Tag Archives: Fantasy

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: “The Strongest Maid in History, Tohru! (Well, She is a Dragon)” (Season 1, Episode 1)

Dragons are some of the most powerful mythological beasts ever imagined; they are gigantic creatures that breathe fire and have strong scales. Whether depicted in movies or video games, they are massive beings that are not to be trifled with. In today’s anime, things are slightly different. The dragon in this anime is still powerful and can bring destruction down on people, but she can also transform into a human maid with horns and a tail. Instead of an expressionless demeanor and urge to attack anyone that comes close, she instead has fallen in love with a human girl. And, of course, she has a ginormous rack. All in all, it could be worse.

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KonoSuba: “Give Me Deliverance from this Judicial Injustice!” (Season 2, Episode 1)

It is difficult to talk about a second season of anime to people who have never watched the first. The preview might end up having spoilers, it could seem confusing, or worse, they might not bother with the series even if the first season was great. Pretty much everyone falls into one of these pitfalls when approaching a second season blindly. I, for instance, am only writing about this sequel this season even though there are quite a few continuations. Maybe those shows are amazing, but since I have not seen the first seasons of these shows, I am not going to write a preview on them.

Still, let’s talk about KonoSuba.

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Little Witch Academia: “A New Beginning” (Season 1, Episode 1)

Little Witch Academia has had a bit of a history. It originally was an animated short that was shown in Japanese theaters in 2013 before finding its way to YouTube. It was popular enough to get a Kickstarter to release a sequel in 2015, this time titled Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade. The series also saw two manga releases in 2013 and 2015 respectively. Now here we are at long last with its most anticipated anime debut. How does it fare?

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Season Review: Magical Girl Raising Project (Season 1)

Magical girls and anime seem to go hand in hand like peanut butter and jelly. When thinking of anime clichés, “magical girls” is on the top of overdone scenarios that have been capitalized to death. Every season we get one or more of these shows that have the basic premise; girl—usually young and naïve—gets magical powers, teams up with other magical girls—all of which have different one-note personalities—and through kindness and believing in her friends, saves the world.

To be fair, the genre of magical girls has evolved over the years, especially with shows like Puella Magi Madoka Magica which showed us how dark the genre can go. Magical Girl Raising Project aims to be just as dark as Madoka Magica but does not quite hit the same highs that Madoka Magica reached. It still has plenty to offer for people interested in a different take on the genre, and it will even entertain the others that roll their eyes whenever they hear the words magical girl.

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Standing Watch: Human Nature in The Booth at the End & Lost

I was initially very reluctant to watch The Booth at the End when Cody pitched it to me — a feeling that, while recurring, is almost always unfounded. It might have been that I didn’t want to get involved with another series at the time or that he didn’t do a very good job pitching it to me, but I changed my mind about the series within a few minutes of starting the first episode. There is no way that I could watch the Man in the Booth sit down with these desperate people, casually peering into this mystical Book filled with unthinkable tasks to bring upon impossible results and not continue watching. Were the tasks designed to be so terrible that they would never be completed or does the Man just pit the people against each other so that neither party could ever succeed? What if they do complete their task? How would the Man make good on his promises to cure a child of cancer or an old man from his Alzheimer’s?  I had to know how the trick was done.

There isn’t much for me to say about the masterpiece of a miniseries that Cody hasn’t already said in his review, so I’d like to take things in a different direction tonight. I’d like to talk about The Booth at the End with respect to Lost. This article will have some spoilers for all seasons of both The Booth at the End and Lost — readers beware.

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First Watch: Sleepy Hollow – “Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1)

Unless you’ve been (dead) in a cave for the last two centuries, you’ve probably run across “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” in some form or another. If you haven’t or if you need a refresher, here is the rundown: around the time of the American Revolution, a man named Ichabod Crane has a run-in with a headless fellow on a horse. In the original short story by Washington Irving, the nature of the Headless Horseman is left open to interpretation, but it is implied that he is actually a normal, human trying to get rid of Crane so that he can win the hand of the heir of Sleepy Hollow, Katrina Van Tassel.

FOX changes things around a little bit for their new series, Sleepy Hollow.

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Season Finale: True Blood – “Radioactive” (Season 6, Episode 10)

The sixth season of True Blood has finally been put to rest — and not a moment too soon. This season brought about many changes which were logical steps in the context of the show, yet were still moderately insane in the context of any discernible story structure. To be fair, the series stopped making any kind of sense since season three when a goddess made everybody want to have an orgy, but the more things change, the more they stay the same. Let’s look at the drastic changes which led to, well, almost nothing.
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