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I remember how I was back in July, my rosy-cheeked, shiny-eyed self untainted by the overwhelming sludge of mediocrity that was the summer season. It was a time when Hyouka was more contemptible and exploitative than Violence Jack, and Jinrui was sitting high on the pantheon of greatest things in all history ever; admittedly, beginning the season in a drunken haze probably didn’t help to ease this strange disconnect.

But then Yuru Yuri Two Eighth-Notes and Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse aired, and I gained some perspective on things. No longer was I a rosy-eyed, shiny-cheeked youth, but a grizzled blogger who had seen it all, man. It was at that point when all hope seemed lost that something weird happened: Hyouka somehow got better, and Jinrui slowly descended in quality from godlike to merely pretty good. What made this strange is these two results were caused by the same change in focus: from plot to character development. (more…)

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If somebody would have told me a year ago that a show about a guy not trying to accidentally fuck his sister would end up an impenetrable psychological labyrinth rivaling that of Satoshi Kon’s masterworks, I would have been mildly perturbed at some stranger running up to me to scream something akin to “WHO IS IMOUTO IS DEEP SHIT, WATCH IT.”

If somebody did the same only a week ago, I still would have been unable to process what was being said. I mean how could a dull harem anime about an innocent teenager trying to avoid incestuous hi-jinks match up to the peerless mindfuckery of ‘Paprika’ and such? Well, episode two of ‘Who Is Imouto’ gave me my answer, and it’s every bit as disturbing and 100% not based on baseless speculation as one would expect it to be.

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When stripped down to its broadest description, Sankarea is the tale of a girl trying to escape the yoke of her domineering, obsessive father through leaving the corporeal world and of a peculiar boy’s dream coming true in the most unlikely way possible. But depending on how jaded one is, it could also be seen as what would happen if somebody took their love for a moeblob too far; after all, Chihiro would still be longing for the faintly odorous, clammy embrace of the undead and Rea would have a pulse if her father wasn’t so focused on making her into the vomit-inducing spitting image of his deceased moe personification of a wife. So basically what I’m saying is that fated-to-die anime love interests are the root of all evil, and an indirect “Fuck you” to Key and Jun Maeda. Oh, and this episode deals heavily in the various pathologies of the Sanka family in a manner oddly reminiscent of the flashback episodes of Evangelion, so you know you’re in for a happy ride that’s not at all fuelled by alcoholism and crushed dreams of normalcy. (more…)

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If I hypothetically decided to take up a new career as a James Bond villain, rather than the unbelievably lavish career of a sociology major, there are three things I’d make sure to do before plotting world domination and consequently being foiled by my arch nemesis: Buy an eye patch, perfect my evil laugh, and dangle every anime viewer over a pool of sharks via shoddy rope and ask them what the most Lovecraftian anime of the season is. If they answered anything but Tsuritama, they’d be promptly dropped and devoured by sharks, because life isn’t worth living without petty and decadent evil.

Unfortunately, since I don’t have the funds or lack of moral compass to assume a life of murderous pedantry, I’ll have to back up my point like any other, self-respecting blogger without access to a pool of sharks and embarrassing amounts of disposable income. (more…)

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Another once again delivered in the best way possible, by setting things up for disaster plot-wise and killing somebody off needlessly in the process. At this point, I’ve given up all hope of ever taking this show seriously, so I’m just rolling with what they send my way regardless of whether it deserves to have been penned or not. However, a thought crossed my mind as I read illogicalzen’s lengthy yet fascinating post on the presence of horror elements in anime regardless of whether they fit the description or not. Maybe I’ve been looking at this show the wrong way, criticizing it solely on the basis of its horror tag rather than the whole package. (more…)

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So it looks like the majority of our flashbacks are over, and we’re back to the meat of what makes Penguindrum such an interesting watch: Namely the penguins being the comic relief to balance out the otherwise dark direction of the plot, and developments that you really could not have seen a hundred miles away if you had a really powerful telescope that could somehow measure the distance of plot points as if they were physical manifestations. It’s difficult to say whether it’s holding up though, considering that Sanetoshi still has that vague sense of doing ugly actions with good intentions. Despite everyone else’s more immediate importance, I believe that our pink haired villain will be the glue holding everything together. (more…)

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So far, Fate/Zero has been a pretty well received show by the majority of its viewers, and for good reason. The animation is nearly perfect, the plot’s developing at a healthy pace while indulging those who enjoy a good all out brawl from time to time, and the direction’s been surprisingly sharp and crisp considering the scatterbrained nature of the source material. While it’s not the best of the season, it’s certainly one of my favorites, and it never fails to entertain. If it’s lacking majorly in anything, it’s with something pretty big: The characters. (more…)

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