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
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
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
This is the fourth year I have participated in Reverse Thieves’ Secret Santa Project. The first two years I really hit the jackpot in recommendations – Noein, Figure 17, Simoun, Time of Eve, and Ghost Hound. Last year definitely was not a failure but I was less satisfied with my choices. In the end I watched and reviewed the first Break Blade movie. (When one watches all seven Break Blade movies, as I did over the winter season, it turns out to be a very solid series and I was glad to have watched it.) One of the reasons I was less than satisfied with my picks was because there was a recent anime among the three recommendations that I had passed over when it aired and I knew I would not enjoy it now. This cut my options by 1/3 so for this year I requested that no anime from the last 3 years be picked to recommend to me.
I felt bad demanding this but I decided my secret Santa would also want his/her recommendations to have the best chance of success. And I am pleased with the results. The three series I received are Ef – A Tale of Memories, Kare Kano, and Tytania. I am obviously reviewing Ef – A Tale of Memories now and I really wanted to get to a second series, Tytania, but have run out of time. I hope to get to Tytania soon and the weak winter season might just ensure that happening.
Continue reading Secret Santa Project Review – Ef – A Tale of Memories
It used to be that once an anime series sunk below a certain level of quality I’d automatically drop it – I didn’t have time for series like that. Slowly, though, my policy drifted to one where an anime had to do something seriously wrong and/or convince me that it had already shown me all it was capable of and there was little point in continuing before I drop it. This shift is evident in the anime series I cover today; one finished near the very bottom yet I finished watching it and others that finished near the middle were dropped hard. Read on to see which anime is which.
Continue reading Final Impressions of the Spring 2014 Anime Season, Part 3 of 4