On my Radar for Spring 2022: Sequels, Sequels, Sequels!

Hey guys.

Winter 2022 has been a very off season, with most of what is to come being held back so a certain anime can have the limelight all to itself. However those who have been patient are going to be rewarded with a massive slate of great shows. While it is a wee bit early, I want to tell you what’s on my radar for next season! Remember that this list is subject to change, but let’s get into it after the cut!

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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion: Viva le Revolution! (Sponsored by Pizza Hut)

In the annals of anime history, a show like the one we are talking about today needs to be introduced. Anyone who was around in the days of the fan-sub era will know it, for it is one of that generation’s crown jewels. An anime that invaded every pore of the medium, one that set the fandom on fire. Long before shows like Attack on Titan and Demon Slayer, and after Dragon Ball had taken its bow. There were shows like this. Join me after the cut as we take a dive into the first season of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion.

Revolutions and Pizza
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Three Years of Shallow Dives in Anime: Neon Genesis Evangelion

Each year, we mark the anniversary of Shallow Dives in Anime with a special review. A show that for some reason or another holds a special place in my heart. It may be because it is good, or because it was bad. There may be personal reasons behind it, or it may have been something dogging my footsteps. Either way these reviews are a long time coming and ones I put a lot of thought into.

The first year I took another look at Shinmai Maou no Testament, and made peace with a show that was almost singularly responsible for getting me into blogging.

The second year I caved in and finally watched Chivalry of a Failed Knight, a show I had deeply personal reasons for avoiding.

Both shows I ended up leaving with a newfound respect, and in the case of Knight, an appreciation for. The show we are talking about this year needs no introduction, but it is something that ever since I started this blog, I knew would end up happening. A reckoning that I couldn’t run away from. A show that any anime fan worth his salt has to end up confronting, good or ill, bad or good.

Welcome to Shallow Dives in Anime. This is Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Happy times.
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Infinite Stratos: On the Wings of an Idiot

I’ve watched many harems, and what I’ve noticed throughout all the good, the bad, the great and the bleh, is that at their heart. Harems are absurdist comedies. That the very idea of having one guy surrounded by a bunch of girls who all want to ride his dick is absurd. That the humor comes from the girls bouncing off each other as they try to get closer to said main character. Some shows may have action, or other plot elements, even lots of fanservice, but the very central concept is that absurdity. Take that away, try to play things seriously and you end up with either a frustrating mess ala Domestic Girlfriend, or a blood-filled massacre like School Days. It is why something like the latter is so effective, because it shows you what happens when a harem attempts to work in real life.

I say all of this, because I believe understanding what a harem anime is, and what to expect is important for enjoying them. And there is no better example than the show we are discussing today. After the cut let’s take a dive into the first season of Infinite Stratos

The most boring man in the world
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Sitting down with Infinite Zenith: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

Earlier this year, I re-watched and blogged about the series Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, a show by all accounts I loved a lot growing up. Going back to it I found it was still a great piece of entertainment. My friend Infinite Zenith thought so as well, and we’ve recently sat down and a had a real back and forth on the series. That conversation is up on his blog, but I want to toss a link here in case you missed it. It was a fun conversation and I hope you will find it that way too!

Check out our post right here!

Watch Mobile Suit Gundam SEED | Prime Video

Eighty-Six (First Cour): Good Science Fiction II

As much as everyone likes shows that blow your mind, that live up to self imposed ‘hype’ and become the next big thing. It is just as important that shows that are ‘just fine’ or ‘well polished, but done before’ exist. This is a drum I’ll keep beating, but not everything can be a genre defining hit. It puts undue pressure on shows and animators, and frankly it is just exhausting. A healthy balance between ‘greats’ and ‘goods’ is important, which brings me to the show we are talking about today. After the cut let’s take a dive into the anime series: Eighty-Six

Iron-Blooded Orphans
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Vivy -Fluorite Eye’s Song-: Good Science Fiction

This was an anime that almost completely slipped under my radar. I had heard a bit about it, but most of the conversations this season didn’t surrounded it. Does that mean it is a possible sleeper hit, or people didn’t like it? Well I was in the market for another anime to watch and I came across this one. After the cut let’s take a dive into original anime series: Vivy -Fluorite Eye’s Song-

As you like my pleasure!
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Yasuke: Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword

I didn’t think I would be going down this path again. Like with Wonder Egg Priority, I finding myself faced with reviewing a series that is far more difficult to form an opinion on, while still being fair and objective. I value those views so dearly, even though blogging is always a hobby. Nevertheless, we have to press on. After the cut let’s take a dive into the Netflix original anime: Yasuke.

Right, let’s do this…
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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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