Mobile Suit Gundam SEED is a special series in my heart. I loved it as a kid, loved as I grew up, and when I went back to see if it still held up, I still loved it. While most Gundam fans have a mixed view on the show, it remains, in my mind, a great piece of anime. A story of people thrust into a war, who either sink or swim, a story about the arrogance of humanity, the rush to perfect. And most of all, a show where awesome looking robots shoot laser beams at each other. The HD remaster brought polish to a series that, while suffering from some issues, is still able to hold up today. If you are a mecha fan, absolutely check out this show. And if you want to read about it, links to all of my posts are right here!Read More »
This year’s The Summer of Love discussed the ecchi/harem series Date A Live. A show that needs no introduction around these parts. It is the best example of a B+ show, one that is committed to its premise, and is able to be exactly what it says. Not perfect, not masterful, but never a show whose mistakes cripple it. I spent the summer discussing all three season, the movie, and some of the character. Links to all of those posts can be found right after the cut! Please enjoy!
Last October and November, I decided to take a season long look at the manga series Black Cat. I discussed the manga from cover to cover, looked into the characters, the music and everything I could think of (cept the anime). As it was a series I always really enjoyed, I walked away respecting the manga for what it does so well: telling the story it wants, and then leaving the stage. After the cut, you’ll be able to see links to all the posts I did on the series, so I hope you enjoy!
While we keep things shallow here at Shallow Dives in Anime, that hasn’t meant that we shy away from looking at all aspects of a series. One such show, one that I never thought I would honestly discuss was Yosuga no Sora: In solitude, we are least alone.
It has been a show that has, probably rightfully so, meme’d and joked about by the anime community for years. Considering the show’s content, I am not surprised. However when sitting down to watch the show, cover to cover, putting all of that aside and judging the show for what it is. I can’t deny that I really, really enjoyed it.
Yosuga no Sora is a story about loneliness, regret, and sacrifice. A story that doesn’t shy away from its erotic elements and embraces the truth that teenagers will be intimate with each other. A story about young souls trying to move forward even when shackled by their past. Coupled with one of the most beautiful themes to ever grace the medium, Yosuga no Sora is a show that deserves to be more than what the memes have made it. Links to all my posts on the series, including a conversation with fellow blogger Infinite Zenith can be found after the cut.
Look, I’ve pretty much said everything I can about this series, so I’m just gonna copy/paste my thoughts from a previous post.
There have been few series that have gripped me, that have pulled me so completely into their world, their characters. Stories that have kept me at the edge of my seat, that have had me thinking about them even months afterwards. YU-NO: A Girl who Chants Love at the Bound of this World is one of only THREE series that I give that honor to. Every-time I hear the soundtrack, or think about the characters arcs, I just want to load this visual novel up and start playing it again. To surrender myself to the story of Takuya, Ayumi, Kanna, Yu-No and the rest.
YU-NO is a masterpiece, a piece of history that has shaped so much of what visual novels have become, and it earns every single iota of that praise. I cannot understate how much I loved this work, from the solid anime adaptation to this wonder of a visual novel. I could go on, and on, and on, but I won’t. This is the best piece of anime material I have watched since I started this blog in 2018, and I don’t think it will ever leave that spot. Check out links to all my posts on the series after the cut.
If you have followed me on this blog, or my twitter. You know that I love the ecchi-anime series High School DxD. It is one of the three shows that got me back into anime, and I maintain, to this day, that is a masterpiece.
So much so, that I spent much of last summer discussing the series. Every season, every arc. I talked about the English dub, the changes in animation, and I shined a spotlight on the two central main characters and why they work. I called it The Summer of Love, and while we are in part 2 of that event with Date A Live, I wanted to take a moment and throw up an easy to access index for all my posts.
I love High School DxD, and my work last year remains some of my favorite on Shallow Dives. I hope you will find this as enjoyable to read, as I did to write. Check out the links after the cut.
About a month ago, I finally decided to take a look at the long running, popular series Sword Art Online. One of the most beloved, but divisive series of all time. I went into the show completely unbiased, non-judgmental and fanboy free. To try and judge the series for what it is, not what fans and haters have made it to be.
I’m exceptionally proud of the work I did, and I was deeply touched by the reaction from viewers and members of the SAO fan community. Now that I’ve gotten some distance though, I want to put up a post where you can find links to each of the blog posts. I hope you enjoy them as much as I loved writing them, and please feel free to share! Check out the links after the cut.