R.I.P: Defunct Anime Studios


While the state of the anime industry isn’t necessarily dire, not all anime studios have been lucky enough to withstand the test of time. There are perhaps around 80 Japanese anime studios currently churning out new titles on a regular (or at least semi-regular) basis, but others have unfortunately closed down, largely due to either the death of their respective founders or, more commonly, major financial problems. Continue reading

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Anime Taste Testing: Fall 2017 (Part II)


Looks like it’s going to be a full ticket indeed this season, with ample choices in most genres and a few nice surprises along the way. Note that the below anime were all released in Japan on or after October 7th, with shows released in the first week of October being covered in Part I of this post (namely Sengoku Night Blood, Ousama Game, Tsukipro, Net-juu, Juuni Taisen, Kino no Tabi, Just Because!, Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou, and Osomatsu-san). I will be combining the titles later on for a Part III of my taste testing post around the season halfway mark. Also, keep in mind although many of these shows have now been airing for 2 episodes, the below comments are based solely on the premieres. Continue reading

Anime Taste Testing: Fall 2017 (Part I)


Welp, it’s that time again. Unlike the most recent few anime seasons, there’s a lot I’m interested in this time around, so I’ve decided to break my initial taste testing post into two parts based on release date. This means I’ll be discussing around half the titles I still plan to watch in the next taste testing post, which will be out in a few days. For the record, those titles include Code:Realize, Garo: Vanishing Line, Houseki no Kuni, Kekkai Sensen, Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau, Mahoutsukai no Yome, Two Car, Inuyashiki, 3-gatsu no Lion, and Itsudatte Bokura no Koi wa 10 Centi Datta. Continue reading

Really That Bad?: Vampire Holmes


You voted. We watched. This is the third instalment of a series of conversations between Watson and myself about anime that have, for whatever reason, been deemed as worthy contenders for the title of Worst Anime of All Time.

As with Mirage of Blaze and Hand Shakers, our goal is not simply to criticize unpopular anime for our own amusement (though we do hope these articles are at least semi-entertaining), but rather to have an actual discussion about what makes any given show ‘work’ – or not, as the case may be. We’re both also genuinely curious to see whether or not these shows are truly deserving of their widespread condemnation by the anime community.

As always, sit back and enjoy, and feel free to let us know your own thoughts in the comments. Continue reading

Anime in Bite-Size: Good Anime Shorts


Sometimes one of the biggest deterrents to watching anime, at least for me, is that I simply don’t have the time or energy to invest in a complicated or long-running story. Sure, I could try and find a light-hearted episodic series, but with a usual run time of just over 20 minutes per episode (assuming you skip the OP and ED), at times even that isn’t feasible.

That’s where anime shorts come in. While you wouldn’t necessarily think a show with only a few minutes per episode would have the room to tell a decent story, let alone one with any particular emotional depth, the below titles are proof that such a thing is definitely possible. From comedy to good ol’ slice-of-life, drama to fantasy and even horror, here are some titles that make the absolute most of their short episode length to deliver stories that are both well-written and entertaining. Continue reading

Anime Taste Testing: Summer 2017 (Part II)


On the last exciting episode of Anime Taste Testing, Dive!! was awful, Konbini Kareshi was boring, and Katsugeki Touken Ranbu still wasn’t the decent game-to-anime adaptation we all dreamed about finally getting. That still left a few titles on my weekly watch-list though, including the new addition of The Reflection. Read on to see my latest impressions for seven different shows and then feel free to either laud or laugh at my opinions in the comments. Continue reading

Really That Bad?: Hand Shakers


You voted. We watched. This is the second instalment of a series of conversations between Watson and myself about anime that have, for whatever reason, been deemed as worthy contenders for the title of Worst Anime of All Time.

As stated last time around with Mirage of Blaze, our goal is not to criticize unpopular anime just for the sake of it, but rather to have a real discussion (yet hopefully still an entertaining one) about what makes any given show work/not work, and whether or not it’s truly deserving of the widespread condemnation it’s received from viewers.

So sit back, enjoy, and feel free to chime in with your thoughts and opinions in the comments. Continue reading

Really That Bad?: Mirage of Blaze


You voted.
We watched. This is the first installment of what will likely be a series of articles conversations between Watson and I about anime that have, for whatever reason, been deemed as worthy contenders for the title of Worst Anime of All Time.

To be clear, the aim here isn’t simply to bash unpopular anime but instead to have a genuine (yet hopefully still entertaining) discussion about what makes any given show work/not work, and whether or not it’s deserving of such condemnation. For this reason, we’ll be striving to look at each anime on its own terms and not comparing it with any other title, regardless of any similarities or associations. So sit back, enjoy, and feel free to chime in with your thoughts and opinions in the comments. Continue reading

Anime Taste Testing: Spring 2017 (Part II)


I wouldn’t go so far as to say that this is the worst anime season in recent history, but it’s certainly the season in which I’m watching the least amount of titles over the past several years. That’s not necessarily a complaint by the way, and I should also point out that given my current work schedule, I’ve had to be even stricter than usual about how many shows I’m willing to keep. Still, I do find it interesting that of the four lonely anime left on my weekly watch-list, only one of them isn’t a sequel. Continue reading