajin even sparked a discussion about the use of CG in anime, which I encourage you to check out as well. You can do so here. Naturally, I was pretty excited to see how things would play out in this anime’s second season.

For awhile, I was prepared to say that the second season was better than the first. However, there were a few things that only kept my enjoyment of season two at about the same level as season one. The biggest reason had to do with the lack of a resolute ending.

Everything feels like it is wrapped up nicely but in the last few minutes of the show Ajin decides to setup for a season 3. I’d be fine with this, except there is no season 3. Netflix has a real problem with its original series, and that’s not knowing when to end them. Ajin has been out for awhile, and if they wanted it to be 3 seasons long, then that’s how much they should have contracted the first time. Don’t start up a show like this and then just leave it incomplete when it easily could have been completed.

Outside of this, season 2 offered what I wanted in all aspects coming from season 1. There was not quite as much spectacle in this season, but that much was to be expected. Some interesting ideas and a story that I enjoyed. I would love to watch more, granted it ever got made. I’d recommend watching this one despite the non-ending and give it about the same rating as season one, an 8/10.

What did you think of Ajin’s second season? Did it live up to your expectations or lose its immortal charm? Let me know in the comments below. If you enjoyed this article, leave a like or share it with anybody who may be interested. I hope to see you back at the site soon!

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 “Anime ABC’s – F is for Flowers of Evil”

Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor (Season 1) Review – Gambling is Serious Business

Serious Business, With Serious Consequences

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 – E is for Erased”

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 “Ajin Season 1 Review – The Full 3D CG Anime Experience”