Visualist x100!! – My Hero Academia Season Three: Episode One

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The next season of Boku no Hero Academia (I will continue to refer to it this way whenever I am the one addressing it) has finally arrived and different people are already giving their input on it likely every hour. What’s to see, what’s to follow? Here are my and Karandi’s take, courtesy of the Visualist x100!! Collab™! (more…)

Violet Evergarden: Everlasting Emotion(al Overload)

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While there is no confirmation for this, I have the impression that people come to this blog, read my criticisms, and assume that I am a very cynical and apathetic person. In my past, I can’t argue against this, as the foundations of this blog’s creation was deep within the realm of taking the craft of anime criticism very seriously—which led to a very conscious effort to establish the good from the bad, to be the authority of quality within the anime medium. The early stages of The Visualist’s Veranda, then called Criticism and Thoughts, has the presence of overwhelming cynicism and a tendency to alternate to a mocking, elitist tone. (more…)

Embracing the Rain with Koi wa Ameagari no You ni

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Those who have already read my Early Impressions post for this anime know that I have some history with this production. Prior to it even being announced as an anime, I was some twenty chapters into its manga source. Enjoying the anime before the anime even came about, I had some expectations for this piece that, should it follow closely to the manga, I was sure would be able to concoct an insightful and memorable experience. (more…)

Entries from the Dead: Fairy Tail

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[Dropped after twelve episodes.]

One following me for long will look at the title of this post and say, “Well, duh!”

Fairy Tail is one of those popular battle shounens that the typical anime fan picks up because it looks flashy and fun, two things the show probably is for those who don’t have a lot of experience with anime as a medium. Even to those who are accustomed to the ever-expansive (sometimes) pastime, Fairy Tail can seem like a nice series to turn one’s brain off to and enjoy the zany interactions between characters and the journey towards the ideal self, or wealth, or whatever these characters want to do. Back in 2013, I gave the series a shot, and despite my much smaller arsenal of viewed anime under my belt, I could only make it to a single cour for a standard anime series. (more…)