Review: Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions

Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions was one of the more middling titles on the Winter 2016 slate and up against some pretty stiff competition in Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, Erased and Ajin. But it’s the earlier Sword Art Online that tends to overshadow the series. While both were produced by A-1 Pictures, the similarities all but end there. While SAO was concerned with teens trapped in … Continue reading Review: Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions

Review: Fairy Tail Collection 12

Lucy has had her last memento of her father torn from her hands. The fabled Key of the Starry Sky was stolen by the Legion Corps, holy warriors working under the doctrine of the Zentopia Church. With that, the ambition of our beloved celestial mage could have gone to the clutches of thieves. But with her Fairy Tail friends at her side, none of them … Continue reading Review: Fairy Tail Collection 12

Review: The Perfect Insider

‘Style over substance’ has longed plagued animation, a medium fussed over frame-by-frame, and considered down to the last detail. At first glance, The Perfect Insider suffers this same dilemma, yet the scale tips throughout its short arc, striking a balance between its heavy-handed philosophy and striking surreal imagery. Told across 11 chapters, the series begins in a familiar fashion with a character narrating his journal … Continue reading Review: The Perfect Insider

Gimme shelter: the ‘not an anime’ argument

“Maybe I forgot how to think at all.” At the beginning of Porter Robinson’s music video for ‘SHELTER’, Rin is dreaming these words as she comes out of sleep in the simulation where she lives alone, but not lonely. She has whole worlds to build, running through rolling fields or resting at the crest of a glacier as she controls and creates her surroundings on … Continue reading Gimme shelter: the ‘not an anime’ argument