Series Reviews

Blu-Ray Review – When They Cry KAI

A review for the When They Cry KAI  Blu-Ray release is up on ANN!

“When I reviewed the first season of When They Cry back in March, I was struck by how much I liked the show, given its rough first impressions. The animation and character designs were pretty ugly, and the story was presented in a rather unique way that nonetheless created some noticeable pacing and tonal issues.
Still, in spite of its problems, When They Cry season 1 managed to create an atmosphere of genuinely unsettling horror, one backed up by a compelling central mystery and an endearing cast. This month, Sentai is releasing When They Cry’s follow-up, When They Cry: Kai, for the first time in the West. Does this second entry in the Higurashi saga live up to the expectations set by the first?”

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ANN Shelf Life – When They Cry: Kai

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Blu-Ray Review – Eden of the East Collector’s Edition

My review for Eden of the East ‘s Collector’s Edition is up on ANN!

“I was just getting ready start college when Eden of the East was released back in 2009, and at the time it blew me away. The series’ initial 11-episode run was one of the most tightly paced and intriguing mystery/thrillers I’d seen in a long time, and when I got to the cliffhanger ending I was dying to know how everything played out. Starting a new life at university ended up being a little more challenging than I’d imagined, though (surprise surprise). Time, work, and a college student’s budget prevented me from catching up with Eden of the East’s two finale movies, King of Eden and Paradise Lost, at the time of their release. Now that Funimation has repackaged both the series and its films into a gorgeous, limited edition collector’s set, though, I finally had the chance to play catch-up. Was it worth the wait?” Continue reading “Blu-Ray Review – Eden of the East Collector’s Edition”

Series Reviews

DVD Review – Kingdom (Season 1)

My review for Kingdom Season 1 is up on ANN!

Studio Pierrot‘s Kingdom is an adaptation of Yasuhisa Hara‘s manga of the same name, which has been running in Shonen Jump for the last decade. Following the lives of key figures from China’s Warring States period, Kingdom incorporates the broad strokes of documented history and blends them into a canvas of familiar, if well executed shonen tropes. In this way it almost feels like the anime equivalent of 300. It uses the flavor of ancient politics and warfare rooted in real history as a draw, without ever worrying about things like realism or accuracy bogging down the storytelling. Does Kingdom live up to the epic history it aspires to mythologize? Well, that depends.”

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ANN Shelf Life – Kingdom Season 1

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Blu-Ray Review – Terror in Resonance

My review for Terror in Resonance is up on ANN!

“Reviewing Terror in Resonance was a very exciting proposition for me because I knew almost absolutely nothing about it. Though the amount of shows I end up keeping up with on a regular basis every year is fairly concentrated, I spend enough time with my face buried in wikis and review sites that I almost always know the main details of most of the shows I’m not watching. Terror in Resonance did not have this problem to worry about. Outside of knowing it was the latest work from famed director Shinichiro Watanabe (of Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo fame), the only background info I had about this anime going in was that it focused on the subject of terrorism in modern-day Japan. Somehow or another Terror in Resonance slipped underneath my all-too-curious radar back in 2014, and am I ever glad it did, because not knowing what to expect helped me enjoy this series even more than I otherwise would have.”

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ANN Shelf Life – Terror in Resonance

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Blu-Ray Review – When They Cry (Season 1)

My review for When They Cry Season 1 is up on ANN!

“Keiichi Maebara is a normal teenaged boy adjusting to his new life in the sleepy country town of Hinamizawa. Though he’s a newcomer to the reclusive and storied old village, he quickly finds himself befriended by a gaggle of local girls, all of them quite eager to welcome him into their group as a friend. Joined by the plucky Rena, the headstrong Mion, and the adorable young pair of Rika and Satoko, our protagonist finds himself enjoying a carefree, lackadaisical life. That all changes once he hears murmurs of the gruesome deaths that stain Hinamizawa’s past. As Keichi investigates the series of dismemberments and disappearances attributed to a curse laid on the town by its patron deity, he begins to get the feeling that he’s being followed. Before too long, Keichi is convinced that at least one of his new friends might be out for his blood. Or maybe they all are.”

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ANN Shelf Life – When They Cry: Season 1

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Blu-Ray Review – Dragonar Academy

My review of Dragonar Academy is up on ANN!

“So yes, the story in this show is superfluous. The characters are awful, the acting is awful, and the plot would make even the most generic fantasy JRPG scoff at its lack of originality. The “dragons” of the “boobs/fanservice and dragons” equation do show up, but with surprisingly little gusto. For a show that’s ostensibly about dragon knights going to battle, there are maybe two or three halfway decent action scenes in the entire show; the rest of it is lame comedy shtick and overindulgent world building. Oh, and fanservice.”

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ANN Shelf Life – Piece of Mind

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Blu-Ray Review – Selector Infected WIXOSS

My review of Funimation’s DVD/BLU-RAY Combo set for Selector Infected WIXOSS is up on Anime News Network:

“If you replace “Selectors” with “Magical Girls” and “Other Selectors” with “Witches”, and Selector Infected Wixoss and Puella Magi Madoka Magica share basically the same plot, not to mention a penchant for nonsensical and overlong titles. Now, this is not an inherently terrible thing. Madoka Magica is one of the greatest anime ever made as far as I’m concerned, and if Selector Infected Wixoss is going to copy notes, it might as well be from the smartest kid in class. If WIXOSS used a familiar formula to tell a thoughtful, interesting, and exciting story, then all the more power to it.”

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ANN Shelf Life – Familiar with Zero