The Gundam Prequel Doesn't Have Enough Mecha

Hmm... Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin: Blue-Eyed Casval. A prequel to a highly successful, generation-defining SF franchise? That's never gone wrong before... » 3/26/15 6:30am Thursday 6:30am

An Anime Full of Medieval Politics and Fantastical Warfare

Lord Marksman and Vanadis is a low fantasy anime where various nobles are vying for the throne of a kingdom using political savvy, armies, and the occasional dragon. It’s kind of like Game of Thrones—only with a lot less in the way of soul-crushing despair. » 3/06/15 6:30am 3/06/15 6:30am

A Story of Love, Life, and Superpowers

The setup of When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace is simple: one day, seemingly at random, the five members of a high school literature club gain superpowers. But when no otherworldly threat appears, they decide to continue their lives as normal—though with a bit more in the way of superpowered shenanigans. » 2/24/15 6:00am 2/24/15 6:00am

Arpeggio of Blue Steel Has Terrible Cuts and Great Additions

Recap movie Arpeggio of Blue Steel -Ars Nova DC- has 30 minutes of new footage. But while I liked what they added, I wasn't crazy about what they took out. » 2/13/15 8:00am 2/13/15 8:00am

Rage of Bahamut: Genesis has Demons, Angels, and Adventure Galore

A looming war between demons and angels. A draconic beast poised to destroy the world. A plucky hero and his companions on the path to saving it. What more could you ask for in an epic fantasy tale? Not much. » 2/10/15 7:00am 2/10/15 7:00am

Unlimited Blade Works is More Than Just Eye Candy

Unlimited Blade Works is not the Fate/Stay Night anime you remember. The plot is full of new twists and turns and it comes with a visual upgrade that puts other big budget TV anime to shame. » 2/09/15 4:00am 2/09/15 4:00am

Amazingly, Akame Ga Kill Managed to Win Me Over

Sailor Moon Crystal is a Nostalgia Trip

It’s been a long half-a-year, but last episode, Sailor Moon Crystal wrapped up its first story arc. And while it is no doubt a flawed anime on several levels—especially by today’s standards—for many of us, it is a nostalgia trip like none other. » 1/27/15 8:00am 1/27/15 8:00am

Cross Ange is an Anime that Goes From Abhorrent to Enjoyable

If you were to watch an episode of Cross Ange this week as it continues into its second half, you'd be tuning into a story with an excellently developed main character and well-built world. If you decided to watch from the beginning, however, you'd be in for a completely different experience. » 1/23/15 4:30am 1/23/15 4:30am

Few Anime are as Fun as Amagi Brilliant Park

Some anime get the adrenaline pumping. Others tug at the heartstrings. Some are mindless adventures while yet others make you think. And then there are those like Amagi Brilliant Park that are just fun for the sake of fun. » 1/16/15 6:30am 1/16/15 6:30am

Psycho Pass: The Movie Is Not the Climax You Were Expecting

Hot on the heels of Psycho Pass' second season comes Psycho Pass: The Movie. But as a movie that builds yet another layer to the franchise's lore and catches up with some old familiar faces, it is less the completion of the final picture and more just another piece in the puzzle—though an interesting one to be sure. » 1/12/15 4:00am 1/12/15 4:00am

Tsukimonogatari is 2014's Last Good Anime

After the fall iteration of the Monogatari franchise, I must admit to being a bit worried. Luckily, on New Year's Eve, Tsukimonogatari quelled my fear with a story all about consequences, character building, and storytelling—all in the beautiful art style the series is known for. » 1/09/15 5:30am 1/09/15 5:30am

The Five Best Anime of 2014 

Over the past 365 days I have given you my recommendations for the anime you should be watching in the winter, spring, summer, and fall and followed that up with dozens of reviews. So now, as the year comes to a close, it's time to take one more look at them all to find the five best anime series of 2014. » 12/30/14 8:00am 12/30/14 8:00am

Sword Art Online Finishes Strong with a Powerfully Human Tale

Sword Art Online is an anime with a great first half plagued by a mediocre second half. Luckily, Sword Art Online II does not suffer from a similar affliction. Vastly different from its murder-mystery first half, SAO II ends strong with a powerfully human tale that serves as the emotional high point of the franchise. » 12/26/14 8:00am 12/26/14 8:00am

Psycho Pass 2 is a Deliciously Dark and Disturbing Cyberpunk Tale

Each week I found myself faced with a quandary when it came to Psycho Pass 2. If I watched it when I got up, I would feel unsettled the whole day. And if I watched it before bed, nightmares followed. Yet despite this, it is one of the series I found myself dying to watch week in and week out. » 12/23/14 8:00am 12/23/14 8:00am

M3’s Second Half Lacks What Made the Show Great: Endless Despair

A few months back, I reviewed the first half of M3: The Dark Metal and was impressed at the mecha anime’s neverending conga line of despair. And if there is one major flaw in the second half of the series, it’s that the conga line did, in fact, end. » 12/19/14 6:00am 12/19/14 6:00am