Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Volume 3: The Man God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World!

Our look at the light novels of Jobless Reincarnation continues! When we last left off, Rudeus and Eris celebrated their progress and birthdays by being whisked off by a magical spell. Where are they now? How will they be able to survive? Well let’s see how it fairs in the written word form after the cut!

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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Volume 2: I Don’t Want to Get Punched, so I’ll Train This Tsundere!

Our look at the light novels of Jobless Reincarnation continues! Last time we left off Rudeus was reincarnated into a young boy with a penchant for magic. He met a cute elf girl, was trained by a cute blue haired witch and then shanghaied by a busty muscular cat woman to do a job! What happens next? Well if you didn’t watch the anime, or ya did, let’s see what happens in the next volume after the cut!

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High School DxD Volume 2: Our Boy crashes an Engagement Party!

Our look at light novel version of High School DxD continues! It’s been a bit since we got back into this beloved series, but I’ve finally wrapped up the second entry and I want to talk about it! Will this installment continue the good will established in the first, or does the anime do things better? After the cut let’s take a dive into the second volume of the series: The Phoenix of the School Battle! and find out!

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If It’s For My Daughter, I’d Defeat Even a Demon Lord Volume 3: The Cutie is growing up!

Our look at the volumes of If It’s for my Daughter, I’d Defeat Even a Demon Lord continues! It has been a long while since I revisited this series. With holidays, other anime and plenty of other distractions. Getting this series done has been a problem. Still we are one volume closer now and it is time to talk about it! After the cut let’s take a dive into the third volume and see what’s happening!

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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Volume 1: Starting Life in Another World

Our look at the light novels of Jobless Reincarnation begins! I don’t know if these will be novel by novel. There are quite a few, and I have a considerable backlog. I’ll probably do arc by arc in the future unless something important comes up. Either way I finished the first and I couldn’t put it down. So after the cut let’s take a dive into the first volume of Mushoku Tensei and see what’s what!

My thoughts on the first anime cour can be found right here!

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Three Years of Shallow Dives in Anime

This week will mark the 3rd anniversary of Shallow Dives in Anime! I can’t believe that much time has passed, and frankly, I can’t believe that I’ve managed to keep it up.

Three years in, I’ve been shocked at how well the blog has done. It has always been a passion project of mine, something I used to get my thoughts out in the world instead of letting them stew in my mind. I haven’t set out to re-write the book on blogging, or give out some great, grandiose thoughts on this or that anime. I’ve just been a dude attempting to throw out his opinions on shows he likes, and perhaps do so with an honest and open mind.

That honest and open mind has, over the three years solidified into the real purpose of this blog. Hyperbole, cliquishness and arrogance is all over the place, and people would rather twist the words of this or that show to fit their viewpoints, instead of seeing things for what it is. I have tried to do the opposite. I don’t see anime for what it wants to be, I see anime for what it is. To cut through the bullshit and deliver points that are short, sweet and get to the gist of the matter.

Whether it is the brutal truth surrounding Wonder Egg Priority. Going to bat for Gundam SEED, talking about difficult ideas revolving Fate/Illya’s Kuro. Admiring the sheer courage of Redo of Healer. Trying to split the difference over Faye Valentine, or seeing what is good in shows that may not be. I’ve approached every anime that has crossed this blog, good or bad, sweet or sour, with a measure of fairness. There is very little I will not talk about on this blog, and whatever does come up almost always has something special to share.

As always I have many people to thank: CrowIrinaLynnScottYomu, PeteJon Spencer,,  iniksbane and infinitezenith for always being there for chat or comment. And most of all to you. If you have taken the time to look at one of my posts, leave a like, or even a comment. Know that you have always brought a smile to my face. and warmth to my heart.

So here is to three years of Shallow Dives in Anime. You can look forward to the Thursday post with the celebration review. One that has been a long, long time coming. I am very interested in seeing what people think, but for now, all I can say is this.

Thank you for reading my blog.

If it’s for my Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Volume 2: The Cutie goes on a Road Trip

Our look at the light novels of If it’s for my Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord continues! It’s been a hot minute since we’ve looked at these books. My apologies for that, I had several other light novels on my plate, and I wanted to wait until I had the whole series in my hands before starting it again. While these won’t be a regular thing (I drag my feet on reading these), I am committed to getting through the entire series. Either way, last time we left of, Latina had been found and adopted by Dale, adorable things happened and she ripped off her horn! It was a solid opening to what I’ve heard is a really adorable little story, until it goes decides to go the way most anime fans expect. Anyway, let’s get into the second volume after the cut!

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High School DxD Volume 1: Our boy becomes a Devil!

High School DxD. What can I say that I haven’t said before?

It is the great work of the ecchi genre. One of the greatest anime ever created, a monument to everything this genre can do well when love, effort and time is put into it. Throughout everything I have watched, everything I’ve seen in these three years and beyond, I have never found a show that can wholly trump what is shown in this one series. Are there stories with more ecchi? Yes? Are there series with better girls? Sometimes? Are there better animated series? Yeah. But almost all of them do one good thing right and ignore the rest High School DxD does them all, and does them with enough effort and grace that it makes everything else, even if it may be ‘better’ in some regards, less by comparison.

But that is the anime series. What about its source material, the light novels? Can the series which I have thrown so many accolades to, hold up when there is just ink and paper? Or is this a case of the anime adding enough meat to the bone that it raises up a mediocre work? Well after the cut let’s start our journey into the world of the Light novels with the first in the series: Diablos of the Old School Building.

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