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July 27 2015, 10:25 AM

The Lies, My Friend, Are Blowing in the Wind

For today's update, Allen tackles the popular classical music drama Your Lie in April. He finds the music and art to be compelling but the characters, much less so.

Meanwhile, I've got an obscurity: the all-but forgotten Windy Tales, which was miraculously just licensed by Sentai after languishing for years. And I'm glad, too; it doesn't have the je ne sais quoi of some other experimental shows, but it's a worthwhile watch.

We "roll" along next week with another review for me and hopefully some other reviews as well. Stay tuned.

-Nick Browne

 
July 20 2015, 1:16 PM

The Comical Psychosomatic Sixth Sense

Even M. Night Shyamalan saw that plot twist coming.

I mentioned "uncomfortable combinations" as being the unifying theme of today's shows. In the first of these, supernatural fantasy a la xxxHOLic or Natsume's Book of Friends meets a wish-fulfillment protagonist and her cohort of clueless highschool friends. According to Allen, Re-Kan! has cute moments, and it benefits from the spirits themselves (mostly) being pretty cool, but the weak cast makes it hard for him to recommend.

Our second review comes from me: Comical Psychosomatic Medicine, an oddity of "edutainment" manga that somehow snuck its way into crunchyroll's lineup and, duly, gets a review from me. It's amusing, but mostly just silly, and if you're (understandably) uncomfortable with the idea of mental health being made light of, then you aren't going to like this show.

It's Allen and I once more next week, where he neglects to tell the truth about T. S. Eliot's least favorite month and I tell tall tales about the wind. Stay tuned!

-Nick Browne

 
July 13 2015, 3:37 AM

The Society for the Study of Modern Visual SNAFUs

Back again this week, I have an overdue review of Genshiken, which works decently as an examination of otaku culture but is held back by its somewhat narrow, and rather male-specific, vision of it.

Allen, meanwhile, has good luck with the second season of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, which he deems a surprisingly mature entry in the crowded field of teenage anime comedy-dramas. Given that said genre is beginning to look a bit like the 2016 US Presidential primaries (read: overcrowded and full of also-rans), that's no small feat.

It's the two of us again next week, with some uncomfortable combinations in tow: a show that tries very, very hard to make mental health funny, and a show that's basically "Natsume Yuujinchou meets the concept of the waifu." See you then.

-Nick

 
July 6 2015, 2:26 PM

Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Zombie Robots

Needless to say, Stig would rather be reading Calvin and Hobbes than watching Plastic Memories. Comedy isn't its forte, nor is drama, for that matter. Its main strength might be in reminding Stig of how good the Time of Eve movie was, in comparison.

But...we've got some nicer "memories" to offset that with. There's also my review of Memories of Marnie, known in the U.S. as When Marnie Was There. It might be Studio Ghibli's last feature film, ever, and it's a damned good one.

Up next, SNAFUs and Otakus. Stay tuned!

-Nick

 
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.

 
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