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June 29 2015, 6:24 PM

Shana of the Flickering Flame

Only one review, once again, and sadly, you're stuck with me, though hopefully some Shakugan no Shana fans will be happy that we've gotten around to reviewing more of the franchise.

Unfortunately, I wasn't as pleased with the sequel. It's really the same show as the original, in some ways, but that's actually a big part of the problem in this case.

We should be back next week, though it might be even less pretty, and perhaps a bit...plasticky, overall. Stay tuned.

-Nick Browne

June 22 2015, 12:29 PM

If you play with your life, you're going to BURN IN HELL.... probably.

Well.... that's sort of the case with Death Parade -- maybe, maybe not. Regardless, Nick finds to be an intriguing show despite its weaknesses.

And that's the only review we have for you this week. Summer is forthcoming, and vacations might be had among us. We'll still try to keep to a weekly scedule, of course, and we DO have something up for next Monday. See you all then.

-Stig Høgset.

June 15 2015, 9:35 AM

Vampire horror to the left, animal ear moe to the right... where would YOU go?!

Well, Allen's case is more of a second look. He watches Shiki, earlier covered by Aiden, so this review can be considered a bit of a companion piece.

Meanwhile, I stagedive into sheer fluff in the form of Dog Days''. It's the third season of a rather infamous lighthearted and sportsmanlike franchise that goes under the Dog Days moniker, and... well, it tries (and basically succeeds) in being a worthy follow-up to its earlier seasons. THIS REVIEW MIGHT BE REDUNDANT, BUT PLEASE READ IT ANYWAY!

Next week, we'll be... erm, actually, I have no idea what will be next. Stay tuned, I guess?

-Stig Høgset.

June 8 2015, 11:54 AM

Those silly monkeys; love is for kicks.

Allen takes a look at a classic with Alakazam the Great with grandpa in tow. The movie is, in fact, known as Saiyuki in Japan, meaning that it's another rendition of "Journey to the West", except maybe one of the first ones animated (hence the presence of grandpa).

Tim, however, did not bring any relatives when it was time to take on Urusei Yatsura: Remember my Love, the third movie in the Urusei Yatsura franchise, which he found mildly more entertaining than Allen did Alakazam.

And that's it for this week. Next week, the site is going to the dogs. Well... partially. See you then.

-Stig Høgset.

June 1 2015, 5:56 PM

Sadomachistic Canine Graffiti

I'm behind on writing reviews, so Allen and Tim have stepped up to the plate with some anime to serve us, both savory (literally) and unsavory.

On the (mostly) savory side, Tim starts us off with Winter 2015's Gourmet Girl Graffiti, a food porn series which he and I both agree is one of SHAFT's better shows of late, even if the competition is a bit underwhelming (looking at you, MEKAKUCITY ACTORS). And when the show edges more towards "porn" than "food," things get a bet icky....

Allen's more unsavory pick is Dog & Scissors, which according to him only escapes scraping the bottom of the barrel by virtue of it's mostly unlikeable cast becoming marginally less detestable near the end. What a high standard this show sets...

Next week is something of a "blast from the past." See you then!

-Nick Browne

May 26 2015, 12:48 PM

First Date is Murder.

Allen almost literally throws himself over Beyond the Boundary, one of Kyoto Animation's attempts at getting a piece of that "monster hunting" pie. I don't know for sure, but it seems like his impression can be summed up with "less murderous weirdos, please".

Meanwhile, I have to deal with the fact that the hero of my story is a stone-cold murderer of no small fame. Yes, I've been watching Golgo 13, the relatively new TV series and undiscriminate love letter to a manly icon among manly icons. The man who gave "inscrutable" a whole new level to live up to and an expression that has been parodied all over the place, from Excel Saga to Barakamon and many, many more.

And... uh, sorry for being late again. Weirdly enough, I had the day off yesterday, so it was not a matter of not having time. Rather, I'm guessing my mind was on Sunday mode, hence why it completely passed me by. Next week, we shall return again. Hopefully on Monday.

-Stig Høgset.

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