This is a Review of ‘Shinsekai Yori’ or ‘From the New World’

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When I was in high school, I was that weird, broody kid who would sit in the corner of the class reading dystopian novels. I probably had at least half a dozen copies of 1984, Brave New World, and Fahrenheit 451 each – don’t ask me where I got them all from; I can’t even remember anymore. But I treated those works and their authors like they were some kind of holy trinity of literature. Yah, I know, I was a little strange… Continue reading

PSA: The Madoka Magica Review and /r/anime

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So, it looks like my Madoka Magica review got removed from /r/anime despite having well over 100 upvotes. From what I can gather, someone submitted me to /r/spam, despite the fact that this was only my second post from my own blog in the last 2-3 months. I really don’t think this is what the rules were intended to stop, especially considering how other well-known reviewers have self-promoted far more, un-harassed.

I’m not salty about this — I don’t need /r/anime to validate myself. But I do think it’s unfair that a couple of individuals get to ruin what other people see as valuable content.

Anyway, just wanted to let you guys know this. There’s no need to get your pitchforks out or anything like that. But thanks a lot for your support and please continue to support the blog.

- db

This is a Review of Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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Some spoilers.

I’ll be honest — sometimes I feel like I have a gun to my head when writing these things. Like if I go ahead and say “hey, maybe this universally loved anime isn’t all its cracked up to be,” I might find myself being smothered by a body pillow one night while I’m going to bed…you know, metaphorically speaking. I think. Continue reading

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

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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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