A Pair of Gems

There’s good anime, and then there’s great anime. Today we are lucky enough to add two of the latter to our library of reviews. Zzeroparticle examines The Wind Rises, likely the final film from legendary director Miyazaki Hayao and a deserving send-off. Shinmaru, in turn, shares his thoughts on Eccentric Family, a series with both humour and heart.

I’ve also added a blog article looking at discrimination in Wizard Barristers.

Going Home Sweet Home

Hello again, friends! We’re here with two new reviews for your perusal. First on the docket is AC‘s look at Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home. He thought there was no more story to tell; however, he realized he was incorrect. It’s a bit short, but the way it delves into the backstory of Ohana’s mother makes it a worthwhile addition to the series. Meanwhile, Reckoner takes a look at White Album 2, which he says breathes new life into a genre that had become stagnant. It handles its drama by keeping the characters’ humanity in mind, which keeps the events believable and interesting. Romance fans should check it out.

Explorers of Time and Space

Today we have a respite from the usual trend of cute girls in high school settings anime to explore two adventure anime. Once rather ubiquitous, these kinds of shows now seem endangered, so director Umetsu Yasuomi has decided to merge cute girls doing cute things with a rather dark adventure series. Shinmaru reviews this concoction known as Galilei Donna and the results seem mixed. The other show is a literal blast from the past with a full blown remake of Space Battleship Yamato (known as Star Blazers in the West) called Space Battleship Yamato 2199.

Wrestling Robots

Hello, friends! We have two new reviews for you today. First up is Shadowmage‘s look at the twisty, turny mecha series Valvrave the Liberator. While it has pleasing aesthetics, enjoyment of the series hinges mainly on appreciation for its ridiculous and sense of shock and drama. Next on the docket, I take a look at the wrestling series Wanna Be the Strongest in the World. It is “strongest in the world” in title only — the wrestling is dull, the story placid, and the “sexy” bits either hilarious or groanworthy. Stay away from this show at all costs.

Arpeggios and Duets

We’re back with two more reviews! Shadowmage takes a look at Arpeggio of Blue Steel: Ars Nova, a series that tried new things with its animation but ultimately fell flat.

Meanwhile, I had a look at Miyazaki Goro’s latest directing effort, From Up On Poppy Hill and liked what I saw. It’s a solid entry into the Ghibli collection.

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