A gorgeous and fresh experience with masterfully crafted music and visuals and strong emotional elements.
For having the same writer, composer, and animation studio that brings us Fate/Zero and the Heaven's Feel movies, Garden of Sinners has stellar animation and music for a boring, unconvincing story.
The unsettling lovechild of The Matrix and Donnie Darko, Lain is an existential ride that is hauntingly more relevant today than when it aired 22 years ago.
A great wrap-up for the series ... satisfyingly rooted in a sense of reality and introspection the way a good spiritual supernatural story should be.
Part of the Monogatari Series - "Sequel" to Owarimonogatari (1st Season) Genre(s): Seinen, Supernatural, Mystery, Ecchi Age-Appropriateness: 17+ (Profanity, Suggestive Themes, violence) Platforms: None (Was initially released on a Japanese mobile app) Episodes: Twelve 13-minute episodes TheAwersome Rating: 7.2 / 10 (Back to dialogue-only) Premise: In each episode, Koyomi is presented with a different mystery... Continue Reading →
Part of the Monogatari Series - Prequel to Nekomonogatari Kuro (Black) Genre(s): Seinen, Supernatural, Action, Mystery Age-Appropriateness: 17+ (Violence, Gore, Profanity – more than series) Platforms: None Episodes: 3 One-hour movies TheAwersome Rating: 8.9 / 10 (Very Different, Stellar) Premise: During Koyomi Araragi's second year at Naoetsu Private High School, he has a chance encounter... Continue Reading →
Part of the Monogatari Series - Sequel to Tsukimonogatari Genre(s): Seinen, Supernatural, Mystery, Psychological Age-Appropriateness: 17+ (Violence, Profanity) Platforms: Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 TheAwersome Rating: 8.3 / 10 (Here’s good stuff) Premise: During October of his third year in high school, Koyomi Araragi is introduced to a transfer student named Ougi Oshino by his underclassman Suruga... Continue Reading →
A spin-off of Season 1 of DanMachi Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery, Medium Ecchi Age-Appropriateness: 15+ (Violence, profanity, Many Suggestive Themes) Platforms: Amazon Prime Episodes: 12 TheAwersome Rating: 7.5 / 10 (If you liked the original, you’ll like this) Premise: Follow the Sword Princess Aiz Wallenstein and the novice mage Lefiya Viridis of the Loki... Continue Reading →
Part of the Monogatari Series - Sequel to Monogatari Series: Second Season Genre(s): Seinen, Supernatural, Ecchi, Mystery, Psychological Age-Appropriateness: 16+ (Violence, Profanity, Partial Nudity) Platforms: Crunchyroll Episodes: 4 (Presented as one piece) TheAwersome Rating: 7.1 / 10 (back to eye rolling) Premise: Koyomi Araragi is studying hard in preparation for his college entrance exams when... Continue Reading →