Reviews

In the past, I reviewed by series, and now my "review" material centers more on discussion and topic and incorporates multiple series.  You can also search for series by name on the home page.  If I only have a few reviews for a series, that means either a) time constraints prevented me from making episodic blogs at the time or b) I dropped it for lack of interest.  Still, it's handy to have an alphabetical list of the series I've mentioned, discussed, or reviewed, so here they are:

This page is under construction; links will pop up soon!  Thanks for your patience.

07-Ghost

Aku no Hana
Another

Bleach
Book of Circus (Kuroshitsuji)
Bride of the Water God
Btooom!

Deadman Wonderland
Devil Survivor 2 
Diabolik Lovers
Donten ni Warau
 
Fate/Zero

Hakuouki
Hakuouki Reimeiroku
Hiiro no Kakera

Inu x Boku SS

Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita
Jormungand

K
Kakumeiki Valvrave
Kamisama Hajimemashita
Karneval
Kill La Kill
Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka
Kyoukai no Kanata


La Storia Della Arcana Famiglia

Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
Mawaru Penguindrum
Mirai Nikki
Mononoke

Nabari no Ou
No. 6
Nobunaga the Fool
Noragami

Pandora Hearts
Psycho-Pass
Pupa

Shin Sekai Yori
Shingeki no Kyojin
Sidonia no Kishi 
Space Dandy
Steins;gate
Suisei no Gargantia
Sukitte Ii Na Yo
Sword Art Online

Tokyo Ghoul
Trinity Blood

Zetsuen no Tempest

2 comments:

  1. Hello and good evening (at least in my corner of the world). I'm not sure how you feel about recommendations, but I'm just going to leave this here, hoping you won't get mad at me for doing so. It's just that I'd love to read your thoughts about these anime.

    Judging from your posts on this blog and The Classy Shipper, I wanted to leave two recommendations, as different as day and night, but both series are inhabited by incredibly real and "whole" characters with painfully real and human relationships. Shipping aside (and there's a lot to ship here), both of these very different shows take a very deep, very touching and, sometimes, ugly look into human psyche. I'm inclined to think you might enjoy these shows, even though they are not perfect from the production values side of things.

    Number one is Princess Tutu. Innocent magical girl anime at first sight, character study and clever meta fiction if you look closer. Shipping "until the doctor arrives", as we say in German. It's a wonderfully simplistic, yet deeply honest show with characters so flawed and real you can't help but root for them as they experience tremendous growth. This show offers some of the best character development ever to be seen in anime. It's powerful in its simplicity, and the character's interactions are more than rewarding.

    Number two is Berserk (the 90's series, not the reboot movies). If you like the character development of Evangelion and the study of the human condition of Urobuchi, this series is a guaranteed success. Well, you'll have to be able to tolerate very cheap 90's animation, bad guys so stupid you want to press forward as soon as they appear on screen, but it's all worth it in the end. What starts of as cliched turns into something so powerful and fragile, it's its very rawness and unpolished nature that makes it so heart-wrenching. Also, the three main characters are among the best characters ever written in any medium. It's pretty much Shakespeare's king's dramas reincarnated in anime format. I cannot imagine a situation where you won't love the protagonists of this show. It's one of the most tragic stories in anime, addressing the ever-pressing question of fate vs. free will, building up its characters and leading them places you don't want them to go, but will be too stunned to not appreciate the beauty and sadness of human connection (and lack thereof). Be warned, though, the show has a "read the manga" ending (which you should, it's stunningly powerful).

    I'd love to hear/read your thoughts about these shows.

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    1. Hi there! I love recs, and I absolutely love that you left this here so other people can see it if they roll on by.

      Tutu I have seen and loved, for all of the reasons that you mention. It's strange because it's a series that most die-hard anime fans have seen and would recommend, and yet I rarely hear it discussed often in fannish circles. I might have to do a write- up of it!

      Berserk I'll admit I haven't seen, though I'm familiar with it. I think it's the animation that put me off so much, but the praise you give it really makes me want to rethink that. In fact, you know what: I'll give it a watch. It's summer here and I was going to start some new series, so when I've finished a couple of those I will take your rec and give Berserk a go. If it's half as good as what you say, I'll love it.

      Thanks for these!

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