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October 27 2014, 2:26 PM

The show that gives no lip.

And almost literally at that. But yes, today's review is for mysterious romantic drama Glasslip, a show that goes nowhere and does nothing. It's the one-hand clapping of romance, the tree that falls in the forest with nobody to hear it. I didn't award it one star, but there are several one star shows that has given me more than this. I'm very tempted to put it on my "least favorite anime" list and make it the sole two-star show on there. It's a beacon on how ratings might carry some importance, but isn't everything in the grand sceme of things. It's an empty shell. It's a broken promise. It's a gargantian red herring. The show couldn't have been more annoying about its ending even if it had ended with a clip of Nelson Muntz doing his trademark "ha ha" laugh.

Christ, that was not a good day to start the week with. We shall aspire to do better next week... I hope.

-Stig Høgset.

 
October 21 2014, 5:29 AM

Issues with Disappearing Reviews

Dear readers,

Lately we have had some trouble with parts of reviews disappearing due to coding errors associated with unrecognized characters.

If you click on a review and find it half completed, please, PLEASE contact somebody on the staff, ASAP. That way, we might be able to find a cached copy and fix the problem.

While I've taken care of many of them thus far, it's inevitable that I'll miss a few, so do email me (Nick Browne) if you spot anything.

Best,

Nick Browne

 
October 20 2014, 11:58 AM

Time of Steve.

Doesn't sound quite as wonderful, does it?

Today's review is for a kickstarter project I joined some time ago, that offered a Bluray release of a show that's available on Crunchyroll (though only in full for pro members); namely Time of Eve: The Movie. Nick already covered the TV series with nothing less than a glowing appraisal, and I'm certainly not going to disabuse that opinion. Far from it. In fact, it's getting kind of annoying trying to figure out which titles to keep in my favorites list, because it's getting kind of crowded on top.

Anyway, that's your lot this week, but what a lot that was. See you again next week.

-Stig Høgset.

 
October 13 2014, 11:12 PM

I'll Have a Blue Spring Without You...

A short update today, but I'll take a lone three-star review over three strikeouts, any day. I watched Blue Spring Ride, an adaptation of a shoujo romance from Summer 2014. While I enjoyed it fine, it really should have been better, and it also should have lasted longer if it wanted to tie up its plot...maybe we can hope for Blue Christmas Ride as a surprise gift from Santa Claus?

Bad puns aside, we should be back with more next week. Until then.

-Nick Browne

 
October 6 2014, 3:19 PM

There is no hope to be found among the stars...

Well, at least not among the ones we gave out in today's reviews. I... am sorry. We all are.

Tim was... not happy with Cross Ange: Rondo of Angel and Dragon. Not at all. It's a show that exudes hate from every pore in its body. You really, REALLY have to tolerate an extreme amount of discomfort to survive this one. It's probably not worth the trouble.

Nick was equally displeased with Mujaki no Rakuen, a show whose main event is the sexualisation of fifth graders and has a self-appointed "nice guy" sexual predator as a main lead. Sounds like a swell time. I'd... make a joke at this point normally, but I don't really want to joke about child predation. Sorry.

And boy, am I going to sound like a whiner for not having to deal with either of those shows, but it's not like Bladedance of Elementalers is a walk in the park either. The show is basically like one of those joke books you can buy cheap in bookstores or gas stations, only to find out that all the jokes are really lame, as if it was written by the J.P. Godek of harem and tsundere jokes.

That wasn't a very nice lineup, was it? Well, look at it this way; at least we can only go up from here, right? Right?!

-Stig Høgset.

 
September 29 2014, 6:06 PM

A Whole New World

A short update, but at least a nice one: I've got a review of The World is Still Beautiful, which exceeded my expectations and turned out to be a rather sweet little show.

We'll be back next week, hopefully with more, but I'm just happy that a 2014 TV series has finally broken three stars from me (I was getting desperate).

-Nick Browne

 
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