My Top 20 Anime of The Decade

The 2010’s Were Full of Great Titles!

There were so many great titles in the past decade, in fact, that I had a hard time only picking 10 of them. So, since we are entering 2020, I thought I’d expand the list to 20 titles! Before we dive in, I need to state that only shows I actually watched to completion were eligible for the list, so if a title is missing, I probably just didn’t watch it yet. Additionally, films will be included on this list as well since there were a few that came out and I saw that I really liked, but not enough for a separate list. Finally, these are my picks, so if you disagree, just make your own list, I’d love to see it! Continue reading “My Top 20 Anime of The Decade”

Granbelm – Mini Review

Magical Girls & Mecha?

Image result for granbelm animeWell not quite, but it’s close enough. Granbelm is an original 13 episode series that aired in the Summer 2019 lineup. It had a fair bit of buzz around its production staff, most notably for the connections to Re:Zero as both productions share a director and character designer. The big question is if this lived up to the hype or not, so, did it?

The short answer is, yeah, mostly. It was a solid show with a seemingly impossible production (there was an episode animated by ONE person for heaven’s sake). In a word, Granbelm was consistent.

The long answer is that Granbelm was more consistent than Re:Zero, but it lacked something that the latter had. I really can’t identify what this was exactly, but I just couldn’t get into this series the same way. That’s saying something because it wasn’t exactly like I loved Re:Zero or anything like that.

Maybe it was the weird mech designs, or perhaps the short length of 13 episodes wasn’t enough time for characters to fully blossom. I sincerely can’t identify one thing that was truly wrong with Granbelm, but there was something holding it back.

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Take Nene for example, she got a lot of screentime, but I feel like her story was incomplete

However, I feel like if you liked shows such as Madoka or the WIXOSS seriesthere will be something here for you. Is it as good? Definitely not. Was it one of the shows I actively looked forward to during the season? Absolutely, yes.

Really, what better endorsement could there be? It’s getting compared to some legitimately excellent shows, so clearly Granbelm is doing something right here. Some downright impressive moments of visual flair, decent depth of ideas, and the story is pretty dang unique. I don’t know about you, but I’ve not seen mages need to duke things out in a magical realm, between space and time no less, with astral mecha before. That’s just the surface.

I’m genuinely conflicted here because I am excited by Granbelm and the unique things it brought to the table. It was really well produced (outside of that terrible ED, I can’t fathom that), most the characters were pretty great, and it reminded me of shows I really loved. However, it was just missing something. That’s really all there is to it.

I probably sound like a broken record in this review, but I do recommend Granbelm for what it’s worth. This one does need a little time to get going, but once it does it actually does you’ll probably want to binge through. That’s about it for me folks. Give Granbelm a try if you haven’t already.


What are your thoughts on Granbelm? Did you feel it was missing something that stopped it from being truly great? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. If you want to support my work, please utilize the donation buttons below. Thanks for reading!

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Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS Review & Series Retrospective

WIXOSS is a Great Series

As you guys probably know, I did a whole collaboration with two other amazing bloggers, Ayano and Leth (you should totally check ’em out by the way), covering each episode of Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS. You can read up on all those hereAs such, I don’t have a ton to say in terms of an overall review of the season so I’ll also be discussing my thoughts on the series as a whole and a quick rundown on the entire franchise. Let’s kick things off with my quick thoughts on this season!
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Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS Collaboration with Ayano & Lethargic Ramblings – The Epic Conclusion Episodes 11 & 12

Our Collaboration is Coming to a Close

It was a lot of fun and a ton of stuff happened throughout this wild WIXOSS collaboration adventure. Leth got married, I started and quit a job, and Ayano has been up to all sorts of new, interesting ideas over on her site. Not only that, but the show itself has been a pretty crazy ride! Today we’ll be looking at the last two episodes of Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS and what we all thought of them.
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Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS Collaboration with Ayano & Lethargic Ramblings – We’re Back! Ep. 2

We Love WIXOSS

You must too, right? That or you must really love us! Either way, I’m happy you could join us for the second installment of this little collab we’re all doing together. The first post of ours was hosted by Ayano over at her site which you should totally go and check out. Today is my turn to host one of our posts where we’ll be talking about episode two, so obvious spoilers in bound. First off everybody was asked a pre-episode question and did a write up, then we watched the episode. Let’s see what everybody said and what the question was shall we? Continue reading “Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS Collaboration with Ayano & Lethargic Ramblings – We’re Back! Ep. 2”

CG in Anime – A Brief History & Discussion

Love it or Hate it, We’re Stuck With 3D & CG Work in Anime

Since I took a look at Ajin‘s first season earlier this week I thought it might be interesting to explore my thoughts on the use of computer generated content and various 3D elements that are becoming ever present in the anime industry. Before all that though, let’s explore the history of CG in anime.

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Lostorage Incited WIXOSS – First Look (Ep 1-5)

Normally I Don’t Do These

However, Lostorage Incited Wixoss was a pleasant surprise to see in this season’s anime lineup. While I don’t typically watch currently airing shows, and I especially don’t do first looks or reactions, I couldn’t help but highlight this anime. Having been a fan of the first two seasons of the Wixoss franchise, season 3 quickly caught my attention. I just got a chance to check it out and I’ve got to say, this is easily the best entry in the franchise thus far. Continue reading “Lostorage Incited WIXOSS – First Look (Ep 1-5)”

What’s Jon Doing? June 2016

Hope Everybody Doing Well!

This is the second ‘What’s Jon Doing?’ article

I didn’t receive any feedback on last month’s ‘What’s Jon Doing?’ so if I don’t get any this month I’ll be scrapping the idea altogether. I don’t mind doing this and as you may have noticed, I updated last month’s article nearly every other day. I cannot stress enough how important it is to let me know if you enjoy this sort of thing or not. With that, let’s get this thing started! Continue reading “What’s Jon Doing? June 2016”