Series Review: Juni Taisen

I believe Juni Taisen did a great job integrating the Chinese zodiac into their world, and I thought it was quite cool that families could choose people outside their bloodline to compete in the competition. However, I was left with more questions than answers at the end of the show, and though these are likely discussed in the novel, I really think the anime could have fleshed these concepts out more.

Series Review: Inuyashiki

Past characterization, Inuyashiki has a very solid first episode that could actually be a stand alone work. It’s tonally the same as the rest of the show, but it encloses a singular idea into one 25 minute stint. This first episode is great example of letting characters breathe and showing rather than telling. Though, Inuyashiki attempts to keep this pacing and story form as it progresses through the season, the violence and largely stagnant main character bring a sort of contrast between our initial introduction into the series and the later half.

Series Review: King’s Game

Let me start by saying that I would have loved King’s Game in eighth grade. The way the characters speak and interact with each other, and the general premise of the show, remind me of everything my angsty little heart loved as a 12 to 13-year-old. Unfortunately, King’s Game is not made for anyone past the age of 16, and it’s painfully tough to get through as an adult. But, I did it. I watched it all, and boy was it bad.

Series Review: Recovery of an MMO Junkie

I think we all dream of quitting our jobs and staying inside – or at least unemployed – at some point in our lives. Morioka Moriko is the woman who lives this blessed dream. She begins the show by quitting her job and joining the MMO community with her male character named Hayashi. In the hopes of reliving the fun she had in a previous MMO, Moriko plays Fruits de Mer and meets a girl named Lily who’s kindness inspires her to make changes in and out of game. Lily happens to be a very attractive man, Sakurai Yuta, and so the romantic comedy begins as the two meet in real life without realizing it.

Thoughts & Feelings Column: The Reflection – Episode Twelve

As Ethan continues to suck up energy, the battle rages below with the Darkness energy is beginning to turn the entire sky and sand to black. The people from which the Darkness is being extracted are being transformed into drones mindlessly attacking X-On’s team, and almost all the shots featuring Ethan’s electric darkness are still frames. It’s lazy and upsetting to the point where I can say that even episode 26 of Evangelion did more with its still frames than The Reflection managed. Moving past the lack of actual animation in this animated TV show is tough, but there’s poorer storytelling that unravels slowly through the progression of the episode.

Thoughts & Feelings Column: The Reflection- Episode Eleven

We are back to the action this week, which means we are moving along to the end of series (finally). It’s been a long, strange trip, but it seems like all our suffering has paid off in setting up Wraith’s very interesting plan.