Don’t @ Me: Nine of my Anime Opinions: Faye Valentine Edition

It’s Monday, I took last week off, but it is still time for this! Welcome back to Don’t @ Me! The place where, like my amazement that apparently therapists were cut out of the NERV budget in Evangelion, I sit down and dish out my thoughts and feelings on everything anime, manga and the like. This week we are talking about the ‘news’ regarding the Cowboy Bebop remake. Let’s get into it after the cut!

No headband, really?
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Steins;Gate 0: The Despair Horizon

The question that every sequel to a popular series, both anime and not, is simply “did we need this?” Does the story they are telling in the follow up deserve to be told? Are the characters being put in proper directions? Or does it just feel like this is a cheap cash-in to service fans? Few sequels are able to properly answer those questions properly and sadly, the show we are talking about today doesn’t change that. After the cut let’s take a dive into the sequel series Steins;Gate 0.

Do you like sadness? Well do I got an anime for you.
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Sitting down with Crow: YU-NO: A Girl who Chants Love at the Bound of this World Part III

Hey guys

Me and fellow blogger Crow have recently been discussing YU-NO: A Girl who chants love at the Bound of this World. We’ve discussed every aspect of the series, and it’s been a project that has spanned three parts! That final section has just been posted, so if you’ve been following, make sure to take a look at the final part of the conversation!

Check out Part III right here!

Check out Part I right here!

Check out Part II right here!

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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!

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Sword Art Online Volume 4: Basics are Sometimes Best

Our look at the light novels of Sword Art Online continues! Apologies for the delay on this one, but a busy anime season plus my work life kept me from coming back to this for awhile. Nevertheless this was on my list of things to do this summer, and I try to be a man of my word. So after the cut let’s take dive into the fourth volume of the series and the final one of the Fairy Dance Arc!

My thoughts on volume 3 are right here!

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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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Re-Dive: Saga of Tanya the Evil: A Class of its own

I’ve been on a bit of an isekai binge lately, revisiting and re-watching series I’ve always deeply enjoyed. At the top of that list was this anime, one that I’ve gushed about before and frankly, couldn’t wait to do it again. My praise was high the last time, but would it hold up on a second (or third) look? Well after the cut let’s take a re-dive into Saga of Tanya the Evil and find out!

My original thoughts are right here!

Evil has never been so smol
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