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.

Don’t @ Me: Six of my Anime Opinions: Tang Edition

It’s Monday, so it’s time for this! Welcome to Don’t @ Me! The place where, like Shinji when Misato decides not to take one for the team and suck his dick, I exploded into orange goo as I give you my thoughts and opinions on everything anime and manga related. This week it’s about Evangelion and some other shit, let’s get into it after the cut.

The true End of Evangelion
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Parallel Paradise Volume 4: Digging for Cod

Our look at the manga series Parallel Paradise continues! It’s been a while since we’ve returned to this series, but I finally got my hands on the next part of the series. As always I can never be less surprised that I can purchase this series both A) in a bookstore, and B) with an official English translation. That’s never going to be something that doesn’t shock me. Either way, plenty to get to, so after the cut let’s dive into the fourth volume of Parallel Paradise!

(NSFW images up ahead. Please read with discretion)

Thick, rock-hard Cod.
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Don’t @ Me: Seven of my Anime Opinions: Spy x Family makes me laugh edition

It’s Monday, the dog days of August are here, and it’s time for this! Welcome back to Don’t @ Me. The place where, like a certain man on a mission, I create a false family to deliver my thoughts and opinions on everything related to anime, manga and the like. We got some news and other stuff to talk about today. Let’s get into it after the cut!

Anya is love, Anya is life.
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train: No getting off this Crying Train

This is a film I’ve been sitting on for a few weeks but haven’t had anytime to take a look with other stuff going on. A week has opened up however, and I think it’s no better time than to get this out. This has been the big success story of the year, but how is it as an actual film? After the cut let’s take a dive into Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train

*Insert Train Song*
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The Summer of Love III: Fate/Illya’s Illyasviel von Einzbern: The Reboot that Works

The Summer of Love III continues! We are heading into the final season next week, but for now I want to take sometime to do a character dive. These are always fun to do, where I look into a specific character and talk about just one or two things that make them tick. It’s not a full blown observation, but just a glance at one thing that makes them stand out. I always end up doing one or two of these during this event, and this time is no exception. After the cut let’s take a dive into the main lead of Fate/Illya: Illyasviel von Einzbern

Great design, but the crosses are kinda weird.
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Don’t @ Me: Five of my Anime Opinions: Dewbond’s on a Vacation Edition

It’s Monday, I’m chilling out by a pool for a week, (but I’ll still be blogging!) and it’s time for this. Welcome back to Don’t @ Me, the place where, like some stupid ass CEO of Kadokawa, I make really silly statements about everything related to manga and anime. This week I’m keeping thing short and simple because I got a tan to work on. Let’s get to it.

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