Fate/Zero Sets a High Bar for All Other Fighting Anime

Gen Urobuchi has written some of the most psychologically dark anime in recent memory. He is a master at subverting anime tropes to breathe new life into stale genres. And while I had seen many of his series, I had never seen Fate/Zero. So with a new Fate anime coming in just a few weeks, I decided to fix that. » 9/26/14 7:40am 9/26/14 7:40am

The Final Episode of Ghost in the Shell Arise Is Nothing But Average

Ghost in the Shell Arise hit Japanese theaters once again this past weekend with its final episode: Ghost in the Shell Arise – Border:4 Ghost Stands Alone. Unfortunately, instead of a grand send-off wrapping up the whole series, Ghost Stands Alone is little more than another average Arise episode. » 9/09/14 8:00am 9/09/14 8:00am

Lupin III Is Both a Terrible Adaptation and a Horrible Film

At the start of the new live-action Lupin III film, Fujiko, seeing one of her fellow thieves avoid a pressure-sensitive museum floor by using a rocket pack, utters, “You've got to be joking”—which is more than a little apt as it was exactly what I kept saying again and again over the next two hours and fifteen minutes. » 9/02/14 7:00am 9/02/14 7:00am

The Second Kenshin Film is Just as Good as the First

Two years ago, classic 90s anime/manga Rurouni Kenshin made its way to the big screen. It was an excellent live-action adaptation—easily one of the best I have ever seen. The second film, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, is equally as well done—something even more impressive given the amount of story it has to cover. » 8/04/14 7:30am 8/04/14 7:30am

Kawai Complex Is Silly, Light-Hearted, and Ultimately Goes Nowhere

The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior is the story of the everyday life of a group of eccentric, diverse people living under one roof. It's silly, lighthearted, and—like most slice-of-life anime tales—ultimately goes nowhere. Though, in this case, that may not be a bad thing. » 8/01/14 8:00am 8/01/14 8:00am

Black Bullet Irredeemably Ruins An Otherwise Good Premise

Back at the start of the spring season, as I wrote short summaries about all the season's then upcoming anime, post-apocalyptic tale Black Bullet was one of the anime I was most looking forward to. However, less than two episodes in I could already see that it was failing to live up to its interesting premise. » 7/29/14 8:00am 7/29/14 8:00am