Ushio and Tora 1 & 2 – My Little Bakemono

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In more ways than one, watching the first two episodes of Ushio and Tora is kind of like going back to 1993. After all, this is one of the seminal shonen works that have influenced all action shonens ever since; the amount of battle shonens that don’t borrow at least a little bit from this series can be counted on one hand. But, it’s been almost 20 years since it ended. Can it still stand out and connect with me? Does it have enough substance to stand the test of time?

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Blue Spring x Machine Gun 1& 2 – Believe in Justice And Hold A Determination to Trap

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I’m not particularly unbiased towards this series because, as a whole, I love survival games. After all, they’re all about simulating battles minus the gory wounds and limb loss and other icky things that happen in real battles with real guns that have pointy bullets. What is real are the thrills; to be in a survival game is to feel truly alive and strengthen (or, more realistically, destroy) friendships.

Oh, right, Aoharu. Yeah, it’s pretty swell.

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Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace 1 – Anime Sherlock

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First, let me praise this Kobayashi dude for reigniting my hype for this show, because his entire character design  hinted me very strongly as to what are the contents of this show. But then, I stayed with this show for reasons others than the contents hinted at by Kobayashi’s appearance. Or, to be more straight-forward, I came for the yaoi, and stayed for the mystery.

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Le Labyrinthe de la Grisaia – Play some Benny Hill Show music over this and I wouldn’t notice the difference.

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No, you eyes are not deceiving you. They really did a 20:9 aspect ratio for this special.

In a sickening, twisted way, Le Fruit de la Grisaia was my favorite anime of 2014. I know, I know, that statement will cause you to vomit blood. But while Le Fruit de la Grisaia is morally wrong and incredibly awfully written and generally painful, it was a lot of fun, to the extent a godawful thing can be fun. I didn’t want to look at it, yet I couldn’t bear to not watch it. It was like The Room, but with grenades and snipers.

Le Fruit de la Grisaia just escalated and escalated in… quality (?), for lack of a better term. Its commitment to cut the viewer with its edge was downright adorable more often than not, and ultimately, it was a lot of things, very few of them positive, but boring was not was of the things it was.

Did Le Labyrinthe de la Grisaia deliver the same… uh… “quality” as Fruit? Oh yes. Oh hell yes it did.

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The Heroic Legend of Arslan 1 & 2 – Bishonen Prince of Persia

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Arslan Senki is a series with a lot of story. It’s a series of novels, proper real novels not of the light variety, that started in 1986, thus making it older than me by eight years. Releases of recent novels, however, have been more and more scarce, thus making Dr. Yoshiki Tanaka the George R. R. Martin of Japan, minus all the blood and tits. Possibly.

It a multitude of adaptations, most notably a 90s manga, a 90s OVA which had beautiful animation until J.C.Staff took over. And now, the author of Fullmetal Alchemist, Hiromu Arakawa is now doing an adaptation. And it is glorious.

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Seraph of the End 1 & 2 – Throw It All Away

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Seraph of the End begins with the extermination of all humanity via a mysterious virus that mysteriously only affects those 13 and older while vampires give a speech about how stupid humans are. If that were not enough, those children are then enslaved and then we are thrown some child prostitution metaphors before a dozen children are annihilated by vampires.

Seraph of the End is not a subtle series.

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