The Drama of Anime

This last season brought with it a few gems. Shadowmage takes a look at one of them, Shirobako, which centers its tale around the anime industry itself and features some great characters. The same cannot be said for our second entry. Aldnoah.Zero has some promise, but doesn’t build on its strengths.

Parasytes in April

It’s the start of a new season of anime which means that another new set of shows have ended their run.  We’ll run down some of the best and most talked about shows in the line up of recently finished anime.  Up first are two shows that were nothing but quality throughout their respective runs.  Your Lie in April is a beautifully drawn and beautifully realized drama that is more than worth your time.  Parasyte is a hard sci-fi series mixed in with a small touch of young male power fantasy that has a clear message to say and the guts to say it.

Cute Girls Doing Cute(?) Things

Spring is here! To herald the coming of allergy season we’ve got two new reviews of anime that we wouldn’t particularly recommend for watching when you’re at home trying to escape all that pollen floating around outside. However, both of them do have cute girls, so if that’s up your alley give these shows a chance.  First is our impressions of Sora no Method aka Celestial Method, which is a decent maiden series for a brand new animation studio. Second, we take a look at Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu, a comedy that uses twintail fetishism to fight aliens.

A Classic and a Wanna Be

This week we have for you a rare treat from Studio Ghibli called The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.  It has only recently seen wide release in the West, so if you have a chance to watch it, don’t miss out.  On the other end of the spectrum is a show not even I knew existed called Engage Planet Kiss Dum.  Aside from its stupid name, it really doesn’t seem to have much going for it, but it may be good for a few laughs or a run through the soundtrack.

Terror in Virtual Reality

Today we have two anime that have stirred up the anime community for two very different reasons.  The first is the ever popular Sword Art Online II which basically is an adolescent power fantasy that is just on the cusp of compelling but slips off because it just can’t stop making the protagonist look superhuman.  The other is Watanabe Shinichiro’s rather ballsy commentary on the state of the world, Terror in Resonance, which is definitely a cut above most shows but it lacks any real teeth to make a deep impact.

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