Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls Revisited

When I first watched Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls it was a curious experience, and having not read or even heard of the light novel series, which it was adapted from, I did not really know what to expect. As a series it suffered from similar problems to many other light novel adaptations, mainly the lack of time with 12 episodes being far too few to really get into the swing of things and develop not only the characters, but also the story. It is however a series that I am incredibly fond of, with interesting characters and excellent animation. Read more of this post

Last Exile ~ Ginyoku no Fam ~ Revisited

Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam was a series that severely disappointed me when it first aired, so much so in fact that I ended up dropping it one or two episodes after the first recap. But, after thinking about the series, I began to wonder if I might have been heavily influenced by my love for the original Last Exile, and whether this had essentially meant that I was unlikely to ever truly enjoy this sequel. In general it can be quite difficult to approach a sequel to a series that you really enjoyed without some apprehension, even more so if the original was a complete series with little room for a direct sequel at all. However, this does not mean that all sequels are bad, and frequently they can be great and occasionally better than the original through better character and plot development. Unfortunately Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam was not one of these series, and even when I watched it again, I could not shake the nagging sensation that this series just didn’t really know where it wanted to go. Read more of this post

C3 Cube x Cursed x Curious Revisited

When the season preview of C3 came out, the series itself looked to be potentially very interesting, with a lot of elements surrounding ideas of what it means to human, and whether or not a tool can be viewed as human, or a human be viewed as a tool. The reality, however, was much different, with the series turning out to be a tangled mess without any cohesion and a convoluted plot that did not truly know, or even understand where it was going. I decided to watch the series again, however, to see if coming back to it may have improved, what was a series that I had initially dropped due to how terrible it was. Read more of this post

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon Revisited

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon was a series that many people either ignored or dismissed as ridiculous, with an incomprehensible plot to anyone who had not read the light novels upon which it is based. I quite enjoyed this series, but I am also suggested that it was little more than a guilty pleasure, yet again quoting the idea of a plot that did not make much sense along with other elements that at the time may have felt forced. However, I was curious to see if my views of the series while holding an element of truth were perhaps heavily influenced by the wider opinion of this series when it aired. I decided to revisit it, watch it again and see whether or not it was still a guilty pleasure, and generally speaking I think that the series is substantially better that I and many others initially suggested. I also think that there was a substantial element of cultural fundamentalism in the dismissal of this series as just another light novel adaptation, as if adapting a light novel automatically means that the series will be bad. Read more of this post