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April 14 2014, 12:00 PM

"Do you want to play another game?"

Nick's sacrifice for today isn't specifically game-related. It's just as ridiculous as one. He plows through Nobunagun, wishing he had made it a synchro instead. Things become so much more entertaining when you're larking it up.

As opposed to LARPing it up, I guess. My show of the week is MMORPGer Log Horizon, a show that many of you (I'm sure) expected to be a dot Hack or Sword Art Online ripoff. I wouldn't know, since I've watched neither. What I DO know, however, is that this show is actually pretty good.

Next week... well, it'll arrive, and then you shall know the terror of big sister. Or something.

-Stig Høgset.

April 8 2014, 3:49 AM

Recently, we sat down and had some anime equivalent of junk food.

Well... sort of. See, the show Nick and Tim chose to tag team is perhaps the perfect equivalent of junk food: Recently, My Sister is Unusual, whose whole plot isn't as unusual as their creators might hope. It's also kind of terrible, so maybe it's an insult to junk food to label this show as such; at least junk food isn't necessarily harmful to you as long as you don't eat it all the time.

My pick of the week probably deserves more of a comparison with candy instead of junk food, namely Super Sonico: The Animation, because like candy, shows like Super Sonico works when you just want something that tastes sweet, even if it has no particular nutritional value. And you'd think that a show based on what is basically a mascot character created specifically to be a busty girl... with a pair of headphones seemingly permanently attached to her head, weirdly enough... would end up being terrible too, but it's not. Unless you're the kind who is easily bored, this show is actually kind of nice, and very restrained on top of that.

Anyway, sorry about the slight delay with this update. I'll try not to be late next week.

-Stig Høgset.

March 31 2014, 9:57 AM

Backfield Bad Boys and Tankery Good Girls.

...and no real connecting line between.

While puzzled over its curious choice of opening and ending themes, Nick has a good time with Hanada Shounen-Shi, a pastoral and at times... colorful... story of a boy who can see dead people. Well, at least after he took a truck to the noggin. I guess ICE really was right... in a sense.

Whether you can call the girls in the Girls und Panzer complete OVA series is up for debate, though, but I think the consensus that can be drawn from this is that they can still be an appealing bunch when they're so unreservedly nerdy about their interests, even if that's mostly about tanks and other millitary stuff. (Though the tanks are getting a break this time around.)

Well, that's it for this time. Next week, we shall return with more stuffs. Until then....

-Stig Høgset.

March 24 2014, 12:18 PM

Good Morning, Murder Musume.

Another week, another rather odd contrast in shows being reviewed.

Carlos looks into Phantom Thief Reinya; celebrity vehicle and one of many beacons of cuteness available today. His inner fanboy is... relatively unimpressed.

Allen follows up with... considerably less moe-ish antics in the fourth installment of the Ikki Tousen series, namely Ikki Tousen: Xtreme Xecutor, and finds it quite entertaining. (Though Dragon Destiny is still considered to be the best part of the franchise.)

So yes, that's two more for this week, and we'll see you again in another.

-Stig Høgset.

March 17 2014, 12:41 PM

All the Colors Have Gone Out of Our Holds.

So, what's the unifying theme this time? Beats me. Carlos takes a look at Miss Monochrome: The Animation, a show about an android girl who wants to become an idol, because who doesn't these days? Anyway, he found it a lukewarm experience.

The girls in my show of the week already were idols, so Wanna be the Strongest in the World's main draw is that our main character wants to be a professional wrestler instead. Which sounds kind of neat, but trust me; the final product is.... kind of unsettling at times. Too many times.

Well, we still got something for next week, so see you then.

-Stig Høgset.

March 10 2014, 9:23 PM

Sitting on the fence of the age appropriateness border and looking at both sides.

So, today, Carlos and I bring you two shows rife with fanservice.

The problem is, the show Carlos chose was Kigurumikku v3 (v3?), where the main characters are all children. Appropriate doesn't even come close here.

I was at least a good deal luckier with my choice, Queen's Blade: Rebellion, a show where most of the girls shop in the D-cup section of the steel boobplate store. It's a bit of a disappointment; not necessarily because of the fanservice and saucy contents -- this continuation does at least dispense with the need to add character who shoot acid breast milk or pee themselves after losing fights -- but because it's kind of a vaguely incoherent mess. Yes, even compared to the original TV series.

And that's about it. Let's hope next week's shows don't turn out quite so... colorful. See you then.

-Stig Høgset.

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