Archive Post: Thunderbolt Fantasy (9/30/16)

Hello and after a long, long hiatus, welcome to a special Anime Chop Block

Today, I will be reviewing a show that actually gave me feelings of excitement and boredom, a show that both exceeded my expectations and went under them. I am talking about Thunderbolt Fantasy

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Archive Post: Tengen Teppa Gurren Lagann (9/29/15)

Hello, and after a long hiatus, Welcome to another Anime Chop Block
Today, we will be looking at the anime that got Team Trigger famous before Kill la Kill: Tengen Teppa Gurren Lagann.

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A mecha show made by Gainax, it ran from April 1, 2007 to September 30, 2007. As we know, the team that made Gurren Lagann made Kill la Kill under studio Trigger so let’s see how their earlier work fares.

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Archive Post: High School DxD (3/15/15)

Hello and welcome to a very unusual Anime Chop Block

Why is it so odd? Well, today, I will be reviewing both seasons of High School DxD.

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High School DxD was originally a still ongoing light novel written by Ichiei Ishibumi and the first four novels have been adapted into two anime seasons running from January 6 to March 21 of 2012 and from July 7 to September 22 of 2013.

Yes, I’m well aware of my normal stance on fanservice and harems but I got prodded by a friend to watch it and the results are interesting to say the least.

Before I start, one major change; the character section is now going to be compressed into the writing section since they are essentially the same thing and I’m having a harder time keeping them apart.

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Archive Post: When Supernatural Battles Become Commonplace (12/29/14)

Hello and Welcome to another Anime Chop Block

Today, after a hiatus, it’s time to review the first effort for Trigger’s adaptations of existing material: When Supernatural Battles Become Commonplace

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Yet another light novel adaptation, this time from Kota Nozomi of Happy Death Day, it ran for 12 episodes from October 6 to December 22. This being a Trigger show, I didn’t know what to expect since the show didn’t look like it lent itself to the insane visuals and art of Kill La Kill and Inferno Cop. However, I was impressed by it and I will explain why here.

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Archive Post:Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya (11/1114)

Hello and welcome to another Anime Chop Block

Today, after some self-motivation, I decided to watch and review the light-hearted spin off of the rather depressing Fate universe: Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya.

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Originally a manga that ran in 2007 to 2008 with it’s sequels, 2wei and 3rei coming out shortly after, it got adapted into an anime in July of 2013 and it’s sequel, also named 2wei, in July of 2014. The manga was essentially an alt universe spinoff diverging at the start of the Fourth Holy Grail war where it never happened and it’s pretty much just continuity gags along with the usual Maho Shoujo tropes.

Seeing the amount of continuity that has to be crammed into this and the rather opposite tone, lets see how this holds up.

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Archive Post: Gundam Build Fighters (10/31/14)

Hello and welcome to another Anime Chop Block.

Today, I will be talking about Gundam Build Fighters, a show that ran from October 2013 to March 2014 and is, according to some, the show that revitalized interest in Gundam itself.

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I will be honest, I initially skipped out on this show for the same reason a lot of Gundam fans did: it was not a serious Gundam show. The show basically was a giant toy commercial compared to the more classic Gundam shows which have been praised for their heavy themes and charcter driven stories. I’m here to tell you however DON’T MISS THIS SHOW.

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Archive Post: Char’s Counterattack (10/11/14)

Hello and Welcome to a special post of Anime Chop Block.

Today, I review what is considered one of the best anime films of all time in a metaseries considered a classic by many of both new and old guards of anime: Kido Senshi Gundam Char’s Counterattack

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Released in March 12, 1988 and directed by Yoshiyuki “Kill Em All” Tomino, this movie was the big conclusion to the Universal Century of Gundam until Gundam Unicorn came out and it shows.

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Archive Post: Captain Earth (10/5/14)

Hello and welcome to the newly rechristened Anime Chop Block where we put anime under the lens and see whether they are worth your time or are to be chopped from the reel

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Today, we will be reviewing Captain Earth, a mecha show made by Bones, the studio behind RahXephon and Star Driver. Now, I like these shows to some extent (RahXephon being a Mu-style interpretation of Evangelion and is better at some part and Star Driver being a visually creative show that does putter at the end but mostly gives you a fun ride) and when I saw Captain Earth, I thought “this could be fun and whimsical”. The result, well, this took longer than I expected and I will explain.

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