Ten years ago the Reverse Thieves blog/podcast site started their Secret Santa Project and it quickly became my favorite annual anime blog tradition. I did not actively participate the first couple of years because I didn’t have a MAL or equivalent account which would have made it somewhat difficult for a stranger to pick a new-to-me anime. (Being able to participate was the reason I started using MAL). I missed another year because I made the mistake – after several years of doing it correctly – of sending my desire to participate message to the wrong email address and only realizing this well after it was possible to be included. So, this is the seventh year I am participating and once again I found myself eagerly trying to determine the best series to give my Secret Santa recipient and hoping for at least one good series from my Secret Santa.
My track record in receiving good picks has been very good. Will this year continue the string or did I receive a big lump of coal this year?
Continue reading Gundam Build Fighters – Secret Santa Review
Even in the best seasons, not every anime of the season will turn out positively and this season was definitely not one of the best. Before I turn my attention to the fall season, I want to highlight some of the anime that made this season slightly difficult to get through.
Continue reading The Not-so-Good, Disappointing, and Bad Anime of Summer 2018
My favorite annual anime blog tradition has now come back around in the Secret Santa Project that Reverse Thieves has hosted for almost a decade now. It’s a joy to discover a good series that I would have otherwise been passed over and it’s a joy to discover that the recipient of my picks enjoyed something I picked for them.
So far, my track record in receiving good picks has been very good. Will this year continue the string or did I receive a big lump of coal this year?
Continue reading Genshiken – A Secret Santa Series Review
The Macross franchise, like many other long running franchises (Lupin, Gundam, Doctor Who, etc.), can intimidate prospective viewers by their size and by the age of their earliest works. Last year’s Macross Δ appeared to be only loosely tied to it’s earlier works and offered new viewers the chance to sample the franchise. I decided to give the series a go and it turned out to be a pretty decent series. The references and the connections to the larger franchise went over my head, but, there was enough for a viewer like me to enjoy. So, with only a little more of a push, I recently decided to start from the beginning with the original Macross series titled Super Dimensional Fortress Macross or just Macross.
I found Macross to be a fascinating series to watch. Fascinating enough that I felt the need to write this review when it’s been about five years since I last wrote a proper series review post outside of my Secret Santa reviews.
Continue reading Macross – Series Review
As the last bits of summer gave way to the falling leaves, October saw the ending of the summer season of anime and the start of the fall season of anime. I intended to be a proper anime blogger this month; I was going to watch as many of the new shows as possible and write first impression posts of them. It’s been a long time since I last tried to watch more than a cherry-picked group of new shows at the start of a new season and I kinda missed that feeling one gets when realizing they’d stumbled upon a terrible new anime series. I was only partially successful, as the almost month long lack of posts can attest to. I did get to watch a large number of the new series – I’m currently watching 22 – but, the time to write about these series dried up this month as I discovered that rereading the first two books of Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive was as engrossing as the first time I read them. I thought knowing what happens would have allowed this second time through to be a more relaxed reading experience but I was wrong. There were a long string of days that I lost 1 – 2 hours of sleep a night because I couldn’t stop turning the pages. Oh well, maybe next time.
So, this is my first chance to talk about the new season of anime and I have a lot of ground to cover.
Continue reading The Anime Recap Episode – # 5: October 2017
It feels like an age has passed since I’ve last written something here to justify the “and anime with a little written SF thrown in blogger” part of the mental description I have for myself. Actually, it has been an Age since I last wrote here – meaning – just a few months ago, in September, was a time when Hillary was going to be the next President and now we’re living in a decidedly different future age. And just think, 2017 could turn out to be even more absurd than 2016. Thank goodness there will be Natsume Yuujinchou season 6 to turn to when 2017 gets too crazy.
Continue reading Secret Santa Project Review – Memories