Reading Between Reviews: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

Don’t you wish, sometimes, that you didn’t have to worry about your daily chores?

Wouldn’t a maid be good to have sometimes?  Someone who could just take care of everything you don’t want to deal with?  Or, even better, wouldn’t it be great to have a Maid that’s also a DRAGON?  Then they could use magic to clean things up, they could give you rides to work, it’d be GREAT!

…Right?

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid was…definitely an anime.  It was a strange one, and I mean, with a concept like that, how could it not be?  Airing earlier this year, from January 2017-April 2017, I figured I was a bit late on the ball, and decided to watch the series.

All things considered, I’m glad I did.

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Reading Between Reviews: Attack on Titan, Season 2

Season 2 of Attack on Titan had a lot to live up to.

The series erupted onto the anime scene in a huge way, becoming an instant classic in the world of shounen anime.  This instant popularity only made it more notorious, when years began to pass without any confirmed sequel date.  So when this season was  announced, many people, myself included, were hyped as all hell.

And now that’s it out, we all have different opinions.  Some people lauded it as amazing, while others provided criticism for its poor storytelling. But me?

Well, it was an interesting season, to say the least.

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Reading Between Reviews: Chaos;Head

 

Every so often, you learn about an anime that sounds great in theory, but isn’t pulled off so well in practice.

I haven’t heard much about Chaos;Head, but it certainly sounded like an anime I could enjoy.  A psychological, supernatural thriller?  That’s up my alley!  And, watching it, looking back on it, I can certainly say that it was an…interesting anime to watch.
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Reading Between Reviews: Clannad!

I’ve wanted to review this one for a while now.

Clannad is one of those series that is near and dear to many people’s hearts.  I talked about it recently, as my second favorite story of all time, and from what I know, it was an emotional trip for almost everyone that’s watched it.  But that’s all from personal preference, experiencing a story that I perceived as great.  Critically speaking, is there anything different about Clannad?  How good is it, really?

Well, that’s what this review is for, right?  Strip the feelings, and let’s get a good logical look at this series, and see how it holds up.

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Reading Between Reviews: Your Name

Okay, so I’m hopping on the anime bandwagon with this one, sorry, but it’s gotta be done.

Kimi No Na Wa has been making HUGE waves ever since its premiere in Japan, in July of 2016.  From that beginning, it’s outdone the Miyazaki classic, Spirited Away, to become the most profitable anime movie of all time.  On top of this, it boasts essentially universal critical acclaim, from basically anyone you ask.

Moving over to America on April 7th in theaters across the country, Your Name continued to receive buckets of positive reception, from critics of all kinds, and as of this moment, is still out in theaters.  But really, how good can it be?  An independent anime film, in actual Western theaters?  It can’t be THAT good?

…I’ll be honest here, this review is just a chance for me to say how DAMN good Your Name is.  There will be no spoilers in this review, for those who happen to not know about the movie themselves!  That said, let’s get to it.

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Reading Between Reviews: Red vs Blue!

Have you ever wondered why we’re here?

Red vs Blue, the sci-fi/comedy/action/drama/machinima series that’s fourteen years old and still going strong, is a…unique series, for lack of a better word.  Initially starting as nothing more than a few guys who thought it would be cool to create a little comedic story using Halo, it grew into a huge series that kickstarted the company known as RoosterTeeth.  Spanning fourteen seasons, with a fifteenth to come this Sunday, I thought the opportunity couldn’t be better to review this massive web-series!

Because of just how long and unique this show is, I won’t be mentioning very specific details all of the time.  Rather, I’ll simply gloss over the big picture of what Red Vs Blue is, and what it attempts to do.  As a uniquely, surprisingly successful web series, it did a lot of things that can’t be defined very simply, and I’ll try and respect that, for better or worse!

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Reading Between Reviews: Attack on Titan Season 1!

Dude.  Attack on Titan, Season 2, drops in four days.  WHAT THE HECK.

That in mind, I’d like to take a look back at the season that kicked the series off, as one of the most popular mainstream anime in recent memory.  A thrill ride from start to finish, the hype for Attack on Titan was quite honestly unprecedented.  I haven’t been able to talk to so many people about an anime in my life, and EVERYONE had a positive thing to say about it.  So, honestly though, how good was season one?

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Reading Between Reviews: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu (Season 1)

Do you know what Rakugo is?

Don’t worry, I didn’t know either.

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, a Winter 2016 anime, wasn’t- at least to my knoweldge- a very popular watch.  However, searching around for a new anime to get started on, many people lauded this one as one of the best of the season- so of course, me being me, I started wondering why.  It wasn’t very mystical, it didn’t have any huge action scenes, and definitely wasn’t renowned for being exciting: so, why was it good?

Telling the story of people who love to perform the performing, story-telling art of Rakugo, Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu honestly surprised me.  It did certainly live up to the hype: but, it felt a lot different than any anime I’ve watched before.  Unique, touching, and surprisingly simple, this anime was quite the interesting watch: let me explain why.

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Reading Between Reviews: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

The recent revival of an original series that many people thought was long gone, Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions brought back the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series for a final ride, the theoretically final chapter in a beloved franchise.  At first, many people were skeptical- the original series had ended in a great, definitive way, how could a reboot possibly work out?

Well.  As an avid fan of the original series, and someone who just recently watched the movie, here’s a short answer- it definitely worked out.  The movie had its flaws, to be sure, but man, it was a ride from start to finish.

This review won’t contain any real spoilers for the movie, so.  If you haven’t watched, don’t worry!   But also, because of the nature of the movie, I’ll be including two different ratings- one for how the movie is on its own, and another for fans of the series.  That being said, let’s get to it!

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