Spring Wrap-Up Part 2: Skeleton Knight in Another World

The concept for this series could not be more generic: a dedicated gamer wakes up to find himself in a fantasy world in the form of his uber-powerful game avatar. He doesn’t know how he ended up there or why, so he decides to just go with the flow and begins adventuring. Along the way,Continue reading “Spring Wrap-Up Part 2: Skeleton Knight in Another World”

Spring ’22 Wrap-Up Part 1: I’m Quitting Heroing

NOTE: This review does not include the first of the two-part OVA for the series, which streams the evening of Thursday 6/23 on HIDIVE. If you had asked me early in the season what series I thought might have been worthy of a full review at the end of the season, I’m Quitting Heroing probablyContinue reading “Spring ’22 Wrap-Up Part 1: I’m Quitting Heroing”

Spy x Family episode 11

Rating: 4.5 (of 5) Sometimes the funniest jokes aren’t always the most obvious ones. That is definitely the case with this episode, where some of the best humor comes from a surprisingly simple device: in Anya’s imagination about how people react to what she’s doing, they all speak in her voice. Something is just terriblyContinue reading “Spy x Family episode 11”

Ascendance of a Bookworm episode 36 (finale)

Rating: 5 (of 5) This season of Bookworm was only scheduled to be 10 episodes, as that much brings the overall story to its most obvious transition point. Hence it’s quite satisfying that the last episode is also the best and most emotional for part 3 of the series. It also loads up with bombshellContinue reading “Ascendance of a Bookworm episode 36 (finale)”

Spy x Family episode 10

Rating: 4 (of 5) One of the running jokes of the series is that Yor, for all of her domestic incompetence, is superhumanly capable physically. That gets reinforced here. A second, more developing running joke is that Yor is probably the last person who should be teaching Anya anything beyond just basic physical fitness. TheContinue reading “Spy x Family episode 10”

Ascendance of a Bookworm episode 35

Rating: 4.5 (of 5) This episode proved to be every bit as dramatic as the ending to last episode promised, just not entirely in the way that last episode suggested. Rather than chasing down Main and Tuuli’s kidnappers being a major part of the episode, it turns out to only be a prelude to theContinue reading “Ascendance of a Bookworm episode 35”

Spy x Family episode 9

Rating: 3.5 (of 5) Of the episodes of this wonderful show which have aired so far, this is, by far, my least favorite one, and the one that comes closest to completely stumbling. Yes, the series gets some leeway because what transpired was still fully in character for the participants, but that doesn’t make itContinue reading “Spy x Family episode 9”

Ascendance of a Bookworm episode 34

Rating: 4 (of 5) One of the truest axioms of security is that even the most robust security plans are still only as good as the people carrying them out. Get careless and the enemy will take advantage of the holes. Normally protagonists are the ones who benefit from this in anime series, but thisContinue reading “Ascendance of a Bookworm episode 34”

Spy x Family episodes 7-8

Rating (collectively): 4.5 (of 5) If the last two episodes of Spy x Family show anything, it’s that the series functions just as well when things are transpiring that stress Twilight out as it does when he is being the cool, collected, and fully in-control master spy. Episodes 7 and 8 each tackle this inContinue reading “Spy x Family episodes 7-8”