Winter 2016 – First Impressions Weeks 1-2: Erased and Active Raid

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Winter 2016 – First Impressions Weeks 1-2: Haruchika, Myriad Colours Phantom World & Prince of Stride

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Well, it’s new season time & yet again I’m completely inundated by the crap-load of anime I’ve taken it upon myself to watch.

This time around I’ve gone the route of waiting a few weeks before writing any initial impressions posts. I’d love to say this was down to thinking openers are often a poor indicator when trying to get a feel of a show, but honestly it’s a combination of procrastination and being so unimpressed by the majority of the new series that quite frankly a second chance was needed to stop me sounding like someone announcing the apocalypse. Thankfully, it’s helped me soften up a little, but two or three shows aside this is definitely the weakest season I’ve encountered since starting the blog. It’s hardly Summer of Suck 2010 levels of awful, but being let down or underwhelmed is likely to become a common theme from here on. Get out the party streamers! Continue reading

12 Days of Anime 2015 Countdown Part 2: Eight – Five

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Here we go with the second part of the much belated rundown of my personal top picks for 2015. Continue reading

12 Days of Anime 2015 Countdown Part 1: Twelve – Nine

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This being the first year I decided to casually play at being an aniblogger (in an age the format is largely dead, but whatever), I was looking forward to reaping some of the rewards and trying my hand at its most popular tradition, namely the 12 days of Christmas greatest moments countdown. Unfortunately due to work, a dead pc and a hospital stay the last few months have mostly been a write-off for me, falling behind or dropping most shows due to higher life priorities. As such my list completely missed the festive period so here I am scrambling to write something before the New Year hits. Grammar and spell checking be damned!

This isn’t a list of my all-time favourite shows of the year, nor is it necessary specific to particular scenes. Mostly this is just a collection of moments or themes that really stuck out to me. As much as I have nice things to say about the likes of Non Non Biyori, Maria the Virgin Witch, One Punch Man, Food Wars, Yona or Rokka, their highlights were either too vague to the show in general or just not quite as impactful as the other examples.

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