Gangsta

…I already made mention that I appreciated the show presenting its subject matter in a multifaceted and thoughtful way, but narratives like these largely defined by the way in which the events happening within them speak for themselves absolutely need strong resolutions in order to have impact or tell a story effectively—Happy Sugar Life is a really good example of that, a show that would be absolutely pointless and ultimately waste your time if not for the way in which it ended allowing it to make an impactful statement about the things which took place during its runtime.… Read more.

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners

…that’s part of what defines Cyberpunk as a genre—the chemistry and camaraderie between members of an effective, close-knit team contrasted against dark undertones of hopeless, futile struggle to overcome a rigged system and individual chase after lofty, ultimately doomed dreams, and it’s this particular element which makes Cyberpunk: Edgerunners immediately more engaging than the video game that it spawned from.… Read more.

His and Her Circumstances

I am a firm believer in the notion that a good story is not about coming up with a good idea, but strong execution of whatever idea it is that you do have; essentially, good writing is not about coming up with premises, it’s about the ability to make something compelling out of even the most basic premise.… Read more.

Happy Sugar Life

Happy Sugar Life is an anime adaptation released in 2018 by a small animation studio called “Ezόla” responsible for making only three shows between 2018 and 2020. From what I can tell, they may very well not even exist anymore. But holy fucking shit, the legacy they’ve left behind in Happy Sugar Life is something to be celebrated.… Read more.

Arknights: Prelude to Dawn

…I kept playing despite the insane length that experience has been padded to for the sake of trying to appreciate the genuinely entertaining parts of the game buried beneath hundreds upon hundreds of hours of endless auto-battling and tedious grind. At its best, the game is very polished, visually appealing, has an excellent soundtrack, boasts enjoyable, unique tower defense mechanics and—more to the point—a relatively interesting narrative.… Read more.

Madoka Magica

…before we talk about that, though, one major thing I forgot about this show before rewatching it is that it’s actually very action-oriented, so much so that I felt like I was watching an over-the-top shonen battle as opposed to the psychological thriller/horror anime that Madoka Magica is supposed to be.… Read more.

Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism

…first off, I went into this expecting it to be more of a comedy and less action and plot heavy than it actually was. If you couldn’t tell just from that comment alone, it’s really not; this is a straight up shonen anime, action scenes and attack names abound.… Read more.

Mahou Shoujo Site

Looking around on the internet, it’s not hard to find that not only did the anime adaptation of Mahou Shoujo Site not perform particularly well, but it was largely glossed over as being little more than a grimdark, edgy rip-off of Madoka Magica with little in the way of substance, and that’s a damn shame because I genuinely think Mahou Shoujo Site is a very solid and enjoyable show.… Read more.

Squid Game

Now, I know what you’re thinking; I, of all people, actually sat down to watch something besides an anime, and an insanely popular show no less? Who is this strange man and what has he done with the overlord of #TeamProtag!?… Read more.