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 Today 8:00am

Blade & Soul Has No Teens or Harems, Just Action and Vengeance

When I talk with older anime fans, the biggest complaint I hear is that everything has become nothing but moé, angsty, high school, love-harems. They claim they want exciting action shows with an adult cast and grown-up stories. To those people, I say this: “Blade & Soul is the anime for you.” » 7/15/14 8:00am 7/15/14 8:00am

The Original Sequel to Persona 3 is Better Than I Was Led to Believe

As I was recently watching the new Persona 3 movie, I remembered that before Persona 4, there was already a sequel to the hit PS2 game Persona 3 in the form of the anime Persona: Trinity Soul. However, only hearing negative things about it for years, I wondered if it was as bad as I had been led to believe. It isn't. » 6/20/14 6:40am 6/20/14 6:40am

Wizard Barristers Doesn't Know What Kind of Anime It Wants to Be

Each season, I list five anime of that season you should be watching. Then I make it a point to review all five later on to see if they lived up to the promise of their first halves. However, I had completely forgotten about Wizard Barristers—which should tell you something about the quality of its latter half. » 6/13/14 7:00am 6/13/14 7:00am

Persona 3's Second Movie Reminds Me Why I Love Persona 3

Last fall, Persona 3's first movie hit theaters in Japan. Now the second film, Midsummer Knight's Dream, has made its Japanese debut, just eight months later. And while the first movie suffered somewhat from its limited scope as the story's beginning, Midsummer Knight's Dream is where the tale really hits its stride. » 6/09/14 4:30am 6/09/14 4:30am

Nisekoi is the Epitome of a Cliché Rom-Com Anime

Nisekoi reads like a “cliché romance-comedy anime” checklist: A harem of girls? Check. A long lost childhood love? Check. Characters who hate each other falling in love? Check. An endless cycle of “will they won't they?” Check. All in all, it embodies the very essence of a modern rom-com anime. » 5/27/14 7:40am 5/27/14 7:40am

The Pilot's Love Song is a Tale of Planes, War, and Star-Crossed Love

A woman who can control the winds. A fallen prince looking for revenge. A world of flying islands, holy quests, and magnificent aerial dogfights. The thematic exploration of love, hatred, and forgiveness. All this and more can be found in the excellent tale of two star-crossed lovers in The Pilot's Love Song. » 4/29/14 6:30am 4/29/14 6:30am