Streaming Reviews - Summer 2016

Taboo Tattoo – Episodes 1-4

My reviews for Episodes 1-4 of Taboo Tattoo are up on Anime News Network. For my full thoughts, check out the links below!

Episodes 1-3

Episode 4

Overall, this show is…okay? Honestly, it’s essentially what Big Order would have been if it actually knew how to tell a story, write characters, or otherwise be, you know, not terrible.
The choreography for the fight scenes is definitely the reason to be watching at all, since everything else is simply passable at this point.

Still, I can actually tell you what’s happening in the story, which is more than I can say for some shows. Are you a fan of Taboo Tatoo so far? Do you hate it? Let me know in the comments!

Streaming Reviews - Spring 2016

Twin Star Exorcists: Episodes 1-14 Archives

Twin Star exorcists has concluded it’s first batch of episodes, and with the arrival of a new opening and ending theme I figured now was a good time to add my ANN write-ups for episodes 1-14 to the site. I meant to keep them updated episode by episode, and that is the plan for all subsequent releases, but time just got away from me.

Check them out here!


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Streaming Reviews - Spring 2016

Big Order : Complete Series Archive

In honor of the beginning of a new season of anime, I’m posting my reviews of Big Order for ANN here in bulk. I originally planned to keep these updated on here as well, as they were written, but the timing just didn’t work out. Still, Big Order represents a fairly big landmark for me as a writer, in two ways:

1. It was one of the first series I was assigned to review for Anime News Network.

2. It’s one of the most monumentally terrible things I’ve ever seen in my life.

Big Order is legitimately one for the books, ladies and gentlemen, and I want to keep the record of my suffering journey preserved for future generations. Below are all of my reviews for Big Order’s 10 episode run. Continue reading “Big Order : Complete Series Archive”

DVD/Blu-Ray Reviews

Blu-Ray Review: When They Cry KAI

A review for the When They Cry KAI  Blu-Ray release is up on ANN!

“When I reviewed the first season of When They Cry back in March, I was struck by how much I liked the show, given its rough first impressions. The animation and character designs were pretty ugly, and the story was presented in a rather unique way that nonetheless created some noticeable pacing and tonal issues. Continue reading “Blu-Ray Review: When They Cry KAI”

DVD/Blu-Ray Reviews

DVD Review: Lupin III – Alcatraz Connection

A new review for Lupin III – Alcatraz Connection ‘s is up on ANN!

“Lupin the Third, both the character and the media franchise revolving around him, is a cornerstone of Japanese popular culture who hardly requires an introduction. Most anime fans have had some interaction with the snarky thief, be it through films like Miyazaki’s The Castle of Cagliostro, Adult Swim reruns of the second anime series, or more modern interpretations of the character like Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine. I’ve always been fond of the adventures of this ragtag group, so I was excited to dig into this Lupin TV special, produced over a decade ago but available for the first time in English this month. Continue reading “DVD Review: Lupin III – Alcatraz Connection”

DVD/Blu-Ray Reviews

Blu-Ray Review: Wake Up Girls! The Movie

A new review for Wake Up Girls! The Movie ‘s is up on ANN!

“On paper, I should love this show. It has everything I look for in these kinds of setups: The in-over-their-head band manager, the cast of wacky misfits who can barely get through four bars of music before collapsing into shenanigans, it’s all there. Continue reading “Blu-Ray Review: Wake Up Girls! The Movie”

DVD/Blu-Ray Reviews

Blu-Ray Review: Eden of the East Collector’s Edition

My review for Eden of the East ‘s Collector’s Edition is up on ANN!

“I was just getting ready start college when Eden of the East was released back in 2009, and at the time it blew me away. The series’ initial 11-episode run was one of the most tightly paced and intriguing mystery/thrillers I’d seen in a long time, and when I got to the cliffhanger ending I was dying to know how everything played out. Starting a new life at university ended up being a little more challenging than I’d imagined, though (surprise surprise). Time, work, and a college student’s budget prevented me from catching up with Eden of the East’s two finale movies, King of Eden and Paradise Lost, at the time of their release. Now that Funimation has repackaged both the series and its films into a gorgeous, limited edition collector’s set, though, I finally had the chance to play catch-up. Was it worth the wait?” Continue reading “Blu-Ray Review: Eden of the East Collector’s Edition”