Taking Out The Trash #1 – Anime (Video)

Hello! I created a video version of my Taking Out The Trash series of posts. There isn’t any overlap between this video and past posts, so please give it a watch if you’re interested. Thanks for stopping by!

Persona 3 The Movie #3 – Falling Down

The first movie was okay as an adaptation, but not that great as a film. The second movie was better as a film, but took more creative liberty as an adaptation. The third movie is just a mess. They should have called it “Ryoji is here guys, so let’s make this movie about him now! Except where we need to jam in fights because I guess there was a plot we need to adapt.”

Just like my post on the second movie, there will be some spoilers. So play Persona 3 FES first if you’re looking to avoid them.

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Hibike! Euphonium

What does it take to be “special”? For some people, it’s to contribute to something great. Yet for others, it’s to stand apart for unique characteristics. For the members of the Kitauji High School Wind Ensemble, their individual perceptions of the term may vary but they all come to have the same intention – to be the very best, like no one ever was.

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My Top 10 Waifus

Note: I have since made a video version of this post. You can see it here.

The concept of “waifus” has been around for quite a long time, but only rarely do I come across a character I’d consider using the term for. Someone, while fictional, who stands far apart from the crowd and you can imagine being a significant other (at least in an ideal situation) is quite rare. Even then, narrowing this down to 10 characters was quite difficult, but here are my top 10 waifus!

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First Impressions – Winter 2016 Anime

While I said I probably wouldn’t post anything for this season, I ended up trying out a few extra shows (and one I forgot was airing). So let’s see how everything goes!

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Final Thoughts – Fall 2015 Anime

Here we are at the end of the year’s airing anime! So, let’s take a look at what I followed for the fall season!

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Love Live! School Idol Festival

Have you ever yearned for a game that entices your need to “catch ’em all” in the same manner as Pokemon, but with pretty young anime girls in place of animals, keychains, and ice cream? Something to kindle your masochist desires, packaged with a mediocre rhythm game? Well, do I have the solution for you!

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Thoughts So Far – Fall 2015 Anime

A common trend for this season was that the first episodes didn’t do much for me, but things have improved as they went along. Sort of. I don’t have too much to say though.

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Taking Out The Trash #4 – Anime

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written an anime review, so I figured I’d throw this in for the time being. Rather than “formal” reviews, these are like miniature rants. But I do have some good things to say. Some.

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Taking Out The Trash #1 – Anime

This kind of post is something I’ve considered doing for a while, and now that I’ve had the time to marathon some shows recently I decided to go through with it. Basically, what I’ll be doing is these occasional posts on a selection of anime, games, or albums*, alternating between them from one post to another (so the next one will be games, then albums, then back to anime). For this one, it will cover a few anime I’ve watched over the past month that I feel are worth talking about, but not particularly shows I want to write full reviews for.

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Final Thoughts – Spring 2015 Anime

The spring season has come to a close, with a generally “okay” conclusion. At least there wasn’t anything abysmal that I dragged myself through.

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Thoughts So Far – Spring 2015 Anime

Unlike last spring, I’ve actually kept up with airing shows this time around! There’s certainly an odd collection of shows to keep track of, for better or worse.

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First Impressions – Spring 2015 Anime

This past winter gave us a pretty good dose of anime without too many turds mixed in. Let’s hope this one is even better!

But let’s be honest, since Shirobako is over, it’s already objectively worse.

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Final Thoughts – Winter 2015 Anime

Here we are at the end of the winter season! As a whole, it’s been pretty good, and fortunately there’s one standout that is definitely taking a spot in my favorites.

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Crunchyroll’s Shirobako Contest (and my submissions)

To celebrate the best show of the season, Crunchyroll put on a contest focused on the five main characters of Shirobako – five girls working five different jobs within the anime industry. For each of these five positions, there is a specific contest.

So, for some reason, I’ve decided to try my hand at (almost) all of them. Results vary.

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Thoughts So Far – Winter 2015 Anime

Welcome back to the monthly installment of “Why pretty young anime girls are the reason I watch anime,” starring pretty young anime girls, pretty young anime boys?, and potential double suicide!

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Review – White Album 2 (Anime)

For a musician, being in sync with the other performers can make or break the experience. You can practice to the point of perfection, but without an ensemble that can synchronize on all fronts, it will always be just a musical performance.

White Album 2 follows Kitahara Haruki, a high school senior on the verge of watching the school’s Light Music Association go out with a pathetic whimper. But before time runs out, he comes across Ogiso Setsuna and Touma Kazusa, two girls capable of turning the situation on a dime and leading Haruki to the most unforgettable experience of his life.

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First Impressions – Winter 2015 Anime

Welcome to the first overview of anime from 2015! Hopefully they aren’t too bad.

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Rail Wars! Official Fanbook

Every once in a blue moon, you find something that completely changes your life – colors become brighter, the sounds of the world soothe your soul, and you look forward to each coming day with a smile.

I have found it.

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Top 5 Anime of 2014

Compared to 2013, this year’s anime were rather lackluster. Last year had Monogatari Series Second Season, A Certain Scientific Railgun S, Bakuman, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Non Non Biyori, Madoka Magica Rebellion, White Album 2, Psycho-Pass… it’s hard to measure up to all that. Regardless, there were certainly some standouts in 2014, and those are the ones that made the cut!

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Final Thoughts – Fall 2014 Anime

Unlike most of these posts I do, I’ll not only cover the shows that aired during the season, but some movies and ONAs/OVAs that were released during the past few months. All of that stuff is at the end of the post.

Enjoy!

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First Impressions – Fall 2014 Anime

For the most part, I start off each season with about five anime, add a few in later on based on what I hear about them, and drop a few along the way. This time, I’m doing things a bit differently, and starting out with 18 shows. And I’m going to regret it.

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Final Thoughts – Summer 2014 Anime

While I didn’t pick up very much this season, the quality of the shows seems to be about consistent with the norm. But more importantly, this season officially had the best show of all time. OF ALL TIME.

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My Top 10 Anime

Whenever someone asks what my favorite anime is, I have a hard time answering. I have yet to watch something that works for me in every conceivable way, but there are a few that have come pretty close. And that’s what this list is for.

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Analysis – 2D vs 3D

Throughout “otaku” culture, there lies a recurring concept which has been debated more than the theory of evolution. A topic so virulent and divisive that future wars may be waged over the differing ideologies. A situation of such magnitude that Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin have offered their own opinions.

The topic? 2D versus 3D. And I’m here to tell you why 2D is the winning team.

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The Future of the Persona Series

Now that Persona 5 has been announced and is set to come out later this year in Japan, I’ve begun to do a bit of shuffle time in my brain, thinking about what changes should be made, what should be left the same, and the general ideas I’d like to see in the game. And in addition to that long-awaited sequel, there are also three other Persona games coming out soon – Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (known as Persona 4 The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold in Japan, which is a far more badass title), Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, and Persona 4: Dancing All Night. And then, there are also the upcoming Persona 3 movies and the Persona 4 Golden anime series.

If you aren’t familiar with the Persona series (or to a lesser extent, Shin Megami Tensei), a lot of this will just sound like nonsense.

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My Top 10 Soundtracks

Here is a list of my top ten soundtracks – five are from video games, three are from anime, one is from a visual novel, and one is from a film. My reasons for selecting these soundtracks are fairly simple – they contributed immeasurably to supporting the tone of the medium, and remain interesting to listen to well after experiencing them in context.

This is an update of a similar post from a few months ago, but you should forget that other one even exists. This time, I didn’t forget two that should have definitely been there. And unlike that post that doesn’t exist, I decided against limiting this to original soundtracks. While OSTs can provide new and interesting music, licensed soundtracks can also do a phenomenal job of supporting a film or game.

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