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May 18 2020, 8:09 AM

"We're Not In Kantai Anymore...."

About five years and a month ago, I reviewed a TV series that was basically another entry in a growing list of weird "kinda-sorta based on WW2, but with cute girls" anime shows. Said show was also, unlike some of the others, based on a videogame franchise that grew in leaps and bounds, and as those things are wont to do, it eventually attracted people who wanted a piece of the WW2 cute girl pai. And so, we find ourselves here at Azur Lane's boarding plank, as the game has -- much like its foremother -- gained not only secondary games, but also its own TV series. Which is where we're at now. Confusing? Well, the show can be just so to its detriment, depending on whether you've played the original game or not, and... well, I have many things to say about it. Just go in and read. (Full disclosure: I do like the original game. Yes, I know it's a bit grindy, but I've had fun with it.)

Next week, Allen will look into the soul of machinery and electronics. See you all then.

-Stig Høgset.

May 11 2020, 2:26 AM

Once Upon an Altair...

Our pick of the week, courtesy of Allen, is Altair: A Record of Battles, which is about as straightforward a title as you can get. Allen finds it an interesting period piece as long as you don't necessarily desire historical accuracy in your entertainment.

Next week will also sorta kinda be based around a very big historical event, and also definitely not. It also stands in the shadow of another franchise, more or less, even though it's probably just as well known. So... see you all then.

-Stig Høgset.

May 4 2020, 8:20 AM

Have Penis, Will Review.

That's not an advert for my services, mind you. It's the concept of our show of the week, and one that I have to say rather unexpectedly looked me straight in the eye and gave me a knowing wink. That show is Interspecies Reviewers, which was too hot for FUNimation or something, because their stream disappeared right quick, as did a lot of other sources sans a few. Like the Australian Wakanime stream. But yes, as I'm going to reiterate in my opening paragraph: if the topic of sex -- or even prostitution -- in a fantasy world where that is actually a safe job option offends you, well... there's always next week. But interestingly, what I found with this show was a surprisingly tasteful look at the sex industry. Yes, it's crude and tacky at times, but very, very rarely in an offputting way. I had two complaints about the show, so go read the review to see what those are.

And that's it for this week. Next week, we'll deal with a vastly less controversial topic: politics. See you all then.

-Stig Høgset.

April 27 2020, 3:49 AM

"In/spector Blabbermouth Is Always On Duty."

So yeah, Allen had considerably less amounts of fun with In/Spectre than he did last week's show, mostly because it promised far, far more than it could possibly deliver. Part of the reason, he surmised, is probably because most of the words coming out of its very own main character's mouth should never ever ever be taken seriously.

Well, at least we have something quite.... fresh... for you next week. Unless you go for the elf option. Then it's a gamble. See you all then.

-Stig Høgset.

April 20 2020, 7:42 AM

Sweet Science of Love, Butterflies Squared.

That's Allen's pick of the week in a nutshell. Science Fell In Love, So I Tried To Prove It, where our twoesome must've had someone tell them "Well, science doesn't have the answer to everything!", and answered that with "Nah, mate. We can turn anything into a science lesson." Although Allen doesn't entirely disagree, he finds science love kind of average.

Which is still better than next week, where we'll have to deal with something even more tiresome. See you all then.

-Stig Høgset.

April 13 2020, 6:01 AM

GeGeGe no Sixtharo... TODAY!

Yep. This week, I'll be looking at the classic that isn't a classic, but it is. It's the first 49 episodes of GeGeGe no Kitaro.... the 2018 version, the sixth in a long line of shows I haven't watched. Well, except this one, of course. I'll bring you the rest later.

And that's that. Next week, we got... well, more yokai shenanigans, I think? It's all going to depend on whether you want to take the word of a BS artiste. See you all then.

-Stig Høgset.

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