Credit Limit – R4I Gold DSI FR Fri, 05 Nov 2021 04:29:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Credit Limit – R4I Gold DSI FR 32 32 The Best and Worst Anime of Spring 2021 Fri, 05 Nov 2021 03:50:26 +0000 Best: Megalobox 2: Nomad I had mixed feelings about the original Megalobox because it felt (intentionally, of course) like a morbid death march masquerading as a sports show. It was hard to unreservedly cheer for Joe’s rags-to-riches story, and the final bout was somewhat anticlimactic. The sequel brings a lot of the subtext of the […]]]>

Best: Megalobox 2: Nomad

I had mixed feelings about the original Megalobox because it felt (intentionally, of course) like a
morbid death march masquerading as a sports show. It was hard to unreservedly cheer for
Joe’s rags-to-riches story, and the final bout was somewhat anticlimactic. The sequel brings a
lot of the subtext of the original Hanime to the fore and mines it all for some excellent character
drama. It’s one of those rare sequels that not only tells a compelling story in its own right, but
genuinely makes the original story even better in hindsight. Regardless of whether you were a
fan of the original Megalobox, watch this if you like human dramas and arthouse live-action

Runner Up: 86

Fuckin’ glory to the Spearhead Squadron. I can always appreciate an anime that goes all-in on
the Big Battles and Big Emotions, and 86 manages to pull it off with its consistently strong
animation and visual direction. It’s also one of the rare unusual light novel anime adaptations
that adds a ton of original scenes to ensure that each and every dramatic beat has an impact.
The original light novels are solid, but the anime goes above and beyond to deliver a cinematic
experience every single episode. My only criticism is that the dialogue and the direction can be
too heavy-handed at times, but for some, that could also be part of the charm.

Worst: Godzilla Singular Point

Let me preface this by saying that I only watched good anime this season, so Godzilla SP is
only here because it’s the least good among the greats. Mostly, I think I’m just too dumb to
appreciate it, since I found myself zoning out whenever the show talked physics. But also, I
found it hard to get involved in the stakes, because the early episodes do little to establish
urgency. It’s a very different flavor from what I’m used to from a kaiju story, but alas I prefer
narratives with more flash and bite. The art and 3D animation are excellent, though, and they
look a lot better in motion than they do in stills. So despite sticking this anime into an
unfortunate category, I actually do recommend it if you are a smarter person than I am.


Dynazenon is a show that all common sense says shouldn’t work. It’s at once a soberly directed character drama that submerges itself in a malaise of inert emotion, and a raucous love letter to the boundless spectacle of tokusatsu and super robot media alike. It’s a bit like trying to combine Gurren Lagann with The Flowers of Evil, a mixture that should, by all known laws of fiction, be a disparate mess of half-baked ideas and flaccid execution. Yet not only has this team now pulled it off twice, this second entry has also proven to be even greater than its predecessor on basically every level. The atmosphere is somehow heavier and more palpable than ever in its uneasy mundanity. The kaiju fights are even more impressive on a purely technical level and manage to feel as exciting to an adult audience as the original Gridman fights must have felt to children at the time.

Most impressively, damn near every character in the show feels as fleshed-out and human as SSSS.Gridman‘s Akane, all while splitting screentime across a dozen named and prominent characters. Dynazenon is a work that exemplifies the kind of creativity, passion, and emotional resonance that anime can express, and in a season with no lack of competition it managed to stand head and shoulders above its peers. It’s an easy pick for an eventual end-of-year list, and quite possibly my favorite thing Studio Trigger has ever produced.

Runner Up: Those Snow White Notes

God but I love me some stories about music. While we live in a glut of idol shows – including a few series/franchises I like – nothing of late has quite managed to scratch that itch like Those Snow White Notes has this season. There are some minor issues I can bring up – the plot moves exceedingly fast at points, some side characters feel extraneous or undercooked, and the season finale is a hell of a downer – but I’m an emotional viewer at heart and this show never failed to pluck at my heartstrings with every note of its songs. The sheer number of animated musical performances on display would be impressive enough, but this series manages to use every single one to leave a powerful impression upon the audience. I laughed, cried, and cheered across this season, sometimes during the same song, and much of that comes down to the fantastic execution of its sound editing and the shamisen players brought onboard. Even for a music-focused anime, the level of variety and detail paid to every last note in this show left my jaw on the floor at times. That it’s all done with a single type of instrument, let alone one I’m not familiar with, is nigh unbelievable. If you’re at all a lover of art, or just somebody looking for a new hit since Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū ended, you owe it to yourself to try this one.

Worst: So I’m a Spider, So What?

So I’m a Spider was always a show desperately trying to outrun its own thin premise, but it managed to pull it off for most of its first cour. Sure, Kumoko’s dungeon crawling could get a little repetitive, and outside of a few neat ideas the human storyline was your bog-standard fantasy kitchen sink, but it had just enough energy – plus the charisma of its lead voice actress – to make it all work through sheer momentum. But sadly the thin spider thread that kept this show from plummeting into the hell of boring isekai pablum snapped somewhere in its second half. The human storyline became so bogged down in its own uninteresting lore that it forgot to give any of the characters actual personalities. Kumoko swiftly stopped feeling charming when her airheaded misadventures started leading to countless innocent deaths and destruction, and her circuitous cat & mouse game against the Demon Lord only served to draw out an obvious plot twist you could have called months ago.

But most of all, Spider‘s biggest failing was that its already questionable production fell flat on its face, then proceeded to grind its nose down as it crawled across the ground for several weeks. Between this and his modern Berserk adaptations I feel safe in saying that Shin Itagaki isn’t cut out to direct any kind of action series, as his bizarre and confused idea of spatial consistency makes damn near every fight in this show’s back half impossible to follow. Combined with the show’s thin production deadlines catching up with it, and you have a fantasy story full of awkward CG, ugly panning shots, and incomprehensible action sequences. Once all of that coalesced with the weakened writing, this series became a slog to get through, and I only bothered because I was so deep into it. It’s a shame, because in a sea of derivative isekai fodder, this series actually sports a lot of interesting narrative and worldbuilding ideas, but sadly couldn’t deliver on any of that potential in the end.

I have a habit of making things more difficult for myself, so this season I decided that I wouldn’t let myself choose Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun as my best of, simply because it started so late that it’s basically two episodes behind everything else and isn’t ending with the spring, either.

Best: Shadows House

So where does that leave me? On the doorstep of the grand manor known as Shadows House. Although I understand that it’s parted ways with the manga, and taken some liberties, as an anime-only viewer, this has been a fascinating show for me. Certainly, its relationship with folklore and children’s literature is a major draw; the story seems to draw inspiration from Hans Christian Andersen‘s literary fairy tale “The Shadow,” a tale wherein a man summons his shadow to act as his double only to become the shadow while his shadow solidifies and becomes the human in their relationship. Add to this a touch of Peter Pan with the notion that shadows and their bodies can be separated and the late revelation that the Shadows family are in fact a type of Unseelie fey preying on humans and the story becomes a fascinating blend of folkloric tropes.

The mysteries wrapped up in that only add to the appeal. While we’re able to figure out fairly quickly that the “living dolls” probably aren’t “dolls” at all, the steps taken to ensure that they believe they are mask the true intentions of the Shadows, from the probably brainwashing that had to happen to the fact that they sleep in what look like giant cases for fancy dolls. (Or coffins, meant to symbolize the death of their previous selves.) Then the names factor in, with most shadow/doll pairs almost sharing one, but others being notably different as a means of showing us the various relationships at play – from Kate and Emilico to John and Shaun (different languages, same name) or the more typical cases like Patrick and Ricky or Louise and Lou, each pairs’ names reveals something about their dynamic. The gaslamp fantasy aesthetic further works to enhance the mysteries as it indicates the sort of adjacent world that most fairy tales are assumed to take place in, one that on the surface is very similar to our own but has some very significant differences – like shadows who operate without bodies, for example. All in all this has been the sort of show that’s kept my mind active while watching, sorting through references, definitions, and devices. It’s like a puzzle, and even if it doesn’t all snap together in the finale, it will still have been worth the journey.

Runner Up: Moriarty the Patriot

Clearly I had a Victorian Problem, or at least more of one than usual, this season. Despite my horror and discomfort with the use of the anti-Semitic slur “shylock” in one episode (do better, Funimation), I’ve very much enjoyed the second half of this series. Even when it was patently ridiculous, like turning Irene Adler into James Bonde (yes, with an “e”), it’s been fun, and it never forgets its roots in classic mystery fiction. The reconfiguring of elements from the Sherlockian canon has been fascinating to see, from Milverton going from one-story villain to a major player to the way that the show has incorporated all of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s own screwups into the story’s world, like the original James Moriarty’s shifting number of brothers and what they do for work. There are some manga chapters that were skipped that I wish had been left in, and the Jack the Ripper section could perhaps have been done better, but as we get closer to the final episode (which hasn’t aired yet as of this writing), I’m eagerly anticipating how it will both adhere to and change the story. (And if it will go back to the opening scene in New York. I have my hopes and suspicions.) I do love a good mystery, and the ongoing one of how this version will play with Doyle’s work has been a fun one to try to solve.

Yikes: Koikimo

I noped out of Koikimo after three episodes. I went past the premier for a very specific reason: I’ve read enough romance novels to know that an age gap does not always make for a problematic story, and quite frankly ten years isn’t so significant that, were Ichika older, I’d barely even blink. But she isn’t older – she’s sixteen and Ryo is a working adult at twenty-six, and there’s nothing done to mitigate that. Series like Living-Room Matsunaga-san, which deals with a similar age gap between romantic partners, succeeds because it shows us that Matsunaga is neither a total creep nor the world’s most mature specimen, plus he has serious doubts at first. (The heroine, meanwhile, is more mature for her age, so it balances out.) Koi Kaze works because it makes us believe in the attraction between its romantic couple, and that’s got the additional hurdle of an incestuous relationship to overcome. So where does Koikimo fail? First of all, in the fact that Ryo absolutely comes off as a creeper, with Ichika markedly uncomfortable with his attention. Ryo pays no attention to that, even when she tells him to knock it off; in fact, even when she snaps at him and feels badly about it, he bounces right back and shows up at her house when she’s sick. Then there’s the fact that he tries to drive away the boy her age, not even considering that she might prefer her classmate to the adult brother of her friend. Wrap this all up in its unattractive art and stiff animation and you have a show that feels wholly off-putting. It’s like watching a bad idea play out on-screen, and it’s all the worse because I know that it didn’t have to be this way. Its story can be told well. Just…not here.

Best: SSSS.Dynazenon
This is the hardest decision I’ve had to make on a seasonal retrospective in quite some time. Usually there’s one show that’ll leap out of my mental rolodex, but we’ve had an uncommonly strong and diverse lineup this spring (and I doubt I’m the only reviewer to make this “complaint” on this page lol). With that said, after much soul searching, I’ve concluded that scarred souls do shine like stars, and my favorite of the season is SSSS.Dynazenon.

Like any sequel to a critically-acclaimed work, SSSS.Dynazenon had the unenviable job of delivering an experience that would not only stand up to the emotional and metaphysical highs of SSSS.Gridman (my favorite anime of 2018, by the way), but also justify its own existence, as well as the existence of the “extended Gridman universe.” I think it succeeds in spite of those odds, and it does so by expertly toeing the line between riding its predecessor’s coattails and blazing its own path. SSSS.Gridman was an exercise in nostalgia that transmuted its influences into a compelling character drama, made all the more dramatic by its heart-on-sleeve adoration of guys in rubber suits kicking the crap out of each other. SSSS.Dynazenon follows suit, but it also adds SSSS.Gridman to its nostalgic memory banks. It pulls locations, plot beats, characters, and shot compositions straight out of its prequel, constantly teasing a grand metatextual parting of the curtain that never quite happens. And that’s for the best.

Instead, SSSS.Dynazenon‘s ambitions prove to be additive, not retrospective. The first season was all Akane’s story, laser-focused on her personal journey of pain and healing. This season, though, divides its attention between its five main characters, weaving together their individual character arcs and catalyzing them through emotionally-charged kaiju battles. By nature, it’s a much more complex undertaking, and consequently, none of these characters pull at my heartstrings in quite the same way Akane did. However, I think that’s the wrong way to look at it. Dynazenon is about people coming together, both in the intangible interpersonal sense, and in the sense that they pilot big robots that can combine into even bigger robots. It makes up for its divided attention with refined storytelling and direction. It relies on mood instead of words. It’s comfortable with silence. It’s comfortable with looking silly. At every turn, it prioritizes its characters’ flawed humanity and their mutual struggle to understand themselves and each other, through conflict, confusion, and comfort. Because a scar isn’t just a wound; it’s a wound that has healed.

Runner-Up: ODDTAXI
ODDTAXI is arguably the most “perfect” anime of the season, so I can blame my contrarian instinct for not placing it at the top of my list. But I still love it a lot! It’s the most deliberately (and successfully) idiosyncratic anime we’ve had in quite some time, exploring an unconventional noir mystery with an unconventional cast of characters rendered in an unconventional art style. That isn’t surprising when the word “odd” is right there in the title, but I have found myself consistently surprised week-to-week at how sprawling a single-cours series can be. I feel like I’m peering into one of those big dioramas where every single detail has been recreated faithfully and meticulously through an artisan’s steady hands.
ODDTAXI also raises the bar when it comes to anime writing, combining its sidewinding thriller narrative with its wholly unique voice. On the most literal level, Natsuki Hanae‘s performance as Odokawa results in one of the strangest and most against-type anime leads in recent memory. But I do also mean “voice” in the broader sense. Conversations are relaxed, rambling, and prone to tangents, yet paradoxically, very little space in the series appears wasted. Seemingly random details will resurface adorned in newfound importance, and even the most pointless conversations build character rapport that persists into the rest of the series. It has a lot to say without sounding preachy. ODDTAXI will use an entire episode to explain the precise evil of gacha mechanics in video games, and in the next breath, it’ll introduce a porcupine who only speaks by rapping. I love its jaded and understated sense of humor, and I love how much it hates Twitter. I firmly believe it’s an anime written specifically for people over 30, and we don’t get anywhere near enough of those.

Best Anime I Was Totally Prepared to Scoff at: 86
Sorry, I don’t have a Worst Anime candidate this season! I haven’t even had time to keep up with all of the good anime, so I’ve had even less time to keep up with a disappointing one. The only truly terrible show I watched to completion in the past 3 months was that Way of the Househusband adaptation on Netflix, and nobody wants to hear me complain about that again.

Instead, I want to use this extra space to highlight a show that managed to win me over after its premiere rolled my eyes all the way back into my skull. It’s not even that 86 had a bad first episode, but it contained nothing that inspired confidence its story would be able to handle its weighty thematic subject matter with the care and thoughtfulness it deserved. Maybe that’s more a function of my own cynicism than an intrinsic fault of the series. I can admit that. But I also don’t think you can blame me for being skeptical of a light novel with wincingly overt allusion to Nazi Germany, alongside mawkish lip service against the evils of racism and genocide, as delivered by our starry-eyed and lily-white protagonist. I could already envision how Lena’s story would progress, fighting the odds, tearing down the propaganda, and liberating the 86 from their conscripted deaths thanks to her beautifully empathetic heart. Blech.

86 had me eating my words a few episodes later. It’s still prone to splashing about in the shallows of political commentary, but 86 has a much better head on its shoulders than I gave it credit for, explicitly calling out Lena’s white saviorism, and developing her relationship with Shin’s crew in complicated and nuanced ways. While the stronger-than-expected writing is nice in itself, the anime’s heavy-handed directorial eye (courtesy of the brilliant Toshimasa Ishii) elevates it into legit best-of-the-season status. Its bleak war story looks alternately gorgeous and unsettling when it makes sense to be one or the other, and it employs clever editing and visual motifs to tie its two parallel narratives together. Instead of playing with our perspective of morality (because it’s always clear where 86‘s moral compass swings), it plays with our sense of time, jumping ahead to cruel conclusions, or revisiting the same scene from a different angle, letting the light and darkness cascade appropriately. There are scene transitions that gave me chills. There are musical stings that made me cry. This isn’t some slapdash adaptation cobbled together to push the light novel volumes into bestseller lists; 86 shows us what adaptations can and should be.

Oh and this is also a series that really knows how to use its Hiroyuki Sawano pieces to the most maximum effect possible. You love to see (and hear) it.

Best: SSSS.Dynazenon
SSSS.Dynazenon being my favorite thing I watched all season shouldn’t be all that surprising.
But when you consider the absolute avalanche of quality anime we got this spring, it makes it
pretty impressive that Trigger‘s tremendous tokusatsu trip still came out on top. Granted,
Dynazenon feels like less of an unknown quantity than SSSS.Gridman did in its time, follow-up
to that all-time fav masterwork as it is, so perhaps my own nascent anticipation and love for the
overall franchise just mingled with the sheer craftsmanship the show put out week after week to
result in the most fun I had every Friday. It definitely helped that Dynazenon was so focused on
inverting and complimenting the structures it was succeeding in Gridman, fleshing out the
depths of its lovable cast of characters from the start, in comparison to a slow-burn realization
that all the storytelling energy was being concentrated inward on one person’s arc.

I think what I appreciated most about SSSS.Dynazenon, however, was the way it respected its
audience’s attention to stick to its key storytelling priorities. It doesn’t get bogged down in the
mechanical details of the origins of the mecha and kaiju doing battle here, or even worry about
where exactly ‘here’ was, instead focusing on the massive feelings driving those monster-sized
brawls. And to that end you get languid stretches of down-time where we watch the characters
come to terms with their past traumas and learn from each other how to move beyond them. I
like the respects with which the series sticks to those guns: Your past shouldn’t totally define
you, and so Dynazenon doesn’t wallow in the explicit, tragedy-porn details of its characters’
previous lives, instead demonstrating how the connections we forge to help us through those
trying times should be the important parts we focus on. That’s a valuable reassurance I think a
lot of people could use, and demonstrates why SSSS.Dynazenon isn’t just an anime I enjoyed,
but one I’m grateful for.

Plus it did all that while also animating some amazing sequences of monsters and robots
smashing each other up real good. Damn, I love this show!

Runner-Up: ODDTAXI
This was a good season for anime, but an especially great one for slow-burn ensemble
character dramas. That’s right, I’m comparing the tenor of toku-toy smash-up SSSS.Dynazenon
with the furry noir crime thriller ODDTAXI, and you can’t stop me! Both shows speak to things I
love in fiction, presenting seemingly-grounded character portrayals with fantastical flourishes
illustrating compelling concepts. Amongst all of ODDTAXI‘s twisting tales and tails, it utilizes its
spread of cast members to analyze how their actions can be applied to our own, slightly less
animalistic world. Are the issues in our lives the result of overall societal misfortunes, or our own
choices in reacting to those situations? The answer, as it so often does, lies somewhere in the
middle. ODDTAXI shows us some like Kakihana, who make terrible choices out of desperation to
better themselves, or Tanaka, who end up rolling terribly on the exploitative gacha that is
society, before taking matters into their own hands in the worst way. But others like Dobu or
Odokawa himself find ways to settle into the hands they’re dealt, hardly perfecting their lives,
but making the most of them with careful consideration, even if things still don’t work out in the
end. And for as pitch-black as ODDTAXI gets a lot of the time, I don’t mean to paint it as a downer that way. Rather, it does feel, oddly, like an uplifting message: That just like a still-unfinished mystery story, there’s always opportunity for us to figure things out.

Worst: Full Dive
This has been a frankly amazing season of anime. The sheer amount of good shows, including
some that came out of nowhere, at first made me concerned my critical scales might be so far
tipped that I wouldn’t be able to pick something ‘worse’ for this all-important end-of-season
ranking. Fortunately, you fine readers had my back with your streaming reviews votes, and saw
fit to bless me with…Full Dive. An exhaustingly mediocre take on the VRMMO genre built
specifically around the premise of “What if none of this was actually fun?”, Full Dive provided the
bold contrast I needed to remind myself how good all the other shows I was keeping up with this
spring actually were. I guess it’s still exceptional in some ways, finding myself impressed as I
was at times with how committed the anime was to being as thoroughly joyless as possible. It
embodies a lot of my fundamental issues with this type of light-novel formula-concept grist:
Something that would make a half-interesting thought experiment to discuss with people familiar
with the genres it’s rooted in, but which becomes an absolute slog the instant it tries to be an
actual story. There was an embarrassment of riches of great anime this season, and I still had
to alot one day a week to this thing. So having done so, let me assure you that if you passed it
over in favor of watching any of those good shows that came out, you need not worry about
going back and giving Full Dive a look.

Best: Megalobox 2: Nomad
Of all the great anime this season—and there are more than a few—none
even come close to Nomad. While its outward trappings make it look like nothing more than
a sports anime with a sci-fi twist, it is far more than that. Nomad is a uniquely human story
about how people deal with both the fear of loss and loss itself—as well as the mistakes people make
when confronted with these emotions.

Joe is a man who let loss destroy not only himself but his place in the world. From there, he
has spent years running from his pain in a miasma of boxing matches and painkillers.
However, he is not the only one to have his life upended. All those he was supposed to
care for find themselves abandoned in a cruel world and left to fend for themselves.
Surrounded by loss, hope becomes not a savior but a tormenter, for as much as they hope
for things to be good again, the past is something that can’t ever truly be regained.
However, as they discover, that doesn’t mean that a new future can’t be built from the ruins
of the past if one is willing to fight for it—even if the true battle is trying to overcome one’s
own unforgivable mistakes.

Weaved into this personal tale is a social commentary on the trials facing immigrants
on the lowest rung of society. Hated by rich and poor alike, and wanting nothing more than
a place to put down roots, all they have is each other. And together they can survive what
no one can alone.

Yet, the message in this anime is clear: survival is not enough. What the suffering need is a
hero, someone to show them that things can be better. Should one appear, it will inspire
others. And if enough people are able to stand up and fight for a better future, perhaps the
world can be transformed into a better place, for as much as hope can lead to despair, it
can also lead to greatness.

Oh… and the anime also has a lot of beautifully animated scenes of people punching each
other in the face. You know… If that’s your thing.

Runner-Up: Vivy -Fluorite Eye’s Song-
Vivy has a fantastic premise: Matsumoto, an AI from the future, travels back in time to seek out the first autonomous AI and enlist her help to stop the coming robot apocalypse.
Over the next 100 years, they will need to change the outcomes of several major events
while keeping as close to the original timeline as possible so they can use their knowledge
of the future to aid them. There’s only one problem: the first autonomous AI is not a combat
android but a singer in a theme park named Diva.

As much as this series is about Diva and Matsumoto’s century-spanning mission to stop
the genocide of mankind, it’s also about Diva’s growth as an artificial being. In the world of
Vivy, it’s not Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws that dictate an AI’s behavior, but rather a single
mission that forms the core of their existence. For Diva, it is to make everyone happy with
her singing. What gets Diva to agree to help Matsumoto is that, for everyone “to be made
happy with her singing,” they must naturally be alive. Thus, Diva finds herself carrying out objective after objective that she
was not designed for.

Diva’s hundred-year journey is split into two-to-three episode arcs, each centered around a
major event she and Matsumoto must alter for the sake of the future. Diva is greatly
affected by each of these experiences, slowly becoming unlike any other AI in existence.
Over the course of the series we see her mature as a person, facing mental and emotional
conflicts that blur the line between robot and human.

Vivy also sports some of the most amazing animation you’re likely to ever see
in a TV anime. Wit Studio (Attack on Titan, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress) has definitely
brought their A-game for this one, with each of Vivy’s fights being more stunning than the
last. The music likewise lives up to the quality of the visuals—something more than a little
important when your main character is a professional singer.

All in all, it’s a beautiful series from top to bottom, and if you love high-concept sci-fi stories,
you shouldn’t miss out on this one.

Biggest Letdown: My Hero Academia (Season 5)
Now, let’s be clear before people get out the pitchforks: I love My Hero Academia. I love its
take on superhuman society, the greater conflict facing our young heroes, and the
exploration of why a world filled with superpowered people needs a “superman” to show
them the way. In fact, I feel that Season 5, despite my complaints below, is still a decent
watch. However, when a show has maintained such a high watermark in the past, it’s more
than a little noticeable when things start to dip.

Simply put, I have two main issues with this season. One is that, for the first time, the show
managed to break my suspension of disbelief. Up until this point, danger to our teenage
heroes has largely come from an external threat—some villain or other attacking the UA
students. Things have generally been under control inside the school, be that the sports
festival or the various combat tests. Big-name heroes were always on duty to intervene if
things got too dangerous.

Yet, in this season, several of the students launch potentially lethal attacks to each other and
the teachers do not step in. Even when Deku is obviously going berserk, they decide to let
things play out as some kind of teachable lesson instead of erring on the side of caution.
This makes me question the competency of the pro-heroes and wonder how none of the
students have ended up dead in an accident.

My second issue with the season is the decision to give Deku six additional superpowers.
Part of what I’ve loved about My Hero Academia from the start is how creative it is when it
comes to exploring our heroes’ powers. Each of them is constantly thinking of new ways to
use them—be it Tsukuyomi figuring out how to fly or Invisible Girl refracting sunlight to
make a flashbang. In a world where a single power has stupid amounts of versatility if
you’re creative enough, just giving our main character six new powers to unlock feels both
unnecessary and unearned.

None of the above is enough to make me quit watching or anything, but it is enough to leave
me feeling a bit disappointed with the season so far.

This spring, I probably watched more anime concurrently than I had ever in my entire life. I somehow
managed to keep up with over twenty goddamn shows every week without exploding and I still have no
idea how I did it. I’m pretty proud of myself, actually (I might have a problem). Though, it helps that
most of them ended up being entertaining overall. With so many potentially great shows, I shuddered at
the thought of trying to pick a favorite. There was no shortage of strong contenders. But what could
have been an all-out brawl was swiftly avoided because of one unexpected hero. Like a complete dark
horse, ODDTAXI swerves and effortlessly parks itself in my top spot like a real champion.

The first thing everyone talks about is how this anime looks like someone took Animal Crossing
characters and mashed them up with a David Lynch film. The toyetic character designs contrast against
the backdrop of a gruesome crime story. A modern-day noir that’s ironically brimming with color. These
two opposing aesthetic choices feel like they should not work, but ODDTAXI uses them well to create an interesting
and wonderful picture that perfectly complements both the lightness and the darkness of the story it’s
trying to tell. And that’s simply because ODDTAXI still has some of the best visual direction of any show I’ve ever seen.
While not as flashy as other anime, it’s fully capable of taking the film hallmarks of a bygone era and
utilizing it to create something that feels both new and classic.

Though, aesthetics aren’t all that make a good show. Beyond the bright pastels and neon decorating the
streets lies an engaging story about a group of people
and their collisions. ODDTAXI could have succeeded purely as a neat tone piece, but the general moodiness is just
an engine to rev us up and the narrative is the one steering the way. Together they work together to
move forward at a steady pace, occasionally leisurely, but no less purposeful. This is reflected in the
dialogue and the attitudes of the characters as well. What appears to be mundane chit-chat about
everyday life become windows into the lives of the characters. Most of them aren’t hesitant to let you
know their opinions or their personalities. Many of the more novel conversations factor into the
plot and it’s made rewatching and being my own detective even more fun and engaging as the first
time. Not to mention, the banter itself is always funny and charming, and in a way, intimate.

Comfortable in it’s confidence, this finely-crafted murder mystery contains a lot of heart. It takes the
interactions we take for granted and morphs them into a thrilling plot. ODDTAXI is a strange but
ultimately fond, enjoyable, and memorable experience. Don’t let it pass you by!

Runner-up: Shadows House
While ODDTAXI is basically perfect in my mind, there’s still one other show that comes up pretty
close. Shadows House is yet another anime that has more style coming out of it than the dark soot that
permeates every inch of the titular gothic mansion. The world of Shadows House, ruled by the members
of the prestigious Shadows Family, is as fantastic as it is horrifying. The words I would use to
describe Shadows House most is “high-concept”. Through the eyes of the chipper and determined
“Living Doll” Emillico, we’re thrust into a world where she is told not to question anything, meaning we,
the audience, must question everything.

We start by questioning the relationship between Emilico and her Master Kate and watch as they form a
genuine partnership in which they must learn from one another. Then we question the system of which
living dolls must serve absolutely as the face of Shadows. We question the hierarchy of the Shadow
Masters. We question even the very nature of the Shadows themselves. Even the absolute banger ED is
constantly shouting questions about “Who am I? What am I?”, implying that even the very nature of
identity is not out of the question. Everything about Shadows House just brings up questions and
questions and more questions and every answer it provides is sure to surprise you.

Aside from the rich setting, the visuals of Shadows House is also treated with an incredible amount of effort and care.
The Shadows may not have faces, but there is an extreme amount of detail put into the rest of their
appearance, especially their clothes. Every scene is beautifully lit in a way that enhances the creepy,
beautiful, and most of all, haunting atmosphere that the show so carefully cultivates. The characters are also well-acted and Emilico’s cheery expression
make her a little pocket of sunshine in the creeping bit of darkness.

But as much as I’ve enjoyed my stay at Shadows House, I’d like nothing more than to see the characters
I’ve grown to love to find their way out of it. Since the original manga is still ongoing, though, I’m going
to have to come around again for another visit if/when we get a potential second season. Otherwise, I hope the original manga gets licensed in English so I can see Emillico, Kate, and the others find a way to overcome the system that binds them.

Worst: Farewell, My Dear Cramer
The term “Worst” is a tricky word for me. I’m the kind of anime watcher who cherrypicks. While
occasionally I may tune into a bad show for whatever reason, I generally tend to avoid the things I know
won’t offer me much. However, there’s one show I kept watching despite immediately sensing the aura
of severe disappointment surrounding it, and that’s the Girl’s Soccer anime Farewell, My Dear Cramer.
While I cannot say that I totally dislike watching this particular show, that doesn’t necessarily lessen any
of my frustrations with it either. I quite enjoyed reading what I did of the original manga a while back, so I still enjoyed revisiting the story and the characters every week in animation. In fact, a lot of
my frustration stems not just from how the show presented itself, but also from its inability to seize its own
potential. The original source material wasn’t perfect, but when I heard it was getting its own anime I
knew it deserved nothing less than an adaption full of as much passion for the sport as the girls
that constitute the main cast. After all, soccer is a fast-paced sport that requires a lot of detail in order
to properly convey its intensity. It’s not something that can be fully brought to life with just static images.
Without a high budget or a proper production timeframe, I knew that whatever adaptation this niche series
could get would probably be a little less ambitious than a gold-standard sports series like Haikyuu!!
However, while I remained skeptical, part of me also wanted to be hopeful. That was all before the

Cramer is not the most unenjoyable show, but it’s objectively the worst-looking and worst-adapted of the
shows I’ve seen almost to the end this season. Ravaged by both the metaphorical
plague of studios biting off more than they can chew and the LITERAL
plague that is Covid-19, this year has not been kind to anime studios. Anime watchers are obviously
not going to stop seeing the effects these diseases have on various productions anytime soon, but honestly,
I would rather have waited another year to see the show than to watch characters devolve into two frames of animation and awkward run cycles. While we occasionally get one or two nicely detailed shot of
some fine footwork that make me wish the rest of the show looked as nice, there are also frames
where the only thing animated on-screen are the speed lines.

The anime adaption also definitely skipped at least one whole game, and some of the games we do get
aren’t great. I wouldn’t say that the people making the show don’t care because I personally still found
the direction and the comedic timing between characters to still be alright. It’s more that everything
about Cramer‘s anime adaptation just serves as a colossal reminder to me about the problems that still exist within the anime
industry. The prequel movie that was supposed to come before the series got delayed and then
released, and while that movie looked significantly nicer, it could still be better. Cramer‘s cast of adorable ball-kicking
gremlins deserve better, and so do the people who work hard to make anime. Pumping out a sloppy
production doesn’t make anyone happy, so I hope more studio execs will start taking that lesson to
heart and spare the poor animators some trouble.

Best: Megalobox 2: Nomad
As of this writing, Megalobox 2: Nomad still has one episode to go, so it could technically crap the
bed and ruin all of the goodwill it has generated over the season. But even if the finale only
ended up being merely “okay”, I still reckon we’d have a bonafide classic on our hands. The original
Megalobox was good – it was very good, even, but that’s mostly because of its incredible aesthetic
accomplishments, and its willingness to take classic sports drama tropes and apply them faithfully to its
grungy cyberpunk setting. It was incredibly, unspeakably cool, in other words, but I don’t know if anyone
would call it a game-changer in the grand scheme of things.

Nomad, though, is an entirely different animal. If we’re keeping with the comparisons to popular sports
movies, the original series was basically Rocky with robot arms, while Nomad has more in common
with hard-hitting character studies like Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler. In a way, the Megalo-boxing of
the title is almost secondary to the story that Nomad has been telling: This is an anime that deals with
the ongoing cultural crises of capitalist predation and xenophobic discrimination, not to mention Joe’s
personal quest to free himself from a crippling drug addiction so he can make amends with his broken
family. It is a mature, thoughtful, and remarkably prescient fable for all of us who spent the better part
of the last year-and-a-half wondering whether the world would ever un-break itself. Megalobox 2
doesn’t offer any easy answers, but it is twice as bold and ten times as human as the first season ever
was, and it’s easily my favorite thing that I’ve experienced this spring.

Runner Up: To Your Eternity
I agonized over what to include in this 2nd Place spot, but I’m sure my colleagues will have plenty of
great things to say about shows like ODDTAXI and SSSS.DYNAZENON, which are absolutely incredible and
should be seen by anyone that likes anime for any reason whatsoever. So, instead, I’d like to shout out
what I would consider the season’s unexpected sleeper success: To Your Eternity. I say “unexpected”
because I think many folks were in the same boat as me after that premiere episode, and we expected
TYE to be a huge hit. This is a quieter and more patient story than all that, though, and the show has
admittedly struggled to match its first episode in terms of visual quality. Still, the story of Fushi the
Immortal Orb-Thing is just too damned powerful to not be enthralling, and the show is so
confidently directed and paced that every episode feels like it is only a few minutes long. We’re only
halfway through the show’s twenty-episode run, so time will tell if To Your Eternity will truly live up to
its promise in the end, but I haven’t regretted a single second that I’ve spent with Fushi and clan of
misfits. Even if I’ve spent many of those seconds sobbing like Tobey Maguire in that one meme
from Spider-Man 3.

Most Disappointing: Higehiro
As is often the case, I didn’t go out of my way to actively watch shows I hated, so my pick for “Most
Disappointing Series” this season is a show that I honestly wouldn’t even say is that bad…though it’s one
hell of a mixed bag, that’s for sure. I started off being pleasantly surprised with how Higehiro handled its
subject matter; instead of being a gross romantic wish-fulfillment harem type of series, Higehiro instead
takes its central premise very seriously. Sayu is an emotionally traumatized teenaged runaway who has
been conditioned to let older men use her for sex in exchange for comfort and shelter, and Yoshida is
the first guy to actually stop for a second and treat Sayu like the scared and vulnerable child that she is.
Their relationship occasionally teases some undercurrent of a romantic connection, but thankfully the
show has mostly stuck to its guns by making Yoshida more of a father figure. It’s a genuinely sweet and
fun bond that the pair develops, and the side characters are largely well done too. The problems have
mostly arisen in the show’s back half. Whenever Higehiro is just letting its likeable duo be a quirky found
family, it’s pretty solid. Every time the show has tried to seriously explore the root causes of Sayu’s
trauma, though, Higehiro kind of falls flat. A little bit of emo edge is fine in most anime like this one, but
Higehiro keeps veering off into unintentionally campy and/or painfully contrived melodrama. There’s
still the finale left to wrap everything up, but I don’t know if just one last episode could possibly make
up for all of the wasted potential.


ODDTAXI is a rare example of tightly-written crime noir that will hopefully serve as the catalyst for more opportunities for its director and writer team. Director Baku Kinoshita‘s previous credits include advertisement work and the children’s 3DCG series A Journey Home while scriptwriter Kadzuya Konomoto‘s credits include several manga series and the live-action film Black School Rules. Together with production company P.I.C.S., they’ve captured lightning in a bottle.

ODDTAXI never wastes a moment of its viewers’ time. Every scene is table-setting for payoff a few episodes down the line or intrinsically necessary to understanding a character’s motivations. Natsuki Hanae‘s turn as Odokawa, a 41-year-old walrus cabbie is a brilliant breakaway from his blockbuster role as Tanjiro. Odokawa is man (walrus) trying to live simply. He’s open to the idea of romance, but otherwise just wants to drive his fares to their destination and get paid what he’s owed. When he gets wrapped up in a missing person’s case (and a heist), he shows a quiet kind of bravery. Odokawa is clever, but he’s not too clever to the point that he’s above the audience. There are several times his gambits put him at risk and failure always feels like an option.

ODDTAXI doesn’t shy away from turning up the tension but it can bring levity in the interplay between its characters, like Dobu or Yano. There’s a sense that the team understands the humor found in embracing ennui and the absurdity of social media. I tuned into ODDTAXI every week looking for answers to its mysteries and the occasional moments of abject ridiculousness. I hope we can see more of Kinoshita and Konomoto’s work in the future.

Runner-up: Zombie Land Saga Revenge

Okay, so questions about the stinger and its potential tie-in to an April Fool’s joke aside, Zombie Land Saga Revenge was a near-perfect successor to the original series. The season’s conflict and subsequent resolution felt a little slap-dash compared to the remaining world-building questions left hanging, but some of the stand-alone arcs were so satisfying that I’m willing to overlook it.

Junko’s guitar-smashing performance with a lead-in by Tae on drums remains one of my favorite musical numbers in the last year and has skyrocketed her up on my chart of best characters. We have a great piece up on how Zombie Land Saga intentionally subverts idol culture, and I found Franchouchou’s finale performance continued that idea. The final song focuses on promoting individuality and assuring listeners that they should “take pride in what makes them strange.” Positivity might be the idol industry’s bread and butter but I appreciate the message behind of a group of undead misfits assuring the rest of us that there’s room for us all to be happy as we are. Thanks Franchouchou!

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Seth MacFarlane’s American father! Gets a Season 19 premiere date on TBS Wed, 03 Nov 2021 20:39:00 +0000 With 2021 almost entirely in the mirror now, TNT and TBS networks are already gearing up for premieres next year, including the return of Seth MacFarlane’s hit Hanime series. American father! According to Deadline, TBS will present the 19th season of the long-running series on Monday, January 24. The show’s comeback is just one of […]]]>

With 2021 almost entirely in the mirror now, TNT and TBS networks are already gearing up for premieres next year, including the return of Seth MacFarlane’s hit Hanime series. American father! According to Deadline, TBS will present the 19th season of the long-running series on Monday, January 24. The show’s comeback is just one of many debuts coming to the network at this time with sister station TNT showcasing Season 7 of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Thursday, January 20 and the premiere of the third season of Snowdrops on the same date as American father!, Monday January 24

The continuing adventures of CIA agent Stan Smith and his family are recounted in the series which, like MacFarlane’s other Hanime films, found new life after being canceled by his original home. American father! premiered on FOX alongside Family Guy before, where it lasted ten seasons, before being canceled and picked up by TBS. The series is just behind Family Guy in terms of total seasons now, but the last batch of episodes for American Dad! bring it to the end of its previously announced renewal. The series had already been renewed for an 18th and 19th season, but it is not known if the series will be picked up for additional episodes at this time.

Although American daddy! is no longer airing on the FOX network, MacFarlane’s Family Guy continues to do so, despite the creator himself having raised objections on social media in recent days. In August, the prolific TV creator tweeted:

“Tucker Carlson’s latest opinion piece once again makes me wish Family Guy was on another network. Look, Fox, we both know this marriage doesn’t work anymore. times a year I don’t get along with your mom, well… I had an affair with NBC. ”

The MacFarlane “deal” he is referring to is a $ 200 million deal he signed with NBCUniversal in 2020.

For those who may be confused, due to previous offerings, shows like family guy and American father!, although technically Disney productions, continue to air on the FOX Network (itself a different channel from Fox News) and other channels like TBS, which previously picked up the series after finding success in the syndication on the cable channel.

Do you think American father! will continue after season 19? Ring below!

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Reviewing Reboots & Remakes – Southlake Style – Southlake’s First Lifestyle Resource Wed, 03 Nov 2021 05:37:16 +0000 Whether Disney is planning another live-action remake or an “unnecessary” oneSpace jamThe sequel comes out 25 years later, reboots and remakes unfortunately are a big part of the entertainment industry today. With a slew of new reboots released this month, including “Dune, “Home Sweet Home Alone” and “Ghostbusters: the afterlife”, Now is the time to […]]]>

Whether Disney is planning another live-action remake or an “unnecessary” oneSpace jamThe sequel comes out 25 years later, reboots and remakes unfortunately are a big part of the entertainment industry today. With a slew of new reboots released this month, including “Dune, “Home Sweet Home Alone” and “Ghostbusters: the afterlife”, Now is the time to take a look at some of the more obvious remakes coming out this month.

Warner Bros. has been on the reboot train all year round, whether with “Mortal combat, “The suicide squadOr the unbearably long cut of four hours of Zack Snyder’s “Justice League”. “But these weren’t the only Hanime action heroes who got a facelift, with Henry Golding portraying”Snake-eyes“before joining GI Joe. Several horror films have been relaunched again, whether it is the spin-off” Saw “”Spiral, “Halloween kills” Where “Resident Evil: Welcome to Racoon City.“And don’t get us started on Camila Cabello who’s looking to redo”Cinderella“again. Cinderella? More like”Cruel. ”

Many TV shows are also experiencing a revival this month, whether it’s Sarah Jessica Parker reprising her role in “Sex And The City” in “And just like that …“Or Jared Padalecki succeeding Chuck Norris in”Walker: Texas Ranger. “”Dexter“Then new blood in a relaunched miniseries, and the Hanime comes to life in Netflix’s latest live-action show”Cowboy Bebop. “What if the updated cast of”Gossip Girl“No matter what, it’s never too late for an overhaul, even if you haven’t asked for one.

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Redoing the uncensored version of the healer Tue, 02 Nov 2021 13:31:00 +0000 Redo the Healer, based on a Japanese novel titled Kaifuku Jutushushi no Yarinaoshi or simply Kaiyori written by Rui Tsukiyo, is about a healing wizard who is used and tossed about by fellow adventurers assuming that healers cannot fight on their own. However, when he acquires the Philosopher’s Stone, and “heals” the world itself, he […]]]>

Redo the Healer, based on a Japanese novel titled Kaifuku Jutushushi no Yarinaoshi or simply Kaiyori written by Rui Tsukiyo, is about a healing wizard who is used and tossed about by fellow adventurers assuming that healers cannot fight on their own. However, when he acquires the Philosopher’s Stone, and “heals” the world itself, he goes back four years to remake his life in revenge on those who mistreated him.

Oh, and did I mention that Redo the Healer sparked controversy for its mature themes, explicit sexual content, violence and rape? This is probably the main reason why it is more difficult to find ways to broadcast Redo the Healer, especially the uncensored version. The revenge-themed Hanime is currently not available to stream on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Crunchyroll, and Funimation. The show has a censored version suitable for television, a “Redo” version only available for online streaming and an uncensored “Complete Recovery” version.

Where to look Redo the Healer uncensored version?

Redo the Healer is currently available for streaming on TO HIDE with dubbed and / or subtitled versions in English, Spanish, Danish, Swedish and Portuguese. its monthly subscription price is US $ 4.99 or $ 47.99 per year, but it looks like only the censored version is currently available in its streaming service.

Currently, the uncensored version of Redo the Healer is only available to stream on other anime websites which we will not mention here as they are considered pirated. HIDIVE hasn’t announced plans to add the uncensored version to its library, but new subscribers can watch it for free if they confirm the 30-day free trial. We encourage viewers to pay for the content they consume.

For more information on where to stream, Redo the Healer, Click here.

What is the difference between censored and uncensored versions of Redo the Healer?

Obviously, the sex scenes in the censored version of Redo the Healer are toned down, censored with dark space. Many would consider this hentai anime because it features explicit sex scenes, threesomes, free torture scenes, and extreme violence with blood and gore.

According to Editors, the sex scenes in the uncensored version show boobs but not genitals, so they are considered softcore compared to hardcore hentai shows which actually show genitals, which means watching the censored version is pretty much like being offered a veggie burger when you really want the real beef.

Of course, many viewers prefer to watch the uncensored version because the censorship cuts out a lot of the explicit content depicted in the manga, but if you’re one of the viewers who despises this type of content, you might want to ignore it at the both censorship and uncensored versions of Redo the Healer.

You can read my review of episode 1 of Redo the Healer here. For the full list of revelations Redo the Healer episode titles, Click here.

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Most horror animes aren’t really horror, even when they scare us Fri, 29 Oct 2021 18:30:00 +0000 Every Halloween, anime fans are given one list after another of horror anime to watch for the holidays. And year after year, the lists fill up with shows that, in my opinion, aren’t really horror. Of course, there are shows that involve tons of violence and gore, or rampant demon / vampire / monster activity, […]]]>

Every Halloween, anime fans are given one list after another of horror anime to watch for the holidays. And year after year, the lists fill up with shows that, in my opinion, aren’t really horror. Of course, there are shows that involve tons of violence and gore, or rampant demon / vampire / monster activity, and many of the must-see titles deal with the darker parts of the human psyche and include tense storylines. . So what constitutes “horror”? Simply put, entries like this are meant to provoke fear. Whether you, as a viewer, are personally scared or not is subjective, but true horror Hanime shares a direct lineage with the story of Scary Tactics. Since true scares are rare, animated series that actually fit the bill become more worthy of celebration.

The Soul of Horror has been a part of animation since the dawn of the medium, at least in the West. Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies, in particular “The Skeleton Dance”, and works by the Fleischer brothers such as Swing you sinners and White as snow, animation opened up the world of cinema to spooky imagery, even though it was in the service of a fun musical number with dancing ghouls. In Japan, however, the creators set an identifiable horror tone in the 1960s with shows like Adventure Boy Shadar and GeGeGe no Kitarō, although the focus was on fighting monsters and ghosts to save the world rather than scaring the public. During the 1980s, a stronger perception of horror anime took shape, with the rise of OVAs (mostly live video animes) giving way to a decade of extreme violence, gore, sex. and the grotesque were rife in shows like Wicked City, Vampire Hunter D and of course, Akira.

These anime used violence and gore to shock audiences, but they were more interested in thrills than fear. Of course, Tetsuo turns into a giant drop in Akira is pure Cronenberg-style body horror, but the film isn’t meant to instill as much fear as it is just plain exciting. Where Cronenberg focused on the horrific and traumatic ways our bodies might transform in order to dig deep into our collective fears of our fragile bodies that have just collapsed, Katsuhiro Otomo’s seminal anime aims for a tamed story but always captivating about puberty and male violence.

Image: Funimation

Indeed, most of the animated films and shows grouped under the horror genre are more like thrillers, where the emphasis is on surprises that keep audiences intrigued and excited for what is to come. Another is a great anime with the plot of a final destination movie, great murders, and an intriguing plot full of shocking twists and turns, but it plays more like a bloody mystery than a horror show, aimed at providing a fun puzzle to be resolved as to who will die next. It is not a question of disturbing the public in such a way as to fear the Following death scene, something that the popular Higurashi when they cry succed to. Then there is an acclaimed trio: Boogiepop Phantom, Lain Serial Experiences, and Agent of paranoia, which privilege the atmosphere, the frightening images and the feeling that reality is not what it seems. The series deals with paranoia and existentialism, resulting in the anime shows that are closest to horror, even though their plots don’t follow any explicit horror trope.

Animation can be an eyesore, but time has suggested that there are obstacles; it seems much more difficult to make audiences feel fear when looking at 2D drawings than with real humans, but it can and has been done. Take for example the animated film Monster house, a 3D animated film aimed at kids that still offers a lot of scares, an eerie atmosphere, and characters you fear – all without the need for violence and gore. Then there are R rated animated horror movies like the Train to Busan spin off Seoul Station and Resident Evil: Degeneration, who use zombie horror tropes to make you care for what happens to the characters, and fear as much as they do when they meet their inevitable deaths.

Seoul station: woman hanging from bar above horde of zombies

Seoul Station
Image: FilmRise

Surprisingly, the anime came close to the authentic horror tone of the shōnen genre. Since the 1980s, action-horror animes have embraced horror tropes and used them to make violence harsher, like Evil man and the above Vampire Hunter D. In the 90s, shōnen animated like YuYu Hakusho and uber-popular Bleach was inspired by horror movies and shows like GeGeGe no Kitarō to create action-centric series that always weave supernatural elements. Death threat and Monster, during this time, took a psychological thriller approach, telling us dark stories of murders and serial killers and presenting them to a large mainstream audience.

Over the past five years, a shōnen anime trend has taken this idea further by embracing the tropes of horror to place the characters in terrifying situations that ultimately heighten the sense of optimism of the subgenre. The attack of the Titans Not only did it become one of the most popular anime shows of all time, but it broke into the mainstream by competing with The walking dead for one of the darkest and most gruesome shows of recent years. It’s a show set in a cruel world with violence, gore, and constant fear for the characters, who can die at any time – all while presenting a classic story of a young boy learning to embrace his powers. More recently still, we have Demon slayer and Jujutsu Kaisen, arguably the two biggest shōnen anime at the moment, both adapted from manga published in the prestigious and long-standing Shnen Jump magazine which has also published mainstream hits like One Piece, My Hero Academia, Naruto and Hunter X Hunter.

Jujutsu Kaisen episode 3: Yuji kills his first curse by putting a sword in his head

Image: MAPPA

Demon slayer and Jujutsu kaisen have all the makings of a winning shōnen anime: sympathetic protagonists with incredible power, a story of perseverance and determination, as well as a group of supporting characters who support the hero and help him learn the value of the friendship to face adversity. What makes them unique, however, is the way they essentially take this winning formula and place it in a seemingly impossible horror frame where hope always has to fight harder to exist, where power levels don’t. aren’t just toys, but they come at a cost, where characters can face horrific fates, wounds aren’t instantly healed but leave bloody marks, and the bad guys are truly creepy and menacing. Take the third episode of Jujutsu kaisen, which essentially unfolds like a haunted house story, using tropes of spooky noises and things moving by themselves before unleashing a threatening spirit on our main characters, before letting them kick ass with their cool powers and croissants.

Before he goes astray The promised imaginary land perfectly married a shōnen story of children reunited to save the day from the monsters and turned it into a horrific and anxiety-provoking horror story. The first season uses the framing to keep the characters at bay, and the contrast between the CG environments and the 2D characters to give the story an eerie feeling that something is wrong and accentuate the monstrous forms of the series’ villains, as well as orphans. caretaker.

As for the more traditional “horror anime”, all is not lost. An adaptation of the horror comedy Mieruko-chan is currently airing and cleverly uses horror tropes to create a fun anime with terrifying imagery about a ghost whisperer. Next year, the highly anticipated adaptation of Junji Ito’s classic Uzumaki The horror manga is expected to play as a cross between the body and cosmic horror as it tells about a city plagued by a curse involving spirals. In the meantime, horror has become an integral part of what makes the anime both exciting and popular, although these shows aren’t exactly embalmed in horror stuff.

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NYU Tisch Alum unveils teaser for “Loli” animated series Mon, 25 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 Creators Itai and Tal Lev just shared the trailer for their Loud animated series with AWN, Loli, currently in development. The Toxic Man Sent features an animated sex doll, Lola, fleeing from her beard-necked creator, Zayden, in a satire of capitalist dystopia. The show’s weird premise is made a little weirder by the pair behind […]]]>

Creators Itai and Tal Lev just shared the trailer for their Loud animated series with AWN, Loli, currently in development. The Toxic Man Sent features an animated sex doll, Lola, fleeing from her beard-necked creator, Zayden, in a satire of capitalist dystopia. The show’s weird premise is made a little weirder by the pair behind the project: Itai Lev, a 23-year-old NYU Tisch alumnus, and his 17-year-old sister, Tal, an aspiring game designer.

Loli started out as a stupid joke between my sister and me, ”Itai says. “It was the peak of the pandemic, and I just wanted to make my sister laugh. “I told Itai that was the dumbest idea I had ever heard,” Tal adds. “Then he wrote a rough draft anyway, and it was kind of funny. I don’t really write, but it’s something I want to watch, so I got involved.

The dark and irreverent series follows Lola, a robotic Hanime girl, as she travels across the country, wreaking havoc and avoiding the capture of her creator, Zayden. Along the way, she clashes with eight evil CEOs who want Lola for themselves.

In the pilot, Lola wants to become the it-girl of a college run by the gun company Revere. She succeeds, but suffers the literal fire of society, leaving Zayden to pick up the pieces as she runs away.

“You can think of Lola and Zayden’s cat-and-mouse dynamic as a traveling circus, settling along our dystopian map of the United States,” Itai says, “We come in, run the storyline for 11 minutes of jokes with our personification of toxic the males (Zayden) and the impossible standard to which they hold the woman (Lola), and walk away. The possibilities are seemingly endless.

“Lola is a sex object with agency,” notes Tal. “The whole world is against her, but she always gets what she wants.

Visually, Lolithe world looks like a Blade runner, with realistic human figures. Lola, however, is drawn in an anime style, bumping into the world and the people around her like an anime. Roger rabbit.

” When I say [older people] about it, they don’t really understand, ”says Tal. “They don’t know about memes, or Only Fans, or Genshin Impact.”

Noting that Loli is current to what people her age experience, and that the idea may seem foreign, even frightening, to older people, Itai admits. “Misogyny and corporate greed are not fun topics, but with Loli, we managed to approach them in a really fun way.

Tal, who turned out to be transgender while working on the project, adds. “The characters are sexist, but the show isn’t. Zayden and Lola are bad people who always escape and learn nothing, which seems to be the role model in real life. [Loli] let us laugh at what scares us. Clever and this is stupid.

Brother and sister sent Lolithe pilot script for the Nickelodeon stock exchange in 2020; although they didn’t win, they received overwhelmingly positive feedback, enough that the Levs put together a team of other hungry young artists through Itai’s Tisch network and freelance sites. After a year of work, they put together a pitch deck and a promotion to help sell the series.

While 2021 has seen the success of many new adult animation programs, the Levs are confident Loli will stand out for its elevated concept, female protagonist and internet-influenced humor. “Loli made us laugh in a time when things couldn’t have been scarier, ”Itai says. “I just want to share this.” More frankly, Tal shares, “Everyone under 30 will want to watch this. There has never been anything like it.

Contact the creators for more information on the series.

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Inside Job Season 1 Review Thu, 21 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 Inside Job Season 1 premieres on Netflix on October 22. Inside Job combines conspiracy theories with workplace comedy to create a fun story about getting on top of your head while leading a team, in a fascinating world full of alien creatures and secret cults . Sadly, the show isn’t quite sure how to approach […]]]>

Inside Job Season 1 premieres on Netflix on October 22.

Inside Job combines conspiracy theories with workplace comedy to create a fun story about getting on top of your head while leading a team, in a fascinating world full of alien creatures and secret cults . Sadly, the show isn’t quite sure how to approach the way people truly believe in conspiracy theories and relies too much on pop culture SEO, which can distract from the character’s comedy.

The show takes place inside Cognito, Inc., the company that secretly runs the world for the mysterious Shadow Board, and is responsible for all conspiracy theories. Reagan Ridley (Lizzy Caplan) is a genius and the daughter of company co-founder Rand (Christian Slater), who always wanted to lead the company into a better future. When her bosses decide she lacks human skills, they assign her a co-leader to Brett Hand (Clark Duke), a human golden retriever who has no idea but just loves being part of the Hanime team. And there’s also a sensitive fungus and a dolphin-human hybrid on the team – you know, the usual workplace.

Gravity Falls writer Shion Takeuchi makes his showrunner debut with a series that, much like Disney fan favorite cartoon, balances episodic and serialized TV like few others do. Nowadays. Each episode feels completely self-sufficient, while advancing character development and world-building from episode to episode. There are little references to the previous episodes, and we see some of the characters grow and change throughout the season, but other than the two-part finale, this is a rare Netflix show that you don’t have. not to force-feed you in one sitting.

Takeuchi isn’t the only writer from Gravity Falls working on Inside Job. The show’s creator, Alex Hirsch, returns as executive producer and screenwriter for a few episodes. With both shows, part of the initial appeal is seeing a world of mystery, full of cryptids and conspiracy theories come to life, but what makes them interesting to watch is their focus on the characters. In a way, Inside Job is the American father of Rick and Morty’s Family Guy, more about the characters put in crazy situations than the situations themselves. The best episodes of Inside Job – a journey into the reptilian world, an episode about breaking up with a James Bond guy – have the plots play the role of second fiddle to Reagan’s personal growth and his relationship with his people. colleagues, while they all have their own goals and huge flaws that are used to laugh.

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The worst episodes, so try to follow the South Park two-sided playing format, trying to poke fun at the Flat Earthers while adding fuel to your uncle’s Facebook rants and Q Anon-type plots about the elite being part of a blood-obsessed cult. It’s not that every cartoon has to address current events and concerns, but it hurts to see a show simultaneously mocking the alt-right for being gullible idiots while possibly claiming that they are. on something.

It doesn’t help that Inside Job is constantly throwing up pop culture references at lightning speed, seemingly just to wink and nod at the audience rather than to serve the tone of the story. Remember the “Let them fight” meme of Godzilla 2014? Remember Leonardo DiCaprio fight with a bear in Le Revenant? Inside Job certainly hopes you do, as the characters are constantly talking about quotes and pop culture references, which end up distracting actual jokes.

It all ends with a chaotic and entertaining finale that opens the door to a promising season 2.

When Inside Job uses his conspiracy theories not as real-world references but as a way to populate his own, it perfectly captures the sense of wonder and intrigue when we first see Will Smith’s J enter the Men in Black headquarters. There are real sheep (human / sheep hybrids), moths, Elvis clones, reptilians, krakens, and a sex community on the moon, and the show finds a way to make it organic to its world. It’s fun to see how the different agencies and communities deal with each other, like Incognito Inc.’s petty rivalries with their main competitor – the Illuminati.

It all ends with a chaotic and entertaining finale that opens the door to a promising season 2. It might not be the next Rick and Morty or the next Gravity Falls, but it still offers enough wacky laughs and emotional moments to satisfy fans of both.

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Vivienne Westwood’s “TikTok Necklace” Sparks Rebirth Tue, 19 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 First came the TikTok lights, so TikTok yoga pants and finally, this summer, the TikTok necklace: a three-row Vivienne Westwood pearl choker first presented in 1990 which has appeared in some stylish corners of the app. The necklace, which imbues the pearls with a touch of punk, is one of many vintage Westwood items that […]]]>

First came the TikTok lights, so TikTok yoga pants and finally, this summer, the TikTok necklace: a three-row Vivienne Westwood pearl choker first presented in 1990 which has appeared in some stylish corners of the app.

The necklace, which imbues the pearls with a touch of punk, is one of many vintage Westwood items that have found young fans online, thanks to a combination of factors: the famous brand boosters (Rihanna, Zendaya, Dua Lipa, Bella hadid and Lisa Manobal from K-pop group Blackpink, to only cite a few); nostalgia for clothing made from the 90s and mid-2000s; and the resurgence of an elegant animated television Hanime series from that era called “Nana”.

Released in 2006 and based on a manga series by Japanese author Ai Yazawa, the show follows two women in their twenties, both named Nana, who meet on a train and become roommates. One of them is the singer of a punk band and wears a lot of Vivienne Westwood jewelry and clothing.

“I was a fan of the Sex Pistols, and in high school a friend introduced me to ‘Nana’, which combined my love for punk music and Vivienne Westwood,” said Skylar Rae Echard, a 20-year-old student in New York City. who posted on the brand and the show on TikTok. For her, Westwood – with its tight corsets, drop-waisted pants and spiked jewelry – “has long been the definition of avant-garde cool.”

Sydney Brams, 23 from West Palm Beach, Fla., Said that one of his most popular TikTok videos features a Westwood corset top she bought at a thrift store for $ 65; similar coins can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars on Depop, 1stdibs, and eBay. Finding a room like this in a store, said Ms. Brams, is “like finding a unicorn.”

Millie Adams, 23, who owns a vintage online store called Studded petals, saw a similar response when she posted a video in which she unwrapped a 1991 Westwood bustle skirt. “I’ve been a fan since I was a teenager and I admire her pieces for being unique,” she said declared.

“On my small scale, I’m doing my part for our environment and I’m happy to support a brand that shares the same moral values ​​as me,” said Emily Vu, a 24-year-old social media manager in Los Angeles. Angela, who posted about his Westwood acquisitions on TikTok.

Some fans are more singularly focused. “I love her jewelry because of ‘Nana’, I admit it,” said Caroline De Moura Gomes, 23, based in Lyon, France. In a TikTok video, she examines her collection of the brand’s orb earrings and rings of armor and the corresponding scenes from the Hanime.

Tahsin Zahra Hussain, a 20-year-old fashion student in London, first discovered Westwood’s work via Tumblr, but it wasn’t until she started watching “Nana” that she discovered individual pieces. . Thanks to the anime, she stumbled across the designer’s Rocking Horse shoes, which she then purchased and revealed in a unboxing video on TikTok.

It’s not uncommon for products to go viral on TikTok and trigger a consumer frenzy. Fashion is no exception: Prada’s pleated tennis skirts and chunky moccasins are among the items that have sold well following rave reviews on the platform.

The fervor for Westwood has increased searches on resale sites. “We saw an 80% increase in queries for Vivienne Westwood between December 2020 and January 2021, and it has remained stable,” said Michael Ford, senior trends researcher at Depop, citing celebrities as the driving force.

Poshmark has seen similar interest. “Searches are up 131% from last year and Vivienne Westwood bags are up 310%. The term “pearl necklace” has increased by 38%, and we hypothesize that TikTok is having an impact on the growth in demand, “said Steven Tristan Young, chief marketing officer for the company.

“We are obviously delighted that another generation is discovering Vivienne’s work,” said Christopher Di Pietro, Global Brand Director, Vivienne Westwood. “Young people have always found his passion and his unique vision very attractive. (The designer herself was not available for comment.)

Pandemic idleness has also played a role in the rise of TikTok-inspired shopping. “I was exposed, because of the algorithm, to more things than I would buy,” Ms. Hussain said. “We sat at home with nothing to spend money on other than material goods, so if I see a room that I think is pretty, I’ll get it.”

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Animated film “Catwoman: Hunted” from DC and Warner Bros. Mon, 18 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 If you were lucky enough to catch DC FanDome this past weekend, you know DC is bringing the heat with upcoming releases. From The Batman to Injustice DC, fans have a lot to look forward to. Of course, we already knew that the DC Injustice animated film was coming out soon, but during FanDome we […]]]>

If you were lucky enough to catch DC FanDome this past weekend, you know DC is bringing the heat with upcoming releases. From The Batman to Injustice DC, fans have a lot to look forward to. Of course, we already knew that the DC Injustice animated film was coming out soon, but during FanDome we also learned that another animated film would be heading our way. Catwoman: Hunted will arrive on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray and Digital on February 8, 2022. Here is DC’s official press release.


In the all-new original Catwoman: Hunted, Catwoman’s attempt to steal a priceless gem puts her squarely in the sights of a powerful consortium of villains and the always-ingenious Interpol, not to mention Batwoman. That might be enough to contain it. Or not.

Catwoman: Hunted

BURBANK, CA (October 16, 2021) – Everyone’s favorite feline feline takes action, adventure and flight to new heights – and in spellbinding Hanime style – in Catwoman: Hunted, an all-new animated film DC. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, the animated feature film is slated for release on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack (US $ 29.99 SRP; Canada $ 34.99 SRP), Blu-ray (US 24, $ 99 SRP; Canada $ 29.99 SRP) and digital on February 8, 2022.

Catwoman: Hunted launches an impressive roster of DC-centric animated films coming in 2022 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. After Catwoman: Hunted, 2022 releases include two new entries in popular DC Universe movies and DC Animated Movies cannons – Green Lantern: Beware My Power and Battle of the Super Sons – as well as a film for young fans. , Teen Titans Go! & DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem in the Multiverse. The year will also see the presentation of DC Showcase – Constantine: House of Mystery, the latest compilation of animated short films anchored by a story involving the Hellblazer himself; and the highly anticipated 4K Ultra HD release of Batman: The Long Halloween – Deluxe Edition, which speeds up R-rated action in both halves of the acclaimed film, now merged into a dynamic thriller.


Catwoman: Cast and Hunted Crew

Elizabeth Gillies (Dynasty, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Vacation) and Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, In The Heights) lead the cast of Catwoman: Hunted as the voices of Catwoman and Batwoman, respectively.

Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) as Black Mask, Steve Blum (Cowboy Bebop, Star Wars Rebels) as Solomon Grundy, Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) in as Julia Pennyworth, Keith David (They Live, The Thing, The Gargoyles) as Tobias Whale, Zehra Fazal (Young Justice) as Talia al Ghul and Nosferata, Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: The Next Generation) ) as King Faraday and Boss Moxie, Kirby Howell- Baptiste (The Good Place, Barry) as Barbara Minerva / Cheetah, Kelly Hu (Arrow, X2: X-Men United) as Cheshire, Andrew Kishino (Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) as M. Yakuza and Domino 6, Eric Lopez (Madagascar: A Little Wild) as Domino 1, Jacqueline Obradors (Bosch, NYPD Blue) as La Dama, and Ron Yuan (Mortal Kombat 11) as Doctor Tzin.

Catwoman: Hunted is directed by Shinsuke Terasawa (Gintama, Yo-kai Watch) from a screenplay written by Greg Weisman (Young Justice, Gargoyles). The producer is Ethan Spaulding (Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms) and the executive producer is Sam Register.



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Open World Anime Lifestyle Game Dreamland: Village Life Announced For PC Thu, 14 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 Macaron Studio announced an Hanime-style open-world lifestyle game Land of dreams: village life for PC, with release slated for 2022. While Land of dreams: village life arrives next year on Windows PC (via To smoke), a Kickstarter campaign is slated to launch on November 20. Here’s a trailer for the game: Here’s a preview of […]]]>

Macaron Studio announced an Hanime-style open-world lifestyle game Land of dreams: village life for PC, with release slated for 2022.

While Land of dreams: village life arrives next year on Windows PC (via To smoke), a Kickstarter campaign is slated to launch on November 20.

Here’s a trailer for the game:

Here’s a preview of the game:

Land of dreams: village life is a reimagined open world game inspired by the classics.

Players arrive in a small village to farm, fish, experience RPG adventures, craft weapons, mine, dive, build bridges, explore the world, and befriend cute villagers!

Game time is fully synchronized with the real world. You may see changes between day, dusk and night, as well as seasonal changes.


  • Persona Creation – In Dreamland: Village Life, you can customize the appearance of your player character, including their gender, eye shape, eye color, hairstyle, and hair color. It helps you to create your own character.
  • Make Friends with Villagers – You can make friends with pretty villagers, chat with them, send them gifts, and strengthen their friendships with them. In addition, this game includes a messaging system that you can use to receive the mails sent by the production group. Villagers will also send you letters every day, and you can write them letters.
  • RPG Combat System – Form partnerships with villagers and embark on a mind-blowing adventure! The occupations of this game include a warrior, a wizard, a reaper, an archer and a priest. You can choose your own profession!
  • Agriculture – You can put land anywhere and start your own farm! Choose from a variety of vegetables and fruits. There are over 50 plants to plant in the game, ranging from age-old classics to the exotic and obscure native to Asia.
  • Fishing – You can fish in river and sea, and this game includes more than 40 types of fish.
  • Cattle Raising – Cattle Raising includes collecting wool, collecting milk and eggs as cooking ingredients!
  • Ore Mining – Descend into caves to mine valuable ore. You can use the ore you get to craft weapons.
  • Cooking – This game includes over 80 kinds of ingredients that you can use for cooking. You can farm, fish, raise cattle, and fight for these ingredients.
  • Chop Trees – You can chop down trees to get wood for crafting and crafting weapons!
  • Catch Insects – You can catch insects in a net. This game includes more than 50 types of insects that you can catch.
  • Weapon Making – Create your own weapons to use in battle.
  • Crafting Crafting – During the game you can get all kinds of materials to craft a variety of crafting items.
  • Potions Research and Development – Research and develop HP, MP, and antidote potions for use in battle.
  • Excavate Relics – You can use handmade shovels to excavate relics located in marked places on the ground.
  • Costume Change System – This game includes over 100 kinds of clothes. You can buy any type you want at the clothing store.
  • Diving – Dive to the bottom of the ocean! You can choose a dive spot on the island and unlock deeper exploration levels. Discover all that the sea has to offer. You can collect seaweed and coral for cooking and eating.
  • Rowing boat – Row a boat with villagers, strengthen your friendships with them and have fun.
  • Hang Gliding – Hang gliding to get a bird’s eye view of the world and visit places further afield.
  • Decorate Your Home – Decorate your dream home. You can put all the furniture you want in his rooms. Create your own space. Furniture can be purchased in the store or you can make it by hand.
  • Build Bridges – Build bridges on both sides of the river to make it easier to access the world on the other side!
  • Mini-game – During this game, you can also play an entertaining mini-game.

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