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Food Wars! The Second Plate Episode 3 Review

Episode 3: The Generation of Prodigies It appears that we spoke too soon. Food Wars! The Second Plate has finally shifted the tone and added another side plot to the mix. This is a nice enough change considering episode 2 didn’t feel as strong. This week around, the competition to make it into the Elite Ten are slowly coming closer to a close and now we have a fun new villain to deal with. In a way, it is relieving that Megumi lost this battle. Had she won, this would have made the show feel not nearly as viable. I think it is great that they are going to maintain the (somewhat)...


Food Wars! The Second Plate Episode 2 Review

Episode 2: The Interplay of Light and Shadow I hate to be the bearer of bad news on this episode of Food Wars! The Second Plate. Other than a few hilarious moments, this episode felt rather weak. There was bit of backstory on this overall, but I couldn’t help but feel that this felt like a clone of episode 22 from the last season (the one where Megumi is crafting another dish while being seemingly overshadowed by someone else). That being said, there were certainly a few moments of humor that saved us from feeling as if it was a complete clone. The episode begins as they all have this season with...


Food Wars! The Second Plate Episode 1 Review

Episode 1 – What Fills the Box Hot damn does it feel great to have Food Wars! (also known as Shokugeki no Soma) back! The first episode in the second season of this show was certainly everything that we have been waiting for since the last season ended last year. It has wit, ridiculously hilarious cooking reactions, and enough knowledge about food that makes you want to dive into the kitchen and make it all yourself. And what a better episode to kick things off with, than one about creating bento boxes (alright, we are a little biased as we obviously love bento)? My only hope for the season is that they spend...


Berserk Episode 1 Review

Finally, after nineteen years of absence, Kentaro Miura’s dark fantasy series Berserk is back with a TV anime adaptation. Seriously, in the years that the last Berserk anime series was airing Bill Clinton was still serving as President of the United States and you were hearing Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” every ten minutes. I count myself among many longtime fans of the series that have been waiting years to get a new series. (I enjoyed the movies but it was just a rehash of the Golden Era arc.) Before I dive into this review, there’s something that needs to be said. This series is a continuation of the story from where the...


Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Season 1 Review

Through Blood and Iron Disclaimer, this review will have spoilers for the Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress series. Consider yourself warned. For some time now, people have been waiting (not very patiently) for Studio Wit to produce a new season of Attack on Titan. Instead, they gave us Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress. From the previews, it seemed like a clone of Attack on Titan. I am happy to say (now that it has ended), it was anything but a simply clone. Prior to diving into review, I will say this; I can only hope that there will be more. I want to start by quickly point out the differences between the two. Attack on...


Kiznaiver Season Review

From Pain to Bouts of Glee Disclaimer: This review will have spoilers for the series. Consider yourself warned. This breakfast club of a show was a very fun journey on the whole. Kiznaiver was a series full of fun and emotional moments. As this is a studio Trigger original, there were a lot of high expectations going in to this series. And in most ways, these expectations were certainly met. The story was fluid, the animation style was on point, and the characters developed in their respective and expected ways. To start things off, I have to touch on the opening. If there is a category for favorite openings, this show would certainly be...


Kiznaiver Episode 1 Review

Episode 1: Untitled Being a huge fan of Studio Trigger’s prior work (Ninja Slayer, Kill la Kill, and When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace), the wait for Kiznaiver episode 1 was finally over. And suffice to say, episode one did not disappoint. It may not have gotten to the point immediately, but all the elements were there. The first episode was really just about the character development and setting up the overall plot and tone of the show. If there is one thing that Trigger is known for, that is certainly their unique visuals. Kiznaiver certainly maintains this momentum. The intro alone is intriguing enough (visually and audibly) to hint at a strange kaleidoscopic adventure...


Erased Season Review

Erased Season Review Thar be spoilers below. Ye be warned. Erased (or Boku Dake ga Inai Machi) filled a role in the Winter 2016 anime season that I’ve come to be quite fond of. The role being the show that it was a show I knew nothing about and had heard (almost) nothing about. It’s something that ended up being a huge benefit for the series; there were no expectations to meet so the show was free to sweep me off my feet. Which it did. But we’ll get to that. Erased follows Satoru Fujinuma, a struggling manga artist with a unique ability referred to as “Revival”. Revival takes Satoru back in...


Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Season 1 Review

Disclaimer: Spoilers below for the first season of Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash season 1 was a bit of a surprise for me in the midst of the Winter 2016 anime season. The plot was nothing extravagant and at times did move rather slowly, however at it’s core it was a decent adventure. It may have started out with a typical plot (the whole “we can’t remember who we are but we’re here in this fantasy world” sort of plot) but it certainly took a bit of an unexpected turn with the death of one of the main characters (I warned you about spoilers didn’t I?). What seemed like...


Gate Episode 17 Review

Episode 17: Decisive Battle Albeit this arc is rather short, but in the end does it really matter as long as it has been done well? The answer is no, the red dragon arc may have been brief but at the very least it was to the point and had all the important aspects we needed/wanted condensed into a 22 minute episode. The show itself did not stray away from the typical formula that it employs every 5 episodes: Itami and the locals chat, they add a plot device and/or conflict, the conflict proceeds to play out, enter the Japanese SDF to crush everything, and end with another plot element to reel viewers...


Terra Formars Volume 10 Review

Unlike the last volume of Terra Formars, you can expect action at a steady pace through Terra Formars Volume 10. This issue is a must read for multiple reasons, chief among them is that we finally see M.A.R.S. Rank #1 in action.  You wouldn’t be far off if you were thinking that this volume would be nothing but a slaughter of Terra Formars, however there’s also some important information here regarding politics back on Earth. So the story here is crucial. To avoid spoilers for Volume 10, you’ll want to skip the next three paragraphs. I found this volume more interesting than the last. Bao, M.A.R.S. #50, takes the critically injured Michelle and Akari prisoner after their fight with the Terra...


Gate Episode 16 Review

Episode 16: The Fire Dragon, Once More To its credit, Gate is a fantastic show. It may not blow everyone away and leave viewers questioning everything, but it is a show that is purely absorbing and enjoyable. That being said, Gate episode 16 served more as way to set up everything (in terms of the plot) for the battle against the dragon. In fact, excluding the quick assassination attempt by Delilah and a brief skirmish with the dragon, the plot didn’t really change much from where the following episode was left off. That is to say, Itami’s crew is still in pursuit of the fire dragon and we all still immensely dislike...


Gate Episode 15 Review

Episode 15: Tuka Luna Marceau Gate episode 15 finally is bringing the trio of heroines back into the mix. After what felt like a long time away, it is good to see them in full swing within this episode. Now, the viewers were privy to the darker side of Yao and Tyuule and to top it all off there is now a conspiracy in the works. The episode even does its best to tackle subjects like PTSD prior to wrapping things up and giving the viewers a cliche send off. This isn’t to say that the episode was bad, it just was a bland (however necessary) episode comparatively to the others in this season....


Gate Episode 14 Review

Episode 14: The Imperial Capital Quake This episode had a plethora of gratifying and exciting moments. I am not sure if the pacing will be able to keep up, but for now, this episode had every element I was looking for. It had conflict (a very gratifying one), new plot elements, and more character development in order to entice the curiosity of the viewers. The only downside to the whole episode, was the lack of the three main heroines (they were there, just relatively out of the picture since the season started). The SDF handled the earthquake exactly as I imagined they would: calm, collected, and pushing to protect the lives...


Gate Episode 13 Review

Episode 13: The Banquet Begins Gate is finally back! Thankfully the pacing and story all still seem to be in check with how things were left at the end of last season. In Gate episode 13 it appears we have more characters and more adversaries for Itami to face off against. The show is off to a great start and it still maintains a lot of the moments and key elements that make it great. It has the humor sprinkled throughout as well as the dark and serious tones. From the scene with (what I assume is) rape to the military showing off their strength, this season is going to be an interesting ride....