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2016 Anime Year in Review

You know, maybe 2016 wasn't so bad after all. The Cubs did win the World Series this year. Back to the Future Part 2 was off by a year and a couple weeks. Close enough, I guess?

You know, maybe 2016 wasn’t so bad after all. The Cubs did win the World Series this year. Back to the Future Part 2 was off by a year and a couple weeks. Close enough, I guess?

On second thought,. 2016 was a fucking dumpster fire of a year and no amount of booze can make the pain go away.

On second thought,. 2016 was a fucking dumpster fire of a year and no amount of booze can make the pain go away.

Anime 2015 was a fairly decent year, but it came off the heels of a garbage year for anime. 2016 seems so much better now. I’d say 2016 was the antithesis of 2014. 2014 was a fairly good year for most media, but anime that year was garbage. 2016; fairly good year for anime, but a dumpster fire of a year, mostly because of all the celebrity deaths. We should’ve seen it coming when David Bowie and Alan Rickman passed away.

But, y’know, Leonardo DiCaprio did win his first Oscar, and the Cubs did win the World Series for the first time in 108 years, so I guess 2016 wasn’t 100% a dumpster fire. Continue reading

Seasonal Anime Reviews: Winter 2016

Yeah, a .hack/Sword Art Online crossover. Because the true king of MMO gaming anime needs to return to put this usurper in his place.

Yeah, a .hack/Sword Art Online crossover. Because the true king of MMO gaming anime needs to return to put this usurper in his place.

Seasonal Thoughts: Man, this season’s kinda… eeeeeh. I was right when I said to expect a subpar Winter from a craptastic Fall 2015. I was only really entertained by a few shows. And nope, I didn’t like Erased as much as you wanted me to; I’ll just save you the disappointment. I mostly spent time watching stuff on Toonami and in my backlog, and getting a handle on Bayonetta in Smash. Man, whatever happened to the really good Winter from last year? Was that just a fluke? The fact is that we’ve had four less than subpar anime seasons in a row, which hasn’t happened since Fall ’13 until Summer ’14, and that’s worrisome. About as worrisome as the likelihood that the Ben Affleck-directed Batman movie could get axed. But, don’t worry. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. I think the quality of next season will determine the remainder of the year. Not sure about The Batman, though. Well, at least there’s LEGO Batman.

So Deadpool was fun from start to finish. Fun enough for me to forget Fant4stic was a thing. Enough said about that. But seriously, Hollywood? Just because Deadpool was a big success doesn’t mean we should start making every superhero movie R-Rated. It only worked because Deadpool couldn’t work the way it did it was PG-13.

On a more exciting note: Symphogear seasons 4 and 5, baby, YEAH!

On a not-exciting note, freakin’ movies for Sword Art Online and Mahouka, two of 2014’s biggest piles of hot garbage; which means, once again, Aniplex (and A-1, in the case of SAO) has ahold of your dicks. I’ll go into that at a later date, but I’ll just save you the trouble of those movies:

  • In the SAO movie, the bad guy’s a rapist, because Kawahara only follows one rule when it comes to writing bad guys and it’s “all bad guys are rapists.” Heck, I won’t be surprised if the Accel World movie has a rapey guy too, because why the hell not?
  • The Mahouka movie will consist of Crystal Dragon Jesus Donald Trump Onii-sama doing bloody everything, including turn water into wine, and his sister who’s waiting to dryhump him the first chance she gets.

There, that’s money and time saved for something worthwhile.

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Erased // First Impressions

Screenshot - 1_7_2016 , 2_47_15 PMA-1 Pictures’ very existence irritates me. They’ve done nothing but earn my disdain every year. That’s why they’re on my shitlist. Why shouldn’t I be dismissive towards any piece of trash they pull out of their asshole?

Erased, or Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (The Town Where Only I am Missing), an A-1 Pictures (*grumble*) adaption of Kei Sanbe’s manga, follows Satori Fujinuma, a struggling manga artist who works part-time delivering pizzas who has a strange ability to go back in time a few minutes to prevent life-threatening incidents. One day, an incident that leaves his mother murdered ends up sending him back eighteen years ago, a month before an incident involving the kidnapped and murder of three children occurs and shakes the entire town. Now as a fifth-grader, Satoru must face his past once more, find the would-be culprit responsible, and put a stop to his crimes before they ever begin.

Guys, I think Hell might be freezing over. A show from Aniplex and A-1 Pictures, a duo that has honestly made more misses than hits and has pissed me off more often than anything else, has actually put out a good first episode. Color me impressed. I mean, yeah, the presentation leaves a lot to be desired, but everything else actually works, and doesn’t irritate me as much as I thought it would. This is something that could actually be worth watching in the end. Maybe Erased could be their best show since Silver Spoon. Uh, just wait for them go back to being shit once Asterisk War comes back…? Yeah, I’m at a loss for words at the moment.

Erased gets 3.5 seconds back in time out of 5