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Missing the target

Today we have reviews of two series that didn’t quite pull it off. Comet Lucifer, as Kavik Ryx describes, puts a lot of effort into world building but doesn’t come away with something that feel consistent or cohesive. Similarly, Reckoner shares his thoughts on Charlotte, the latest Key series, which doesn’t pack the emotional punch of previous works. We also posted our mid-season impressions last week in case you missed it!

The daily lives of the braves of the six flowers

Kavik Ryx is back with a couple more reviews of shows that left an impression. Monster Musume no Iro Nichijou will tell you everything you want to know about monster girls… and then some. But at least it was entertaining? Rokka no Yuusha fairs better by presenting an interesting mystery sprinkled with seeds of doubt and a touch of suspense.

And if you missed it, be sure to check out out First Thoughts for the Winter 2016 season as well as the latest APR and Anime Soapbox Episodes over on the blog.

Say goodbye to 2015

Happy New Year and so long 2015!

After all the champagne, resolutions, and not-so-enjoyable family dinners, it’s getting toward that time in January where work and school starts again. To get rid of your melancholy going into the new year, come check out our 2015: A Year in Review and see if you might’ve missed any entertaining anime over the past year.

If you have any thoughts or comments about our Year in Review article, please stop by the forums and come chat with us! We’re always happy to hear your thoughts.

Looking forward to another year of anime!

Outer Space and the Underworld

Today’s two new reviews cover two anime quite different from one another. First, we have Houkago no Pleiades, a somewhat nonsensical sci-fi anime by industry veteran Gainax. Although the studio has created hits beloved by anime fans over the years,  it hasn’t quite seemed to recover its past glory, and this series doesn’t do much to inspire confidence in the studio’s. If you’re interested in moe anime though, this might be a show you’re interested in watching.

Our second review is Hoozuki no Reitetsu, the second anime by anime newcomer Wit Studio known for the first Attack on Titan anime. Hoozuki no Reitetsu is a somewhat dark (?) comedy that touches all the right spots, although its heavy basis in Japanese culture and language makes it a bit indecipherable for your average non-Japanese anime fan. It’s the polar opposite of our other review; not only is its main setting located in the Japanese underworld, but it’s also a lot more entertaining to watch.

Anime Winter is Coming

For those of you who are looking for more anime to watch as nights get colder, we’ve got two new reviews for you that will hopefully help you decide your next animetic adventure.

First, we have Robotics;Notes, which isn’t the best we’ve seen from Production I.G., but definitely worth checking out for its comedic value. Second, we’ve got Shinkai Makoto movie Dareka no Manazashi: a sentimental tale that is poignant without needing to say much.

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