Final Thoughts on Anime Fall 2016

March Comes in Like a Lion

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A very beautiful and thoughtful show that has strange mouths for its characters, but I kinda like it that way. March Comes in Like a Lion handles the contrast of the different aspects of Rei’s life exceedingly well. You can really feel the stinging unpleasantness of Rei’s adoptive family through the dark imagery of his past and his interactions with Kyouka, who relentlessly pries into his life and fills his mind with cynical thoughts. On the flipside, his time spent with the Kawamoto family is almost excessively delightful, as shown by so many comically overdone bits like Hinata’s morning rush to prepare for school. The difference between Kyouka and the Kawamoto’s can be pretty accurately described with the context behind their smiles. While Kyouka offers only a sly grin fostered by years of cold, concentrated resentment, the smiles the Kawamoto household give off nothing but a sense of overwhelming warmth and compassion. As the show progresses we casually delve deeper into Rei’s past. While learning who Rei is and what he’s been through could be considered the primary reason to follow through the story, his interactions with other characters is what really compels me to keep watching. Be it the tense situations or the blissfully comedic ones. Continue reading

A Flip Flappers Review

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This is a series that really had me going for a while. I knew almost nothing about Flip Flappers going in, and to my pleasant surprise, the show made me want to learn everything about it within a couple of episodes. It presented something that felt so fresh and original while also displaying an unspoken variation on that of which it was derived. Building off of magical girls in magical worlds, Flip Flappers reimagined what came before it with a heaping amount of playful ambiguity and managed to stay utterly engaging despite how thoroughly confounding the show probably would’ve looked to be on paper. Continue reading

Show, Don’t Tell – Why Flip Flappers Is So Damn Good

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Flip Flappers has been quite the “sleeper hit” for me personally this season. The only reason I even stumbled upon it was because it’s colorful promotional art caught my eye when I was browsing fall simulcasts. Thank goodness I did though, because the way it’s been shaping up so far has left me feeling that it could not only be my “Anime of the Year”, but also a lifelong favorite. Out of the many reasons as to why I feel this way, there is one that I believe stands above the rest: The absence of exposition. Continue reading

First Impressions of Fall Anime 2016

Magical Girls Raising Project

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Magical Girl Raising Project caught my interest because of its incredibly strong premise and competent execution within its first two episodes. While the potential dark side of being a magical girl has been explored before in shows such as the ever-popular Puella Magi Madoka Magica, they haven’t really been pitted against in such an overt, death game scenario before. Even with such a relatively straight forward premise, this show manages to stay fairly unique in regards to its plot. The magical aren’t really pitted against each other in terms of actual face-to-face combat. No, by using a system that ranks the girls based on the amount of good they do in certain allotments of time, the goal of the game is to essentially weed out the weaklings rather than prove who’s the strongest, all because there’s not enough room in the city for all these magical girls. In the end there will be eight left, meaning there can be legitimate alliances that don’t need to break because they’d eventually have to turn on each other. There’s a place for trust, as well as an allowance for deception. Continue reading