Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse is one of my favourite animated films of the last decade and I’m only 20 years old. That’s like half of my life and I’ve seen a lot of animated movies. I’m aware that having grown up on Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy had an influence on my initial desire to see this film. I’m also aware that the legacy behind the characters skewed the viewing experience so that I am more inclined to enjoy the end product. That being said, I did the same for Venom (2018) and I kind of hated that movie so lets get into it.
Having only watched Lucky Star, a fluffy show lacking any real impact, I set out to watch something a bit more narrative reliant. If I recall correctly, I took to forums and discussions in an attempt to branch out from my first show. My love for complex and hard-hitting stories clearly hit home here as Angel Beats! still remains one of the strongest shows I’ve seen. From its hard hitting narrative, dark undertones and incredibly inventive soundtrack, the strength of each element really come together to build a genuinely impressive story. That being said, this series isn’t without its flaws and my ignorance definitely affected my views on the show at the time. Continue reading “My Anime Journey #2: Angel Beats!”
You guys asked for it, so here it is. Alice & Zoroku is a show that I watched as it aired but dropped around episode 3 or 4 due to a lack of interest and that exams were taking full control of my schedule. First of all, thank you to everyone who told me to give this another shot because this show had a lot more going for it than I gave credit for. Not only mixing up the general supernatural escaped test subject premise that’s been done to death but working so well to present its own themes entirely. Albeit a bit late, here are my full thoughts on Alice & Zoroku.
Although I’m still catching up on the season just gone, I’ve been doing my best to keep up with this new season of anime. In these weekly roundups, I’ll be going through each show I’m watching and talk about the episode that aired this week. Opening week is always the most important, creating a lasting impression is key to sustaining a hefty audience. Let’s see how this season has fared so far.
When a show that, admittedly, had a lot of flaws and was pushed to the sidelines gets a second season, there is always a feeling of caution towards it. What some would consider a waste of time for the last season, dedicating your time to another thirteen episodes can be quite the commitment. Well let me tell you, it is one of the best decisions you can make. Throwing aside the flat comedy and going ham with the action, drama and animation has re-sparked the light in Bungo Stray Dogs.
Mob Psycho 100, undeniably the fan favourite of the season and for a plethora of very good reasons. The mastermind behind the creation of the One Punch Man manga known as ONE receives another TV anime of his other manga of the same name. I’ve been waiting to write about this show since the first episode aired. Trademark sketchy lines and simple character designs are back on our screens once again in all of their over animated and breathtakingly stunning glory.
As with every season of anime, there is always that one show that everyone’s talking about. For this year, Winter had Boku Machi (you can check out my review of that here), Spring gave us Re:Zero and Summer brought Mob Psycho 100. While those shows indefinitely deserve the spotlight and fans will flock to greatness, more often than not this results on this concept of hidden gems. Shows that garner a small yet dedicated fanbase that are sometimes pushed aside in the multitude of “Top 10” lists and “Season Spotlights”. As of writing this piece, we’re roughly halfway through the season so I’ll be giving my thoughts on some of the shows this season in no particular order.
Everyone remembers the first anime they watched, either a childhood memory of Saturday morning Pokemon or delving deep into the medium as a teenager with shows like Full Metal Alchemist or Dragonball Z. First impressions are the most important factor when trying something different and watching a sub-par show can leave a poor taste in your mouth and turn you away from anime forever. Or you can be like me and enjoy watching terrible shows because you know nobody else will. Regardless, I’ve put together a list of shows that I think are perfect for newcomers to anime.
Trigger is responsible for shows that have single handedly saved weaker seasons, slowly working up a respected name for themselves. Along with their hit Kiznaiver, Spring 2016 gave us another Trigger spectacular in the form of a completely normal schoolgirl. Or at least that’s what she likes to tell herself. Space Patrol Luluco is the 5th anniversary show for the studio and is an absolute treat for fans of the studio and newcomers alike.
Continue reading “Space Patrol Luluco: An ordinary schoolgirl in an extraordinary world [Review]”
Bubuki Buranki is not the kind of show I would usually watch. The only real “mecha” show I’ve watched which is worthy of note is Code Geass which isn’t going to be very useful in terms of a comparison. Like most people, the reason this show caught my eye was due to its 100% 3DCG animation. That’s right, the whole show is animated with 3D models and none of the show is actually hand drawn. The PV looked very promising which was imperative seeing as the show is a complete original with no manga source material to adapt from. Produced by Studio SANZIGEN, it was clear that if there’s any genre they could handle, it’s a science fiction action hybrid. As of today, the show is receiving average reviews and to my disappointment, I completely understand why.