Overlord: Uniquely Un-Unique

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.

The Anime

Quick Thoughts on: Overlord Season 1: This one time, in The Great Tomb of Nazarick

Quick Thoughts on Overlord Season 2: Softcore Lizardman Porn

Overlord Season 3: Death Touching your way to World Domination

The Light Novels

Overlord Volume 1: A Funny Thing Happened on the Last Day of the MMORPG.

Overlord Volume 2: What time? Clementine.

Overlord Volume 3: Shalltear’s lousy, no good, very bad day.

Overlord Volume 4: Hardcore Lizardman Porn

Overlord Volume 5: Climbing the Stairway to Pussy

The Higurashi Saga: Blood Runs Fast in a Small Town

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!

Series Posts

When the Higurashi Cry: My teenage horror show is pretty fucked up, as I expected.

Higurashi: When they Cry kai: Conspiracies, Parasites and other things.

Higurashi: When They Cry -Gou- First Cour: And Those Other Stories….

Higurashi: When They Cry -Gou- Second Cour: Ch-Ch-Changes!

Higurashi: When they Cry -SOTSU-: Battle of Gods

Additional Posts

Don’t @ Me: Eight of my Anime Opinions: Higurashi GOU/SOTSU Edition

Higurashi GOU/SOTSU’s Sakoto Hojo: The Certainty of Change

Sitting down with Infinite Zenith: Higurashi, When they Cry Part 1

Sitting down with Infinite Zenith: Higurashi, When they Cry Part 2

Sitting down with Infinite Zenith: Higurashi GOU and SOTSU

The Hentai Posts: For Men and Women of Culture

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.

Ah, I See You're a Man of Culture As Well | Know Your Meme


Bible Black

Sense of Values of Wine

Renketsu Houshiki

Aneki: My Sweet Elder Sister


Rance: The Quest for Hikari

Baka Dakedo

Kanojo x Kanojo x Kanojo

Nee Chanto Shiyou Yo

My Household’s Liliana-San

Kakushi Dere

Another Lady Innocent

Resort Boin

Swing Out Sisters

Mobile Suit Gundam Seed: More than Meets the Eye

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!

GUNDAM GUY: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED HD Remaster advance streaming begins  December 23rd!! [News via Gundam.Info]
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Date A Live: The Ironclad Commitment

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!

Date A Live Poster

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Black Cat: The Best at What it Does.

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!

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Yosuga no Sora: In solitude, where we are least alone: Quiet Beauty

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.

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YU-NO: A Girl who Chants Love at the Bound of this World: A Piece of History.

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.

YU-NO poster

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High School DxD: Simply, The King

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.

High School DxD Season 5 confirmed- Release date,the volumes involved and  everything else!!

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Sword Art Online: Unbiased and Fanboy-free.

Hey guys.

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.

Aincrad Arc | Sword Art Online Wiki | Fandom

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