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86 (TV) "What's the Big Deal With 86?"| Steve Jones & Nicholas Dupree
Aggretsuko (ONA) 10 ep.s; 15 min.s/ep. -- Geoff Thew
Akudama Drive (TV) 12 ep.s
Nicholas Dupree & Steve Jones ("This Week In Anime")

Steve Jones wrote:

Consider this landing stuck. Akudama Drive brings its wild journey to a halt in about the most satisfying way I could have hoped, wrapping up the story and its component themes in a bold and thought-provoking place. Of course, one shouldn't conflate “satisfying” with “happy,” as this finale leans fully into death, destruction, violence, and vengeance. However, there's also a silver lining of hope to this melancholic swan song. I find myself in the rare position of being as excited to talk about this series in the context of its ending as I was in the context of its beginning. Akudama Drive never lost its luster, and I hope you'll bear with me as I try to unpack its absurd alchemy one last time.
Alita: Battle Angel (live-action movie) Masterpiece
Zac Bertschy Review
Arcadia of My Youth (movie) Excellent
Michelle Liu & Nicholas Dupree
Assassins Pride (TV) Both Garnt (?) and Geoff Thew agree that it's both trashy AND enjoyable!
Bakuman. (TV) Carl Kimlinger extols the 1st episode; but there are three cours, each twenty-five episodes long.
The ratings are really impressive, though!

Blade of the Immortal (TV 2019)
Blood Blockade Battlefront (TV) go here
Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond (TV) Nick Creamer
Brothers Conflict (TV) Excellent (dub & sub)
Rebecca Silverman wrote:
That, however, doesn't detract from how much dumb fun it is. Less prone to second-hand embarrassment than some of its brethren while still maintaining just enough of a cringe factor for entertainment purposes, Brothers Conflict is the kind of silly series it's fun to just leave on or watch when you've had a bad day. However, it also has a surprisingly serious undertone if you're looking for it – you could absolutely read this show as being about the struggles of a teenage girl who has lived virtually alone for her entire life finally getting the family she desperately wanted, only to have that family try and turn her domestic dream into a romantic nightmare. While that may sound a bit melodramatic (and it is), it also offers the opportunity to look at the show on a different, more serious level. The glimpses we get of Ema's life prior to her father's marriage depict a very lonely life, as her father appears to have spent more time out of the house on business trips than actually raising his daughter. The idea that she could suddenly become a part of a caring family that all lives together and is willing to embrace her as a sister is highly appealing and even makes a stab at justifying the horrendous parenting (the newlyweds don't want kids around) that leads to her doing so, because honestly the oldest brothers look like more competent guardians than either parent. That this dream would then be derailed by several of the brothers aggressively pursuing Ema on a romantic level would absolutely throw her off and make her nervous, because she'd worry that rejecting them could cost her her new family.
It's a reverse harem ─ check It out.
    • A talking squirrel? But of course.....
    • So right out of the gate it's a reverse harem. Does make sense, though; what with there being only 13 episodes ─ which excludes the two-episode OAV.
  1. "Top─of─the─line males"? Priceless, just priceless!
    The squirrel takes up an offer of an alliance.
  2. Wedding.
  3. Finally ─ the Big Kiss.
  4. Now the Basketball Player makes his big move ─ off the court, naturally!
This question has only now just occurred to me: How did the step-mother find time to give birth to 13 sons and have a career?
  1. All right, I'll admit it: the blackout at the 07:07 mark really was quite effective!
Is the talking squirrel meant to emphasize that this is a fantasy? I'm quite curious.....
Is basketball a thing in Japan?
  1. More step-brothers make their move, and then there's a medical emergency.
    • Azu has meningitis.
    • Yet another brother makes a move onto her.....
  2. Ema finds out about her biological parents.
  3. The family takes Ema to the grave site of her biological parents.
  4. Angst over college entrance examinations.
  5. All of the brothers vow to be the one.
I think that it would have been fun if she had set the ground rules and had sexual intercourse with a different brother every night!
Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 (TV) Theron Martin review
Burn The Witch (movie) See Michael Basile video review.
Cat Planet Cuties (TV) Cam0 & Key
Cells at Work! (TV)
A Certain Scientific Railgun (TV) Recommended by Rebecca Silverman; but there are 2 sequels and an OAV.
Children of the Sea (movie) Tristan "Arkada" Gallant (Glass Reflection)

Review in Japan Times

Chivalry of a Failed Knight (TV) 12 ep.s
Rebecca Silverman wrote:
Chivalry of a Failed Knight is still pretty average at this point, but it also has the potential to be more than just another urban fantasy light novel adaptation. I'm not fully sold yet, but between the hints of more to come and an opening theme that's seriously growing on me (I'm a sucker for grayscale + random bits of red as a color scheme), I'm also not reluctant to keep watching. So come on, Chivalry. Show me I'm not crazy to stick with you.
Code:Realize -Guardian of Rebirth- (TV) Rebecca Silverman's review
Crest of the Stars (TV) The entire series (excluding compilation films) is 38 ep.s long.
Nick Creamer wrote:
But packaging aside, Crest of the Stars executes on an incredibly high level as a sci fi adventure, and succeeds equally well as an intimate character drama. If you're looking for a more thoughtful sort of fantasy drama, Crest of the Stars falls somewhere between Legend of the Galactic Heroes and Spice and Wolf, bringing the strength of both those classics together into something novel and thrilling. Don't miss this richly illustrated and rightly renowned anime classic.
Dear Brother (TV) Shoujo, but 39 ep.s
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (TV) 26 ep.s & a sequel film (also a compilation film as well)
The Spring 2019 Anime Preview Guide
Domestic Girlfriend (TV) Excellent (dub & sub)

"Domestic Girlfriend is a Surprisingly Thoughtful Sleazefest" | Andy Pfeiffer & Steve Jones

"Domestic Girlfriend: A Dumpster Fire I Can't Stop Watching"|Gigguk
Gigguk strongly recommends the manga because it follows the characters into adulthood. He read the manga to the end. Find link in "My Manga".

Gigguk interviews the mangaka. Actually, rather interesting.

"describing domestic girlfriend's spicy plot after eating a ghost pepper"|Gigguk

Review of manga and 2 episodes by MrTspark

"Domestic Girlfriend and the Beautifully Complicated Nature of Love"|AnimeUproar. More discussion on themes than on plot.

Dororo (TV 2019) Osamu Tezuka's Dororo Gets Intense|Nicholas Dupree & Andy Pfeiffer

Osamu Tezuka's Dororo Gets a New Ending|Nicholas Dupree & Andy Pfeiffer

ef: a tale of memories (TV)
Two cours come in at a total of twenty-four episodes.
Fate/Apocrypha (TV) Kim Morrissy Reviews: (here, here & here)
Fate/Apocrypha may be regarded as a weaker entry in the Fate series after all is said and done, but I cannot deny how much fun I had with it. The script may have been wonky at times, but the episodes flew by quickly. Thanks to its likable side characters and frequent action scenes, I may actually regard Fate/Apocrypha as one of the more accessible Fate series overall. While the initial setup was convoluted, it ended up being a simple story by the end, and I honestly can't fault the series for that. In terms of sheer spectacle, Fate/Apocrypha has been one of my favorite anime just to sit down and watch in a while.
Rebecca Silverman wrote:
Ending on a major revelation (although one that makes abundant amounts of sense with Ruler), Fate/Apocrypha's first half knows how to pace itself. With plenty of attention paid to the Servants as the people they were in the past and lots of action to be found, as well as a touch of humor, this is an interesting addition to the overall franchise and just a good story in its own right.
25 ep.s
Fate/Prototype (OAV) Very good
Read Kim Morrissy's essay.
From the New World (TV) 25 ep.s
Tristan "Arkada" Gallant
Fushigi Yugi (TV)
(The) Future Diary (TV) recommended by "Arkada"
BUT 26 episodes
BUT look at those ratings!
Given (TV) A Story that Took Place One Summer. A Story that Took Place One Evening: Suicide Bereavement and Recovery in Given|Mike Alvarez, PhD, MFA

11 ep.s
Ritsuka is guilt-tripped by Mafuya into teaching electric guitar.

Given (movie) Kim Morrissy
Counting the TV series, we're basically looking at 13 ep.s
Goblin Slayer (TV) read review
Golden Time (TV) Geoff Thew ("Mother's Basement" YouTube channel)
-- but 24 episodes
-- but set in college
Granbelm (TV) 13 ep.s
Recommended by Nicholas Dupree
Hanebad! (TV) Theron Martin wrote:
As sports series go, Hanebado! is a grade above. It takes a sport that isn't one of the major ones and makes it interesting without resorting to outlandish gimmickry, while at the same time supporting it with mildly compelling character drama and respectable action animation. A few big hurdles keep it from being a top-tier series, but it is more watchable than you might expect.
High School DxD (TV) It seems to me that Geoff Thew damns with faint praise, but that isn't his intent at all!
"What's So Great About High School DxD? The Power of 'Plot' (also Plot)"

Cam0 & Key

Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU (TV) Hasn't aired yet (2020-09-21)
Tristan "Arkada" Gallant likes the (original) series.
Hourou Musuko (TV) AKA "Wandering Son" -- read synopsis
I want to eat your pancreas (movie) Masterpiece
ID: INVADED (TV) Sorta recommended: Theron Martin wrote:
Of all of the anime titles that I have seen in recent years, few have cried out as loudly to be marathoned as this Winter 2020 series does. That is not because the series is so fiercely compelling (although it can be at times) or flows along so swiftly, but rather because its mind-bending structure and plot progression require intense, continuous concentration to sort out what is really going on. For better or worse, this is not light viewing.
13 ep.s
In This Corner (and Other Corners) of the World (movie)
Josee, The Tiger and the Fish (movie) Richard Eisenbeis wrote:
In the end, Josee, The Tiger and the Fish is a beautifully animated film about the struggles of the physically-disabled and the mindset needed to obtain your dreams. While it is a bit predictable and cliché in parts, the way it portrays the world Josee lives in gives us all a peek into what it's like to live in a world not designed for us while also highlighting the importance of personal independence to the human soul.
Juni Taisen: Zodiac War (TV) Overall, Jūni Taisen has just enough going for it to warrant a recommendation. Much of its content is hit-or-miss in effectiveness, but the worst parts are largely just yawners, and the best parts are good enough to be worth the watch for genre fans. --Theron Martin
Just Because! (TV) YouTube: Mother's Basement (Jeff Thew)
Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne (TV) 44 ep.s???!!!
Lynzee Loveridge
Karas (OAV) Heishi
(The) Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior (TV) 12 ep.s -- OP recommended by Jeff Thew
Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! (TV)
The New York Times Names Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! One of 2020's Best Shows
Kimagure Orange Road (TV) Nicholas Dupree & Jean-Karlo Lemus
But 48 ep.s +movie.....
Laughing Under the Clouds (TV) 12 ep.s
manga recommended because parts of manga had to be cut out.
(The) Legend of the Galactic Heroes (OAV)
Liz and the Blue Bird (movie) Masterpiece (dub & sub)

Review by Richard Eisenbeis

Nick Creamer wrote:

Liz isn't a work of pure nostalgic longing; it is simultaneously a paean to our past selves and a celebration of all we might become, a work that tempers the pain of youth with assurance that though change will come, true feelings endure.
  • The use of silence is quite poignant.....
  • Mizore doesn't smile until the end of the movie.
Video: Go Behind the Scenes of Kyoto Animation's Liz and the Blue Bird Title Track
Looking for Magical DoReMi (movie) Not yet widely released.
Richard Eisenbeis wrote:
In the end, it's important to realize what kind of film this actually is. While you'd think it's a slice-of-life film at first glance, it's actually a coming-of-age movie. All too often we think of “coming-of-age” as stories centered around teens making their first step into adulthood but there are many steps on the road to becoming an adult—and many places you can trip up or get stuck. Looking for Magical DoReMi is about our three heroines taking their last step into the adult world—and making sure that they are on a path they want to be on. And for that alone it's well worth a watch.
Made in Abyss (TV) 13 ep.s -- recommended by willag

The Dark Philosophy & Mythology of Made in Abyss

Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul (movie)
March comes in like a lion (TV)
Meiji Tokyo Renka (TV) Rebecca Silverman wrote:
Despite not-great visuals, particularly on the animation front, one awful and random song about electricity, and a few plot threads remaining undeveloped, Meiji Tokyo Renka is a cut above a lot of other reverse harem anime. With a heroine with a personality, more than a nod to history, and two main romantic interests who are both appealing, this is a genuinely entertaining show. If you're looking for a good otome story, this more than fits the bill.
Mr Love: Queen’s Choice (TV) 12 ep.s
Rebecca Silverman
Mr Love: Queen’s Choice is the best kind of surprise – a show that you go into with low expectations based on its origins and title but ends up being good. While it's still most likely to appeal to fans of reverse harem series and josei (or shoujo) titles, it manages to rise above some of its more trope-laden brethren, giving its characters personalities that go a bit beyond the standards and a heroine who is no one's damsel in distress. It isn't perfect, but if you've been avoiding it based solely on the title, it's worth checking out.
Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation (TV)
My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (TV) Rebecca Silverman's essay on this twist of the isekai genre.

Geoff Thew

Manime Matt


My Roommate is a Cat (TV) 12 ep.s
Rebecca Silverman recommends it.
"Slice of Life with a Dash of Tragedy"|Manime Matt

Michelle Liu & Andy Pfeiffer

Nurse Angel Ririka SOS (TV) 35 ep.s
Justin Sevakis | Buried Treasure (2007)
O Maidens in Your Savage Season (TV) Let's Talk About Sex in O Maidens in Your Savage Season"|by Michelle Liu & Steve Jones
Ouran High School Host Club (TV) 26 ep.s
Geoff Thew recommends in passing.
Akane the Catgirl

Top 5 Netflix Anime You Should Bingewatch Now

Outburst Dreamer Boys (TV) Rebecca Silverman":
Reverse harems can take on all kinds of flavors depending on the personalities of the guys making it up, but rarely is it as weird as poor Mizuki's. [...] It manages to combine the standard reverse harem with otaku comedy while leaving just enough space for us to wonder if the boys are really as delusional as they all appear to be, something that's very well used in the final episode of the main series. [...] Of course, it takes Mizuki most of the series to reach this understanding for herself, and most of the episodes are taken up with her trying to cope with the boys' antics and to understand what the Hero Club really does – and that she does, in fact, want to be a part of it. [...] Outburst Dreamer Boys is definitely one of those series that gets better as it goes on, and by the final three episodes, when the showdown with the cantankerous student council comes to a head, it's really hit its stride.
(The) Pet Girl of Sakurasou (TV) "Criminally underrated," but 24 ep.s
Planetes (TV) Positively referenced in other review.
Recommended by Tristan "Arkada" Galllant.
BUT 26 ep.s
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal (ONA 2014) Lynzee Loveridge wrote:
The Sailor Guardians each represent a planet and by association their personalities are strongly tied to their respective zodiac. Rei is a through-and-through Aries and Usagi is the very definition of a clingy Cancer. Their respective powers are also a blend of their sign's cardinal houses and related Greco-Roman myth. Mars' fire powers are related to the planet ruling the sign of Aries and its cardinal fire sign. Sagittarius is another fire sign but in that case that went with Jupiter's Roman mythology counterpart. I've got to give credit, Sailor Moon is probably what got me into astrology.
Princess Principal (TV) Errinundra
(The) Promised Neverland (TV)

Jose Cruz

James Beckett and Psycho 101 both say that the 2nd season is awful.

Queen's Blade: The Exiled Virgin (TV) 24 ep. (+ stand-alone OAVs) | ecchi & fan service | see Theron Martin's reviews
Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul (TV) related to Mysteria Friends
24 ep.s
initial reviews
ReLIFE: Final Arc (OAV) Nick Creamer
Ride Your Wave (movie) Masterpiece (dub & sub)
Review by Richard Eisenbeis
Rinshi!! Ekoda-chan (TV 2019) SPOILERS!!!
Run with the Wind (TV) 23 ep.s
This Week in Anime
Sakura Quest (TV) 25 ep.s
YouTube reviews
Scum's Wish (TV) 12 ep.s
James Beckett wrote here:
To say that the characters of Scum's Wish could stand to make better personal choices is a wild understatement, and I wouldn't blame any newcomers if they started running for the hills at that plot synopsis. The way that Hanabi and company go about conflating lust, love, identity, and self-worth is so painfully accurate to teenage life that watching just one episode of Scum's Wish can feel exhausting; sitting through eleven more might very well be more than many viewers can bear. I got my enthusiastic recommendation out of the way up front, because just describing the plot of Scum's Wish doesn't do the series many favors.
and here:
Most importantly, Scum's Wish is not out to criticize. It doesn't intend to coldly analyze its characters, to indict or humiliate them, or to study them as nostalgic artifacts from the writer's bygone history. Hanabi, Mugi, and Sanae are actively trying to navigate the stormy waters of young adulthood, and Scum's Wish invites its audience to take that journey with them in the present tense. It's a messy and uncomfortable experience, filled with mistakes and regrets and all of the tiny bad decisions that make up teenage life, but Scum's Wish invites the audience to empathize with its characters' faults, to fully understand the collective confession of so many confused and misguided children. If nothing else, this empathy is what makes Scum's Wish an absolutely invaluable work of art.
Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū (TV) 13 ep.s -- & a sequel series
"The Art of Solo Performance"|HuffPost
Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū (OAV)
Silent Möbius (TV)
Silent Möbius: The Motion Picture
Silent Möbius: The Motion Picture 2
Sing "Yesterday" for Me (TV)
Skip Beat! (TV) 25 ep.s
Rebecca Silverman
Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san (TV) 12 ep.s
Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san is Too Relatable
Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle (TV) Monique Thomas & Steve Jones
Somali and the Forest Spirit (TV) 12 ep.s
Rebecca Silverman
Space Runaway Ideon (TV) 39 ep.s
James Beckett wrote:
Initially, I was put off by how safe and straightforward Space Runaway Ideon felt, and it took getting past the sluggish first ten or so episodes for me to tune into the show's particular rhythms and tone. Once I did, though, I found myself surprisingly engaged with the Solo Ship's endless quest to be free from the Buff Clan's destructive warpath. [...] Then there's the ending, [...] Thankfully, that ending isn't the one we have to live with, because this Blu-Ray set also gives us the two Ideon movies: A Contact and Be Invoked. To my knowledge, this is the first time the movies have been legally available to own in the U.S.
Space Runaway Ideon: Be Invoked (movie)
Star Blazers 2199 (TV) read review
Stars Align (TV) "LGBTQ+"
interview (Pt.1)
Sword Art Online: Alicization (TV) "Why Alicization is the Best Sword Art Online Arc"|Kim Morrissy
Sword of the Stranger (movie) Very good (dub), Masterpiece (sub)
The Best Anime Film You Never Watched | Must Watch Anime|Tristan "Arkada" Gallant ("Glass Reflection")
Talentless Nana (TV) Jean-Karlo Lemis & Steve Jones
(The) Tatami Galaxy (TV) 11 ep.s -- The Novel Connection Between The Tatami Galaxy and The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl by Evan Minto
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (TV 2) Masterpiece
Thunderbolt Fantasy (puppet TV) Screenplays by Gen Urobuchi.
TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You (TV) 11 ep.s
"TONIKAWA: Over the Moon For You" | Tristan "Arkada" Gallant ("Glass Reflection")
T."A".G. recommends it -- with a couple of caveats.
Tower of God (TV)
Tsurune: Kazemai Kōkō Kyūdō-bu (TV) 13 ep.s -- nick creamer
Urahara (TV) review
Vinland Saga (TV) Michelle Liu & Steve Jones
Waiting in the Summer (TV) read the ep. reviews
Wandering Witch - The Journey of Elaina (TV) 12 ep.s
See ep. reviews and this interview.
Rebecca Silverman recommends the 3 novellas.
Wave, Listen to Me! (TV) Excellent
The Spring 2020 Anime Preview Guide

Episode Reviews

  1. The premise is definitely different; and there are no high schoolers in sight! Therefore, I'm rating it at 10/11.
  2. No high schoolers in sight! Woo! Hoo! Rating it at 10/11.
  3. Minare Koda loses both her apartment and her car. Rating at 10/11.
  4. Minare Koda is temporarily rehired at the curry restaurant when the owner is injured. Also, she tries to find a sponsor for her show ─ and gets schooled in the business-side of radio shows.
  5. Minare Koda decides to get serious with the radio gig. Rating at 10/11.
  6. A woman joins the restaurant staff in order to escape from her brother's domination.
  7. For the 2nd time, MInare Koda has made a false accusation to the police about the same man. So she describes the man's missing girlfriend on the air.
  8. There is drama both at the restaurant and the radio station.
  9. MInare Koda is severely conflicted about Mistuo. He's such a cad.
  10. Kanetsugo writes a script that mixes MInare Koda's life with fiction. Rating at 9/11.
  11. The episode-within-an-episode is sorta meta..... The after-action review of the broadcast shows how Minare Koda has changed a little.
  12. And the series ends with an earthquake. Community bonds are shown to be important.
Check out the manga.
Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun (TV) Nicholas Dupree & Andy Pfeiffer
When They Cry - Higurashi (TV) 26 ep.s -- Tristan "Arkada" Gallant praises it in passing.
(The) Wind Rises (movie) read the reviews
Witch Hunter Robin (TV) 26 ep.s -- Theron Martin is ambivalent (check it out anyway!)