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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: Spring 2016

$4 Million, down the toilet. And the end result was a game that is "better than nothing." I doubt Inafuune will be trusted with a Kickstarter-backed video game ever again.

$4 Million, down the toilet. And the end result was a game that is “better than nothing.”
I doubt Inafune will be trusted with a Kickstarter-backed video game ever again.

Seasonal Thoughts: This was a good season, way better than the last two Spring season. Like, the weakest show this season (Kabaneri) was still fairly decent, and the least worst show (Ace Attorney) has merits in that the source material is not a pile of shit. Can’t say the same about the adaptation, but I’ll get to that another time. You know, I’ll be surprised that we’ll see a season as good as this before, say…, Fall 2017.

In case you’re wondering where Rin-Ne Season 2 was… I decided not to watch it. If I wanted to be put to sleep watching something, I’d watch the 2003 Hulk film.

Anyway, let’s talk Arrow Season 4 *crickets chirping* …Or let’s not.

So Captain America: Civil War… I pretty much walked into this movie knowing it’s gonna fuck me up emotionally. And it did, Black Panther was badass and I’m super-excited for his solo movie. But damn, why I gotta wait 4 more movies for it? Oh, and Spider-Man was awesome too that I’m actually excited for a Spider-Man movie for the first time in 10 years. That should tide me over until Black Panther.

As for X-Men: Apocalypse: Well, I walked into this movie not expecting it to top X-Men: Days of Future Past or Deadpool, but personally, I liked it. I mean, yeah, it had its issues, like the Quicksilver scene, awesome as that was, happening at literally the most inappropriate moment possible in the film, but it’s a bit of a stretch to say it’s worse than X-Men: The Last Stand. But that’s just my opinion, y’know.

Honestly, as long as any superhero film has nothing as braindead as a jar of piss labeled “Granny’s Peach Tea” or anything as contrived as two guys’ moms sharing the same first name, they can’t be all that terrible.

So E3 was the same ol’ from last year: A bunch of all-CG trailers for more grimdark first-person shooters, AAA games that will be glitchy messes and look worse than their E3 demos *cough*Watch_Dogs 2* when they release this holiday season, and Virtual Reality bullshit that I don’t believe will ever catch on. Stop trying to make VR a thing, gaming industry. And yet The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a game that is coming to consoles, one that is on its last legs and the other hasn’t even been revealed yet, the only game Nintendo showcased at E3, won best of show. What does that tell you about the current state of the gaming industry?

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Flying Witch // First Impressions

Screenshot - 5_18_2016 , 9_56_58 PMSo this season is looking pretty solid all around and that’s good because we haven’t had a really solid one in a long while, but it’s missing something: Some good ol’ relaxing feel-good slice-of-life anime.

Flying Witch, a J.C. Staff adaptation of Chihiro Ishizuka’s manga, follows Makoto Fuwaki, a 15-year old witch-in-training who moves from Yokohama to live with her relatives in rural Aomori and to begin her witch training. Along the way, Makoto begins to adjust to life in a rural area, and her relatives begin to adjust to a witch living with them.

Yeah, Flying Witch is really light on plot. Fortunately, it makes up for that shortcoming with charm and pleasantness. Normally, I’d be bored out of my skull with shows like this, but the direction and atmosphere makes it a very delightful experience that stands out among the other shows that I’m watching this season. It’s definitely worth a watch.

Flying Witch gets 3.5 days of snow in April (I mean, really?! After April, I shouldn’t even be seeing a single flake of snow!!) out of 5