KanColle: See You Again on Another Blue Sea (aka KanColle 1944) debut

Streams: Crunchyroll on Thursdays First Episode Rating: B Though easily the most successful of the “ship girl” franchises to come out of the 2010s (it had an enormous presence in doujinshi markets through much of that decade), the mobile game Kantai Collection has only had two previous anime adaptations: a 12-episode 2015 TV series andContinue reading “KanColle: See You Again on Another Blue Sea (aka KanColle 1944) debut”

Special Preview: Arknights: Prelude to Dawn

Streams: Crunchyroll on Fridays Rating: 3 (of 5) Anime series which adapt mobile games are hardly unusual in recent years, but I am hard-pressed to think of another one which is based on a tower defense game. Yet that’s exactly what’s going on with this adaptation of a Chinese mobile game. (It has also beenContinue reading “Special Preview: Arknights: Prelude to Dawn”

Reincarnated as a Sword episodes 2-3

Rating: B for episode 2, B+ for episode 3 This is one series that I did not expect to be commenting on week-to-week, and I’m still not sure if I will write it up every week. However, episodes 2 and 3 added enough to the basic premise laid out in episode 1 that I feltContinue reading “Reincarnated as a Sword episodes 2-3”

The Devil is a Part-Timer!! episode 12

Rating: C+ There is a moment early in this episode which speaks best to the spirit and attitude of the show: the scene where Maou and Ashiya have to take the subway to get to the second tower, while Emi just conjured up magic boots and flew over to the first tower. Sadly, it’s oneContinue reading “The Devil is a Part-Timer!! episode 12”

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV episode 11

Rating: A Last episode ended with Bell in his worst shape ever – possibly even dead. Naturally, a series so heavily-dependent on its protagonist was not going to kill him off, and as I noted last episode, the series did leave itself a combination “out:” The Goliath Scarf reduced what should have been a fatalContinue reading “Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV episode 11”

Special Preview: I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss

The Fall 2022 season does not officially get underway until Friday 9/30, but one title has debuted a week early on Crunchyroll. So let’s take an early first look. Streams: Crunchyroll on Saturdays, beginning 10/1 Rating: 3.5 (of 5) Isekai titles where the heroine reincarnates as the antagonist of an otome game – a characterContinue reading “Special Preview: I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss”

The Devil is a Part-Timer!! episode 11

Rating: B+ Ashiya is unquestionably devilish in the most literal sense of the word, but this episode we see that he can be that way in the figurative sense, too, and even without trying. Seems like Maou is not the only devil who is getting a human woman to crush on him. And really, it’sContinue reading “The Devil is a Part-Timer!! episode 11”

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV episode 10

Rating: A- The wonderful summary quote for this episode on HIDIVE tells it all: “Some monsters you must fight and from others you must flee. But beware the Juggernaut lest you simply cease to be.” The DanMachi franchise has had no shortage of intimidating foes over its run, whether it be a giant ape, aContinue reading “Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV episode 10”

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV episode 9

Rating: 4.5 (of 5) Ryu is unquestionably a killer. However, she only kills people in the cause of vengeance, so whacking an informant isn’t her style. How moral it is to kill for vengeance is another matter, but that delineation that Bell insists on having spelled out, combine with him realizing what the item heContinue reading “Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV episode 9”

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV

Rating: B+ Just from animated content, we know that Ryu once lost everything – her whole familia – and that one particular rival familia was responsible. In retribution, she did everything she could to wipe out that familia – here identified as Rudra* Familia, a part of Evilus (mentioned not in this series but inContinue reading “Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV”