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April 26 2016, 2:15 AM

Please Tell Nicoletta How To Manage Her Time Better! Galko-chan

Yeah, I was supposed to have a review for y'all today, but a mix of PhDing, procrastinating, and Microsoft Word-related snafus means it'll have to wait for another day. My bad!

But Stig saves the day with a review of a surprisingly good short series, and I'm with him on this one, as far as my opinion goes. Please Tell Me! Galko Chan is probably the best type of raunchy comedy, in being sweet and good-hearted at the same time (though it's also poking fun at galge culture, so it's not just a sex comedy). Maybe like B Gata H Kei but with more pop culture refs thrown in?

So we'll be back next week....the review I was supposed to have for today is overdue, so maybe it'll be that, but...we'll have something. I promise!

-Nicoletta Christina Browne.

April 18 2016, 10:36 AM

No Kitty No Cry.

That's the topic of Nicoletta's review as she shares her thoughts on She and Her Cat: Everything Flows, which is apparently based on a work by Makoto Shinkai (hence the "no cry" part being more of a challenge than otherwise.) Basically, if you are or have ever been a pet person -- and a cat person in particular -- she thinks you owe it to yourself to watch this. (And keep the hankies at the ready, because.. well...)

Much as I'd like to cry, though; I couldn't do so, even after Phantasy Star Online 2: the Animation. Lord knows I wanted to, however, considering what we ended up with as an animated piece of a franchise I still remember somewhat fondly. Not that this utter nonsense helped in that regard, but the amount of good anime based on video games still remains the same after watching this.

At least there was one good show this week. And hey, I should have something nice for you for next week too, so look forward to that. See you then.

-Stig Høgset.

April 11 2016, 10:44 AM

A mask on your face is better than ten BETA biting off more than they can chew.

Or something. Because Allen picks up where Nicoletta left off, which is ironically before on the grand scales of time. He watches Schwarzes Marken, a prequel of sorts for Muv Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse, a show that's not afraid to make the squeamish run for the hills. Qualitywise, Allen surmises it's about the same as its sequel.

Meanwhile, I deal with an actual sequel, and boy howdy do I wish that this one kept up the quality of the original. Sadly, Utawarerumono -the False Faces- is not even close. In fact, it even has the nerve to spend 25 episodes being a buildup to some kind of main event the show apparently hopes you'll stick around for if they'll ever get around to making it. But you know what? I don't want to. In fact, I'd rather pretend this show never got made.

As for next week, things doesn't look much better for me, though the show in question did at least not betray any expectations, so... yay, I guess? And hopefully someone will come along with me to offer a better alternative to go with it. We'll see.

-Stig Høgset.

April 4 2016, 4:34 AM

Cards at the CAPITAL gate.

We got two reviews for you this time.

Allen visits a continuation/remake/....something of an offshoot of a show called The Soul Taker. This show is called Nurse Witch Komugi R, because what better way to succeed a show about devils, corporate corruption, assassinations and mutation than with a show about cute girls collecting cards, right? At least Allen thinks it's quite OK.

As for me, I took a look at the new fantasy/army propaganda epic GATE, which I thought was pretty entertaining, but yeah, you kind of have to take it with a side order of (probably unintentionally hilarious) nationalistic propaganda... which was watered down in the anime, scary as that sounds. But hey, it's fun, so... it's OK?

Next week, things'll get a bit darker. And possibly also disappointingly stupid, if I can get that part done in time. See you then.

-Stig Høgset.

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