Spring 2016 Season Wrap-Up!

All right, now that I’ve finally published the last review for the Spring 2016 anime I managed to watch, it’s time to talk about which shows were hot, which were not, and which were somewhere in between! Remember, I didn’t start the Spring 2016 season until it was almost over, so I’m missing a good number of shows that I really wish I had the time and opportunity to watch. Hopefully I’ll be able to catch up on some of them at a later time (especially Kiznaiver and Concrete Revolutio), but in the mean time, feel free to post your own categorizations of the shows I missed (or correct my categorizations of the ones I didn’t!) in the comments below. Okay, without further ado, let’s jump in! Continue reading “Spring 2016 Season Wrap-Up!”

Anime Review: Flying Witch

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One of the strengths of the slice-of-life genre in anime is that it lends itself to offering a wide variety of experiences to the viewer. Many of us have our favorite slice-of-life romances, dramas, comedies, and even harems. But until this past season, I had not heard of the sub-genre of slice-of-life known as iyashikei, or “healing-type” anime. I had seen last season’s Tanaka-kun is Always Listless described by some as iyashikei, but when I watched it, I found that I had trouble distinguishing any relaxing elements in the show from any other fairly laid-back anime comedy. However, once I caught up on last season’s other iyashikei entry, Flying Witch, I finally understood the phrase “healing-type”, and why so many people of late seem to be going crazy over this unassuming sub-genre. Continue reading “Anime Review: Flying Witch”

Anime Review: Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress

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As a long-time fan of fantasy and science fiction books and movies, I often find myself drawn towards those types of stories in anime as well. So it should be no surprise that Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress was easily my most highly anticipated anime of the Spring 2016 season. Continue reading “Anime Review: Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress”

Anime Review: Tanaka-kun is Always Listless

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Recently, I’ve been finding r/anime to be a veritable font of information for anime otaku like me who have major blind spots when it comes to certain genres and concepts that have not made it too far outside of Japan.  As a result, I’ve been learning quite a bit I did not originally know about several of the shows I’ve been watching this season.   Continue reading “Anime Review: Tanaka-kun is Always Listless”

Anime Review: Space Patrol Luluco

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Over the past several years, with the rising popularity of anime simulcasts and the ever-increasing number of streaming sites at our fingertips, many varieties of anime that may not have made it to Western audiences even half a decade ago are now available to us.  One of these varieties which has garnered a bit of an uneven reputation is the short-form anime.   Continue reading “Anime Review: Space Patrol Luluco”

Bungou Stray Dogs E11: The Fluff is Strong With This One

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I alluded in my catch-up post for Bungou Stray Dogs to its penchant for interspersing scenes of violent bloodshed with buoyant comic relief from its eccentric cast. Well, after the brutal events of the past several episodes, I was figuring that it was about time for a comic relief episode, and sure enough that’s exactly what we got. Continue reading “Bungou Stray Dogs E11: The Fluff is Strong With This One”

Spring 2016 Catch-up: Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress

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Hey there everyone, seiyuuki here with the long-promised catch-up post for Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress. But before I jump into it, I first ought to apologize for the delay on this post – I’ve had a bit less time to catch up on the Spring 2016 series than I thought I would, and on top of that, I made the awful mistake of starting to play Life is Strange last Friday (if you’ve played it, you’ll know why it was a mistake – it’s impossible to put down). So that killed off what little productivity I would have had the past couple of days. But late is better than never, and I do remain committed to catching up on the remaining series on my schedule as soon as I possibly can, hopefully by the end of this weekend. Continue reading “Spring 2016 Catch-up: Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress”

Attack on Zombie? A Tale of Apples and Oranges

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Hey there! So, I know this is not the promised catch-up post on Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (though I promise I am working on it!), but I didn’t want to wait too much longer before addressing the comparisons between Kabaneri and a certain anime about Titans that we all know and love. Continue reading “Attack on Zombie? A Tale of Apples and Oranges”

Spring 2016 Catch-up: Bungou Stray Dogs

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Hey there! As I type this, I have just finished catching up on one of my more anticipated shows this season, Bungou Stray Dogs, and let me tell you, it’s been quite a ride so far. This is going to be a pretty long post, as we have 10 episodes worth of stuff to talk about, so let’s get right to it! Continue reading “Spring 2016 Catch-up: Bungou Stray Dogs”