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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: Fall 2016

I mean, yeah, there were a ton of butts this season.

I mean, yeah, there were a ton of butts this season.

Seasonal Thoughts: Well, I guess the “One good season per year” curse seems to be broken for now, as this was a fairly good season. I was about ready to write it off as a bust and move on and start planning for next year, but honestly, there were a numer of noteworthy shows this season. I’m glad anime 2016 closed out this way,

So Doctor Strange was better than I imagined it to be. And so was Rogue One. I enjoyed that too, more than I did The Force Awakens. I lo Continue reading

Yuri!!! on Ice // First Impressions

screenshot-10_11_2016-6_53_18-pmBefore I begin, let me just point out that despite the title, this anime has absolutely no ice-skating lesbians. I’m sorry that you got your hopes up for some yuri on ice, but it ain’t happening here. Maybe some other anime will give us that…

Yuri!!! on Ice, an original anime by Mappa, follows Yuuri Katsuki, a young man who at one point carried all of Japan’s hopes and dreams on his shoulders at the Figure Skating Grand Prix competition, only to choke at the finals. After upstart Russian figure skater Yuri Plisetsky tells him to give up and go home, he returns home to Kyushu a year later, unsure whether he should retire. After a video recording of Yuuri’s private performance goes viral, the five-time consecutive world champion, Viktor Nikiforov, appears at Yuuri’s house, wanting to train him in preparation for the next Grand Prix.

Sayo Yamamoto, the director of Yuri!!! on Ice, has been a director that I’ve been keeping an eye on ever since watching Episode 20 of Space Dandy (she also directed Episode 2, but most of her influence comes from that one the most), and Michiko & Hatchin. She was also involved in Endless Night, the Japan Animator Expo short that inspired Yuri!!! on Ice. With all of that, this became yet another show I was looking forward to, and and honestly I think this could be the show to look at this season. It didn’t blow me away, but it left an extremely good impression on me. This one is definitely a keeper.