Babylon: Fly High, Good Icarus

Did you watch Death Note?

It was one of the most popular shonen works back in its day. It was a deadly thriller that had one of the best cat and mouse stories I’ve ever seen. Despite that, most people believe that the latter half of Death Note is not as good as it’s first half, that there is a massive drop off in quality.

Why am I bringing this up, well it’s because the series I’m talking about today pretty much follows in those footsteps. After the cut let’s take a dive into the series Babylon

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Tonal Whiplash

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Best and Worst of Anime 2019

Today is the last day of 2019, and the last day of anime in 2019.

The year has not been as good as 2018, but that year was one of the best on record, so it is understandable. Still the year, especially in the back half has delivered some great series, characters and moments. I already did this at the halfway point of the year, so let’s not waste anytime, join me after the cut as I give you my best, and worst, of anime in 2019.

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Opinions right up ahead.

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Quick Thoughts on Azur Lane: Different Strokes

Because the last two episodes of Azur Lane have been delayed until March (March!). I’ve decided that in lieu of a proper Shallow Dive on the series, I’m just going to give you my quick thoughts on the series so far. While I don’t expect these to change much, if at all, once all is said and done. I do want to talk about the series, so join me after the pic as I give you my thoughts so far on Azur Lane.

Azur Lane

When you watch Azur Lane, you most likely fall into one or two camps.

You either have played the mobile game, so the show is a fanservice-filled fest as you watching your favorite ship-waifus do cute and awesome ship-waifu feels.

Or you are just an anime fan and your watching a show that has a decent, but bare bones story, with animation that has varied from impressive to just plain bad.

Now I’m heavily in the first camp. I love the Azur Lane mobile game, fuck I am playing it right now as I type out this post. I have put down decent money on this game, collected so many ship-waifus, and fuck my banner on my twitter is from the fan-art that people got all pissy about. I love this game, and I have enjoyed the anime immensely. Mostly because I am going into the show not expecting some grand narrative, or even a decent story. I just want to see my cute waifu ship-girls doing cool things and looking sexy doing it. With that, Azur Lane delivers and despite the animation whiplash, I’ve always enjoyed every moment I’ve spent in the series.

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Incestuous Bi-Sexual Ninja Fox Girls!

But if you aren’t in that camp, then Azur Lane is just kinda ‘eh’. It’s got some cool ideas and is creative in adapting real life battleships into cute anime girl, but that is something that’s been done before and sometimes done better. The characters are all just cardboard cut outs of the classic anime tropes, and the cast is just so damn big that none of the characters ever really get any depth.

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There’s just too MANY…characters.

Azur Lane is probably the purest example I’ve seen of a “commercial anime.” It’s here to sell people on the mobile game and that’s it. However despite that it never feels like a truly ‘bad’ series and it looks cute enough to entertain you while doing it. If you play the mobile game, see this out for the enjoyment of going “I have that girl”, but if your not playing, then you might want to avoid getting on this ship. But either way, the opening theme fucking ROCKS.

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Laffey approved.

Best and Worst of Anime 2019: At the Half

The Summer season of anime is just about to get started which means we’ve now reached the halfway point for Anime 2019. So far the year has been a bit more subdued than the banner year that was 2018, but there have still been some hits. Join me after the cut as I give you my preliminary bests and worsts of everything anime has offered this year. This list is absolutely subject to change as we still got two seasons left to go!

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Rem loves my opinions.

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Date A Live Season Three: Continued Dating Action

The animation isn’t as good as it used to be, and that sticks out. It’s not as bad as I feared, but it’s not as good as it has been. There I’ve addressed it. Ok? Ok.

Watching this series I can’t help but feel my thoughts echoing those I had about the fourth season of High School DxD, which is a good thing, but surprised me nonetheless. Still, it’s a minor miracle that we even got this third season due to the original animation company going bankrupt, so we have to take what we get. After the cut are my thoughts on the third season of Date A Live

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Still can’t believe they spoiled half the season with the poster.

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