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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Reading Between Reviews: Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Holy sh!t.   There’s gonna be a third season. WHAT.

Okay, but for real.  Code Geass was an anime that many, many people enjoyed.  Released a full decade ago, it blended the giant mech action of Gundam, with a touch of magic, and absurd amounts of theatic flair, to create a rollercoaster of an anime that had critics and audiences alike enthralled.  It has quite a reputation, and has been deemed the favorite anime of many, or just an overrated fluke by some.  I would like to weigh in my own personal opinion, and give my own take on this rather unique anime.

As with my other reviews, there will  be very minimal spoilers, and anything you see here, you’d probably get from the first episode or so.  Alright, let’s get into it!

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Reading Between Reviews: Mob Psycho 100

Everyone, seriously EVERYONE has heard about the runaway hit, One Punch Man.  Arguably the biggest breakout among Westerners since Attack on Titan, the series, showcasing the OP badass who doesn’t try to be badass, the “Caped Baldy” Saitama, brought manga artist ONE and Yusuke Murata into the spotlight.  ONE’s story, of an amateur artist, posting works on his own website that lacked brilliant, professional artwork but somehow drew people to an interesting, fun story regardless, became quite common knowledge to anime fans, and it’s really awesome to see.  After the success of One Punch Man, people became even more interested in ONE’s work, and, perhaps as a result, his other manga, Mob Psycho 100, received an anime adaptation.

Mob Psycho 100 has often been compared to One Punch Man, sometimes as better, sometimes as worse, but regardless, it certainly shows its similarities.  However, a bit of a closer look reveals a lot more than just another ONE hit wonder, underneath the blatant similarities, showing what I believe to be by far, a superior story.

In this review, there will be no real spoilers for the series, but I will give you a rather large idea of what you can expect, because, oh man, it is certainly a weird series, that can catch the unprepared off guard.  That being said, let’s get into the world of Mob Psycho 100!

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