Summer 2016 – Initial Impressions

Okay, so let’s go through what we’ve got this Summer. To be honest, I wasn’t very excited for this season. Perhaps the only thing that really caught my attention was Food Wars! since it’s a manga that I’m actually following. Everything else is pretty much a wild card – even the “venerable” Psycho Mob 100 which is, apparently, the show “to look out for” (most likely because of its OPM roots). Times like these are pretty much shooting in the dark, and though I wasn’t exactly thrilled with the results, there weren’t that many shows that I could honestly say weren’t very good save for a few. And these shows were probably just formulaic and, well, not very engaging. I’ve wondered for a while if it’s because I’m getting older (one of the shows I decided to drop was a Visual Art’s/KEY work, which used to be a non-negotiable probably 10 years back), but either way it’s been a steady first week, but really just one wild card after another.

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But before everything else, I’d like to apologize for disappearing last season. I mentioned in my previous Spring impressions that I was utterly floored at how writers are able to do the things that they do every season — and that still holds today. The difference is that I’m not a professional writer — I just like to rant about anime and share my thoughts. With that put into perspective, I’m a little more pragmatic as far as how frequently I can update the site. Either way, all that matters is the anime — so enough talk, and let’s do this! Continue reading

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Summer 2016 – Previews (Part 2)

It took a while for the next batch of shows to air — or at least those that were on my list. So far, the season has been okay, but nothing really grand enough to phone home mom about. For this preview, we’ve got sluggers, video game junkies, gun fights, and shipwrecks. It’s quite the slew of genres, so let’s get cracking!

 

Taboo Tattoo

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A show about overpowered teenagers getting involved in top secret government programs is the stuff of shounen fantasy, and is basically what litters the first episode of Taboo Tattoo. If the opening sequence of over-the-top/overused anime tropes wasn’t enough to give you an idea of what this show was about, think Kurokami meets Shakugan no Shana. Not surprising, either, that this show was Continue reading