Summer 2021 Season Wrap-Up

Other than the unusually-scheduled Fena: Pirate Princess, nearly every Summer 2021 series has either concluded or hit its seasonal break, so it’s time to do a wrap-up before the (very packed!) new season gets underway. Biggest Disappointment: The Detective is Already Dead Rating: 2.5 This series started out with such a neat female lead andContinue reading “Summer 2021 Season Wrap-Up”

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 13

Rating: 3.5 Given what transpires in this understated season finale, its title – “To Fight and Conquer in All Your Battles is Not Supreme Excellence” – is a rather amusing but still apt choice. It is part of a quote from Sun Tzu which continues with “supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance withoutContinue reading “How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 13”

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 12

Rating: 3 (of 5) With this episode, the series wraps up the Amidonian subplot (at least for now) by having King Gaius die gloriously in battle – so much so that even Kazuya has to acknowledge it. However, while the battles in the first half form the episode’s action content, the more interesting parts –Continue reading “How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 12”

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 11

Rating: 3.5 (of 5) The first few episodes of this series may have taken a much slower, more carefully developmental pace, but that’s all different now. Elfrieden is facing not only a civil war but also an attempted land-grab by a neighbor, and both issues need to be dealt with decisively for the kingdom toContinue reading “How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 11”

Evangelion:3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon A Time

Rating: 4.5 (of 5) I first saw The End of Evangelion in a packed convention viewing room at some point early in 2002, when it was circulating as a promo for the inaugural English-language DVD/VHS release later that year. It was my most mind-blowing experience with anime (and maybe animation in general) then, and evenContinue reading “Evangelion:3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon A Time”

How A Realist Hero Rebuilt The Kingdom episode 10

Rating:  3.5 (of 5) Realist Hero is not a series that sells itself on its action elements, but it doesn’t do half-bad with the occasional moments it has had. (They certainly look better than a couple of the more dedicated action series that I could name this season. . .) This episode easily has theContinue reading “How A Realist Hero Rebuilt The Kingdom episode 10”

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt The Kingdom episode 8

Rating: 3.5 (of 5) One of the single biggest engineering achievements of the Roman Empire was also key to its long-term control over widely-spread territories: its system of ultimately more than 250,000 miles of roads, including more than 50,000 miles of paved roads. While Kaede is correct in this episode about how valuable roads likeContinue reading “How a Realist Hero Rebuilt The Kingdom episode 8”