Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In the Re:Creators Bonus episode “ENTER THE WORLD OF Re:CREATORS,” we find out the writer’s past credits include an action-packed, gritty anime series. The director’s pedigree is even more impressive! We find out some of what makes Re:Creators’ soundtrack so powerful and distinctive. Finally, we meet the voice actors for Souta Mizushino, Selesia U...

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Made in Abyss Episode 3, “Departure,” Riko shares her desire to go after her mother Lyza at the bottom of the Abyss. When Nat objects, Riko attacks him. Will he warn the Leader (Gilo) about their plans? Gilo catches Regu trying to say goodbye to Kiwi — was Gilo there by accident? Or was it Nat’s doing? And how will Regu get away, now? What’s In...

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Re:Creators episode 15, “This is perfect! She couldn’t have been any more perfect!”, Hikawa Hikaru joins Selesia Upitiria, Rui Kanoya, Meteora Österreich, and Yuuya Mirokuji as part of Team Aki Kikuchihara, but her powers seem to be a bit… underwhelming. Alicetelia February attempts a perilous task: to make a deal with Magane Chikujouin and walk away...

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Made in Abyss Episode 2, “Resurrection Festival,” Riko and her friends discuss where Regu came from, and the conversation veers into embarrassing territory for the robot boy. While city prepares for an important festival, Riko receives surprising news about her mother — and the news has an ominous footnote. What’s In This Post Quick Episode Summary W...

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Re:Creators episode 14, “I feel painful and so useless that I want to cry but it’s fun nevertheless,” Aki Kikuchihara herds both industry executives and artists towards the Elimination Chamber Festival — but will they buy into the plan and give it their all? As Selesia Upitiria, Rui Kanoya, Meteora Österreich, and Yuuya Mirokuji try to track down two...

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Made in Abyss Episode 1, “The City of the Great Pit,” Riko and Nat hunt for artifacts in the upper level of the Abyss, which they discover is not nearly as safe as they thought it was. Riko ignites trouble — again — with Belchero Orphanage’s Leader when she smuggles Regu into her room. When Regu helps her escape, even if it’s only tempora...

Note: There may be spoilers below! Be careful! First, the Good News I just finished watching the last episode of KADO: The Right Answer. If you didn’t watch the series, you missed an intricate and earnest attempt to portray human’s first contact with an extra-dimensional being. The series tries to be realistic and smart, and for the first ten episodes, I was really impressed. In the back of my mind, I was afraid that the show would...

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Re:Creators episode 13, “An unpredictable story that no one knows where it’s leading to,” we get a retrospective of the series so far. Meteora Österreich provides the commentary, but there’s something subtly amiss in how she describes her role… And what’d she say about Altair’s hair? What’s In This Post Quick Episode Summary W...

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Alice & Zouroku episode 12, I’m Home, Sana Kashimura and Shikishima Hatori continue their struggle to find their out of Wonderland. Miho Ayumu receives a long distance photo text from the White Rabbit. Zouroku Kashimura and Sanae Kashimura doggedly follow the little piggy until Zouroku has to confront Wonderland itself. Shizuku Ichijou leaves quite an impact on Wo...

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Re:Creators episode 12, “Be desperate and draw something fascinating,” Alicetelia February takes her creator for a flight on her winged horse, and it’s not for sightseeing. Souta Mizushino completes his confession and waits for the group’s judgement. Meteora Österreich helps build a daring plan — but will it work out as she hopes? Or will Altai...

Overlord Episode 10: Wow, That’s an Ugly Vampire!
Anime / September 12, 2015

Well, “ugly” is prejudicial. Unexpectedly fierce? Appallingly vicious? I’m struggling to describe how Shalltear Bloodfallen looked to me when she went into full bottle mode in True Vampire, the latest episode of Overlord on FUNimation (or here for information if you’re not a subscriber). Last week’s episode (review here) ended on a shock: Albedo announced that the vampire Shalltear, one of Ainz Ooal Gown...

Gate Episode 10: From Cellphones to Strength in Numbers
Anime / September 9, 2015

I hate to admit how much I look forward to watching Gate on Crunchyroll. I kinda feel like someone my age should be yelling at kids to get off my lawn or complaining about the weather. But fortunately, I embrace my affection for anime… The tenth episode of Gate, Despair and Hope, picked up where last week left off. Rory, aroused by the killings near by, made it clear to Itami that if he wasn’t going to let her go on a kil...

Overlord Episode 9: The Dark Warrior
Anime / September 7, 2015

I started watching Overlord, streaming on Funimation, late in the season, so I just got caught up. The story begins with the main character playing a server-hosted game that’s about to be shut down. He’s the last of his friends to be online, and he’s determined to stay until the very end, when the hosting company powers down the servers. Except, that doesn’t happen. After the appointed hour, the world’s ...

Gate Episode 9: Intrigue and a Slacker
Anime / August 30, 2015

Itami’s character continues to amaze me. From the first episode, where the Otaku plunged a knife into an invader, to last episode, where we found out that he was Special Forces, I’ve enjoyed seeing his character deepen in unexpected yet believable ways. Last week’s episode ended where this week’s episode starts: we got to meet Itami’s ex-wife Risa. Our heroes impose on poor Risa as they plan their next m...

Gate Episode 8: Our Heroes Visit Japan
Anime / August 22, 2015

If you haven’t watched Gate Episode 8 yet, please stop reading this immediately, buy a Crunchyroll membership (if you don’t already have one), and watch the episode. Of course, if you haven’t watched the previous episodes, watch them first. There are moments in episode 8 that are worth the four hours of investment to watch all of the episodes so far! In other words, there are spoilers beyond this point. I’ve e...

In Defense of Monster Musume
Anime / August 17, 2015

The first science fiction story I can remember reading is Lords of the Starship. The book depicted cultures that were so far from my experiences as a farm boy in rural Ohio that they blew me away. After reading that book, I’ve wanted to learn about new culture: not only about Terran cultures, but about cultures that were beyond my experience or my ability to directly experience. Books like Dune and Startide Rising fueled that i...

The Summer 2015 Anime Slate: Funimation Edition
Anime / August 12, 2015

I subscribe to both Crunchyroll and Funimation. I find that both are well worth the investment! Note: With Crunchyroll, I generally watch the new releases. With Funimation, I find that I choose a mix of new and old. So, please expect to see both on this list! Here are the shows I’m watching right now on Funimation (in no particular order): Future Diary: Yukiteru is really excited to have a cell phone that tells the future, unti...

The Summer 2015 Anime Slate: Crunchyroll Edition
Anime / August 5, 2015

I subscribe to Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Daisuki. Though I like all three, and I would recommend any of them to anime fans, my favorite is Crunchyroll. Expect that most of the series I review will be from there. From my perspective, not only does Crunchyroll offer the best selection, it also streams reliably even when the other two don’t. I hope net neutrality addresses that problem, but until then, I have to deal with reali...

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