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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

September 23 2014, 4:28 PM

It Was Worth the Wait?

So yes...we are a bit tardy this week. Apologies for that, but on the bright side, this update is all-around one of the best we've had in a while.

First, I've got a short review of the new Mushi-Shi special, which came out earlier this summer and which turned out to be one of the best things I've seen this year (I'll eventually have a review of the new TV series, also). Leave it to Mushi-Shi to bring us our first five-stars of the year, I suppose.

Meanwhile, Stig is now a fan of quirky tanuki comedy-dramas, at least if The Eccentric Family is any indication (disclaimer: I also really, really like this show).

We plan on being back next week, hopefully a little less tardily. Take care!

-Nick Browne

September 15 2014, 8:55 AM

Ain't no hell-and-back girl....

So yeah, we got one new review for you all today. Dallas drops by with a brand, spanking new review for Hells -- full title "Hells Angels", go fig -- and finds it an adequate effort. Sadly, it's one of those "starts out strong, loses something along the way" kind of "adequate", so... take from that what you will.

Well, that's all for now. See you all next week. (Probably.)

-Stig Høgset.

September 8 2014, 10:35 AM

The beasts of burden and the girls they answer to.

Nick's part of the equation takes him within harms reach of The Archives of Dantalian, a show he found to be a massive failure in just about all respects, starring a less than stellar female lead and the guy she orders around.

Me and Tim takes a more literal approach to the whole "beast" thing with Beast Player Erin, an absolutely wonderful show about a young girl who loses her only living parent, her mother, and, through various circumstances, ends up with the opportunity to attend school. The literal part comes in the forms of a certain kind of animal that the school takes care of, and from which Erin takes a very personal interest.

How's about that for complete opposites in the quality scales. Next week, we've got... something else... for you all. See you then.

-Stig Høgset.

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