JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Review

Spoilers for Stardust Crusaders abound. Be wary all that venture here.

Last year I was covering the first few episodes of Stardust Crusaders, and before dropping it for personal reasons I expressed concern that the third arc of JoJo was lacking a certain something that Battle Tendency had. I never thought it a bad show, but it wasn’t particularly great either. So now that the arc is over, have my feelings changed at all?

Don't let anyone call you a fool Joseph. You are BEST JoJo, for now and forever.

Don’t let anyone call you a fool Joseph. You are BEST JoJo, for now and forever.

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Puella Magi Madoka★Magica Movie 3 Review

There will be spoilers for both the series and the movie in this post. You have been warned.

Madoka is probably one of my favourite anime series of all time, and the recap movies did a fairly good job of covering the content. But what about Rebellion, the third and final movie? I am always a little skeptical when franchises try create additional content when it seems unnecessary. If a series is well-rounded and reaches a satisfactory conclusion, then what purpose does making any sort continuation serve? The obvious answer is profit. Hollywood in particular is particularly bad about milking franchise dry by creating sequel after sequel.

One image flip away from a Kyubey swastika.

One image flip away from a Kyubey swastika.

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Puella Magi Madoka★Magica Movies 1&2 Review

I first watched Madoka back in 2012 during my time running my Uni’s Anime Society. It became somewhat of a priority for me to get it shown, since after initially skipping over it when it aired (after all it looked like your typical magical girl anime) I began to take notice at the impact it had within the anime community. To say it was well received would be an understatement. Anime communities both inside and outside of Japan were showering this show with praise, and rightly so.

See what I mean about it appearing to be a "typical magical girl" show?

See what I mean about it appearing to be a “typical magical girl” show?

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Spec Ops: The Line Review

Modern military shooters aren’t really my thing. Outside of a handful of games such as Bioshock, I really haven’t found myself playing all too many of them. This isn’t due to squeamishness on my part, nor a disapproval of depictions of violence. You only have to look at some of the anime I’ve watched to know that isn’t the case. No I would say that my disinterest in shooters comes down to two reasons.

A ruined American flag? I'm sure that this will be an optimistic and cheery game.

A ruined American flag? I’m sure that this will be an optimistic and cheery game.

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Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Review

The latest remake of Space Battleship Yamato was somewhat skipped over by the English-speaking anime fandom. Partly this was due to the fact it was a remake of an anime from the 70’s. A lot of anime’s western fan base, including myself, are quite young. Anime has really grown in popularity in the last decade or so because of increased distribution via websites that offer streaming and downloads. I know I certainly wouldn’t have gotten into anime if it wasn’t available on the internet. As such, it’s not surprising that a younger audience doesn’t have much interest in a series that aired before they were even born.

It probably doesn't help that the ship is based off of a Japanese WWII ship.

It probably doesn’t help that the ship is based off of a Japanese WWII ship.

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Gunslinger Girl Review

It’s not uncommon in anime to depict children committing violent acts, and presenting this as exciting, titillating, or cool. Gokukoku no Brynhildr, Black Bullet, and Pupa are all examples of this from 2014 alone. It’s also not uncommon for anime to sexualize children in some manner, or at least sexualize “loli” characters. In a way it’s not all that surprising. Sex and violence sells, and in a culture where cute is king, it’s almost inevitable that there will be entertainment depicting children as such.

Despite what one might think given its description, Gunslinger Girl is not one of these shows. Instead I would argue that it is very much criticism and subversion of these sorts of tropes, much as Madoka was for the magical girl genre. Not to imply that Gunslinger Girl is on the same level as Madoka, very few shows are, but I certainly appreciate what it tries to do.

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Infinite Ryvius Review

Infinite Ryvius, also known as Mugen no Ryvius, often draws comparisons to Lord of the Flies, a book that I am ashamed to admit I haven’t read. I would have read it if not for my year 10 English teacher deciding that a book called King of the Castle was a much better choice. She was wrong, the book was a piece of shit, and I kind of regret not getting the chance to read Lord of Flies.

Ryvius has given me a compulsion to pick Lord of the Flies up from the library. The absolute dread and hopelessness that permeated the first two thirds or so of the series was gripping. It had this steady pace that slowly had their situation progressively getting worse, where options and escapes were slowly cut off one by one. They were left trapped in a cooking pot of angst, anger, and fear. It was absolutely fascinating to watch.

Yo, this ship be magical!

Yo, this ship be magical!

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