Best and Worst of Anime 2022: At the Half

Anime in 2022 is halfway over, and it has been a decent year so far. Nothing amazingly special, but still solid. Now that we’ve reached the halfway point, it’s time to give out my thoughts on what I think is the best, and the worst, of the year so far. This list will no doubt change by the time the end of 2022 rolls around, but here is where I stand! Let’s get into it after the cut.

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SpyxFamily First Cour: This Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It.

This show needs no introduction. In what has been a surprisingly light anime year in terms of heavy-hitters, this has been the show viewers have been waiting for. Does it hold up? Is it worth the hype? Or has this just been overblown? Let’s get into the first cour of SpyxFamily right after the cut.

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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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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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Bible Black Only: May I Interest You in Our Wide Selection of Hentai?

I’m been entertaining the idea of revisiting the Bible Black hentai. I gave my thoughts on it before, but recent ruminations have made me realize just how good that show is. Not because of the plot, but how it pretty much represents everything ‘hentai’ is. It is a near completely package, and if anyone was ever interested in this genre and tried it yet. This is the show I would recommend for the variety of what it offers. A great example of this is what we are looking at today, so after the cut let’s take a dive into the hentai series: Bible Black Only!

The following post contains images that are NOT SAFE FOR WORK! Please read with discretion.

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High-Rise Invasion: Movie Night in the Eighties

When I started anime blogging, having always been a bystander to much of the online discourse, I swore two things to myself.

1. Don’t be pretentious.

2. Don’t be negative.

That was my prime directive, and throughout the two and a half years of Shallow Dives, I think I’ve been pretty good at following those rules. That hasn’t meant I have been critical though. I have made my thoughts clear on things like the Bunny Girl Senpai Movie, Fate/Extra Last EncoreMirai Nikki, and the last half of Babylon. I’ve also been fair to series I love where they fall short, Like the back half of High School DxD’s third season, the back half of Tensei Slime or the Date A Live’s animation in its third season. I live by the idea of fairness, and looking at things for what they are, not what I want them to be. So when it came to watching and writing a post up about his series, I looked back on my two rules and remembered why I am here. After the cut let’s take a dive into the Netflix ‘original’ anime series: High-Rise Invasion.

Netflix Unleashes Masked Slashers and Bloody Madness in "High-Rise  Invasion" Anime Series [Trailer] - Bloody Disgusting
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Higurashi: When they Cry kai: Conspiracies, Parasites and other things.

I finally got around to dusting this series off, and I’m glad I took my time with it. One of the classics of the early 2000s and the fan-sub era, Higurashi has been a show that has taken viewers for a ride, putting it mildly. But with the second half of the series comes some changes that may alter how one things of the show? Do they work? After the cut let’s take a dive into Higurashi: When they Cry kai.

When They Cry: Season 2 (2007) — The Movie Database (TMDb)
Things about to get deep

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Parallel Paradise Volumes 1 and 2: Sexsekai

I never thought I’d be typing out this blog post.

I mean that. Out of every piece of literature, out of everything that I have read and watched never, in my wildest dreams, did I think this would happen. When I saw the news that this series, would be getting an official English release, and that I could purchase it in a fucking bookstore, I thought I was getting pranked. A series that has been a part of this blog, and my headspace for two years now. My first collaboration post, and quite frankly, one of the best ecchi manga to ever exist.

After the cut, let’s take a dive into the OFFICAL English release volumes 1 and 2 of Parallel Paradise.

This is a NSFW series. Please read with discretion.

Check out my initial review of the first 60+ chapters right here!

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