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

Steins;Gate
Hacking to the Gate!
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Nekopara Vol. 2: Here Pussy, Pussy, Pussy

While working through my backlog of anime and stuff to talk about on the blog, the second volume of the Nekopara series was always on the list. As discussed before, the anime adaptation of the series left with me deep and compelling questions about the world and its structure. The visual novel meanwhile provided an fun and adult spin on the series that while I liked, I didn’t really love. It’s just that Love3 -Love Cubed- set such a high bar! So, will the second volume change my mind? After the cut let’s take a dive into Nekopara Volume 2!

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

Would like a small, or a large?
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Quick Thoughts on Tsukihime VN Remake: Starring Shiki (but not that Shiki)

Also it’s boy Shiki, not “boy” Shiki, it also isn’t the other Shiki either. It’s just Shiki? Got it?

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Surprising many people, myself included, the big reveal for Fate special presentation was the confirmation that Tsukihime, one of the original VNs of the Nasu-verse is getting a full on high definition remake in 2021! Fans are of course very thrilled, and I can’t blame them. While I have not read Tsukihime, it is considered a widely beloved visual novel, and laid the ground work (as well as carrying over concepts from The Garden of Sinners) for what eventually becomes Fate/Stay Night, and well, the rest is history.

There is no word yet of a possible English release, though I do hold out hope. Fans are also excited for the prospect of an anime series to follow, considering the trailer was animated by Studio Ufotable. No one knows what will happen, but you can be sure that if we get this overseas, I’ll waste no time trying to pick it up. Tsukihime is always something I really wanted to look into, and hopefully that will be sooner rather than later!

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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Sitting down with Infinite Zenith: YU-NO Part 1

Hey guys.

A few months ago I sat down with fellow blogger Infinite Zenith to talk shop on the series School Days. It was such a fun time that I just wanted to do it again, and there was only one series I knew we should discuss next. YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world! This convo is so big, it’s going to be two posts, one for each have of the story. If you aren’t sick of me gushing about this series, then enjoy!

Check out our post here!

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When the Higurashi Cry: My teenage horror show is pretty fucked up, as I expected.

Back when I was in my youth when I was hanging out on silly abridged series forum. Several of my fellow posters were gushing about a certain show. A show that they couldn’t get enough off, that apparently spoke to them in ways that only something could to a teenager. I never really looked into this show, it just didn’t pass my radar. As the years, and then decade passed, I had heard rumblings of this show, but again never really paid attention. Flash forward to Fall 2020, and it’s remake, (or sequel, or re-quel, whatever) is airing. I figured I had some free time, so I decided to take a look at the 2006 original and see what I had been missing. What I saw was a pretty fucked up ride. After the cut, let’s take a dive into the horror series When the Higurashi Cry.

Kind and Innocent, totally 100%

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Yosuga no Sora: In solitude, where we are least alone: Quiet Beauty

While we keep things shallow here at Shallow Dives in Anime, that hasn’t meant that we shy away from looking at all aspects of a series. One such show, one that I never thought I would honestly discuss was Yosuga no Sora: In solitude, we are least alone.

It has been a show that has, probably rightfully so, meme’d and joked about by the anime community for years. Considering the show’s content, I am not surprised. However when sitting down to watch the show, cover to cover, putting all of that aside and judging the show for what it is. I can’t deny that I really, really enjoyed it.

Yosuga no Sora is a story about loneliness, regret, and sacrifice. A story that doesn’t shy away from its erotic elements and embraces the truth that teenagers will be intimate with each other. A story about young souls trying to move forward even when shackled by their past. Coupled with one of the most beautiful themes to ever grace the medium, Yosuga no Sora is a show that deserves to be more than what the memes have made it. Links to all my posts on the series, including a conversation with fellow blogger Infinite Zenith can be found after the cut.

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YU-NO: A Girl who Chants Love at the Bound of this World: A Piece of History.

Look, I’ve pretty much said everything I can about this series, so I’m just gonna copy/paste my thoughts from a previous post.

There have been few series that have gripped me, that have pulled me so completely into their world, their characters. Stories that have kept me at the edge of my seat, that have had me thinking about them even months afterwards. YU-NO: A Girl who Chants Love at the Bound of this World is one of only THREE series that I give that honor to. Every-time I hear the soundtrack, or think about the characters arcs, I just want to load this visual novel up and start playing it again. To surrender myself to the story of Takuya, Ayumi, Kanna, Yu-No and the rest.

YU-NO is a masterpiece, a piece of history that has shaped so much of what visual novels have become, and it earns every single iota of that praise. I cannot understate how much I loved this work, from the solid anime adaptation to this wonder of a visual novel. I could go on, and on, and on, but I won’t. This is the best piece of anime material I have watched since I started this blog in 2018, and I don’t think it will ever leave that spot. Check out links to all my posts on the series after the cut.

YU-NO poster

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