Scum’s Wish: Episode 2 Review

Through the lens of two new characters, we explore new angles of unrequited love in Scum’s Wish. Hana’s childhood friend Ecchan has had a crush on her for quite some time, but she doesn’t want to impede on her and Mugi. Mugi’s childhood playmate Noriko is in a similar boat, lusting over Mugi. Things get incredibly complicated for everyone involved, as we begin to see the facades that they have built crumbling down. Everyone is barely holding themselves together, attempting to hold back these primal desires that they have. This episode didn’t hold back when it came to depicting the cognitive dissonance present in characters as they struggled to understand what in particular makes them love the people they do. It was an utterly powerful episode, filled with the raw emotion associated with awkward moments of teenage love. Continue reading “Scum’s Wish: Episode 2 Review”

Little Witch Academia: Episode 2 Review

Little Witch Academia continues its bright path with impetus, further building upon its whimsical setting with hearty humor and good fun. This episode focused primarily upon establishing the inner workings of the Witch Academy, splashing us with the charming dynamic of Kagari’s silly witch trio as they go about their studies. The start of the episode was great, giving us a snippet into what exactly their daily lives as witches entails. Kagari herself is faced with some major unexpected hurdles, putting her resilience to the test. With the reveal of a new prodigious rival abound and unbelievably not-so-magical classes, Kagari had her work cut out for her. This episode was even better than the first (and I had thought that it already had set the bar high). Each scene pushed forward with cohesion, as if every individual part was working in perfect harmony, seamlessly blending from one transition to the next.  Continue reading “Little Witch Academia: Episode 2 Review”

Spending the weekend away

I’ll be out of town for the weekend and unable to post reviews until after Sunday. Everything should be back to normal after that. Sorry for the inconvenience!

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March Comes in like a Lion: Episode 13 Review

March Comes in like a Lion switches things up this episode, taking us through Smith’s point of view as he prepares for his match against Gotou. His cool, rough voice narrates his morning routine, revealing an unexpected diligence beneath his playful exterior. His mind is always on the world of Shogi, whether he’s sleeping, eating, walking, or anything in between. Smith’s resolve is handled with quite the delicate hand. His internal monologue is insightful, showing that he too has something he aims for, just like every professional in the shogi world. He knows that there is a small chance in defeating Gotou, and he clings onto it with dear life. Smith is realistic about his chances, but it doesn’t break him. Continue reading “March Comes in like a Lion: Episode 13 Review”

PalpableEmoji’s Winter Season Week One Round-up: 2017

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Curious about what’s worth watching this season? Feel like you’ve been missing out? I’ve got your back. The purpose of this post is to provide a quick rundown on my opinions for the season thus far. My aim is to have a place for people to able to sift through to pick out shows they may enjoy. Continue reading “PalpableEmoji’s Winter Season Week One Round-up: 2017”

First Impressions: Gabriel Dropout, Episode 1

Okay, I thought Interviews With Monster Girls was funny, but then I watched Gabriel Dropout and I was left cackling like a madman. The show is seriously hilarious. It sorta suckers you into it, too. It starts with a seemingly innocent premise filled with bubbly characters that radiate joy. Up in heaven, a group of angels surround the exceptionally gifted angel Gabriel, congratulating her on graduating Angel School. Having graduated, Gabriel pursues further education down in earth.  The group of angels send her off all teary-eyed, saying how much they’ll miss her. And so Gabriel descends down to heaven, ecstatic about studying humans firsthand. It’s all innocently cutesy stuff until she experiences life on earth firsthand.

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First Impressions: ACCA, Episode 1

ACCA’s first episode was magnificently crafted, unraveling a world in which something is clearly amiss. Its aesthetic, brightly colored cityscapes, extremely detailed uniforms, and long, lanky characters, alongside a funky soundtrack, compliments the rich narrative with flavor. Through the hollowed-out expression of the sharp inspector Jean Otus, we learn of the corruption that plagues the seemingly rose-tinted world of ACCA. The Dowa Kingdom is a federation comprised of 13 states, each with their own set of branches and agencies. Jean, as the Chief Officer of the Inspection Department in one of these states, is right at the center of everything. Tasked with inspecting all agencies, he uses his keen intellect, skepticism, and laid-back attitude to uncover problems within the organization. And boy, does he make for an interesting character. Continue reading “First Impressions: ACCA, Episode 1”