Why Aldnoah.Zero is a Cash Grab (And Why That’s Only Kind of a Bad Thing)

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Note: No, this is not a review, but there are major spoilers for Aldnoah.Zero. And yes, the Madoka Magica review is coming.

I’m a writer. I write for a living. So, I like to think that I’m not too naive when it comes to the whole “art versus business” side of creating a piece of content. Because, trust me, there have been plenty of times in the past where I’ve had to sacrifice ‘artistic integrity’ — if you want to call it that — for stuff like ‘marketability.’ Continue reading

This is a Review of the End of Evangelion Movie (Part 3-ish)

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Major spoilers.  Part 1 and Part 2 are available here. Also, I’m in the process of writing a novella and will happily provide you a copy for as little as a $1 donation when it’s completed.

A question I get a lot when it comes to the whole Eva series if I know the story behind its creation. About Anno and his depression and the budget issues and blah, blah, blah, blah…

To which, my response is: “well…yah.” I mean, it kind of comes with the territory. The entire show is so interwoven with Anno’s personal life that you can’t really know one without the other — kind of like Van Gogh and his art or John Lennon and his music. Continue reading

The Neon Genesis Evangelion Review (Part 2: God and Religion)

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Note: Some spoiler-ish things in this review.

“God is the kid with the magnifying glass beneath the sun, and we’re just the ants on the anthill at his mercy.” A friend once told me that when we were kids, trying to sound deep in some angsty-teenage way, I guess. And while I admit it sounds cheesy as hell now, it must have had some effect on my small, impressionable brain because I still remember it to this day.

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What Happens When I Review ‘Gonna Be the Twin-tail!!’

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Editor’s note: As salty as I might sound, thank you all for the support and for making me watch this…uh…”show.” I guess. Not really anything I would consider spoiler-y in this one, either. Hope you enjoy.

Like everyone, there are times when I ask myself – what exactly am I doing in my life? These moments typically come during instances of great existential crisis. Or when I’m faced with major life-altering decisions. Or periods of great trauma. Or — you know, just off the top of my head — when I’m binge-watching an anime about a sex-changing, back-flipping high-schooler fighting off fetish-powered, inter-dimensional “phantom monsters” because of a Facebook bet. Continue reading

Parasyte –the maxim– and Female Characters in Anime

parasite -themaximum- 5Editor’s note: Major spoilers for Parasyte –the maxim–. Also, the challenge is still on. 100 Facebook likes and I’ll review Twintails. 

So, if you know anything about me, you probably know that I’m — relatively — new to this whole anime thing. You probably also know that there’s a whole lot of community stuff that I don’t really “get” yet, and that I’m willing to turn a blind eye to the less…err…”conventional” stuff because I understand that every community is going to have its little quirks and idiosyncrasies, and that that’s perfectly natural. Continue reading

What Happens When A Guy Who Sort of Knows Shit About Anime Reviews Neon Genesis Evangelion (Part 1: Childhood)

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Editor’s note (there is no editor…it’s just me, but still, it sounds cool): Given the sheer depth of NGE, I’ve decided to break down my reviews of this series into multiple blog posts, each of which will cover different themes, and one of which will cover the “End of” movie. These posts will be published closely together, but they won’t be successive — mainly because I don’t have that sort of attention span — so feel free to vote on the anime I should review next on the Facebook page. Oh, there’s also spoilers in this one. Enjoy.

My first experience with Evangelion was a few months back when I came across a Youtube clip of a little, red-headed girl in a giant robot about to get seriously fucked up by a bunch of other giant robots, all the while screaming, “I’ll kill you. I”ll kill you. I’ll kill you.”

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Big News

I’m moving! Well, sort of…

The TV/Movies and Books section of the site will be moving to a new domain that will be announced…uh…when it’s ready, I guess. As for this site, it’ll be turned into a review site that focuses on anime and maybe other forms of Asian media from a critical outsider’s perspective.

If that’s not your thing, please be patient. I’m ripping my hair out getting the new site ready and will announce it as soon as possible.

Thanks for reading and please stay tuned in.

- db

What Happens When A Guy Who Doesn’t Know Shit About Anime Reviews ‘Welcome to the NHK’

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Some spoilers in this one, guys.

So if you happened across the /r/anime subreddit earlier this week, you probably had the great fortune — or misfortune, depending on your view, I guess – of reading my post: “What Happens When A Guy Who Doesn’t Know Shit About Anime Watches Anime.” I was kind of surprised to see the post blow up the way it did, not only on Reddit, but Stumbleupon and a few other social media outlets. I was even more surprised by the demand for more anime-related content and the slew of suggestions of what should be in my queue of what to watch next. And so, considering how much I’ve enjoyed the ride thus far, I decided, “what the hey…let’s do this.”

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What Happens When…I Review 5 Centimeters Per Second

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Editor’s Note (again, no editor, but it sounds cool): Spoilers in this one, obviouslyThis was a really difficult piece to write mainly due to work, writer’s block, and the movie, itself — seriously, this thing fucked me up for like two whole days. Still, I hope you enjoy it. Oh, also, 100 likes on the Facebook page and I’ll review Twintails — especially if it’ll get you people to stop e-mailing me about it.

I wasn’t sure how to start this review. So, now I’m doing the lazy thing that writers do and writing about how I didn’t know how to start this review — how very avante-garde of me. Part of this might be from what we people in the biz call “writer’s block.” But part of it might also be because I really didn’t know what I was in for when I decided to pick up 5 Centimeters Per Second. Continue reading

Patreon!

Hey, you!

This thing I do costs money. So, if you really like what I’m doing here, please pledge any amount to my brand new Patreon page! If you pledge at least $1 per article, I will give you guest blogging privileges on my site for a year. I typically bring in 100K+ visitors per month so this is a great way to grow out your blog.

I can also publish an article about you or a subject of your choosing (and link to your blog/site). Yes, I will make fun you in it. And no, you don’t have to thank me.

Link: DB Citizen’s Patreon