It’s a bit tough to discuss this series as a whole for a number of things
- I never read the novels.
- It’s an adaptation of said novel series but it’s adapting the middle segment of it
- The magic system replaces the usual elements of a traditional mystery
And for that reason, I’m going to keep it short.
Continue reading Lord El Melloi II Case Files Mini-Review: Whydunit
And so the story of our bedazzling gang-stars comes to a close, with a dual ending I assume most anime-only watchers wouldn’t have expected. It also would have been way too easy if I titled this post a Golden Experience so I had to resist.
Notice: I wrote 99% of this review two weeks ago and now just finished watching the last episode so watch out for some addition to the post since some last minute things were addressed.
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Experiencing this made me realize something about the mental state of my life and trends in this specific anime watching zeitgeist. While anime has been part of my life as early as my infancy, I took a break from its trends and popularity boom during the mid 2000’s and re-entered the scene during 2010. Call it a ever so slightly educated guess or completely reading trends incorrectly but the overwhelming trend of harems that budded, blossomed, and wilted in the 2010’s, in my mind, was just a sign of the times of the newer generation of anime watchers being pulled in to the escapist fantasies they provide. The younger audience, especially the light novel scene, probably found a bunch of new viewers from this period. But now that time has passed, people grew out of their phases and a newer trend of isekai has taken its place for the new audience or the old guard who still remain attracted to the usual trends.
So what the hell am I rambling on about? Well the people who watched those seasonal harems are all grown up now, it has been quite some time since those days, and while it isn’t as widespread as the isekai craze, I’ve noticed some smaller trends popping up in some manga about a different style of escapism. Those kids are grown up now, and so am I, it’s been a decade. There’s a bit more to life now than just pure escapist fantasies and maybe all we need now in our adulthood is a bit of help. Actually, a lot of help
Continue reading Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san- A Different Brand of Wish Fulfillment
As the title suggests, I’ve been away from something so simple a concept that I’m actually enjoying these regular highschool romantic comedies. Recall that I actually enjoyed Gamers! for a brief instance of its misunderstandings upon misunderstandings but I know for sure that I can say I’d watch Bokuben again over Gamers any freaking day.
So is it just some forgotten sense of longing that keeps me watching this or does it have some merit on its own?
Continue reading Bokutachi wa Benkyo ga Dekinai: Starved for Romcoms
Date A Live used to be one of those series I actually enjoyed, I’ve said it multiple times in the past where it’s “that” series for me where I looked past its shortcomings and kept up with its releases. At this time there are 20 volumes of the light novel out and I’ve only really read up until volume 16 before all of the translations went up on some Facebook group with a bunch of people who can barely speak english, which is strange to think about when you take a minute and read it over. Nonetheless, I stopped at the point where all of the spirits were revealed and the true “antagonist” or rather perpretrator of the series is revealed, to nobody’s surprise” and haven’t really kept up with it since. It’s around the time Kurumi finally gets sealed and the end-game began.
But that doesn’t have to do too much with this post since we’re only going to be talking about the volumes Season 3 covered, specifically volumes 8-12 and part of me strongly feels that we won’t get a Season 4, let that clue you in on what may or not be a quick overview of the rest of this post. Then again, that’s what everyone thought about Season 3’s existence after the mishap of Season 2. It’s definitely been a while since that hasn’t it? Back then my defense for Season 2 was that the volumes covered weren’t the best and the prioritization of the twin’s arc was to the detriment of the more serious and action oriented Miku/Tohka arc. Season 3 suffers right from the get-go to my opinion but I was surprised here and there.
Continue reading Date A Live S3: An Odd Place To Be
What baited me in with my favorite fetish outfit became a pleasant watch even outside of said fetish outfit.
Long time coming to talk about one of the more beloved series that came from last season. Despite all the praise, and even when I enjoyed it myself, I didn’t really find it as intriguing as many others. That probably has to do with me caring more for the fact that Part 5 began to exist and that the middle of the week during that season was pretty hectic. To me, this was just something along the lines of a Bakemonogatari with a little bit of Oregairu and that’s definitely an entertaining formula but there’s definitely a group of people that finds either of those titles to be a bit much with the exposition. Now, I enjoyed the latter, I stopped caring about the former, and I’d place Bunny-senpai comfortably in the center.
Continue reading Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai Mini-Review
Let’s take a crack at something new for Halloween.
When I first heard that Castlevania of all things was getting the Netflix original treatment I had little expectations because these things NEVER turn out to be all that great or worth mentioning. I frankly never heard of Warren Ellis but if nothing else, the choice to adapt Castlevania 3 was a lot smarter than say adapting Castlevania 1 and 2 since 3 at least has the adventuring party of Trevor, Sypha, Grant, and Alucard.
I’m not the most avid Castlevania fan but I have had my experiences with the series in its earlier incarnations on the NES and SNES before the awkward transition to 3D on the N64 and PS2 and the limbo it went through on the console space while the series had a revival in the handheld platforms. The subject of this talk however pertains primarily on the NES title Castlevania 3: Dracula’s Curse, the PS2 title Curse of Darkness, as well as elements of the legendary Symphony of Night on the PS1 as the Netflix animation covers them all three to a degree. Now I say to a degree because not only are the first two aforementioned games linked chronologically on the canon timeline Konami put out but the animation bothered to incorporate the plot points from Curse of Darkness that begin in Dracula’s Curse into the adaptation which is something I appreciate the thought of because the people behind this seem to really want acknowledge the other games in the series. Symphony is mostly in there to help characterize Alucard and Dracula, which is a pretty big deal.
So how does the adaptation, from a western studio I might add, do to the Castlevania name? Well let’s find out, but I’m not going to pretend you can’t read the title so you already have a rough idea.
Continue reading Castlevania Netflix Animation Seasons 1-2 Review: What a horrible Season to have filler