Anime Review: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

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I’m in a slump. These past couple of weeks, I’ve been avoiding anime so that I could at least try to be a responsible adult, only to fail at that, too. I feel like I’ve been spinning my wheels, trying to get a change of pace, yet still get none of the results I’m looking for. Current events don’t help, and after a very long period of reflection, I’ve come to realize that my friends are getting further and further away from me.

Yet recently, I asked some friends about what I should review next, and of the few responses I got, this was their collective choice. Now normally I would look at this series for its hilarity, maybe add one deep thought about it that some of you may not have noticed, and end with a favorite waifu bit; and I will. But perhaps, I’m reading into this request too much, because I want to go a little further than that. Try to win my readers’ affection again (heh… I wish).

For this review, I am going to present an interpretation that helped me realize that this anime is… actually OK. That’s the least I can do for a show that at first glance I reluctantly invested in, simply for the fact that everyone else was watching it.

Meeting

A metaphor for my life?

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Anime Review: Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma

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With the spring anime season wrapping up and summer titles coming right around the corner, I have been reminded of something. Food Wars season 2 airs this summer, and I haven’t even covered my full thoughts on season 1 yet! Not that there was any urgency for me to do so, but seeing how it’s pretty popular, I thought I’d look back at the anime thus far before its continuation.

Now I won’t be sharing anything particularly cutting edge in terms of the series, but I do need to make at least one distinction. This is a show is about culinary arts, not cooking! As I have expressed in another anime review, cooking is an art. Culinary arts is a fucking* competition!

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Anime Review: Comical Psychosomatic Medicine

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SUPER SEXY NURSES!!

Now that I got your attention, it’s time for another anime review! Speaking of which, I’ve just been reminded that on this day last year, I wrote a review that dealt with similar sexy shenanigans, but gave it a spin on exploitation and objectification, in opposition to what ended up being a three-month project to explain my true stance on feminist issues as it relates to anime (sadly, I have nothing as elaborate planned out this time around). I suppose I’m here to tell you that whatever view I had of Rail Wars then is really not a reflection of my views now, but an exaggerated antithesis of it. My bad!

So in the spirit of redeeming myself (again), this is a review about a different kind of ecchi comedy that I enjoyed, perhaps a little too much! And unlike some of my more recent reviews, this one will be written in good humor.

After all, this is a comedy series, and I did dress the part and cosplayed as Dr. Ryō Shinnai at last year’s Anime Expo!

Dr. Shinnai Cosplay

ANIME IS NOT A DOCTOR!!

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Anime Review: Etotama

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Happy New Year, everyone!

I’m aware that the new year has started for quite some time, and some of us are still awkwardly writing and correcting “2015” for the past month or so. But if you’re following the Lunar calendar, the new year has only just begun!

While most of the world (including Japan) follows a calendar that begins in January, some people still use the Lunar calendar to refer back to the Chinese zodiac, following from ancient mythology on how the calendar as we know it first came into being. While science now has better explanations on how years actually work, it’s fun to note that the myth referred back to a race among the animals who would be revered in rank order for the rest of time every 12 years, as chosen by the gods. Each of these animals arguably have anthropomorphic qualities that are significant to East Asian culture and philosophy.

The Chinese zodiac continues to have its significance today, and this anime uses the mythology as a background for its wacky comedy. But since we’re in the 21st century, this show presents them the only sensible way for a contemporary anime: by turning all the animals into cute girls!

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Anime Review: Punchline

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I admit that I’ve been putting off a review of this anime for awhile now, and that’s a shame. Despite its first glance, I found the series overall to be very clever in laying out such a ridiculous plot and it is one of my favorite shows to have come out of last year. While I naturally recommend everything that I talk about (including stuff I don’t like), this was among my strongest anime recommendations among friends for 2015. To me, this is a series that isn’t properly judged until you see the whole thing. And when it comes to getting to the punchline, this anime delivers!

But before I start this review, I should probably lay out the scope of what I will be talking about.

  1. This is a comedy series. There may be a few times where the show gets really serious, only to sucker punch (pun intended) the audience into how ridiculous it is!
  2. I will not deny that there are lots of panty shots (pun also intended, if you speak Japanese), due to the nature of the show and its characters. You would be right to think I’m crazy to pretend they’re not there.
  3. If you’ve read my other reviews, you should already expect some spoilers. And given that it’s tough for me to explain specific aspects of this series without them, consider this my SPOILER tag that spans to the end of the article!

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