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Kami-tachi ni Hirowareta Otoko
(2020)

Cute, lighthearted and predictable
This Isekai is surprisingly light hearted, lacks conflict, strife, serious violence, suffering, challenges, or anything other trope that seem to define nearly every anime in the genre which by default makes it stand out.

Add to that the main character is a child (who also remains one through out the 1st season.) with overwhelming power who uses it responsibly and you end up with an oddball show that is super cheesy but at the same time strangely enjoyable.

All that said the pace is slow and exceptionally predictable, so it's something I'd watch in the background while doing something else.

Pro's:
  • Unusual story.
  • Good English Dubbing.
  • Light hearted and family friendly.


Con's:
  • Lower quality and erratic animation, with bad CGI shoehorned in at times.
  • Once the plot is figured out it's predictable to a fault.
  • Slow pace.

Eiga Kono subarashii sekai ni shukufuku o!: Kurenai densetsu
(2019)

Fun ride full of chuckles, groans and bad jokes.
Unlike many of the movies this one not only fits into the timeline, doesn't seem to "Retcon" anything, adds character growth and development and is absolutely worth the watch.

The first 15 minutes is packed with exceptionally cringeworthy moments, but a change from some of episodes in the series all of them quickly set up the story. Avoiding spoilers before long the movie is over, providing some quality character development, a few heart warming moments, tons and tons of cheese and a surprising amount of fun. The experience makes me want to do a rewatch binge to see if it's the best way to view KonoSuba.

Pro's:
  • Quality story arc with closure.
  • Character development and growth.
  • Jokes and cheese line up well with the story.
  • Excellent English dubbing.




Con's:
  • Animation quality dips significantly at times.
  • Cheese / Fan service can be a little over the top, but of course some love it.
  • One cringeworthy moment where the protagonist justifies sexual assault and begins to act on it... foiled of course, but the whole temptation angle could have been handled better.

Mao Gakuin no Futekigosha
(2020)

Unusually enjoyable, shameless trope filled anime with depth
From the start (which was slow, so give it a couple episodes) "Misfit" seems like a cliched mess.

Slowly though, it evolves into an anime that takes "fan service" and tropes and turns them into a very watchable allegory centered around discrimination, racism, class warfare, slavery(yes it's there) and of course the classic "good vs evil"...

Speaking of the tropes, it was surprising how well embracing them worked. As much as "harems" can normally be an eyesore "Misfit's" somehow made sense and wasn't overbearing. The "soulless construct" that somehow gained awareness clicked as did the "brainwashed good guys" acting against their will. Hell, somehow they fit in a fan club / glee club in there and made it work.

That said, "Misfit" isn't very deep (read complicated) but because of that and by NOT taking itself to seriously it manages to get the message to the viewers without being overbearing or preachy.

Pro's:
  • Lite and feel good with a bit of depth.
  • Consistent and moderately high quality animation.
  • Above average English Dubbing.
  • Good score.
  • Characters (main) with just enough depth to be engaging.
  • Closed Arc with the possibility of more.


Con's:
  • Predictable to a fault.
  • Background characters are cardboard cutouts.
  • Some of the "Cheese" is laid on heavy.
  • "Depth" could have been greater.
  • Suffers from the rushed closing episode.

Dragon's Dogma
(2020)

Another "meh" Netflix original.
With an opening episode filled with a good amount character building, grief and destruction it showed a great deal of promise, however "Dogma" quickly begins to disappoint.

The episodes center around a "Monster of the Week"based on a "Sin" (Lust, Pride, etc.), which could have been a great way to build the world but instead it all felt hollow and oddly rather than building up the protagonist he is further embittered with each victory obtained.

Speaking of the protagonist, with in a few episodes he becomes a clear rehash of the main character from a few other famous anime's (Berserk was heavily sampled), and all the others are cardboard cutouts.

The series leads to a pyrrhic victory which could have been noteworthy, but because the series lacked any emotional impact it falls flat.

Pro's:
  • Good English Dubbing.
  • Closed Arc.
  • Good opening intro.


Con's:
  • Inconsistent animation that often becomes low quality at critical moments.
  • Wooden characters.
  • Predictable story.


If watched in the background while doing something else it's not bad, but as a "main dish" if you've got limited time I'd watch something else.

Toaru Kagaku no Akuserareta
(2019)

A lesser entry in the "A Certain.." franchise
The first episode was substandard with weak dialog, a lack of suspense and no real emotional impact during scenes that were clearly trying for them. But considering "A Certain Magical Index" struggled during its first few episodes it seemed like it would be worth a few more.

Unfortunately it didn't improve, with nonsensical one sided no-drama fights (which is saying something), and a fraction of the emotional impact "Magical Index" had it disappointed consistently.

A second season could redeem it, especially because "Accelerator" is an interesting character, but won't be heartbroken if it never happens.

Pro's:
  • Good English Dubbing.
  • Familiar characters.
  • Solid sound track.


Con's:
  • Lower animation quality than Index/Railgun.
  • Weak Dialog.
  • Predictable.


In the end it was watchable filler as we wait to find out of the main franchise gets a 4th season.

Blood of Zeus
(2020)

A good distraction but lacking depth.
Another Netflix's original, which seem to always fall into one of three slots; good, bad or very average.

"Blood of Zeus" is a solidly "average" anime. The story, animation quality, score and pacing are all good enough to make it watchable, but lack anything remarkable.

Pro's:
  • Good English Dubbing.
  • Consistent animation.
  • Quality score.
  • Good intros with little "filler" or repetition.


Con's:
  • Predictable and lackluster story.
  • Flat characters, failing just short of having depth.
  • An ending with little substance.


As another review mentioned, it's a good "background" watch, with just enough to keep you looking up every now and then (like gods admitting they are fallible), but disappointing when it's the sole focus.

Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka
(2019)

Interesting take on an older "Magical Girl"
The idea of an experienced, post-war character was appealing, we've seen so many dealing with the build up to the great fight, but not many covering the aftermath, and it's why this "Magical Girls" anime made it into the queue.

Our protagonist was introduced as an older, jaded and traumatized young woman, trying to live a normal life and leave the brutality of war behind her. From there we see her struggle with fitting into high school, trying to relate to the trivial concerns of her classmates and failing. Even with the domestic challenges before her, living alone and almost friendless, the protagonist stays true to her chosen path turning down the repeated invitations from the government to rejoin the fight and use the powers gifted to all of the "Magical Girls". Of course before long she's forced to choose between letting one of her few friends die or reclaim her powers......

From there the story starts to play out predictably, secondary characters put in harms way repeatedly, the protagonist forced to confront the past, etc. At this only major story element the anime includes is the continued trauma, including PTSD suffered by the survivors of magical encounters, trauma significant enough that survivors are terrified of their saviors.

However as it introduces this often overlooked and unavoidable mental health issue it also jams in a number of things that detract from the story, including torture, abuse and even flirts with rape in a couple episodes, most of which was done poorly. Don't get me wrong, all of these would fit in a darker, grittier "Magical Girls" animie, but the story elements were either taken just a little to far, or skirted around enough they failed to have any real emotional impact. Add in unneeded Ecchi and a fair amount of cheese the show starts to take away from the quality of each episode.

Issues aside, overall this Magical Girls "drama" was entertaining and giving it the benefit of the doubt for trying to tackle issues often overlooked or glossed over in anime's focused on the shiny, bright side of the stor, I'd say it's worth a watch.

Pro's:
  • Attempts to tackle overlooked issues that would face the world.
  • Gives us a protagonist that actually has good reasons for being jaded and the reluctant hero.
  • Closure / completed story arc.
  • Good English dubbing.


Con's:
  • Excessive Ecchi moments that seem forced in "Fan-Service".
  • Cheese heavy at times.
  • Some of the violence either borders on "gore porn" or is trivialized, cheapening the scene.
  • Many if the support characters are flat and one dimensional.
  • Several episodes include "recaps" at the beginning that seem to be "filler".

Record of Grancrest War
(2018)

Simple, enjoyable and has closure
"Simple" isn't intended to be derogatory, the anime is enjoyable, fairly well put together and there is enough character development to make it worth the watch, but the overarching story is not complex.

Unless this is the first anime you've ever watched there won't be any serious surprises, and as others have stated it watches like a JRPG which I think is one of its charms. There is good, evil, a hero and all of the challenges that could make for a boring trope filled series, but instead of being a cliched snoozefest "Grancrest" balances the flow of the series almost perfectly.

It's a great show to binge and what I find most satisfying is having closure, to many anime series are left unfinished.

Pro's:
  • Good score / soundtrack.
  • Simple but enjoyable story.
  • Enough character development for engagement.
  • Very little "filler".
  • Closure.
  • Solid English dubbing.


Con's:
  • Predictable (I enjoyed it, but it could be a turn off).
  • Lower quality / inconsistent animation at times.
  • Dubbing / Subtitles don't always line up (Court ranks for example).

Choujin Koukousei-tachi wa Isekai demo Yoyuu de Ikinuku you desu!
(2019)

About as average and uninspired as they come.
I'll give "High School Prodigies" one thing, all of the protagonists were effectively god-like before transitioning worlds which was a nice change. However even starting with god like intellect and physical abilities they still managed to not take over their new world in a single season.

The show shoehorned in just about as many tropes as possible, some worked and others didn't. Characters, protagonist and secondary characters/NPC's, were "flat" and not easy to connect with. Plot points were often completely unbelievable (even for an Isekai), the best example was the item salvaged from the plane wreck. Finally the overall story was very weak and the kids could have been completely handled by the ruling government with a few well placed assassins.

Pros:
  • English Dubbing.
  • Consistent animation.
  • Unusual tactic of god-like protagonists BEFORE transitioning worlds.


Cons:
  • Excessive "Fan-Service".
  • Predictable.
  • Characters are one dimensional.
  • A few of the characters are a bit ridiculous (worlds best magician) and just seemed over the top.

FLCL Progressive
(2018)

Like an echo of FLCL, it's lost clarity in the reproduction
Where the original FLCL was something you either loved or hated, "Progressive" is a like an echo of the original.

While trying to reproduce and capture the original feel (and fans) of FLCL, "Progressive" fails, making it feel even more "less than" which is a shame considering the story, though a trope filled mess, has some originality and enjoyable points.

Taken on its own it's an interesting watch, but most will feel disappointed if they were expecting a true continuation of the joy and insanity found in the original.

Pro's:
  • English Dubbing.
  • "Some" of the art is higher quality, making it feel newer.
  • Enjoyable and unusual story.


Con's:
  • It's not FLCL, don't get your hopes up.
  • Art quality dips at times.
  • Much is the story is predicable.

FLCL
(2000)

Colorful, unusual, "loud", erratic and a wild ride.
This is another one of those Love/Hate anime's, encapsulated by the first episode. It's intro is strange bordering on insane, seems to make little sense and you're left wondering what's next as the credits roll.

Of course the following episodes include more insanity but slowly the story begins to unfold. The series even manages to squeeze in a few "coming of age" tropes in a way that feels natural, which is saying something in a anime about a guitar swinging space alien taking advantage of a poor middle school kid.

Only the viewer can decide which passion they'll feel, maybe I'm wrong but can't see many people being indifferent to FLCL.

Pro's:
  • Distinct art style.
  • Unique story.
  • Not predictable.
  • English dubbing.
  • Unlike anything else.


Con's:
  • Not of a fan of the really bizarre art style during the "wacky" portions.

Kiznaiver
(2016)

Beauty, love, despair, horror, and more, shared
Before the end of the first episode the beauty of the animation, eclectic characters and unusual storytelling had sunk hooks in and wouldn't let go.

It's an interesting anime that proves tropes exist for a reason, beauty can exist within horror and pain... Even the insanity of the first few episodes served a purpose, and had mad science I can realistically see happening.

For all the things to got "right" it's still imperfect and at times very cliched (they are there for a reason), but it was satisfying to see another example of great anime.

Note: Those who don't enjoy story driven, character growth based stories will likely hate this.

Pro's:
  • Great intro and soundtrack.
  • Character Archetypes fit in the narrative.
  • Quality storytelling.
  • No filler episodes.
  • Predictability that serves a purpose.
  • Full story arc.


Con's:
  • First few episodes have an almost distracting amount of chaos in them, and can turn people off.
  • Predictable, it's important for the story but would loved a surprise or two.

Kyokou Suiri
(2020)

Interesting premise, excellent art, but struggles in the end.
Visually striking and unique premise combined with strong characters in the beginning hooks you. But in the end it falls flat as it has multiple episodes lacking substance and an ending arc that fails to live up to the first half of the series.

A second season might redeem the disappointment felt at the close of the final episode, until then in my mind it was a slightly above average supernatural anime that fought with itself over direction, depth and tone.

Pro's:
  • Excellent Animation.
  • Above average English dubbing.
  • Unusual premise and characters.
  • Great first few episodes.
  • Completed story arc.


Con's:
  • Sluggish and unfocused last half.
  • Unfulfilling and odd ending.

The Eighth Son? That Can't Be Right!
(2020)

Interesting premise with a lackluster delivery.
Loved the idea of a Isekai with the protagonist who actually had to struggle, however "8th Son" failed to deliver even on that.

Inside the first couple episodes he's blessed with godly powers and by the fourth has the start of his harem which made it clear this was going to be the typical trope filled anime.

Dialog is flat (Sub & Dub), characters are not interesting enough to invest in emotionally, the animation though consistent feels empty and lacking "flair".

The final story arc could have brought something interesting back into a disappointing entry into the Isekai genre, but even that ultimately failed as well.

It's not "bad", just lacking character and boring.

Pros:
  • English Dubbing.
  • Consistent animation.
  • Completed season with closure.


Cons:
  • Uninteresting characters.
  • Flat Dialog.
  • "Empty" feeling animation.
  • Predictable and uninspired.

Isekai Cheat Magician
(2019)

Lackluster and predictable to a fault.
A "newer" entry to the Isekai field, "Cheat Mage" lacks anything to distinguish it it beyond an intro from "Myth & Roid".

The characters are flat, dialog is terrible (even the Sub's), the "story" is unoriginal, combat is uninspired, the evil "mastermind" is anything but and tropes are shoehorned in everywhere.

Even the anime's name is a bad choice when referring to protagonist, there is no "cheating" or clever use of his powers.

I'd suggest rewatching one of the "greats" over slogging through all 12 episodes.

Pro's:
  • English dubbing.
  • Average score.


Con's:
  • Inconstant animation.
  • Cheesy dialog.
  • Lackluster story.
  • No drama / struggle.
  • Boring.

Megalo Box
(2018)

Attractive, entertaining and imperfect.
With an older school animation style that is reminiscent of some of the classics (Cowboy Bebop, etc.), a simple and clean story and characters just deep enough to enjoy it was worth the binge.

Series length about perfect, episodes were straight forward storytelling without much filler and the final episode was surprisingly fulfilling, especially considering I'm one of those anime fans who always thinks the endings are rushed / needed more wrap up.

All in all it's a nice clean 13 episode arc with a tidy ending leaving one satisfied and feeling "complete".

FYI watch until the final seconds of the credits.

Pros:
  • Classic / Old school animation style.
  • Good music, with some unique scores for the show.
  • Characters that are simple and identifiable with most not feeling like cardboard cutouts.
  • Short but satisfying series that is easily binged.
  • English dubbing.


Cons:
  • Animation quality dips at times, some distracting irregularities.
  • Predictable story, but it doesn't pretend to be more than what it is.
  • English dubbing misses some of the dialogue (I watch with subtitles on).

Jormungand
(2012)

Refreshing series that hooked me in the first 15 minutes
The first episode there was a strange but balanced mix of casual brutality, dark humor and just a sliver of heart that quickly marked "Jormungand" as something different.

For full disclosure the premise itself was unique enough it sat at the bottom of my queue for months because I had trouble reconciling this fairly serious subject being handled by an anime, but once Jormungand was next I was pleasing to be proven wrong.

The animation style was mirror of the series as a whole, simple and clean and yet at the same time technically perfect when it came to the details that counted.

Not everything was flawless, not every episode had the same depth and some of the stories / sub-plots seemed uncharacteristically outlandish at first (but unfolded interestingly) but as a whole it was a fantastic watch.

Pros:
  • Great cast of characters.
  • Depth hiding under the action.
  • Excellent music and score.
  • Above average and consistent animation.
  • Surprising beauty at times.
Cons:
  • Animation quality dibs a bit in the second season.
  • Some predictability.
  • The end to the arc needed more than 2 episodes to complete, but I'm biased there.

KanColle: The Movie
(2016)

Slightly better than the series, but still a Bizarre premise.
Bizarre character premise that's reminiscent of "Strike Witches" but further into left field.

The "Unknown Enemy attacking Earth" is a tried and true trope, but scantily clad, pale and uncommunicative 14 year old girls seems an odd choice to represent the enemy, but even stranger is what defends humanity. 14 year old girls skating through the water with miniature Battleship turrets / parts hanging off their legs and backs. That is unless the girls are "Carriers" and then they have part of the Aircraft Carrier's deck hanging from their waists (and arms once they "equip").

The enemy "Abyssal" monsters were interesting, some appearing to be giant mutant demonic whales, others warped crabs or other creatures.

Combats seemed really odd as the girls tiny weapons fired disproportionately large shells and arrows fired from the "Carrier Group" turned into squadrons of what appeared to be "Zero's". Additionally the combats were without any real substance, there was no real danger. When the fleet groups were outnumbered massively and under fire they would escape nearly unscathed, but when convenient for the story a lone enemy fighter will "sink" one of the girls with a single shot.

Overall in a very broad brush way the story unfolds along the lines of "Strike Witches", a new addition to the group without combat experience, who's also supposed to be exceptionally powerful, performs poorly at first but makes the decision to work hard and train to become the best all the while being insanely cheerful. Add the typical stumbles, comic relief in the form of horrible performance while training, pair of extra supportive friends, an idol to look up to, random naval terms inserted into every conversation and you have a very silly trope filled series.

If you're a fan of the "Magical Girls" genre (yes they aren't magical but in every other way it fits) this will likely be enjoyable, but if not I'd suggest a hard pass.

Pros:
  • Interesting monsters.
  • Unique costumes for some of the ship classes.
  • None of the random Ecchi moments of "Strike Witches".
  • Above average and consistent animation.
  • Flashbacks have a very noir feel, cleanly delineating it.
  • English Dubbing.


Cons:
  • Exceptionally predictable.
  • Silly to a fault.
  • Depends to heavily on "Deus Ex Machina" moments.
  • Unexplained and random scantily clad "Bunny Girl"' (Ship groups typically have matching outfits / uniforms).

Kantai Collection: Kan Colle
(2015)

Bizarre character premise that's reminiscent of "Strike Witches" but further into left field.
The "Unknown Enemy attacking Earth" is a tried and true trope, but scantily clad, pale and uncommunicative 14 year old girls seems an odd choice to represent the enemy, but even stranger is what defends humanity. 14 year old girls skating through the water with miniature Battleship turrets / parts hanging off their legs and backs. That is unless the girls are "Carriers" and then they have part of the Aircraft Carrier's deck hanging from their waists (and arms once they "equip").

The enemy "Abyssal" monsters were interesting, some appearing to be giant mutant demonic whales, others warped crabs or other creatures.

Combats seemed really odd as the girls tiny weapons fired disproportionately large shells and arrows fired from the "Carrier Group" turned into squadrons of what appeared to be "Zero's". Additionally the combats were without any real substance, there was no real danger. When the fleet groups were outnumbered massively and under fire they would escape nearly unscathed, but when convenient for the story a lone enemy fighter will "sink" one of the girls with a single shot.

Overall in a very broad brush way the story unfolds along the lines of "Strike Witches", a new addition to the group without combat experience, who's also supposed to be exceptionally powerful, performs poorly at first but makes the decision to work hard and train to become the best all the while being insanely cheerful. Add the typical stumbles, comic relief in the form of horrible performance while training, pair of extra supportive friends, an idol to look up to, random naval terms inserted into every conversation and you have a very silly trope filled series.

If you're a fan of the "Magical Girls" genre (yes they aren't magical but in every other way it fits) this will likely be enjoyable, but if not I'd suggest a hard pass.

Pros:
  • Interesting monsters.
  • Unique costumes for some of the ship classes.
  • None of the random Ecchi moments of "Strike Witches".
  • Above average and consistent animation.
  • Flashbacks have a very noir feel, cleanly delineating it.
  • English Dubbing.


Cons:
  • Exceptionally predictable.
  • Silly to a fault.
  • Depends to heavily on "Deus Ex Machina" moments.
  • Unexplained and random scantily clad "Bunny Girl"' (Ship groups typically have matching outfits / uniforms).

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!
(2020)

Light and enjoyable twist on the classic video game trope.
An isekai casting the protagonist as the "Evil" character isn't new, but her complete acceptance of the situation and then decision to avoid the inevitable doom the game has in store for her by hijacking all of the main "encounters" was, and it made for an entertaining diversion.

The story unfolds well with good jumps in the time line that make sense vs dragging out a particular segment beyond what the story could support. Characters are fairly standard, lacking serious depth but remain enjoyable, with the protagonist being the classic clueless main character trope that works well instead of being awkward.

My only significant issue was the classically "short" ending, personally want more than a 20 minute closing.

Pro's:
  • Excellent and consistent art, not exactly my style but can recognize the quality.
  • Fun characters.
  • "Realistic" Isekai, the average person isn't going to suddenly become a "god" due to present day knowledge and was nice to see that.
  • Complete story arc.
  • Warm and fuzzy.


Con's:
  • Main character is unusually clueless.
  • Very predictable.

Toradora!
(2008)

Coming of age, self-discovery, and growth well done...
Yes, it's another teen coming of age / "slice of life" anime, it has many of the classic character stereotypes represented, and yes many of the classic tropes are represented, but unlike so many others it's well done.

What surprised me is how naturally the series develops.

The characters are simple but not one dimensional, depth is obtained through flawed but very human choices and the consequences of them. Tropes are present but instead of being shoehorned in they exist as integral parts of the story, often noticed after the fact instead of standing out like the "fan-service" we've come to expect (and often dread). Episodes flow well, without the gaps and jumps I've grown to expect and when the end is reached it felt natural.

It would be easy to go on, but in the end it's an enjoyable series that makes me interested in taking a second look at the "Slice of Life" genre.

Pro's:
  • Quality story telling.
  • Fairly consistent animation.
  • Characters that feel natural.
  • A compete story arc.
  • Good depth and growth.


Con's:
  • Some animation inconsistencies at the end.
  • Ending arc could have used another episode.
  • Some over the top silliness.
  • Fairly predictable (still very enjoyable).

Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou
(2015)

Fun twist on the classic harem trope
Starting with a mistaken identity and continuing with cultural differences "Monster Musume" is a surprisingly cute anime with a fresh take on the harem cliche.

Add in creative ways to squeeze in lol-worthy "Fan Service" (though it does get over the top at times), clever monster introductions to the harem (to say nothing of their interactions with each other) and you end up with a very watchable anime.

Pros:
  • Good cast of characters.
  • Amusing ways to give the viewers "Fan Service".
  • Silly in all the best ways.
  • Amusing 4th wall humor.
  • "Monster Manual" style species breakdown at the end of episodes.
  • Consistent animation.
  • Solid soundtrack.
  • Fantastic English Dubbing.
  • Multiple OVA's and Specials (with English Dubbing).
  • Season two confirmed this year.


Cons:
  • Ecchi moments get a little over the top at times.

Armed Girl's Machiavellism
(2017)

Wonderful blend of genres with a bit of depth hidden hidden under the silliness.
"AGM" begins with classic tropes and appears to be another run of the mill "new kid on campus" anime, but by the end of the first episode it's made a left turn into the bizarre and the viewer is left thinking it's going to be a harem.

Before long the series it does another turn, changing the focus again, but instead of feeling like a directionless anime the viewer begins to realize the casual and often silly show is growing the characters slowly and building the protagonist into something more than the typical letch.

By the last few episodes it's done another change of direction, adds some more serious character interactions, grown the "harems" depth a little more and suddenly gotten a bit dark.

When the credits roll I was pleased to see something with originality that also had a slightly off beat ending and left me wanting more even after giving the viewers some closure.

Pros:
  • Fun characters.
  • Good balance of genres.
  • Amusing and seemingly original ideas.
  • English Dubbing.
  • An OVA with dubbing.
  • No crazy "Fan Service" detracting from the story.


Cons:
  • Only one season.
  • Some predictability.
  • Inconsistent animation at times.
  • OVA's hard time find on standard streaming services.

Shinmai Maou no Testament
(2015)

It's a bit like a train wreck or car crash, I couldn't look away
Between love and hate I couldn't decide, but I didn't stop watching it either.

With an amusing twist in the first episode the ecchi starts on a good foot, cheese and stilted dialog aside.

As the season progressed and much as I wanted to hate "ToaNSD" for its predictability, "Fan Service" and shoehorned ecchi moments it grew on me.

The "broken" protagonists growth was imperfect, the animation and story made me think it was a dated early 2000's anime vs 2015. But for all of that, for every flaw easily critiqued, I kept watching the anime and before long the first season was over.

The 2nd season was even more over the top, more Demons, more cheese, more fetishes and seemed to make even less sense.

Pros:
  • Classic Ecchi moments.
  • Predictable but lovable characters.
  • Consistent animation.
  • English Dubbing.
  • Amusing "Fan Service".
  • There is an OVA.
  • Only 2 seasons.


Cons:
  • Early episodes have some silted dialog (English Dubbing).
  • Story often advanced with little explanation, I'm assuming those who've read the Mangas could follow allow better.
  • Story details left unresolved, for example the protagonist has two mothers, and a former god is watching over him, but that's left on the table.
  • Main characters are chumps in one episodes and nearly godlike in another (without a training montage to justify the "upgrade".
  • Some seriously over the top "Fan Service".
  • Fight scenes are often cut short and lack any epic flair.
  • The protagonist takes demon drugs for "reasons", seems like an unneeded story device.
  • Much if the audio effects seem "sampled", pretty sure they used the "Tardis" sound effects and different audio details from other anime's.

Broken Blade
(2014)

Empires struggle with Mecha's powered by magic in an epic story
Two empires struggle in Mechs they don't fully understand. One for land and power using revisionist history to motivate the rank and file and the other empire just to hold on to what remains and try for peace.

The overall story and character falling into traditional archetypes but have enough unique to make them interesting.

Longer episode runtimes give the story more depth and makes each episode a bit more engrossing.

My only wish is more time was spent on the Mecha design and use, but not every anime can have the attention to detail Knight's & Magic" showed.

Pros:
  • Dark, vibrant and clean animation.
  • Nice epic scale and longer episodes give a more engrossing feel.
  • Brutal battles, especially the final episodes.
  • Not everyone gets along, infighting among allies is realistic.
  • Broad scope of characters which have a little more depth than normal.
  • The "evil" Empires motivations and brainwashing was a nice touch.
  • Well scored music that helps set the tone.
  • English Dubbing.


Cons:
  • Some stilted dialog in early episodes (English Dubbing).
  • Protagonist whines a lot in early episodes and has an unusually "young" sounding voice (English Dubbing).
  • Unusually developed 12 year old (Cleo) without an explanation why the Athens Empires children develops quickly (just bugged me).
  • Protagonist makes very bad choices, repeatedly, and never seems to learn.

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