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 Encore, Mirai 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.
My conversation with Infinite Zenith about Higurashi continues! We’ve discussed much, and in this round we finish up our chat by talking about Rika, Miyo, and the paradigm shift that was the second season! It was a good back and forth, and I hope you’ll enjoy it!
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.
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.
One of the best feelings is when you just come across a series out of the blue. Even better is when that series turns out to be a massive hit that you can’t put down. That was my experience with Parallel Paradise, as well as Hensuki. Today we another one, and it is a series that I am so glad I found. After the cut, let’s take a look, or let me just gush, at the manga seriesSpy x Family
In the year and half I have been running Shallow Dives in Anime, there have been only a handful of anime that have really left me thinking about how I feel about them, that had been a real challenge to form an opinion on. Shinmai Maou no Testament is the first, Chivalry of a Failed Knight is the second. Today, I found the third.
It’s taken me days of pondering and thinking to pull together my thoughts on this show, and now I’m finally able to do so. Join me after the cut as I give my thoughts on the second half of Mirai Nikki or The Future Diary.
It was one of the most popular shonen works back in its day. It was a deadly thriller that had one of the best cat and mouse stories I’ve ever seen. Despite that, most people believe that the latter half of Death Note is not as good as it’s first half, that there is a massive drop off in quality.
Why am I bringing this up, well it’s because the series I’m talking about today pretty much follows in those footsteps. After the cut let’s take a dive into the series Babylon