Almost two years ago, The Summer of Love took a look at one of the longest, but also most unique installment in the Fate series: Kalied Liner Prisma Illya. I examined all four season, as well as the movie. While the series has not yet concluded, I walked away with the following thoughts.
There is action, there is humor, there is slice of life hijinks. A cast of sweet young girls who range from being obsessed with Boy love, to being a ball of insanity that is one laugh after another. There is the best version of Shirou Emiya to grace the screen. There are characters who get a chance to shine where adaptations made them fall short, and there are characters that make you raise eyebrows. The music is some of the best in the series, and the animation, while nothing special, does the job with more than enough satisfaction.
Two years later, I still feel that, and I also realized I never did an index post for this series! Well let’s fix that! You can find links to all of the posts right under the title!
Every now and then I like to catalogue my posts and give you an easy place where you can find links to them. I normally do this when I finish a Summer of Love, and you can expect that later this week. For now though, I want to share links to my last four years of anniversary posts. Take a look and see what you think!
Overlord has always been the Isekai I’ve struggled to get into the most. I tried three times to love it, and I couldn’t do it. Then buying the light novels and watching with friends turned me around on it. I still think it is the weakest of the Kadokawa ‘Big 4’, but it is a fun take on a well worn formula that has more than enough effort put into it. My thoughts on the anime series and several of the Light Novels are right here.
I’ve pretty much said everything I want to say about Higurashi. It’s a fantastic series, top to bottom and the sequel has been nothing but fun as well. With all the posts I have, I think it is high time I have an easy to access page for them all. Please enjoy the list of everything I’ve said about this bloody great series!
Shallow Dive in Anime has been around for almost three years, and I’ve done a shit ton of posts on Hentai. I love em to death, and I’ve run the gambit on several shows. There will be more in the future, but for now. I want to have an easy to access list for those interested. So pull up a chair, pour a glass of wine, and enjoy this all the hentai I have reviewed.
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!
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.
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-NOis 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.