Three Years of Shallow Dives in Anime

This week will mark the 3rd anniversary of Shallow Dives in Anime! I can’t believe that much time has passed, and frankly, I can’t believe that I’ve managed to keep it up.

Three years in, I’ve been shocked at how well the blog has done. It has always been a passion project of mine, something I used to get my thoughts out in the world instead of letting them stew in my mind. I haven’t set out to re-write the book on blogging, or give out some great, grandiose thoughts on this or that anime. I’ve just been a dude attempting to throw out his opinions on shows he likes, and perhaps do so with an honest and open mind.

That honest and open mind has, over the three years solidified into the real purpose of this blog. Hyperbole, cliquishness and arrogance is all over the place, and people would rather twist the words of this or that show to fit their viewpoints, instead of seeing things for what it is. I have tried to do the opposite. I don’t see anime for what it wants to be, I see anime for what it is. To cut through the bullshit and deliver points that are short, sweet and get to the gist of the matter.

Whether it is the brutal truth surrounding Wonder Egg Priority. Going to bat for Gundam SEED, talking about difficult ideas revolving Fate/Illya’s Kuro. Admiring the sheer courage of Redo of Healer. Trying to split the difference over Faye Valentine, or seeing what is good in shows that may not be. I’ve approached every anime that has crossed this blog, good or bad, sweet or sour, with a measure of fairness. There is very little I will not talk about on this blog, and whatever does come up almost always has something special to share.

As always I have many people to thank: CrowIrinaLynnScottYomu, PeteJon Spencer,,  iniksbane and infinitezenith for always being there for chat or comment. And most of all to you. If you have taken the time to look at one of my posts, leave a like, or even a comment. Know that you have always brought a smile to my face. and warmth to my heart.

So here is to three years of Shallow Dives in Anime. You can look forward to the Thursday post with the celebration review. One that has been a long, long time coming. I am very interested in seeing what people think, but for now, all I can say is this.

Thank you for reading my blog.

Nekopara Vol.3: Oh what’s new Pussycat?

The Nekopara series has always been one that leaves me deep and compelling questions about the world and its structure. There is just something about the world that writer Sayori has created that does that. The visual novels have always been a fun read to, full of cat girls doing cute things, cat girls doing funny things, and cat girls doing each other. We’ve looked at the first two volumes of this series, which I have enjoyed pretty well. How will the third entry hold up? After the cut let’s take a dive into Nekopara Vol. 3 and find out!

My thoughts on volume 1 are right here

My thoughts on volume 2 are right here.

(NSFW images right up ahead. Please read with discretion)

Horny on the streets, or horny in the sheets?
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The Summer of Love III: Fate/Illya’s Illyasviel von Einzbern: The Reboot that Works

The Summer of Love III continues! We are heading into the final season next week, but for now I want to take sometime to do a character dive. These are always fun to do, where I look into a specific character and talk about just one or two things that make them tick. It’s not a full blown observation, but just a glance at one thing that makes them stand out. I always end up doing one or two of these during this event, and this time is no exception. After the cut let’s take a dive into the main lead of Fate/Illya: Illyasviel von Einzbern

Great design, but the crosses are kinda weird.
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Sitting down with Crow: YU-NO: A Girl who Chants Love at the Bound of this World Part I

Hey guys

Readers of this blog know I am a die-hard fan of the visual novel and anime series YU-NO. Any chance I have to dish on this series is one I’ll gladly take. So when my good friend Crow from Crow’s World of Anime decided to take a look at the series, I just knew we had to talk about it. We have already had a fun and frank discussion over Chivalry of a Failed Knight, and I wanted to do something with him again. What better show that YU-NO? This is going to be a three part series, so I hope you will enjoy this conversation!

Check out Part I right here!

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Sitting down with Infinite Zenith: Higurashi, When they Cry Part 1

I was lucky enough to sit down with my good friend and fellow blogger Infinite Zenith once again! We always love getting deep into a series and when we both realized we watched and loved Higurashi, we knew it was inevitable we’d dive into. Take a look for yourself as we discuss everything from the first season and give our thoughts on one of anime’s best and bloodiest!

Check out our thoughts right here!

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Re-Dive, Quick Thoughts Edition on Steins;Gate: Back to the Future, and then back again

I was recently able to sit down with a few friends and watch Steins;Gate again with them. It was an enjoyable experience, and I thought it would be a perfect time to revisit my thoughts on the series. The only problem was that my previous reviews haven’t really changed. I still love the series and what I have noticed and felt on this second run through doesn’t warrant a full post. So after the cut here are some bullet point thoughts as I re-dive into Steins;Gate

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Hacking to the Gate!
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