One amusement park you do not want to visit: Nanbaka — Initial Impressions

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So, think Prison School meets Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory except remove all of the funny, add a full cast of indiscernible androgynous men with attitude problems, some forced humor here and there, and a plot that makes absolutely no sense. The result? A heap of garbage known as Nanbaka; quite possibly the worst series I’ve watched in a long time. I wouldn’t even subject my worst enemy to a minute of this series.

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The Anchor that is Shogi: March Comes in like a Lion, Episode 9

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With episode 9 of March Comes in like a Lion, the previously explored topic of shogi as a lifeline is pushed to the forefront of the anime.  This time, however, the topic divulges into overwhelmingly tedious repetition as we’re introduced to a new, boring character whose flatness rivals that of a sheet of paper. This character is none other than Shouichi Matsunaga, a 65 year-old 7th dan professional shogi player facing demotion if he is to lose his match with Rei. He is quite possibly the most unappealing character to date. Continue reading “The Anchor that is Shogi: March Comes in like a Lion, Episode 9”

Fall 2016 Catchup: March Comes in like a Lion — Episodes 5 – 8

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March Comes in like a Lion has been taking a nosedive as of late. For as much praise as I’ve given the show for its candor, I’m growing rather tired of its tendency to meander into pointless drivel. It isn’t all terrible. It’s mainly the fact that the bulk of the series, as of late, has occurred in either the Kawamoto household or Rei’s home. Never mind the redundant use of over-the-top humor. It wasn’t so bad at first. A few scenes filled with chibi-isms and high-pitched voices here and there. But now? It’s expected that any scene delving deep into the unfiltered thoughts of characters will at some point pull back, killing any emotion previously established with forced humor. It’s almost as if the series wants to prevent any scene from getting too dramatic. This severely hinders some of the emotional investment we can have with these characters. It’s this very reason that I believe holds the show back from being a masterpiece. Continue reading “Fall 2016 Catchup: March Comes in like a Lion — Episodes 5 – 8”