Kiznaiver (Series Review)

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Kiznaiver is a show with good production values. Compared to a lot of other studios, Trigger really hasn’t been around too long since its inception in 2011 as a result from the little Gainax disbanding, but the animators there certainly know what they are doing. The character designs for Kiznaiver are sharp and appealing, but it’s even better that the fluid, confident animation is there to back them up. In other words, Trigger managed to continue its penchant for quality visuals, and even threw in an excellent opening theme this time. The directing for this science fiction story is also quite good, with character framing being incredibly important considering the moments of talking heads. The writing is another story though, because while it’s still not a terrible script, it never quite gets to the point of becoming spectacular and instead seems to just run in circles.

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Patema Inverted (Movie Review)

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I remember being bored in class a kid, wondering what it would be like if suddenly there was some sort of gravity malfunction and upside-down would become right-side up. I pictured myself stuck to the ceiling of the classroom, afraid to venture outside of the door and fall into the sky. This is the same dilemma the lead character in anime film Patema Inverted faces. No, it’s not that she is bored in a classroom, but the shift in gravity does become a problem when she ends up in an alternate world. I know I’m not the only one to think of this concept before, as I’m sure it’s a daydream thought that’s crossed the minds of many people, but there is a childish fantasy element to it. In this way, it was a good decision for the writers of Patema Inverted to make the movie for kids. In 2013, Patema came and went, but as it stands, it’s a fun children’s feature that has a nice element of mystical science fiction.

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MW Manga Review

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MW is a story about morality, government/military genocide via chemical weapon, and homosexuality, as well as a few touches of religious influence and strenuous anarchy. These same themes and observations can be applied to current day as well, although some are certainly more direct than others. Through characters struggling with shadowed guilt and doubt, Osamu Tezuka’s intense, and at times bizarre, manga may very well be his adult masterpiece.

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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans (Season One Review)

 

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Gundam will never stop and it’s kind of overwhelming. There are just so many commonalities between each series that it seems like it might as well be one big giant story compiled of a bazillion seasons rather than separate shows altogether, UC excluded titles regardless. Last fall we started a new story within the Gundam Universe (or rather the one of the several universes) with the title Iron Blooded Orphans. There were still the cold and calculated mecha action sequences along with some of the retread themes of peace versus war, but there were at least enough differences and quality writing overall that squares it as a highly recommended show.

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Planetarian (Series Review)

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Given how the concept for Planetarian started, it feels appropriate that the anime for this story has been created in 2016. It began as a visual novel by Key (or rather a “kinetic novel”) which was released in 2004. Over ten years later, now is the time apparently for this to be adapted into an anime ONA. It may not have been quite the intention of the creators, but the gap between the start of the visual novel until the airing of the animated series feels as if it is a reference to the concepts of the story itself. It’s a reminder to not forget past, and look positively towards the future. Planeterian is simple, but it’s also a poignant and melancholy science fiction tale.

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