• Hyouka

    Hyouka

    ★★★★½

    Oh, this was a surprisingly good anime. The characters were lovable (in my opinion) without being too shallow, the animation and voice acting was top notch, and it was in general just fun to watch.

  • The Dungeon of Black Company

    The Dungeon of Black Company

    ★★★

    Another somewhat odd one. The MC grinds his way to success (basically going for, 'If I want to be a hedonist pig, I need to earn the funds for that') and is rewarded with being isekai'd into a corporate and capitalistic fantasy setting whose distinguishing feature is 19th century style wage slave labour.
    The style and animation is nice, but the MC is a jerk. He may have good qualities, yes, but that doesn't render his jerkiness moot. At least he gets his occasional comeuppance, so there's that.

  • The Detective Is Already Dead

    The Detective Is Already Dead

    ★★★

    I'll be frank: I stopped watching this show because the sudden monsters and third reich-esque uniform an antagonist wore, compounded by the endless monologues (during supposed action scenes!) wore on me.
    Sadly, even finishing the series at a later date did not sweeten the deal.

    On the plus side, the idea was great, it was what drew me in for the first couple episodes, and the animation quality and character design certainly didn't hurt. But the more I watched the more predictable and ludicrous--I hesitate to actually call it dumb--the show came to be.

  • After School Dice Club

    After School Dice Club

    A nice show, but do not expect much beyond Feel-Good slice-of-life. Which isn't bad, mind, but you got to have the mind for it.
    What I enjoyed was the introduction of various board games, also a bit outside of the typical Settler of Cataan, though I can't judge how far past well trod paths these were.

  • From Beijing with Love

    From Beijing with Love

    ★★★½

    I am at odds to describe this movie. Is it an homage? A persiflage? Satire? What am I supposed to think when the opening scenes show a spy mow down mooks by the handful, only to be bested by a villain in what could be accurately described as a sentai-style costume?

    Yet From Beijing with Love doesn't mock, but plays straight other parts of the spy genre of movies. The love story is corny and cliched, but that's to be…

  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★

    Did Kurt Russel's hair impress me? Yes. Did his long eye lashes bewitch me?
    Yes.
    Was this a great movie?
    Yes.
    Would I watch it again?
    No.
    Because the effects are too visceral for me. The dogs (oh gods, the dogs!), the people, the—and here I'm shuddering involuntarily—wandering head… No. Thank you, but no. Once was enough.

  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★

    Well, that was impressive.

    But like all (proper) war movies it was hard to stomach, having to come face to face with the realization that all that separates us from the dead is chance.

  • Bubble

    Bubble

    ★★★½

    Parkour meets postapocalyptic Tokyo meets Little Mermaid.

    That was a surprisingly fun movie. Not because it was funny, albeit it having its fun moments, but for its overall flair. Good animation (much 'sasuga'), good voices, and a nicely flooded coastal metropolis as setting.

  • Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Take On Me

    Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Take On Me

    ★★★

    I might have missed a season or two, considering I didn’t recognise that pink Chuuni, plus a couple side characters and cameos and references that simply flew over my head.

  • Are You Okay?

    Are You Okay?

    ★★★

    I’d have liked to watch a short series of this story, one where it’s clear that are you okay? is only the opening, the first step that leads out of the sludge others pour on you. As is it falls sadly short.

  • Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time

    Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time

    ★★★★

    In true Evangelion fashion I was left quite confused, and given that I watched the series and regular movies a couple times… well, I fear what those who didn’t make of the Rebuild movies.

  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

    A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

    ★★★½

    Wonderful.

    I never had the opportunity to watch Mr. Rogers, but from what I’ve heard and seen and absorbed through popcultural osmosis, he was the true deal, and this movie conveys that.