Art for Art’s Sake

Hello again, readers. We’re here with two reviews, one of a recent show and other of a … classic. Yes, let’s go with that. First up is Kaikyaku with Barakamon, a delightful series that is full of charm and humor. The fact that it features anime children that won’t drive you up the wall is also a minor miracle. Next up is CNile with a not so charming review of Violence Jack, an OVA adaptation of one of the many works of Go Nagai. If you love appalling dismemberment, rape, and cannibalism, this is the anime for you! Those with good taste need not apply.

Also, be sure to keep up with the Anime Power Rankings over at Behind the Nihon Review!

Cleaning Out the Mind with Bleach

Today we have two action shows with rather similar degrees of quality but different reason for being terrible.  The first is Psychic Wars which is a rather old school anime that has decent production values and not much else.  The other is one of the biggest shounen titles of the recent generation Bleach.  There might be a great story in there somewhere, but there’s one hell of a haystack to get through.

Cyberpunk and the Worst Anime Ever?

If the latest Ghost in the Shell series doesn’t quite live up to your sci-fi needs, perhaps you should check out the lower key Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust.  This trilogy of movies has the grit and cadence that makes the genre so fascinating in the first place.

On the other spectrum of things, CNile has just come back from watching what may be the worst anime ever to be put on video.  If you want to some real scares this Hallow’s Eve try to get through Mars of Destruction.

Madhouse Strikes Again

As the new season builds momentum we take a look at a pair of recently concluded series.

Many readers will be aware of Shinmaru‘s Hunter x Hunter addiction over the past few years and he now shares his thoughts on this exceptional series with us. It’s a huge improvement over the original adaptation and only gets better as it goes.

Meanwhile, I very much enjoyed the sunny Hanayamata. It’s a great little show to watch when you’re feeling down and illustrates how great friends and a pinch of passion go a long way in having the confidence to express yourself.

Once Again, Giant Robots Make the Impossible Possible

Hello, friends! We’re here with two new reviews for you, both from Shadowmage. First up is The Irregular at Magic High School, which seems to have plenty of ideas but doesn’t explore any of them in an interesting way. It does, however, feature a hilariously overpowered main character. Maybe that’s a plus for you! Next up is Captain Earth. It has the aesthetics down, but unfortunately, the characters and story just do not hold up. But it has a superbly ridiculous giant robot animation, so maybe that doesn’t matter too much.

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