Rate the last anime you watched out of 10

Mr L

School Idol
My Hero Academia - Season 3 (dub)

As good as season 2 with some lower lows ('Save the World with Love' being the worst episode of the whole show so far) but higher highs. All Might vs All off One being the best part of the series so far for me and Bakugo's brawl with Dekualso having a great emotiojal climax.

This show really does keep a great place and sense of progression which is why its been one of my favourite battle shonen anime ever. Even if its filler, I still hope I can get to the movie in December.

Well done to Funimation and al, the actors for keeping the same day dub going for ten weeks straight. It could have been eleven if not for episode 1 (which I'm suspecting was a last minute addition by the studio. I can only hope that the shows debut oj Tonnami US doesn't extend the delay back any further for the rest of us.

Thank you Horikoshi, thank you Studio Bones.


Professor Irony

Cursed Image
Penguin Highway SLA Screening

Having little idea what to expect from this film going into it, I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Despite appearances, it's far less 'cute family movie about penguins' than a character study of a young boy railing against his own limitations, as he tries to understand the baffling world of adults he so badly wants to fit into. It may frustrate some folk that, while the significance of what's going on seems tantalisingly close towards the end, the film concludes without giving away any of its secrets, but I still enjoyed the journey nonetheless.

It certainly confirms first time feature director Ishida as a serious talent, and definitely a name to look out for in future.

Mr L

School Idol
Magical Girl Raising Project (dub)


Okay, I will say that this show has good component parts. The Magical Girls all have unique designs which makes a nice change from the usual uniformity the genre carries. The dub compliments this well by giving each girl a distinctive voice that compliments their personalities well. The animation is generally good and the music decent, I have a soft s'ot for its ending theme which seems kind of retro to me, not sure why.

Things really didn't come together though. Firstly, there's the problem of the main protagonist 'Snow White' who is frustrating to follow and hard to get behind as a lead being a complete wet blanket through most of the story and only showing any defiance at the end which was too little too late for me.

Most of the character's in the series end up dead by the end and most of them don't hit in the way intended. A lot of the time I was more frustrated by having characters I liked killed off before I really got to know them. The antagonists suffer even worse with only I actually found in any way endearing (and they were killed pretty quick after being introduced) and none that were compelling. The show also has a bad habit of revealing heroes and villain's backstories mere moments before their deaths. The final mastermind behind the whole plot has the vaguest of motivations that doesn't really satisfy.

In the end, at least one character I liked survived but it far from saved the show to me.


Professor Irony

Cursed Image
Megazone 23: Part II (1986)

While I'd kind of forgotten about Megazone until I suddenly found my DVD set buried in a box, I always remembered Part II being spoken of with some reverance, and it certainly did not disappoint. Maybe I was just in the right mood for it, but I really loved this one; it's hardly a great work of narrative, but when I started thinking about how much it made me think of a music video, it suddenly clicked. I think it the music-video style visual storytelling is so strong here, you could watch it raw and still follow nearly all of what's going on with the outcast biker gang drawing ever closer to the heart of a conspiracy, as a war rages in the background.

There is of course a more elaborate back story at work, but having forgotten nearly all the details from Part 1, I was entirely happy to just drink in the amazingly over engineered visuals. For a (relatively) early OAV, there's some staggering attention to detail in the small things like the fingers of a hand flipping a light switch or someone pulling the cellophane off a pack of cigarettes, to say nothing of Yasuomi Umetsu's strikingly realistic character designs staying consistently on model throughout.

There's no great depth to the story, and it does get a little cheesy toward the end, but this film did absolutely everything I wanted it to, and looked bloody good while it did it, so I really can't sing its praises highly enough.

Except Eve's songs, they were kind of garbage.


Last one I finished was 3D Girlfriend. I gave it about 7/10. It's a decent Slice of Life High School Romance show. Some nice moments, but nothing overly impressive.
I'm moving onto that one soon, so see if our scores line up!

I've just finished Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko (Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl) and rated it 6/10
A prime example of a show that should of had more episodes, or a second season. Nice moments to be had, but too rushed and nothing really got wrapped up in the end.


Completely Average High School Student
Finished Angel Beats last night

Spectacular show. it's full of great messages, but never once feels like it shoves any of it down your throats. Art style is one of my favorites, the characters are all amazing (especially Angel herself, who goes through some slight character development). Lots of twists and turns throughout, a lot which I didn't expect at all, especially in the last episode

And that opening theme is probably my favorite as well

Straight 10/10 for me.


CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
Since I collated my anime ratings last year thought I’d do it again. Didn’t realise I’d watched so much. The beauty of not having much of a social life I suppose.
January 2018:
Persona 4: The Golden Animation (Crunchyoll) 3.5/5
Phantom: Reqiuem for the phantom 3.5/5
Ruruoni Kenshin 3/5 (first arc) 4/5 (Kyoto arc)
Sailor Moon Crystal: Dark Kingdom Arc 3.5/5
Sands of Destruction 3.5/5
School live! 4/5
School rumble 3.5/5
Scrapped Princess 3.5/5
Sengoku Basara 3.5/5
Senran kagura 3/5
Serial experiments Lain 4/5
Shounen Hollywood 2.5/5
Sword of the Stranger (film) 4/5
Tenchi Muyo! In Love (film) 3.5/5
Tenchi the movie 2: The Daughter of Darkness (film) 3/5
Tenchi Forever! The Movie 4/5
Terror in Resonance 3.5/5
The Comic Artist and his Assistants (Crunchyroll) 4/5
The Eccentric Family 4/5
The Eccentric Family 2 (Crunchyroll) 4/5
The Princess and the Pilot (film) 3.5/5
The Red Turtle (film) 4/5
The Troubled life of Miss Kotoura 4/5
Seasonal anime:
Devilman Crybaby (Netflix) 4/5
Junti Ito (Crunchyroll) (seasonal anime) [Dropped]

February 2018:
The Wind Rises (film) 4/5
The World God only Knows 4/5
The World God only Knows II 4/5
This artclub has a problem! (Crunchyroll) 3.5/5
Tokyo Majin 3.5/5
Tokyo Marble Chocolate 3.5/5
Vexille (film) 2.5/5
Whisper of the Heart (film) 4/5
Yatterman night 3.5/5
Your name (film) 4/5
Yurikuma 3.5/5
009 Re: Cyborg (film) 3/5
A centaurs life (FunimationNow) 4/5
Ace Attorney (On-hold) (Crunchyroll)
Aho girl (Crunchyroll) 3.5/5
Ajin 4/5
Akagi (Crunchyroll) 3.5/5
Akashic (FunimationNow) 3.5/5
Akira (film) 4/5
Amanchu (Crunchyroll) 4/5
Animatrix (film) 3.5/5
Anohana/ anohana film 4/5, 2/5
Armitage III OVAS, Poly-matrix, dual-matrix 3/5, 3/5, 3/5
Arriety (film) 3.5/5
Assassination Classroom Season Two (FunimationNow for second half) 4.5/5
Baka and Test Summon the Beasts/OVAS 3.5/5. 3.5/5
Barakamon 4/5
Berserk Season One (Rewatch) 4/5
Black Butler Book of Murders 4/5
Blassreiter 3.5/5

March 2018:
Cheat: Yuri!!! on Ice/OVA 4/5, 3/5
Cheat: 91 Days/Special 4/5, 3/5
Code Geass Akito the Exiled OVAS 3.5/5, 3.5/5, 4/5, 3.5/5, 4/5
Dragonball Super BoG RF and U6 arcs (crunchyroll) [On-Hold]
El Cazador de la Bruja 3.5/5
Expelled from paradise 3.5/5
Freedom 4/5
Free Iwatobi Swim Club (Crunchyroll) 3.5/5
Free! eternal summer 3.5/5
Fruits Basket 4/5
Fuse 3.5/5
Gantz 3.5/5
Giovanni's Island (film) 3.5/5
Girlfriend Beta 3/5
Girls High [Dropped]
Grave of the fireflies (film) 4/5
Gungrave 3.5/5
Gurren Lagann: Childhood's end (film) 3.5/5
Gurren Lagann: The Lights in the Sky are Stars (film) 3.5/5
Haikyu!! (Crunchyroll) 3.5/5
Seasonal anime:
A Place Further Than The Universe (seasonal anime) 4/5
Basilisk: Ouka Ninja Scrolls (Dropped]
How to keep a Mummy (seasonal anime) 4/5
Miss Koizumi loves Ramen Noodles (seasonal anime) 3/5
Pop Team Epic (seasonal anime) 2.5/5
The Ancient Magus' Bride (seasonal anime) 3.5/5
Yuru Camp (seasonal anime) 4.5/5

April 2018:
Haikyu!! 2nd Season (Crunchyroll) 4/5
Haikyu!! 3rd Season (Crunchyroll) 4/5
HAL (Film) 3.5/5
Hetalia:paint it white (film) 3.5/5
Hidamari Sketch series 3 4/5
Himouto! Season 2 (HiDIVE) 4/5
Howl's moving castle (film) 3.5/5
Hozuki's coolheadedness 4/5
Interview with monster girls/OVA (Crunchyroll) 4/5
JoJo: Diamond is unbreakable (Crunchyroll) 4/5
Kanon 4/5
Karneval 3/5
Kill me baby 3.5/5
Kinmoza (Crunchyroll) 3.5/5
Made in Abyss (HiDIVE) 4/5
Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ 3.5/5
Mob Psycho 100 (Crunchyroll) 4/5
Monster Musume/OVAS/Shorts 3.5/5, 3.5/5, 3/5
My hero academia season 1 (rewatch) 4/5
My hero academia season 2 (partial rewatch) 4/5
My love story (Crunchyroll) 4/5
My Neighbour Totoro (film) 3.5/5
Nichijou 4/5
Niea_7 3/5
Non Non Biyori (Crunchyroll) 4/5
Non Non Biyori Repeat (Crunchyroll) 4/5
Seasonal anime:
Overlord II (Seasonal anime) 3.5/5
Violet Evergarden (Seasonal anime) 3.5/5

May 2018:
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (rewatch) 5/5
One Piece: Strong world (film) 3.5/5
One Piece: Film Z (film) 3.5/5
Patema inverted (film) 3.5/5
Perfect Blue (film) 4/5
Porco Rosso (film) 4/5
Princess Mononoke (film) 4/5
Psycho-Pass (rewatch) 4/5
Psycho-Pass 2 (rewatch) 3.5/5
Psycho-Pass the movie (film) 3.5/5
Record of Lodoss War 3.5/5
Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the heroic knight 3.5/5
Recovery of an MMO Junkie/OVA (FunimationNow) 3.5/5, 3.5/5
Re-kan 3/5
Royal space force (film) 3.5/5
Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc 3/5
Sengoku Basara Season 2 3.5/5
Soul Eater (Rewatch) 4/5
Tales from Earthsea (film) 3.5/5
Tenchi Universe 3.5/5
The cat returns (film) 4/5
Cheat: Persona 4 The Animation (Rewatch) 4/5
The Disastrous life of Saiki K. (Netflix) 4/5

June 2018:
The Seven deadly Sins (Netflix) 4/5
The Slayers 3.5/5
Trigun Badlands Rumble (film) 4/5
Unbreakable Machine Dolls & specials 3.5/5
Un-Go 3.5/5
Yowamushi pedal (Crunchyroll) 3.5/5
YuruYuri (Crunchyoll) 3.5/5
Yu Yu Hakusho (FunimationNow-seasons 2&3) 4/5
Seasonal anime:
Amanchu! Advance (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 3/5
Comic Girls (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 3.5/5
Dances with the Dragons (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) [Dropped]
Food Wars! The Third Plate (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 4/5
Hinamatsuri (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 4/5
Hozuki's Coolheadedness 2nd Season (HiDIVE Seasonal Anime) 4/5
Magical Girl Ore (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 3.5/5
Megalo Box (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 4/5
Railroad crossing time (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 2.5/5
Space Battleship Tiramisu (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 2.5/5
Tokyo Ghoul: re (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 3.5/5
Uma Musume! Pretty Derby (Crunchyroll Seasonal anime) 4/5
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (Amazon Instant Video Seasonal Anime) 4/5

July 2018:
Afro Samurai 3.5/5
Afro Samurai Resurrection 3.5/5
Attack on Titan season 3 (Rewatch) 4/5
Azumanga diaoh 4/5
Baka and Test- summon the beasts 2 3.5/5
Bakuon!! (Crunchyroll) 3.5/5
Bananya (Crunchyroll) 3.5/5
Blend S (Crunchyroll) 3.5/5
Cromartie High School 4/5
D-Frag! 3.5/5
Durarara x2 Ten 4.5/5
Durarara x2 Ketsu 4.5/5
Erased 4/5
Eureka Seven AO 3.5/5
Fate/Kaleid liner PRISMA ILLYA 2wei! (Crunchyroll) 3/5
Fate/Kaleid liner PRISMA ILLYA 2wei Herz! (Crunchyroll) 3.5/5
Flip Flappers 3.5/5
Flying witch (Crunchyroll) 4/5
GATE 4/5
Gintama Season Two (episodes 64-99) (Crunchyroll) 4/5
Hello Kinmoza!! (Crunchyroll) 4/5
Hetalia: The Beautiful World (FunimationNow) 3.5/5
Hetalia: The World Twinkle (FunimationNow) 3.5/5
Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb 4/5
I can't understand what my husband is saying (Crunchyroll) 3.5/5
I can't understand what my husband is saying: 2nd Thread (Crunchyroll) 3.5/5
Jormungand 4/5
Jormungand: Perfect Order 4/5
Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor (Crunchyroll) 4/5
Kaleido Star 4/5
Kemono friends (Crunchyroll) 3.5/5
Konohana Kitan (Crunchyroll) 4/5
Seasonal Anime:
Darling in the franXX (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 3.5/5
Mr. TONEGAWA Middle Management Blues (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) [On-Hold]
The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) [Dropped]
Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs (Crunchyroll seasonal anime) [Dropped]

August 2018:
KonoSuba (Crunchyroll) 3.5/5
Last Exile 4/5
Log Horizon 4/5
Love live! The School Idol movie (film) 3.5/5
Love Live Sunshine! 3.5/5
Lu over the wall (Film) 3.5/5
Lupin the Third Part IV 4/5
March Comes in like a lion (Crunchyroll) 4.5/5
Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin OVAs I-IV 4/5, 4/5, 4/5, 4/5
My Hero Academia Season 2 (partial rewatch) 4/5
Nabari no Ou 3.5/5
Nyan-koi [Dropped]
Orange 4/5
Parasyte -The Maxim- (Crunchyroll) 4/5
Pom poko (film) 3.5/5
Rideback 3.5/5
Rokka Brave of the six flowers 3.5/5
Rosario + Vampire 3.5/5
Sailor Moon S 3.5/5
Sakura Quest (Funimationnow) 4/5
Soul eater Not! 3/5
Seasonal Anime:
Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory (Simuldub) (FunimationNow Seasonal Anime) 4/5
The Thousand Musketeers (HiDIVE Seasonal anime) [Dropped]

September 2018:
Squid Girl (Crunchyroll) 3.5/5
Sweetness and lightning (Crunchyroll) 3.5/5
The Slayers Next 3.5/5
Tokyo Ghoul Live Action 3.5/5
Toradora (Crunchyroll) 3.5/5
Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road 4/5
Yowamushi Pedal Movie (Film) 4/5
Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation (Crunchyroll) 4/5
Yowamushi Pedal: Glory Line (Crunchyroll) 3.5/5
Yuruyuri 2nd Season (Crunchyroll) 3.5/5
Bleach Bount arc (Rewatch) 4/5
Ace Attorney Season One Part Two (Funimationnow) 3.5/5
Angelic Layer 4/5
Aria the Scarlet Ammo 2.5/5
Bamboo blade (FunimationNow) 3.5/5
Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic (Film) 4/5
Dagashi Kashi (FunimationNow) 3.5/5
Encouragement of Climb (Crunchyroll) 3.5/5
Gabriel Dropout (Crunchyroll) 3.5/5
Gintama Season three (episodes 100-149) (Crunchyroll) 4/5
Gintama Season Four (episodes 150-201) (Crunchyroll) 4/5
Heaven's lost Property 3.5/5
Heaven's lost Property Forte (FunimationNow) 3.5/5
Heaven's Lost Property: Angeloid of Clockwork (Film) 2.5/5
Seasonal Anime:
Asobi Asobase (Crunchyroll Seasonal anime) 4/5
Back Street Girls (Seasonal Anime) 3.5/5
Cells at Work (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 4/5
Chio's school road (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 4/5
Dropkick on my Devil! (Amazon Instant Video Seasonal Anime) 3.5/5
Free! Dive to the Future (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 3.5/5
Grand Blue Dreaming (Amazon Instant Video Seasonal Anime) 3.5/5
Hanebado! (Crunchyroll Seasonal anime) 3/5
Harukana Receive (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 4/5
Holmes of Kyoto (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 3.5/5
Kakuriyo -Bed&Breakfast for Spirits- (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 3.5/5
Music Girls (Crunchyroll seasonal anime) 3/5
My Hero Academia Season 3 (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 4/5
My Sweet Tyrant (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 2.5/5
Persona 5 The Animation (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 3/5
Phantom in the Twilight (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 3.5/5
Planet With (Crunchyroll Seasonal anime) 4/5

October 2018:
Hyouka 4/5
If her flag breaks 3/5
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress 3.5/5
Kaiji: Against all Rules (Crunchyroll) 4/5
Keijo!!!!!!!! 3.5/5
Kiznavier 3.5/5
Log Horizon 2nd Season 4/5
March comes in like a Lion 2nd Season (Crunchyroll) 4/5
My little monster 3.5/5
New Game! 3.5/5
Night is Short, walk on Girl (Film) 4/5
Oniai 3/5
Orphen 3.5/5
Persona 3 The Movie #1: Spring of Birth (film) 3.5/5
Persona 3 The Movie #2: Midsummer Knight's Dream (film) 3.5/5
Persona 3 The Movie #3: Falling Down (film) 3.5/5
Persona 3 The Movie #4: Winter of Rebirth (film) 4/5
Shingu: The Secrets of the Stellar Wars 4/5
Shirobako (Crunchyroll) 4/5
Silver Spoon (Crunchyroll) 4/5
Squid Girl 2 (Crunchyroll) 3.5/5
Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199 (Funimationnow-2nd Half) 4/5
Seasonal Anime:
Angels of Death (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 3.5/5
Attack on Titan 3rd Season (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 4/5
Hinomaru Sumo (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) [On-Hold]
Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigations (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 3.5/5
Overlord III (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 3.5/5
Steins;Gate Zero (Simuldub) (FunimationNow Seasonal Anime) 4/5
We Rent Tsukumogami (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 3.5/5

November 2018:
Sword art Online II 3.5/5
Tenchi in Tokyo 3/5
The Seven Deadly Sins: Signs of Holy War (Netflix) 3.5/5
The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of the Commandments (Netflix) 4/5
The Slayers: Try 3.5/5
The tale of Princess Kaguya (Film) 4/5
The World God only Knows: Four Girls and an Idol OVA & Tenri Arc OVA 3.5/5, 3.5/5
The World God Only Knows: Goddesses 4/5
Tsurezure children (Crunchyroll) 3.5/5
Ushio and Tora (Crunchyroll) 3.5/5
Ushio and Tora 2nd Season (Crunchyroll) 3.5/5
Vandread 3.5/5
Wagnaria!! 3.5/5
Working buddies! (Crunchyroll) 3/5
Working Buddies! No. 2! (Crunchyroll) 3/5
Yuyushiki (Crunchyroll) 3.5/5
A Letter to Momo (Film) 3.5/5
A Sister's All you Need (Funimationnow) 3.5/5
Barakamon (Rewatch) 4/5
Encouragement of Climb Season 2 and OVA 3.5/5, 3.5/5
Gintama' Season Five (episodes 202-252) (Crunchyroll) 4/5
Gintama': Enchousen (episodes 253-265) (Crunchyroll) 4/5
Golden Kamuy (Funimationnow) 4/5
Hinako Note (Crunchyroll) 3/5
In another world with my smartphone 3.5/5
Inferno Cop (Crunchyroll) 3/5
Inferno Cop: Fact Files (Crunchyroll) 2/5
KonoSuba 2nd Season (Crunchyroll) 3.5/5
Kurenai 3.5/5
Macross Plus 3.5/5
Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky (Film) 4/5
Seasonal Anime:
RErideD: Derrida Who Leaps Through Time (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 3/5

December 2018:
Naruto Shippuden (Seasonal Partial Rewatch) 4.5/5
New Game!! (Crunchyroll) 3.5/5
Patlabor: The Mobile Police OVAs 3.5/5
Patlabor: The Movie (Film) 3.5/5
Patlabor Movie 3: WXIII (Film) 3.5/5 (with MiniPato 2.5/5)
Patlabor 2: The Movie (Film) 4/5
Ranma 1/2 Christmas OVA 3.5/5
Shonen Hollywood season 2 3.5/5
Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju (Crunchyroll) 4/5
Silver Spoon 2nd Season (Crunchyroll) 4/5
Sound! Euphonium, OVA and Specials 4/5, 3.5/5, 3.5/5
Space Dandy (Rewatch) 5/5
Sword Oratoria: Is it wrong to Try and Pick up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side 3.5/5
Tenchi GXP 3.5/5
The Familiar of Zero 3.5/5
Tokyo Godfathers (Film) 4/5
Wagnaria'!! (Crunchyroll) 3.5/5
Wagnaria!!! & Lord of the Takanashi Special (Crunchyroll) 4/5, 4/5
When Marnie was There (Film) 4/5
When they Cry: Rei 3.5/5
Yamada's first time: B gata h Kei 3.5/5
Your Lie in April (Netflix episodes 12-22) 4/5
Yuru Camp (Rewatch)
Seasonal Anime:
Anima Yell! (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 3.5/5
Banana Fish (Amazon Instant Video Seasonal Anime) 3.5/5
Double Decker! Doug & Kirill (Crunchyroll Seasomal Anime) 3.5/5
Goblin Slayer (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime)
Hinomaru Sumo (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) [Dropped]
IRODUKU: The World in Colours (Amazon Instant Video Seasonal Anime) 4/5
Jingai-san no Yome (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 2.5/5
Merc StoriA: The Apathetic Boy and the Girl in a Bottle (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 3.5/5
Ms. Vampire who lives in my Neighborhood. (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 3.5/5
Rascal does not dream of Bunny Girl Senpai (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 4/5
Skull-face Bookseller Honda-San (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 4/5
SSSS.Gridman (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 3/5
Tokyo Ghoul:re 2nd Season (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 3/5
Zombieland Sagas (Crunchyroll Seasonal Anime) 3.5/5
I think that’s everything. Doubt I’ll ever be able to watch this much in a year again, what with dissertation work and whatever job I end up with after university.
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Completely Average High School Student
IRODUKU: The World in Colours. Loved pretty much everything about this show. Art style is almost movie quality, the characters are all memorable, little to no tropes, and it's got a great ending



Miss Hokusai: 7/10
WHY THOSE EYEBROWS!? A glance into 1814 Edo life presented as a movie. Rarely more cohesive than a collection of subplots. O-Ei's relationship with her blind little sister was deeply touching, and the writing / nice direction made it fun.

Princess Arete: 6/10
Won me over via world-building as Arete escaped her tower to watch craftsmen work. Her suitors trying to win her over reminded me of 'Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors'. A repetitive mess once Boax takes her away. Pity: had non-anime artistic flair.

Mary and the Witch's Flower: 6/10
Begins as a more upbeat tween spiritual successor to Marnie (self-conscious, relatable heroine). Then... 1D Madame Cock & Doctor Dee. It becomes a hollow attempt at being a boyXgirl Ghibli adventure. A nice looking & sounding but disappointing film.

Girls wIth Guns

Stand User
Finally! Someone else who thought Mary and the Witch's Flower was not so great - I couldn't stand how silly the characters and their actions at the school were portrayed, it just went downhill fast, from an interesting anime to some inane Saturday morning cartoon for kiddies. I was super-disappointed in MatWF because I love Yonebayashi's Marnie (now my #1 favorite Ghibli movie, overtaking Nausicaa's spot) and I also liked Arrietty quite a bit, too (top 12 Ghibli).


Aye, that's how my very good friend that sent it me described it, I do believe: that it turned into a Sat morn cartoon. I haven't re-watched Arrietty or Marnie, but Marnie in particular intrigued me because - Nausicaa aside, really - Miyazaki very rarely focused on characterisation. It was other Ghibli directors that typically got the more serious/adult, character-driven works. And Marnie was the last example of that.

Instead of building on that with Studio Ponoc and trying to be more than Neo-Ghibli, Yonebayashi instead seemed to try to imitate Miyazaki by transitioning into a magical adventure. Badly. It became fake, rushed and just outright messy once the school was reached and having red hair was suddenly the best thing ever. I still mostly enjoyed it but it could have been so much more.

PS: @Professor Irony -- I couldn't agree more about Kakegurui. It was Prison School and Kaiji rolled into one, and I love both. The jazzy soundtrack enhanced the gambling tension and Yumeko's OTT, lust-fueled arousal over the gambles was oddly liberating.


Death Scythe
I actually enjoyed Mary and the witches flower. If anything the story could have done better as a series as the magical elements were only touched on. Wasn't a huge fan of the ending but I guess they had to wrap it up in a sensible way.


Napping Princess: 5/10

Napping Princess is a rather unfortunate film which ended up being ruined by Kenji Kamiyama's complete inability to structure his original works. (f*** you, Eden of the East)

As an interview highlighted, only during production did it dawn on ol' Ken that a film about a tablet containing car production secrets would not be 'magical', or anime enough to earn it mainstream appeal... or be at all interesting, really. So, he did what any ANIME creator would by inserting a loli, a dream kingdom called 'Heartland', a transforming robo-bike and mecha combat; just for the hell of it. I mean, obviously!

You see, the heroine, Kokone, likes her naps nearly as much as myself. And whenever she has a nap, the focus switches over to an alternate dreamworld that does not connect to the main narrative in any way, shape or form besides being a metaphorical shitshow. It took me THREE attempts to finish the film, simply because every once in awhile dream nonsense would take over and disrupt the narrative flow. And as an added bonus, the grand finale was confusing due to it blending dream and reality pointlessly. Also, the CG often looked atrocious--the low frames-per-second flying bike part, in particular. It was like traveling back in time and watching Bokurano again!

It truly is a pity the film turned out this way. Overlooking the basic premise being much too dull to hold the interest of most, Kamiyama's attempt at bridging family generational gaps via an endearingly cheerful/stupid/simple-minded heroine worked well... to an extent. The humour made it entertaining and it looked absolutely gorgeous at times, with the basic-yet-charming art style holding great appeal; especially the lip indent when faces are seen side-on. There was also some really nice running animation sequences, and the edited/painted in real life backgrounds blended superbly with the 2D animation. It even had a quite lovely piano theme to go with the eye candy.

My feelings were best captured by the end credits: for the first time (in a two-hour film, no-less!), the backstory of Kokone's parents was shown at the very end - when it no longer mattered - after however many minutes were wasted in Heartland... OKAY THEN~
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Captain Karen
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Anthem of the Heart

Had this one sitting on my shelf since release, and I finally got around to watching it. Can't say I was too impressed, frankly. It's one of these films that's clearly supposed to be 'feelsy' but fails to have any decent emotional resonance. I feel most of this stems from the attempts at romance that fall entirely flat. They feel almost entirely unnecessary and overall detract from the main story, adding to a run time that overstays its welcome. The love triangle just felt like needless melodrama. If they instead opted for a tighter focus on Narase's guilt and her overcoming that and her relationship with her mother, it'd have been way better. Said romance only seems to exist in order to contrive a reason for the big 'emotional' scene to happen, when it didn't even need that scene to begin with. The play at the end, with a bit more of a time allowance, would have served as a far better means of catharsis for the heroine, which we still somewhat get, albeit heavily kneecapped.

It also didn't help that the protagonist Taku was stunningly bland either. Perhaps if he had an issue that Nanase could have helped him deal with, helping to heal each others wounds, it would have worked better. You only have to look at A Silent Voice to see that concept done right.

One thing I will say, I did honestly like and appreciate the outcome of the romances in the film. It's pretty ballsy and you don't see it often, opting for a logical ending based on the characters interactions throughout the film as opposed to having everything work out fine just for the sake of a crowd pleasing ending. It's a hell of a lot more realistic than this sort of fair tends to be in the anime sphere.

Going by theatrical standards, the animation was also very poor. A1 Animation have had TV shows that look better than this, which is baffling considering films generally have a higher budget and only ~2 hours worth of animation compared to the ~5+ of a standard length TV anime.

Anthem isn't a bad movie by any stretch, I'd go so far as to say there is a great work buried in here somewhere, it is just in dire need of some tightening up.

Professor Irony

Cursed Image
Double Decker: Doug & Kirill

A jolly buddy-cop comedy that I thought at times cryingly funny in its first half, but wavered a bit towards the end as it tackled the more serious parts of its plot. It was always likable throughout, but when it isn't playing it purely for laughs, I think it's easier to see the show's shortcomings. The climactic action set piece is pretty average, for example, and, despite having their names in the title, the central duo are often less engaging as characters than some of the people around them. It's been announced that a further three episodes will be released down the line, so as the main plot line is pretty well wrapped up, I just hope they'll go back to the funny.

All credit to whatever studio worked on the CGI though; CGI elements are used quite a bit in the show, but they're well integrated and don't seem to suffer the usual herky-jerky frame-rate reduction nearly as much as many other series out there.

Zombieland Saga

Similar to Double Decker, this is an entertaining, lightweight zombie idol comedy that comes off the boil a little when it tries to be more serious in its second half. It fares a little better with its character beats and builds to a rousing finale (liked the 'and the band played on' vibe in the final concert), but I found the seemingly last minute attempt to trail a few plot threads for the next cour to pick up rather distracting. While the end result is perfectly fine, I was also slightly disappointed that they didn't pursue the seemingly darker comedy hinted at by the first ten minutes or so - the scenes of Sakura's 'death' and subsequent reawakening suggest a much blacker tone than what the show ultimately becomes.


Cyborg 009: 4/10

No matter how comically deep Kenji Kamiyama attempts to go as he tries - and fails - to imitate 'Ghost in the Shell', he will never, EVER be Mamoru Oshii. 'Tis a a sad but very true fact~

The very existence of Cyborg and that it somehow qualified as a movie, with its PS2-esque cutscene CG, is a rather damning indictment of how far the anime medium has fallen since the 80's and 90's. Long gone are the days of large budgets being given to creative geniuses like Kawajiri and Oshii. Today, all we get are knock-off imitators and imitations.

Now, that is not to say Cyborg is ALL bad: during some of the action, such as when the sexy female cyborg dives from the sky like Motoko in GitS and the protagonist Joe is either hopping between rockets or outrunning a nuclear blast in accelerated slow-mo, you can almost forgive how basic and stiff it all looks. The action sequence direction + Kenji Kawai's forever nostalgically epic music temporarily raises the film above itself. But 85% of the time all you get to see is static CG talking heads that look absolutely atrocious. I cringed even at the start when buildings fell into each other like lego. There was also an attempt at very awkward lingerie sexy tiem foreplay...

Making matters far, far worse is the pretentious nonsense-wtf that is the mess this film has as its plot. It is confusing initially since it throws around a dozen characters at you and explains next to sod all, but whatever: it is basically a Stand Alone Complex rip-off with a police team battling political unrest/terrorism... or so I thought, anyway.

As it turned out, rather than, say, those evil Americans being the big bad, it was God and the Americans being in cahoots with God. Or something. And fossils of giant angels are possessing people. No, really! You see, every human brain is a 'God', able to a hear a voice, and some decide that skyscraper buildings go against Allah's wishes... so they suicide bomb them and/or fire missiles from military ships. My mouth was agape during the 10min static 'explanation' of this, in case anyone is curious.

Perhaps fittingly, the film ends in space, with Joe riding a nuclear missile because... logic? I actually laughed out loud when he stood on the rocket, despairing, and shouted "GAAAAAAWD!!!11!" as if the dub voice actor had been cast in the Devilman OVA. He flies off into the distance, arms outstretched, it explodes... and the film ends with everyone magically alive because God used his Deus ex machina powers. Seemingly, God was not quite as concerned for Dubai during the earlier events of the movie. There are just no words other than 'WHAT!?'

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State Alchemist
Am I really gonna 'fess up to this, rather than just making oblique references? I guess I might as well. Spoilered due to NSFW (but not particularly explicit) discussion of an 18+ anime (mainly the word "boobs") but people can talk about Perfect Blue, Berserk and Nisemonogatari here right? Right.

Taimanin Asagi


This is what I get for falling in love with a character design at first sight. A PVA drenched monster rape-fest. Why isn't hentai more interesting? I guess for the same reason porn isn't more interesting, but if the main attraction is the action, they could at least have spent all the animation budget on doing that well. Taimanin Asagi does not do that well. It does not do anything well. This is not Cream Lemon, with fun little stories and comparatively innocent sexytimes. Nor is it Mezzo Forte or Kite, utterly stylish and making you feel kind of bad about being aroused, but not really enough to stop you either. It's not even Urotsukidoji, enjoyable for its quality animation and pure exploitation. No, Taimanin Asagi is a hentai for the new century that does make you feel like you need a shower, but for all the wrong reasons.

First off, it's directed as though the whole thing was being filmed by someone running around after the characters with a handheld camera they keep shoving in their faces and pointlessly shifting in and out of focus. In fact, simply imagining this unseen cameraman actually exists in-universe does wonders for the show's entertainment value. This effect is also sometimes constantly used to cover up the fact there is limited or no animation happening on screen. Of that limited animation, a great deal of it is shamelessly looped even in the sex scenes, which are the main draw of the show. Yes, let's cheap out on the very scenes everybody is watching this for. Genius. You might as well watch looping gifs, and in fact rather than sitting through an hour and a half of Taimanin Asagi, that's exactly what I'd recommend any interested parties do.

The heroine of this sh*tshow is Asagi, some kind of ninja who looks like every bland female protagonist of a forgettable '90s anime (this was made in 2008) and wears a permanent expression of quivering shocked surprise both in and out of her clothes. Asagi hunts demons. She is bad at her job, which is the plot's excuse for demon rape. Lots and lots of demon rape.

So while we watch looping gifs through a shakycam for the two and a half episodes (of four in total) it takes to return to what little semblance of plot there is, it becomes quickly apparent that this is a rapid-fire showcase of Japan's Most Ridiculous Fetishes™ few of which, sadly, are on my own list, ymmv. Fetishes that made me laugh. Fetishes that made me slightly nauseous. Fetishes I didn't even know were fetishes (there's the box quote). At one point a blonde girl with even more daft looking boobs than Asagi shows up, I can't even remember her name (I did watch this with subtitles, but I didn't really pay much attention to them) but she's there for people who like daft looking boobs having daft things done to them.

Thankfully, Taimanin Asagi didn't completely destroy what little faith I have remaining in humanity. And it even managed to go one better and make the girl who'd caught my eye the show's single saving grace. Sometimes I'll see a character design I like and be disappointed with what the character is actually like. Not this time. Oboro is a gleefully sadistic antagonist and has both what I think was the show's best and only consensual sex scene and the only one where a woman is the uh, aggressor. That's more like it. Sadly she doesn't look quite as good as her designs for the game of the same title, but she does have the least ridiculous looking boobs. And most importantly she didn't disappoint me and make me commit seppuku with the free Greggs pen on my desk for having watched this show for nothing.

2/10, one for Oboro and one for the couple of my fetishes it did manage to include.

So now I suppose I have to watch Taimanin Asagi 2 and Taimanin Asagi 3 just for more Oboro. Oh well, the designs do kinda look better...


This works on so many levels.


State Alchemist
This is what I get for trying to entertain you people, silence?

What on earth happened to this thread anyway? It's hardly used any more and when it is, it provokes no discussion. I feel my disdain for the viewing journal thread rising up again. In that spirit, let me drag up something old and try and jump-start this one.
I would also give them credit for doing a successful comedy anime without any reliance on fanservice, but I haven't seen any of the parts with Naga yet...
Did you ever get round to this Prof? The OVAs and movies are my favourite part of Slayers because I love how Naga and Lina play off each other. Hopefully you were/would be pleasantly surprised.
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