Don’t @ Me: Four of my Anime Opinions: Dewbond’s Advice Edition

It’s Monday, we are all in lockdown still, and it’s time for this! Welcome to Don’t @ Me, the place where, like a damn attractive salarywoman. I get throw into a new world and decide to slug it out as an alchemist, while giving my views and ideas on the anime industry. This week I’m getting on my soapbox and dishing out a few completely unwanted tips on how to survive as an anime fan in the age of social media. Do you care? Do you even want this? Eh, let’s get into it after the cut.

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Opinions? Hold on to your cute anime girls!
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Two Years of Shallow Dives in Anime: Nee Chanto Shiyou Yo Episode 4

Our week long celebration of two years blogging at Shallow Dives in Anime comes to a conclusion! We’ve answered some questions, thanked our readers, and discussed a series that I’ve been trying to get to for a long while. Now however, it is time to go down the road of spice, with another hentai review, one that I’ve been eager to talk about for a while now.

So let’s cut right to the chase. After the cut let’s talk about Episode 4 of the hentai series: Nee Chanto Shiyou Yo!

((This is a Hentai Series, so NSFW images right up ahead))

Twin Tailed Tryst

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Sword Art Online II Episodes 1-14: The Phantom Bullet Arc

Our look at Sword Art Online, one of the most divisive anime series ever made continues. If you are just joining us, I’m taking a long awaited look into a series that has been either the boon or bane of many an anime fans in the last decade. Unbiased, without any stake in one side or the other, I’ve given my thoughts on the first two arcs of Season 1, and the ‘film‘ that served as a lead up to today. Now we have reached the second season and it’s time to once again dig in. Join me after the cut as I dive into the third arc of Sword Art Online, the first of its second season: The Phantom Bullet Arc.

Phantom Bullet
PTSD and Fabio Hair

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Sword Art Online: Beyond the Legacy, Beyond the Reputation

Over the last two weeks, I’ve shared my thoughts regarding the first season of the hit anime Sword Art Online. With zero bias, no expectations and no real stake in the fandom, I sat down, watched the entire first season and wrote down what I felt. Now that that is all done, and before we move on to the next chapter in the franchise, I wanted to take this time to give you my final thoughts on what I’ve seen so far, and discuss, what I think, are the reasons SAO is such a divisive series. Join me after the cut.

My thoughts on the Aincrad Arc.

My thoughts on the Fairy Dance Arc.

SAO Season 1

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School Days: Talk to Me, Just Talk to Me.

I have always viewed Harem anime as absurdist comedies.

I’ve said this many times on this blog and I believe it is true. From the highs of High School DxD, to the lows of Master of Ragnarok, I do believe that all harems work because they embrace the idea of being absurdist comedies. They allow themselves and the viewer to suspend disbelief, which you have to do, because if you look at a harem anime, the idea of one guy with multiple girls all in love with him, the premise would never work if real world logic was applied. If a harem anime happened with real-life, one of three things would happen.

  1. The guy becomes a massive egotistical asshole and treats the girls like absolute garbage
  2. The girls tear each other apart over trying to get the guy.
  3. The girls get sick of the guy and ditch him, or just start fucking each other.

There have been almost no harem anime that have actually attempted, in some form or another, to play things straight, because the absurdity of the concept is what brings people to watch (and the fanservice). Yet there is one anime that attempts to do so, and that is what we are talking about today. Join me after the cut as I dive into the anime series School Days.

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Real Anime Life, Real World Outcome

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One Year of Shallow Dives in Anime!

It’s September 9th! Which means it has been exactly one year since I’ve started this blog!

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It’s been a wild ride, I’ve talked about good anime, great anime, harem anime, ecchi anime, decent anime. I’ve blogged about manga and even a hentai or two. I can’t believe it has been a year since this little passion project started, and that I’ve managed to keep it going and not get sick of it, or burned out.

I love anime and everything about the art form, warts and all. Shallow Dives in Anime was always my place where I could get those feelings out into the world even if no one was listening. I have a small audience, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world, and I hope those reading have enjoyed my work, despite the multitude of spelling errors (like holy shit, I need to edit more). This blog has become a real love of mine, and I always have so much fun thinking about what I’m going to write next, whether it’s about a series I love, or just me bitching constantly over Shinmai Maou no Testament.

I won’t say I have big plans for the next year, I plan on keep doing what I do, delivering bite-sized looks into the anime world, and my own thoughts on the seasonal fare as they come and go. There will be more character dives, shallow dives, Don’t @ Me, Tune of the Weeks, and whatever else comes next. I’ll probably finally talk about Chivalry of a Failed Knight, and I probably am going to review another hentai somewhere down the line. I’ll gush about Rin and Shirou from Fate, and wait with bated breath for the never going to happen second season of No Game No Life. 

This has never been about getting a following, or becoming a “player” in the anime community. I’ve never wanted that, and I’ll probably never get it. I won’t chase fads or trends, or court outrage for the sake of it. I just want to talk about what i want to talk about, and about the anime that makes me feel things. I just like to write, and I just like to write about anime. If you like what I write, then that makes me happy, if not…well that happens.

I have so many people to thank who have welcome me into this little WordPress family. Crow, Karandi, Irina, Matt, Pete, Lynn, 7mononoke, Scott, Yomu, anyone who has ever pressed like or said anything in a comment. You have all been here longer than I have, and I respect and admire each and everyone of you. I hope this year will be just as fun and eventful as the last one was.

So here is to a full year of blogging at Shallow Dives in Anime. Whatever comes next this year, know I’ll still be here talking about stuff, and I hope you join me in the journey.

 

 

 

One Year of Shallow Dives in Anime: Shinmai Maou no Testament

In the summer of 2018, I got set up on a blind date with a girl, sadly I struck out and nothing came of it. This of course happens, but I was bummed out enough that I needed something to rid my sorrows. Earlier that year I had recently come back into the anime world after several years “in the wilderness,” so I decided that a good ol anime binge-fest was what I needed. The binge I chose was a buffet table of harem and ecchi anime. Date A Live, Shomin Sample, Majikoi, and more. Over the next two days I shut myself away and just enjoyed the onslaught of comedy and harem hijinks that High School DxD had caused me to fall in love it. At the end of the binge-fest I came across another series, one that I had been told about, but I had somehow waited to the end to watch.

That series was Shinmai Maou no Testament, or The Testament of Sister New Devil. And I fucking hated it.

I disliked it so much, that hours after that final episode of season one rolled, I was literally pacing back and forth trying to figure out my feelings. How could have something I should have loved turned out so bad? How could a show, with all the ingredients for a home-run hit, just completely shit the bed? Had I just reached peak harem? Had my binge caught up with me? Or was I mad that it wasn’t another High School DxD?

This provided the catalyst for me to create Shallow Dives in Anime. For months I had been humming and hawing over creating a anime blog where I could get my thoughts on, hone my writing skills, and just have a project to work on. It was Shinmai and my anger towards the show that finally made me bite the bullet and do it. On September 9th 2018 I threw up my first post: Indulgence, Self Reflection and Shinmai Maou no Testament. A few months later in December, I published my second post examining the character of Basara Toujou called Shinmai Maou’s Basara Toujou: Anime Blue-Balls, Sexual Independence and A Moment of Greatness

Over year and the dozens of posts on dozens of different anime, I had dropped references to Shinmai Maou, and my dislike for it, always in jest and so much so that it became a running gag. Yet as time went on and it got closer and closer to a whole year of blogging, I realized that I would need to do something to celebrate. I have always believed in second chances and watching something again with your “fan expectations” set aside. Part of me wanted to go back to the series and see if my hatred had dimmed, or if I had misjudged the series because, as I said in my first post on the series, didn’t indulge my personal tastes. I thought it was the right thing to do, the mature thing to do, instead of just sitting in an echo chamber of self-eating hatred of something that frankly, isn’t really important. So I did that, I watched the entire first season again.

This is Shallow Dives in Anime, and welcome to my One Year Anniversary Post.

This is my re-dive into Shinmai Maou no Testament.

((You know what this show is. NSFW shit coming up))

Shinmai Maou no Testament

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Shallow Diving onto Twitter

Hey Guys.

It only took me like a few bloody months, but I’ve finally gotten a twitter account set up. Fellow bloggers and viewers can now reach me at https://twitter.com/ShallowDivesAni

Now I only intend to use this blog to spread the word about my posts, and to contact any fellow bloggers here on WordPress (Now you can DM me Irina!). I don’t expect to use it at ALL to engage in conversation. I hate social media with a passion, but I do want to get the word out about my blog a bit more, so you gotta dance with the devil.

Either way, toss me a follow if you want, and leave your bitching about my grammar and spelling in the mentions!

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Random Chika Gif to celebrate!

Some Housekeeping and Upcoming Posts

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Hey guys

I haven’t done a housekeeping post in a long time, life has been busy but I’ve had some free time, so I thought I’d take sometime to talk about the blog and what’s coming up.

The Spring Anime Season is going well and I’ll have my 3 episode thoughts on the series I’m watching this time round, plus a few other shows I added after my initial post. So far it’s been a ok season so far, with a few good shows but mostly it feels like the big hits of the year (Dragon Maid Season 2, ReZero Season 2, Isekai MILF) are being saved for the later year.

Don’t @ Me, which was something I threw up for laughs has been quite fun to do so far, so you expect that becoming a weekly to bi-weekly thing for a while. Expect posts on Fate Stay Night, General Anime thoughts, Mobile Suit Gundam, and more!

I’ll be writing up a character dive on Naruto Uzumaki sometime in the next month or so. I’ve been meaning to get into it for awhile now, but I just haven’t had the time. I’ll also be doing a re-review of Isekai Smartphone because I feel that show deserves a second look. That should be fun to do as well.

Finally this June I’ll be starting a new three-month blogging project encompassing a single series. I’ll give you three guesses on which one it is, but expect more information on that around the middle/end of May.

Overall I’m glad I’ve been able to keep up with the blog as I adjust to working full time, and I hope to keep things going. As always thanks for reading the blog, and much thanks to fellow Bloggers Crow, Irina, Lynn, Karandi, Scott, Yomu and Matt for always liking or sharing my posts and welcoming my comments. I hope you’ve all been enjoying the blog as much as I enjoy working on it.

Darling in the Franxx: Frankly Ambitious, Frankly a Mess

It won’t be the best show of this year, nor will it be the worst. It has great highs and extremely low lows. It’s got probably the most infuriating late-game plot twist ever seen in Anime. It has characters who have an interesting dynamic and chemistry, and it has the main relationship be pretty lifeless and over around halfway through its story. It can be seen as both an homage to classic mecha shows of the past, and a cynical attempt to copy their success.

It talks about interesting themes related to its country of origin, and it also has doggy-style piloting systems. Most of all, no show this year will be probably be looked over, talked about, argued, and then ultimately forgotten as this one. After the cut, let’s take a Shallow Dive into Trigger and A-1′s pictures Darling in the Franxx.

Darling in the Franxx (2018)
Cutie in the Cockpit

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