The Case Study of Vanitas Second Cour: Is this Love?

Finally finished this show with the girlfriend and I figured it was time to give my thoughts on it! Despite my rather lackluster feelings to its first half I have stayed with the show. Have those opinions changed at all? Well after the cut let’s take a dive into the second cour of The Case Study of Vanitas and find out!

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The End of Evangelion: Or How I Stopped Caring and Learned to Drink the Tang

My thoughts on the main series can be found right here!

Jesus fucking Christ.

You may remember that for my third year anniversary for the blog, I decided to finally sit down and watch Neon Genesis Evangelion, easily one of the most influential and significant anime shows in history. My thoughts after it was finished ended up being an acknowledge of that legacy, but also a resounding meh. Of course I hadn’t actually watched the real ending. And ending long considered one of the most out-there, contemplative, theorized, and just ‘what the fuck’ conclusions to a story in the anime world. Now however, I have, and in honor of my first post on the series. Let’s do this right.

Welcome to Shallow Dives in Anime. This is The End of Evangelion.

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The Quintessential Quintuplets Volume 6: Quitting….this Haircut!

Our look at the manga series The Quintessential Quintuplets continue! When we last left off, Nino and Itsuki got into a fight and moved out. Meanwhile Yotsuba is doing her Yotsuba things? Will Fuutaro be able to hold things together? Well after the image, let’s take a quick point-form look at the latest manga volume and find out!

  1. Most of this volume concerns itself with the fight between Itsuki and Nino, the reasons and the subsequent reconciliation. But there is also a bit of time given towards Yotsuba. In the end it is mostly building on stuff we’ve see before, but it goes towards the general theme of the series.
  2. That theme as I have said time and again is the idea that Fuutaro’s arrival into their world is radically changing the girls life. We see this with Nino and Itsuki’s fight because Nino can’t stand the idea of living in a world that wasn’t like their childhood. While the others are warming up to Fuutaro, Nino remains the last hold out, and we see that get put to bed in this volume.
  3. And that remains probably the best part of Quintuplets so far, not the usual harem stuff. I mean, the girls remain cute, but the real meat is seeing these sisters and their unbreakable bond be tested by the arrival of a man. They’ve all had different reactions, but Nino remains the lone ‘bratty one’ among the bunch. She just wants things to stay the same, and she will do what she can to stop it.
  4. Which sort of comes to a head here, and ends with the typical “come of age” haircut that often happens in shows. I have no doubt we will see more of Nino’s feelings as time goes on, but I was glad that this was ‘put to bed’ for the being.
  5. For Yotsuba, she is once again the girl who ‘cares too much’ and wants to do everything for everyone. I liked how both Fuutaro and her sisters helped her get the courage to quit the track team, and it was quite funny how that all ended up.
  6. Finally, I liked how Fuutaro quitting being the girls tutor leads to them deciding to move out into their own apartment, away from their father’s money. I wonder how long that will last, but it’s good to see the Quints getting more independent from their supposedly rich and arrogant father. It’s good drama that goes beyond the ‘Who will end up with who?” plot line.
  7. Overall it is a solid entry into a solid series, letting the characters breathe and establishing more plots and themes than just the romance. Not much else to say except that, but I will not doubt have more to say when we get to the next volume!

Parallel Paradise Volume 9: Non-consensual Cheek Touching

Our look at the manga series Parallel Paradise continues! This time we are going to keep things short and sweet with a point form approach. I am considering making this my main way of reviewing manga from this point on. Mostly because unless there is a massive revelation that warrants it, sometimes there isn’t enough to talk about. I’m still going to do this though, so after the cut let’s take a dive into the ninth volume of Parallel Paradise!

  • I find it funny that despite having the strength to kill pretty much everyone, Galia decides to just play by the rules and wait once a day. Maybe funny isn’t the right word, because it can reek a little bit of narrative control (the character is too powerful?). Still, it’s humorous.
  • Seeing Nagomi, one of Meese’s new guardians just get absolutely wrecked by Galia was sad, because she was actually pretty badass.
  • My new favorite character is absolutely Kia. I don’t know how you got the idea of having a smol witch girl who main weapon are fucking grenades, but well done Lynn Okamoto, you get a raise.
  • Despite being surrounded by girls who will blow him at the earliest chance, I do like how Yota point blank refuses to mate with Amane unless she gives her consent. Even when the girls literally bend her forward so she’s ready. It’s a good example that despite the world, Yota hasn’t been consumed by his own lust yet.
  • Furthermore, I like how Yota still considers himself a virgin because he gets to ‘cheat’ with how the girls react to his touch. Again, the man is trying to play it fair.
  • Lilia returning was cute, especially that despite the real crisis, she still has to ‘pay the piper’ by being near Yota. I also like that Yota doesn’t trust her like he did before, and says ‘don’t worry, you’ll live.”
  • Amane continues the trend of each of the girls Yota meets having a fetish of some sort. Once again I am certain that these woman were man-made sex-dolls at one point, and this only furthers my belief (I am current with the manga, so I still have yet to be proven either way.)
  • I don’t know if the story is trying to mix the real world (which Yota is apparently in) and magical technology is working real well. It’s cool to see the girls view things like card-keys and passwords as some sort of mystical object, but in the bigger picture there are some questions that are in need of answering.
  • The sex scene, the only one in the volume was pretty good this time, again it’s good to see Yota get back into things after he has (understandably) been so desensitized to it. His method of trying to get Amane into bed was also clever and helps blur the line on whether Yota is a hero or a kind of scumbag.
Grenades!!!

Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion R2: What started as a Quest for Vengeance ending up with me Geassing God.

This is going to be a different type of blog post, as I’m going to be talking about the ending first, and then giving my thoughts on the rest of the season. Mostly because the ending is the one thing that people can remember from this season while the rest is… Well after the cut let’s take a dive into the second season of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 and see for ourselves.

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My Dress-Up Darling: Dressed and Impressed

With the anime season all but finished, it’s safe to say that the last few months have kind of sucked. There just hasn’t been much going on this time around, thanks to a certain show sucking up all the oxygen. However there thankfully was one show that was able to step outside that realm of ‘meh’. After the cut let’s take a dive into My Dress-Up Darling.

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Infinite Stratos 2: All around the World, Bitches are Falling for Me!

A few months back I gave you my post on Infinite Stratos, a show that is probably the go to example for a basic harem anime, and one is both beloved and unloved because of it. I went on record saying I loved the series and that despite its dumbass protagonist, over-the-top dub, and sometimes fillerish nature. I had some great gags, most of the girls were memorable, and its use of CGI remains a decade ahead of its contemporaries. A guilty pleasure for sure, but one that harem fans can be happy about. But what about the second season? Well after the cut let’s take a dive into Infinite Stratos 2 and find out!

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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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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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Fate/Grand Order THE MOVIE – Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot: Wandering; Agateram: I just bit my Tongue

There is no stopping the train of Fate, and neither is the series! Fate/Grand Order is a game I love dearly (saving up for Caster Artoria right now!), and with the game being so popular, it is natural for it to get anime adaptations. And so far the ones that I have seen have been pretty good! Will that stay the same for this installment! Well after the cut let’s take a dive into (deep breath) Fate/Grand Order THE MOVIE – Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot: Wandering; Agateram and find out!

Say that title three times fast.
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