Posted by psgels on 31 July 2011 with categories: Monthly Summaries

How good do I consider this season to be? Well, to put it like this: I’ve got eighteen series this season that I’d rate at 8,25/10 or higher. In other words, there are eighteen series that I really, really like airing at the same time. The last time such a thing happened was back in September of 2009, and this season we’ve only just started yet!

The main flaw of this season pretty much what has been the main flaw of every season for the past years: length. There are quite a few series that aren’t going t fit their stories in their allotted time, and there again are too few series that dare to go beyond 13 episodes. With the way that the anime sales have bloomed over the past years though, I really hope tat soon we’ll be able to say goodbye to this very annoying trend.

#33 (new) – Mayo Chiki – (2,75/10) – Now this was just horrible. Just one big excuse for cute girls and fanservice and nothing more. The premise is based around the entire cast being complete and utter morons, and it’s just another one of those really bad fanservice comedies that pop up every season. Ignore this one at all costs! Dropped.
#32 (new) – Manyuu Hiken-Chou – (3/10) – Look. I often tell fanservice shows to be a bit more creative. I have said before that I have nothing against creative fanservice that fits within the setting of the series. And yeah, I guess that Manyuu Hiken-Chou does get creative… but I DID NOT MEAN CREATING OUTRIGHT PORN!
#31 (new) – Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel – (3,75/10) – What the hell happened here? I mean, the original OVA was decent: it was nothing special, but it had some nice morals and showed that being a mahou shoujo really isn’t as easy as it seems. Then this show comes along and it pretty much turns into a really stupid kaitou-busting show full of the most annoying moe antics and stereotypical characters. There’s nothing enjoyable about this: the characters just try to be as energetic as possible but completely forget to be entertaining or even remotely interesting! Dropped.
#30 (new) – Nyanpire – (4/10) – Unfortunately Gonzo’s first series in two years turned out to be Bad Gonzo. I mean, making a kids’ show is one thing, but this was just one huge commercial for a crappy J-Pop band who does the ED. The jokes are also completely unfunny: when I watch a comedy, I want to watch something that makes me laugh, not cringe! Dropped.
#29 (new) – Uta no Prince-Sama Maji Love 1000% – (4/10) – I prepared myself that this would be a campy series. But I never could have imagined the amount of stupidity and cheese that this show ended up delivering. Just about every character is hamming it up, and not to mention how ridiculously stupid the entire premise of this show is. I gave up at the point where the teachers actually forbade the characters to have any romances with each other. What the hell? Isn’t that why you’d want to watch this show in the first place? Dropped
#28 (19) – Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu – (4,25/10) – I’ve seen this one recommended quite a few times, but based on the first episode of the second season, I really don’t get the appeal. It’s just a show about a bunch of idiots and cute girls. I did not find anything even remotely funny about that one episode I watched, and it was a complete chore to sit through. Was that just me, or was it really a bad episode for this series to start with? Dropped.
#27 (new) – Rou Kyuu Bu! – (4,5/10) – This is bad. I mean, for starters we have a show about grade schoolers with a ton of fanservice, but the creators also succeeded in putting together the most obnoxious cast imaginable. The five lead girls all try to act as annoyingly moe as possible. On top of that though, it tries to have a serious story. Those parts don’t mesh! Dropped
#26 (new) – R-15 – (5/10) – Now, there are shows about idiots. Those idiots however completely pale in comparison to the characters in this series: this is the epitome of stupidity. It’s just a bunch of morons pretending to be geniuses filled with random fanservice. It’s nice to see how creative it can get with that for just one episode, but after that it just gets repetitive and actually tries to take itself seriously. There’s no way in which that’s going to work. Dropped.
#25 (new) – Morita-San wa Mukuchi – (6/10) – So, this is nothing but various sketches around a shy girl, nothing more. While I can understand where the creators are coming from, you can’t just base your entire series around this; it’s way too one-sided and forced. Not to mention the utterly poor direction of this thing.
#24 (new) – Yuruyuri – (6,5/10) – At first it looked to be different, but in the end Yuruyuri unfortunately turned out to be exactly what it says on the title: very unsubtle lesbian jokes. It started off pretty decent, but after only three episodes they ran out of inspiration and just kept going with dull lesbian and boob jokes. Dropped.
#23 (new) – The Idolm@ster – (7,25/10) – The Idolm@ster is tolerable, but after three episodes I have to wonder: what makes this show worth watching? The interesting direction of the first episode was immediately dropped, and instead every episode so far has focused on one of the different girls. The first two being the Kugimiya Rie Tsundere and the really shy girl who is afraid of men. The drama around them was weak (especially the one around the tsundere) and the rest of the side characters only used their airtime to just further establish the fact that they’re a bunch of walking cliches. Dropped.
#22 (new) – Nekogami Yaoyorozu – (7,25/10) – So, this show is tolerable. Aaand… that’s a bit of the problem here: yes, it’s better than most of the moe antics shows out there, but still it only gets a chuckle out of me every few minutes. There really are very few reasons to keep watching this series. Only go for this one if you’re really bored. Dropped.
#21 (new) – Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Uragi – (7,5/10) – Okay, so right before I went on my holiday, I wrote up a quick first impression for this series, and published it. At least, that’s what I thought happened, but that post got lost somehow, so that’s why there is no first impression of it. In any case, beyond being the series with the villain with the silliest name, Itsuten is a very cheesy romance show with a lot of angst and moe. Its story does have some potential, but the annoying moe antics, overacting and fanservice certainly aren’t helping its case at the moment.
#20 (new) – Sacred Seven – (7,75/10) – The big problem with Sacred Seven is that it could have been so much more: it’s an original story, it’s got an excellent director, an excellent scriptwriter, and what do they come with? A school emo mecha series. So far in the past four episodes, the emo part is what hurts this series the most: the characters just aren’t well fleshed out and because of that they feel rather unengaging. There are moments where it really shows to be exciting (most notably the second episode), but so at this rate it’s not going to be amongst the highlights of this season. It does have a very good OP, though
#19 (13) – Showa Monogatari – (8/10) – Oooohh…. what the hell happened to that thirteenth episode? I’ve been waiting for ages now and still nothing. This show has had by far the weirdest airing schedule I have ever seen. As for this month, only one episode aired, and in terms of script it was very good. Overall the cast has received quite a bit of depth by now. The bad part is that Kouhei’s voice actor really can’t act, which really hurt during the dramatic bits.
#18 (10) – Sket Dance – (8,25/10) – The music arc was a bit of a disappointment and it lacked the whimsy of the rest of the series, though the other episodes were as fun to watch as ever. This series is really at its best when it manages to stuff in its high amount of energy.
#17 (new) – Dantalian no Shoka – (8,25/10) – After watching Gosick, it is refreshing to see that the main character here actually has a retort to all of his female companion’s insults. Dalian still is smarter than he is, but at least he can have a normal conversation with her without sounding like an idiot. Overall the mysteries in this series need a bit of work, but the atmosphere is really good, and the animation is also quite impressive. Will this work with only 12 episodes, though?
#16 (new) – Blade – (8,25/10) – You know, after the way in which the X-Men turned into a disappointment, I kind-of wrote this series off. Especially when it showed that it had Madhouse’s acting problem again. It’s indeed a bit of a cheesy action series and all, but I don’t know. This series has something, I just can’t put my finger to exactly what. In either case it still has the potential to become the best Marvel series so far if it pulls through: it wisely spends a lot of time on both its main character and villain, and on top of that the side-characters all wisely avoid some of their biggest pitfalls: the female side-kick is useful without hogging over the screen, the enemy vampires pose a threat by killing people actually very often, the main character is bad-ass yet not overpowered. Oh, and this show follows a black vampire slayer in the middle of the Philippines. Thank you, Madhouse for really trying to go around the world instead of just keeping with the same base setting over and over again.
#15 (20) – Nurarihyon no Mago – (8,25/10)

A major improvement. The direction is snappier, the story is more interesting, the pacing moves along faster and the atmosphere is more varied. You can really see that a different staff is adapting this series this time, and alongside all the other flops of Studio Deen this year, it’s good to see that at least here they’re showing that they can still put out a good series.

#14 (new) – Ikoku Meiro no Croisée – (8,25/10)

This one turned out to be a series about cultural differences. It’s quite an interesting variation to the usual slice of life set-up, and I really have to praise Satelight for putting down a very authentic portrayal of France of a century ago. the background art in particular is just great. There are some problems in the character department (mostly because of one particularly annoying character), but overall it’s a heart-warming series so far,

#13 (6) – Hana-Saku Iroha – (8,25/10)

During the past month, Hana-Saku Iroha has been really good, but not as good as during June. This mostly is because the main cast didn’t receive that much attention and instead the side-cast was really well developed. What the next month needs to do is give the same treatment to the main cast.

#12 (new) – Kami-Sama no Memo-Chou – (8,25/10)

This series stands out because it had the best opening episode of the season amongst Penguin Drum. After that it dulled in a bit in order to focus on character building, but there still is a lot of potential here. It’s especially the dialogue that’s well written and the mysteries are well built up, but there are weaknesses. Some bad guys are just plain stupid, and it also has JC Staff-esque fanservice that is completely overused and often out of place.

#11 (new) – Blood-C – (8,25/10)

This show is definitely not for everyone, in top of being completely different in tone compared to the other parts of the blood franchise. It’s a simple series that really just planned to use its first four episodes to build up its atmosphere, but I really like it so far. The atmosphere works, the fight scenes are just completely amazing, and I’m really eager to get to the point where this show starts off for real. The big potential pitfall is that there will be too much build-up, but so far it’s heading into the right direction.

#10 (new) – Usagi Drop – (8,5/10)

This one’s by far the most realistic show of the season. It chronicles how hard it is to take care of a young child, without exaggerating this. There’s a good backstory due to the strange family construction that this series takes place in and the dialogue is all wonderfully down to earth.

#9 (12) – Ao no Exorcist – (8,5/10)

At this point, I’m really watching Ao no Exorcist for the characters: they’ve grown into a lovable bunch with excellent chemistry and the relationships between them are all really well done. So yeah it’s a shounen series, with its share of cliches, but that’s not important here at all.

#8 (11) – Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji – (8,5/10)

The past month has been a lot of build-up, but the tension was still very high and it was very entertaining to watch. There were times at which it took a bit long to get to its point, like with the old guy episode, but it’s not like we’re back to the really slow pacing of the first season. Now all that’s left is to wait whether or not it’s actually going to pay off.

#7 (new) – Kamisama Dolls – (8,5/10)

This turned out to be a very enjoyable and action-packed thriller. It’s all well directed and balanced, alternating between action, drama, comedy and horror quite nicely and while it does have some fanservice cliches, it’s got an intriguing and nicely fleshed out cast of characters and the exciting parts of this series are really delivering so far.

#6 (new) – No.6 – (8,5/10)

Excellent music, excellent animation, excellent characters and an excellent setting. No.6 is a very solid adventure series with strong, constantly evolving characters in an interesting setting. There’s only one problem with this show, but it is a really big one: the length! There’s no way in which 11 episodes is going to be the right number for this one.

#5 (12) – Natsume Yuujinchou – (8,75/10)

The third season of Natsume Yuujinchou has had a wonderful start. Somehow, the creators actually managed to make it increasingly better with every single episode. The atmosphere is still really soothing, yet the stories it tells are strong and well thought out. It’s still a heart-warming story and what’s more: Natsume’s development is really kicking in now. It’s been a major theme of this third season and every episode seems to contribute to it in one way or another.

#4 (2) – Hyouge Mono – (8,75/10)

This was a month for the plot to progress for Hyouge Mono: a lot of changes have been made, a lot of characters have developed, and risen up in ranks, giving a completely different feel to the series. On top of that, Sasuke is just as eccentric as he’s ever been, and this series is giving him more and more incentives to show that eccentricity. It’s still a rock-solid series with amazing acting and characterization that obviously isn’t for everyone.

#3 (new) – Mawaru Penguin Drum – (8,75/10)

This is good. It’s by var the best series of the new season. The direction is wild, vivid and detailed with all kinds of references of which you’ll never know whether they’re symbolism or foreshadowing. The characters are great, the chemistry between them is awesome, the story is imaginative. Just about everything works here.

#2 (4) – Steins;Gate – (9/10)

What a plot! This month Steins;Gate really revealed how much thought went into its plot and narrative structure, and it was glorious. There are so many questions that it’s asking and the time travel plot is now really hitting some high notes with all of the interconnected twists and turns it takes.

#1 (9) – Tiger & Bunny – (9/10)

At this point, Tiger & Bunny has become bloody brilliant. Every episode has delivered an amazing story that gave a ton of development to the main cast, the main storyline has gotten better and better, and just about every character ended up more enjoyable to watch.

30 Responses

  1. gandalf8 says:

    I quite like Nekogami Yaoyorozu. It really is just like a normal slice-of-life series, but instead of focusing on school kids (which are dime-a-dozen), its characters are all gods. Although it doesn’t actually have any outstanding aspect, in my opinion it doesn’t need to. This show is mainly about the shenanigans of a few gods/goddesses who are living among the humans, and imo it does it well, and I’m very entertained watching it. I guess with all the shows you’re already watching, a show that isn’t very exciting content-wise would lose out.

    And I totally agree with Tiger & Bunny at No. 1. This months episodes were truly amazing, I really can’t wait to see how the story develops.

  2. Esmeralda31 says:

    I agree with all your votes… Uta no prince sama is really the worst anime I have ever watched.
    Tiger & Bunny instead is the BEST EVER.
    i have no idea what the end will be, hoping in a happy ending…. ( not sure knowing Sunrise)…

  3. Tomtom says:

    Pretty much agree with the top 10 as well (at least for the 8 of them that I’ve watched so far). For me, Hs-iroha is top 5 though. I should get into Hyouge Mono as well but have little spare time atm :'(.

  4. Perrin4869 says:

    I must say that, since the beginning of the season, I have been terribly underwhelmed by the new shows. Kamisama Dolls plain sucks, I can’t stand the premise of a NEET loli detective (yes, I can’t believe I just wrote that. Whoever thought this is a good premise for anything? And what’s with the “It’s the only NEET thing to do” catchphrase?). No.6 is good, not great, Blood-C I can’t seem to get into, Ikoku Meiro no Croisée annoys me a lot. It’s just too… unrealistic. It got the bad fortune to air in the same season as Usagi Drop, which make an authentic portrayal of a little girl, not the thing shown there…
    Which brings me to Usagi Drop and Mawaru Penguin Drum which I love to death and stay up until they finally get released to watch them. Which would still make this season special, considering it is not always I have an anime I truly look forward to watching. And seriously, any season containing Mawaru Penguin Drum would be outstanding, no questions asked… Still, I was expecting to have more awesome series, so I was left somewhat underwhelmed.
    That’s my two cents.

  5. zzer0 says:

    You say that penguindrum is by far the best show for the summer season, but the score you gave it is the same as your score for Natsume 3 and only .25 higher than your scores No. 6, Kamisama Dolls and Usagi drop:/

  6. Wandering Bunny says:

    Man, you sure like to insult the series you don’t like a lot…
    Respect points: -2

  7. Firechick says:

    I agree with your analysis on Mayo Chiki, even though I haven’t watched it. I mean, that disguise is soooo blatant and horrible! Even Team Rocket put on better disguises than that!

  8. Wandering Bunny says:

    Also, gotta get this out of my chest but, as much as I love Penguindrum, it’s overrated and people are regarding it too highly for the wrong reasons.
    So far the show is both too werid to make some episodes fun and too normal to really be considered so great. I mean, think about it; for now it’s just about two guys on quest to save thier sister by stalking some girl because a penguin hat told them to… …Okay I guess that dosen’t sound normal but in the end the first few episodes were no different from slice-of-life with penguins (and a few dramatic scenes but not as much as comdeic ones and foreshadowing no one can make jack off anyway).
    So far, the shows isn’t that special, but with all the time spent foreshadowing it’s pretty clear that it can throw a bomb at us at any minute and become spectacular.
    But, the point is that it haven’t yet…
    And we won’t know how truly good it is until we get there.
    Therefor, fans arn’t rooting for it because it’s that good of a show as much as because they believe it will be… Which is kinda wrong if you ask me. To like something you know nothing about more than the stuff you do just because it’s unknown and full of mystery is just wrong…

  9. Perrin4869 says:

    Hey, that’s not true! I don’t like Blood-C or No.6 very much, but I didn’t insult them! I insult series that I find ridiculous. Seriously, “NEET Loli Detective”. I can’t believe I wrote that again. Who comes up with those things!? Seriously, I feel insulted by them.
    And, also, having Polish ancestors makes me a born complainer…

  10. Deyes says:

    WanderingBunny was talking about psegels, not yo Perrin4869. He always critiques him yet still visits (anger management I suppose – release it online so in life you can stay normal). I agree with him (or her perhaps? though: if psegels doesn’t like a show, he’s really harsh in such a way that it’s insulting to those who do enjoy the show. This is why I only read blogs about shows that he likes (and I like as well) ’cause then he actually has nice input. Simple as that right? Don’t like it – don’t read it.

    Penguindrum is also not overrated. Overrated is used so often these days it’s silly. Majority rules: people really enjoy penguin drum and that’s that. You just don’t happen to agree (that it’s for the “right reasons”), but that doesn’t make your opinion fact.
    Though I suppose, if someone rates it a 10 on MAL (why people even rate stuff they haven’t finished is beyond me) and you don’t agree and give it a 7 – then yes, it’s overrated by the people rating higher than a 7, but only in your opinion.
    Sorry, not an attack (clearly, I hope, based on my choice of words), but it’s just a pet peeve of mine and I have issues shutting up once I get going :p.

  11. Hogart says:

    @Perrin4869: I hear ya on the Polish ancestry :S

    I’m well over my lack of understanding when it comes to Blood-C, but I have to say that I’m quite surprised you found Kamisama Dolls and Kamisama no Memo-chou all that enjoyable, psgels.

    Memo-chou just isn’t my cup of tea, relying almost entirely on characters that I just don’t find appealing.. but that’s just me.

    But Dolls.. What’s so appealing to this show that makes it that much better than, say, Sacred Seven? It’s creatively lazy, the characters are flat and generic, etc etc. Is it just riding high off the greatness of it’s OP/ED?

    I also agree with Wandering Bunny that Penguindrum is getting far too overhyped, to the point where it’s being sold as something more than it seems to be. I’m opting to not listen to all the raving, because that kind of expectation nearly ruined Madoka for me. I’m going to treat Penguindrum as “just another show” and let it amaze me – so far it hasn’t, aside from the first ten times I watched that transformation sequence.

    Steins;Gate, on the other hand.. if it’s even half as good plot-wise as the Internet Murmur Machine indicates, I’ll probably love it to bits when I finally find the time to marathon it. Thanks, psgels, for that Kaleidoscope post that hinted that I ought to pay attention right from episode one..

  12. Puran says:

    BakaTest season 2 is abysmal.

    I found the first season to be entertaining, but kinda lost steam on the way. It still had its moments.

    Season 2 is a big step down. The first episode was terrible, and then the episodes afterwards actually managed to get worse. You did good in dropping it early.

  13. Cholisose says:

    Nice post, interesting to see what made your top spots.
    So far I’ve been quite pleased with how many good shows we’ve had this summer season. We have a great variety of stuff this season. My favorites at the moment are probably Croisee, Nura Clan (surprisingly!), Natsume Yuujinchou, and Usagi Drop. I have hope in Dantalian, Blood-C, and Kamisama Dolls as well though. I especially want Dantalian to get better–I’m liking it so far, but I’m hoping it will wow us by the end…
    And Nekogami is a fun diversion, I think. Very tame and silly–Squid Girl meets Touhou, I’d call it.

  14. Gintoki says:

    Totally agree with your number one choice, psgels! Though Tiger & bunny has always had great action, it was nice to have taken a break from all the pizzazz and thrills and replace it with some awesome character development. These past episodes let us see the personal lives of those behind the superhero personae (notably Kotetsu) which was an excellent way of building up the drama for future arcs. I can’t wait to see how their going to tie all the characters together!
    Also: No ranking for Gintama this month psgels? Don’t tell me it’s been DROPPED?;_; I understand if you have considering the number of shows you’ve been reviewing, or even just plain viewing, but I’ll pray you’ll at least take up watching major arcs.

  15. Tiger & Bunny. Great show..except the last episode kotetsu realyl got on my damn nerves…

    That fool is using the *Im not going to communicate* line that so many lame anime use
    to build false suspense, I can kind of tolerate it with high school kids, but this fucker is like 40 years old, a fking ADULT and he cant communicate. . .that just a bunch of bullshit.

  16. hika says:

    Regarding No.6, I guess they could always release an OVA (or two? Kind of like Higashi no Eden…), or an outright season 2 if they can’t wrap the story in 11 episodes. So far the pacing’s pretty good though…

  17. swa says:

    I really love Penguindrum and all, but it’s just that Usagi Drop is… well… the best of the new season, at least that’s the way I feel like. With the exception of Usagi Drop not being in there, I pretty much agree with your Top 5.

  18. Wandering Bunny says:

    @Perrin4869: I was reffering to Psgels like Deyes said. Sorry, I should’ve probably write more clearly.
    And haha, I get what you mean about polish ancestors. Have ’em as well. No wonder we’re the main complainers on this page~

    @Deyes: I realize your just stating your opinion but please try to be less rude about it. (I mean “anger management”? that’s totally getting into the personal insulting line here no matter how you look at it man…)

    Anyway I don’t think I criticize Psgels that much, and it’s never really meant as an attack.
    Plus, I don’t really think there’s something wrong with criticizing and all..
    I mean Psgels like all other blogers wirte these stuff so people would read it. Therefor why is it wrong for us readers to express our opinion on whatever he writes?

    “Penguindrum is also not overrated. Overrated is used so often these days it’s silly. Majority rules: people really enjoy penguin drum and that’s that. You just don’t happen to agree (that it’s for the “right reasons”), but that doesn’t make your opinion fact.”
    …Which is why I clearified what I meant by the term (being praised too highly for the wrong reasons).
    Saying the term is used often isn’t really an argument nor is the majority rule thing.. You merely say Im wrong then talk about something that’s not really related… (Note: Im not saying Im 100% correct (technically no one can be considering the subject of this debate is entirely subjective), but just that your argument doesn’t make much sense.)

    Also, I never said my opinion was a fact… Please don’t say stuff like that just because you intrepreted it that way. Afterwards I get a really bad reputation when other people read your comment and also quickly assume Im an obnoxious snob from what you said.

  19. Kim says:

    @Perrin4869 Usagi Drop might be more realistic than Croisee but your mistake is Yune is not meant to be a little girl like Rin.

    Rin is a little girl, Yune is 13 years old (confirmed) and while young is capable of traveling to another country on her own to work. She is not a little kid that needs to be taken care of like Rin.

    Sure she looks young but don’t be deceived by character designs.

  20. Neriya says:

    If you’ve got 18 shows from this season at or above 8.25, and you’re ranking “tolerable” and dropped shows around the sixes and sevens and giving only criticism about them then your scale seems rather flawed. Wouldn’t it be better to drop the silly decimals and make better use of the 10 point scale?

  21. Deyes says:

    @Wanderng Bunny

    1) I’m a sarcastic person, the “anger management” was a joke, but it makes sense that it gets misunderstood, so I do apologize. Sorry. I don’t read every post clearly, but the ones I do I do see you criticize quite often but.. I didn’t say that was a bad thing. As a matter of fact, I often hear myself thinking “hear hear” so.. don’t take that the wrong way.

    2) Was a pet peeve tangent, totally my wrong. You actually used proper arguments as well, and you directed it towards people who basically rate it as the best show of the season, therefor overrated can be used. I just always get annoyed when I see it without a simple “imo”. See.. I’m the one who needs anger management.. as well :p
    If it helps, it also annoys me when someone calls a show “best show of the season/year/decade” as that’s an overstatement and due to the difference of genres you can’t make that claim (without an imo.. which I can’t criticize but even then: is it possible to really pick 1 that’s above everything else given the wide variety? Also depends on your mood at the time I assume.)
    The “fact” statement came based on your description of the show. The one thing that can’t be denied is that a lot of people favor this show is due to mystery that gets a hint (in the form of symbolism) every episode and the discussion that follows after trying to figure out what’s to come. While the episodes on their own so far follow a more slice-of-life with penguins scenario indeed, there is more going on and that is discussed. But yea, clearly the show is enjoyed by several groups of people:
    1) People I mentioned; they who discuss it.
    2) People who praise the show before it started airing because it’s by Ikuhara, the Utena guy!
    3) People who see it as a slice-of-life comedy and get shocked every time they’re reminded Ringo is not just funny crazy.
    4) People who sincerely enjoy it but don’t feel the need to hype it up yet as not much has happened yet.

    Funnily enough, I haven’t come across people who flat out dislike it.

  22. Kim says:

    I have also came across people who dislike Mawaru. It is definitely my favorite show of the season so far but I agree it is being over hyped. This will only hurt the show in the end because even if it is a great show (which I think it is so far) even great shows do not live up to hype.

    Still for now Mawaru is my favorite show of the season. I think it has delivered. But we only have 4 episodes of a 24 episode series. Anything can happen. It can be brilliant all the way through or it can jump the shark. We won’t know till it ends.

  23. Deyes says:

    I think in the case of Penguindrum, that we won’t get to see any beefy plot happenings until the final episodes. Utena was the same way, it had tons of character development but not much in the way of plot (besides the small bits and pieces, symbolism and hints). I wonder if that’ll eventually turn people off or not.

  24. Can you feel it? says:

    All anime is homosexual.
    Figure things out for yourself. Just because he rates ‘Tiger and Bunny’ highly doesn’t mean you look stupid if you don’t like it. Crap season as usual. Directors couldn’t care less(probably too talentless) about making a compelling emotive story. The ones that do can’t get funding.

  25. paj says:

    Mawaru Penguin Drum: I really couldn’t get into this show I may be in the minority but I can’t what is so special about it. The puns and the jokes I get are the usual ones that I can say see in other shows. It is ironic that I do like comedy but for some reason I just can’t enjoy this show. I really do enjoy tiger and bunny but I wouldn’t list it in my top 5. As for steins gate it is an okay show but I still wouldn’t rate in my top 5 either.

  26. mds says:

    sometimes your judgment just doesn’t make sense.i KNOW that Mayo Chiki is bad and all,but putting it lower than Manyuu Hiken Chou is just totally wrong.

  27. psgels psgels says:

    mds: my reasoning was this: yeah, they’re both bad fanservice shows. However, while Mayo Chiki is bad and generic, Manyuu Hiken-Chou… isn’t exactly generic. At least for that I didn’t give it the lowest score this season.

    Neriya: this is just the rating system that I feel most comfortable with. I don’t really feel like trying to create a rating system that is evenly distributed, and the one I use is mostly based on the school system, where 6 is the bare minimum to pass and 8 stands for “good”.

    Wandering_bunny: yeah, I probably was a bit too harsh for the shows I don’t like this season. Next time I’ll try to be a bit more objective there.

  28. Tomtom says:

    What are you people talking about? Manyuu Hiken-Chou is such a great metaphor for modern society. Very thought provoking show.

  29. August 1 says:

    The finale of Showa monogatari aired quite a while back.

  30. Lightstream says:

    No.6 is #6 :D

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Also real dickish that she has an attack in her last form that specifically counters shields. Maybe the whole problem is that I just picked the wrong kind of style for the fight but Zeiwhander and shield has never failed me before.
However any time I got trapped in the corner it was because she was just constantly attacking without pulling back. Rolling was dodgy as you could be easily caught in her next attack. Blocking does no real good either as she's still draining your stamina, health and pushing you back.
@Lenlo, yeah I started aiming for him to get through it but then I was still getting blindsided by her. My build is strength based and I was using a zeiwhander and shield. I couldn't wail on the big guy hard or else I would be in a attack animation when the girl lays down the ice.
See, I never had a problem with the second form because the large guy is so easy to hit and will simply miss you if you stay close to him. I think the one gripe I have with the fight is the heal, because with 2 bosses, you cant stop it alot of the time. I would argue that not getting trapped in a corner though is a skill you cultivate and is more the players fault than the bosses.
Though I actually was happy when they went invisible as that's when I can shave off a heavy chunk of their HP. Still if you happen to miss the small sign of where they jumped then you are screwed on that.
Healing, huge area of effect attacks, grab moves with barely any windup, freeze weapon effects that slow down attack animations, three goddamn forms, can turn invisible, long ass combos leaving little counterattack room and having to fight two bosses at the same time. Honestly, my victory here really depended in them not using certain attacks.
@Lenlo, I liked the visual design and the idea of it. However they gave it far too many cheap attacks. The second form is way to chaotic and depending on how they attack can put you in a position where you really can't do anything. Like when one breaths fire while the other starts healing, then you can't stop it. The final form as well, the minute they get you into a corner, you are done.
Whaaat? I loved that last boss.
Took me 2 and half hours to see everything in the DLC. Took me another 3 hours to beat the boss. Damn that boss had me in the zone. I think its was a serious bullshit artifical difficultly boss but man...beating that bullshit boss solo...felt good.
@Mario, starting to think I didn't need my help after all. I hope they make something worthwhile.
On a unrelated note the Dark Souls 3 DLC boss is serious bullshit.
Hey Aidan, thqt Kickstarter project Mecha-ude has passed its goal (nearly double now with 10 more days to go). Seems like people getting real hype for it
Wonder if Bam has played the new Dark Souls DLC. Found it rather lacking when compared to previous DLC from the last games.
@Anon, it's just a video of a still image of anime girls in bikini's with a red circle around one of their chests. Seeing as this thing has no views or subscribers my guess is someones is fishing for views. To which i say...what really is the point of making videos if this is the only way you can get people to watch them?
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I"] hate this crap that they corrupt anime with (crappy video that insults anime)
So RWBY's back. I actually miss the whole RWBY team. Still prefer Ruby's old custom more. Nora looks cool.
With the fourth episode, Vivid Strike seems to have crossed an invisible line that makes it more like the original Nanoha shows rather than Vivid. The kind of brutal beatdown delivered by the co-protagonist and the build up to it is something quite alien to a normal SoL/Sports anime show.
Ep. 4 of Tiger Mask was a lot better than the last 3, quite a hyped fight that was a full 6mins long. Will continue watching in hope of an awesomely long final fight.
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Going back to the fanservice topic, its very easy to complain about it in anything but then something actually comes along that actually does it for you. I mean I always say that I don't watch a show/movie for its fanservice elements and stick with pictures on image boards, but then I ended up seeing a film where I actually got something out of the fanservice while watching the film its.
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The oujia prequel was competent genre fare, the director cared about the characters and every now and the built up a decent mood. Although jump Scares are there . And I always appreciate a horror film having a mean spirited ending. One of the rare cases where the young actors do well in a horror film. The pace is a bit uneven, rushed and a bit laggy .
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In the sense of how messed up/especially bleak those two episodes were.
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There was the sense too with both those episodes of "Jesus...I wasn't ready for that...."
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Though the first episode of the first season and the third episode of season 3 are very hard to beat. Adding to what I thought of s3 ep3 I felt that one hit me on the same level as s1 ep1 did so.
Though in previous seasons I generally only really liked 2 out of the 3.
@Kaiser, though the previous seasons where only 3 episodes long and you enjoyed 3 out of 6 in this season. So yo essentially get the same amount of enjoyment as previous seasons.
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Based on my comments, it looks like I had a mixed reaction to the third season. Three out of six, but the great was was great and forgives it but I still feel that there was more of a consistentancy in quality in the other seasons. I enjoyed every story in seasons 1 and 2.
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The final episode felt like a movie all on its own, I'd have gladly watched another thirty minutes of it, ending was a nice punch in the gut.
Just finished black mirror season 3. I hear people basically complaining that it's not as strong as the previous two season but I disagree. I really enjoyed this and this is a show that deserves much more episodes. Personal favorite is between shut up and dance and hated in the nation. Worst I thought was San Junipero. Overall thought each episode was interesting.
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On the upside I loved black mirrors fifth episode, I'm a sucker for war/action-dramas and I particularly liked the tech in this one.
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Yeah this is impossible for me to sit through, the romance part is also rather dull.
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Eh, this fourth episode is plodding and trite, feels like a bad, poorly dated 90s film.
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@Aidan: Third episode also instilled a great sense of paranoia.
@Kaiser: thanks for that mate. I have too much to say for Flipflappers but to put them all in coherent flow is goddamn hard. And like I said I still fell I left many details out: that gung-ho potato or Yayaka and the twins
@Friend: jugding from the last convention I went to, people loved Re:Zero customs (Emilia and Rem, Ram were highlights. Or you could try RWBY characters (I for once love to see someone cosplay Pirrha Nikos or Velvet Scarlatina)
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@Aidan: Didn't care much for new black mirrors second episode, then again I'm not really the target for that story. The third episode while a bit heavyhanded and predictable was suspenseful, nasty/mean and I liked that about it, did in 50 minutes what some thrillers fail to achieve in two hours.
Holo is a good one :0
Materials aren't a problem at all for the most part, except for anything too crazy like working in brass. I'd prefer it to be characters I'm familiar with.
Does it matter to you that they're from shows that you like, or are you just in it for the challenge?
@Friend Aidan has some good ones there. I'd also give the cast of Akame ga Kiru a shot, I don't like the series but it has a lot of neat character designs.
I was thinking simple as I didn't know what kind of materials you got on hand. I was also thinking of Holo from spice and wolf or Kino from Kinos journey either.
Mm, Tatsumaki might be not challenging enough to design for. Doesn't Shiki simply wear either a coat or Japanese kimono? I do work in set design and not in character prop design, but I'd love to try something that would let me reasonably challenge myself.
@Friend, Spit balling here but Tatsumaki from One Punch Man? I know the costume for that one would be simple enough. Or maybe Shiki from Kara No Kyoukai?
*I don't want to do anything too complex for my first try, but I also don't want to do anything boring. Boring would be a character like Rukia or Celty. Any ideas?
I remember talking about this with Emma/Kaiser before, but has anyone here gone cosplaying at an expo before? I thought it would be neat to try designing my own costume and try something else beside drawing on a computer.
@Kaiser, I am up to episode 4. 3 has been the best one so far.Though in all these episodes I pretty much figured out the twist from the get go. Still this shows always tends to get you thinking.
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I think the roles/identity thing with flipflappers, at least with the protaganist does fit in well with adolescence.
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@Aidan: I've only seen the first episode so far. I felt the acting was intentional and reflected the satire Brooker was going for on the shallow nature of society. Bleak as ever but gloriously grotesque.
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@Mario:Good in depth reviewing there Mario of flipflappers episode three.
Good god this first episode of black mirror is hard to watch. I know exactly how it's going to turn out but it's just so damn painful to watch.
Well, tbh up to where I've seen there's not much explicit yaoi in yuri on ice, only a lot of fujoshi fuel.
@Kaiser. thanks for the torrent. Gonna blaze through this today.
@Topgavin, as someone who watches a metric ton of anime I am rather surprised at that estimate that 90% of it contains Yuri.
My god those gay scenes in Yuri on Ice are hard to watch for me. Wonder if this is how it feels to be a girl watching 90% of normal anime nowadays.
okay, Flip Flappers episodic review was up. This is my lengthiest weekly review so far and I still feel I missed a lot of points. Damn you Flip Flappers
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You have seen the light, not needing to know everything thats happening to enjoy something ^_^
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I've given some consideration to reviewing that oujia film followup.
Whether you see one or the other is entirely up to your preferences, so it makes no difference to me which is worse. I have gotten very tired of generic character types, but again that's just because of the things I decide to regularly follow.
I will say if it must come down to either unnatural dialogue or unnatural character types, at leas the character type is speaking their own words and not the words of the script writer.
Or was that a black and white fallacy? Maybe it was a little of both.
@Realjustified, K-Off wasn't agreeing with me. That's a Moving the Goal Posts logical Fallacy but well I will answer regardless. Honestly it's preferable to have neither. The big mistake you are making here is that you are putting down a condiction that a show must have one or the other. But both cartoons and anime can have both. I just think it's a lot more prominent in cartoons than anime.
Like, having read hundreds of harem manga over the years, a majority of the ultimate love interest always happens to be the first girl the protagonist meets.
Wait wait wait wait. Aidan and K-Off. I get that dialogue in cartoon can seem like it was written by a script writer, but at the same time, lots of anime have characters whose sole purpose is entirely scripted. The whole spectrum of "deres" and everything. What do you think is worse? Unnatural dialogue, or unnatural character types?
You guys should really go fuck yourself, it's a solution and it's nothing short of great!
You guys should really watch the first 4 episodes of Bungo, it's a prequel and it was nothing short of great!
omg!! I just realized To be Hero was one of the show that I reviewed its 1st episode back in Chinese Animation post. I watched raw then though
forgive me if I'm a bit too overwhelmed by Flip Flappers... For this episode alone I took like 25 screenshots...trying to write a review now...
I have absolutely no idea what is going on in Flip Flappers plot. And yet for some reason I am OK with that.
Anyone out there that's a fan of crude humor should go watch ep.3 of To Be Hero. Certinately stepped it up a notch from the last two humor-wise.
One downside I can think of already is that I'm bound to lose or break one of the detachable controllers. The cost for those pieces is what I'm most interested in.
Nintendo Switch hmm? Honestly it looks too good to be true. I expect some major downsides to this thing.
I like cartoons, don't get me wrong. Certainly good for a change of pace. But there is something about the way they are written that I find rather distracting.
I don't know, maybe if I said it's like the difference from how characters talk in movie vs how characters talk in a sitcom?
@K-Off, I said one liner's or jokes. Not one liner jokes. It's hard to explain. Basically when I hear a conversation in anime even if it is based in stereotypes, it at least feels like a conversation that's being had in the moment. In cartoons however there is a layer of artificiality and it feels like characters know what a person is going to say and has a response prepared.
That's probably why some of my favorite anime in recent years haven't been very heavy on character archetypes, or were either parodies of it.
Comedic dialogue with anime in recent years have leaned too much on the idea of playing off character archetypes. The collected character vs the energetic character, for one. I'd like to see more variety. Some more word play, hyperbolic humor, body humor, etc etc.
@Aidan Not quite sure what you mean by that, because it's certainly not even a majority of cartoons that rely on cheap one liner jokes. I suppose it's entirely up to taste, but I can appreciate the energy in cartoons like Steven Universe or Regular Show when compared to the increasingly repetitive dialogue found in some recent anime.
@Topgavin: I just read that review and his main reason being Shelter is pretentious. oh well! Can't never please anyone.
Thought I'd check out the reviews for Shelter on MAl and the top review is a 1/10. Apparently because it's a cute girl we sympathise with her more, which is bad because reasons. I mean.. what? MAL never ceases to amaze me
@Mario, no. It's more that the dialogue keeps trying to push out one liners or jokes regardless of whose talking.
@Aidan: maybe because they spoke in your native language do you can feel that it's artificial, ya know? I know I have the same problem with Vietnamese drama/ cartoon and maybe Japanese people have that same issues with anime?
By which I mean, the way characters talk in cartoons is very...artificial. Like you can tell that the dialgoue was clearly written beforehand and it never really sounds natural. At least to me.
@Anon, I wouldn't. The writing and structure are too cartoon. What with the episodic nature and dialogue that generally pushes for a comedic tone.
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Flanagan also directed absentia which I haven't seen yet but I think someone I came across of 4chan linked it to being lovecraftian?
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Oculus was a film of two halves for me. Hush was a pretty standard home invasion thriller, making the victim deaf was an interesting twist but not as unique as you might think, still suspenseful though.
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I never saw the first oujia film. Though Mike Flanagan who did the sequel, he's never made a bad movie but he's never really made a great one either.
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I stick to the firm belief that cartoons and anime, visually should do and be their own thing. I'll prefer a western artstyle for cartoons rather than one pretending to look like anime style.
But this is a good topic and I'm sure everyone has their own opinions so I'm looking to hear some more arguments
@anon352392: no they aren't. For me not because of where their production based, nor their intended audience, but rather their styles, both visually and storytelling-ly, are different
Anime,” they assert, is not a “style” of illustration or animation.
That's where I differ to those guys. For me, anime is a style. In that sense, I consider RWBY, and Canadian-produced short Flutter as an anime. Thunderbolt Fantasy is not and anime-influence shows/movies that are intented for Western audience like AniMatrix or Afro Samurai are anime
@Anon nah they wouldn't be because they aren't made by a japanese producer for the japanese market. Quality isn't the question, production is
NX and Red Dead Redemption 2 trailers tomorrow.
They are good series and i honestly like them alot more than most anime series, would their quality make them anime?
What about cartoons like Steven Universe, Gravity Falls, Wander Over Yonder, Star Vs The Forces Of Evil?
In other news a sequel to an absolutely terrible horror movie called Ouija is out and it's...actually pretty good? Wondering if critics were paid off or it is legit good. Well it did have the guy who was behind Oculus and that was a pretty good movie.
Simplify the term down enough and anime is literally anything animated but the whole point of the term is to distinguish it. For to call Spongebob an anime makes me want to projectile vomit. Point is this, you say you watched a cartoon, people think Tom and jerry, Scooby doo etc. You say you watched an anime, people think Cowboy bebop, Attack on titan, etc. Whole point of the term.
For example, I don't consider Avatar or RWBY to be anime for while they use anime style, the writing is fundamentally structured like an American cartoon. Through I would consider Bloodivores an anime even though it was made by a Chinese animation company, making it technically a Chinese cartoon.
As far as what is and isn't anime I honestly think of the term as a means of distinguishing it from cartoon which gives the impression of being for children. It's like Graphic novel is to comic book. Though techically graphic novels are issues of comics bound in book form, the term Graphic novel is often used to distinguish works that go above superhero comics and whatnot.
Basically I think it was due to Porter Robinsons involvement that they didn't consider it anime.
@Aidan: Did the mods give any concrete reasons why they didn't consider it an anime?
@Mario, It wasn't the community that had the problem. It was the mods. The community made it pretty clear that they considered it anime.
So despite the art style is obviously anime, the character speaks in Japanese, and the production was animated by A1 Studios, it's not an anime? Sometimes I feel sad that the anime community keeps limiting themselves with such fixed minds.
I saw it yesterday and yes it was good. For a 5-minute story, they don't make it too overwhelme with details, and still pack an emotional punch. Moreover it elevates the song. Good stuffs.
Shelter was quite good though. It works well and the animation was beautiful. Song is not bad either. It's got a nice emotional punch to it though it's a bit simple a story.
Well anyway I only saw all this because I checked out the video for the first time and wanted to see how others thought of it with a quick scan through reddit. And I get this shitshow instead.
Playing the victim is the one really pisses off the internet. For refusing to admit you f*cked up only encourages people to shove how you f*cked up into your face. That's what really grinds peoples gears.
Yep, seen that too. The mods even put up another tread about the video and tried to guilt trip people by saying they got death threats. Look, internet rules 101. If you said or did something stupid admit to it and just walk away. Do not try to deflect blame or play the victim, that only adds fuel to the fire.
@Aidan oh yeah saw that live lol. Porter himself even commented on twitter about it, gotta love internet drama
So did anyone happen to catch the big old shitstorm of that Shelter music music when a mod of the Anime subreddit decided it wasn't "Anime" enough and removed the discussion post about it? Oh internet drama...what silly nonsense.
Finally caught up with JoJo. Diamond is Unbreakable has turned out to be much better than Stardust Crusaders. Should have waited for the season to finish through as I really loved marathoning it.
I had a feeling that might be the case considering the source materail for luger.
@Mario Oh I watched that, certinately worth it. Packed more story that some 12-episode shows do nowadays and gorgeous animation.
and I will check out "Shelter" music video to see what all the fuss is about
*this weekend to be exact.
Sounds like Luger Code 1951 is an OVA that will air next week, the same air date with "my" Zaregoto OVA.
@Mario: doesn't sound real at all to me lol
@Mario, I might be able to manage. If all else fails I can talk about the past of these historical figures.
While I don't mind watchinng Drifters, I swaer if I had to cover that show, I couldn't come up with anything to say.
Do you guys know what language the fairies speak in Drifters? It does sound like a genuine language
@topgavin: humanity has declined is a great show. It has good writing and dark, witty sense of humor. I could talk about it in length but psgels pretty much covered it all. He was really impressed by that show however.
That should be me covered till the weekend. Why do all my shows air on the weekend...
@Mario nah I've watched the whole thing but I'd heard about it at the start of this year and put it off. The dialogue between her and the fairies was great stuff, probably gonna rewatch it this weekend now that you mention it
Alright, I got three posts written up and will be throwing them out in about two hours or do.
I thought you've finished it. Yeah I love her character a lot, so cynical but witty. My favorite moment was when she read about fairy's plan to invent religions. She was like "so religions are invented?" (beat) "I've learn something new today". Priceless
@Mario Oh nice, it was one that I had heard about but never got round to. To put it in simple anime terms, Watashi is best girl
@topgavin: I just finished the series yo mentioned the other day: humanity is declined. Man, I love it. I know now I have a thing for dark twisted absurdist anime
@Ano340004: the name is Watashi ga Motete Dousunda, or to put it short Motete. I have fun with it but i'm not that enthuastic
@anon the english name is Kiss him, not me. Search through the first impressions if you need the jap name.
then that girl really loves BL (boy love)
what is the name of the anime that the girl is fat and then she got depressed because her favorite boy anime died then she got thin?
Season 7 is awesome so far too. It feels like the tone of the show is finally back to normal and it feels like Adventure Time again.
Whew, I binged all seasons of Adventure Time this weekend. The show hit a low spot in Season 6 but I think it needed to happen...Poor Finn needed the serious character development after what he did to FP.
You guys are too hard on it
Motete is very funny
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When it comes to gag manga and four-koma, I just eventually reach a stopping point with a comedy series in that format. Even with hidamari sketch.
I think it was typical light novel trash based on what was in the PV. I laughed that despite it being horrible that the crowd still cheered anyway, likely because it had a bath clip in it.
The PV was hilarious. I had no idea what the anime was about.
@Aidan I'm good, I'll stick with Working.
@K-Off, you could switch to something like Gi(a)rlish Number if you like. I for one am really digging the satire of the show. Plus I like that it's basically showing how an utter train-wreck of an anime can be made. That PV in the last episode was truly painful.
Feeling pretty disappointed with Working. I haven't gotten any more cynical with comedies, at least I don't think, and its flaws are so irritating.
@Adam Le, I find that with Comic book dialogue. Which is one of the reasons I have gone off marvel movies. Cartoons have it to a degree as well.
I love the instagram shots in Yuri
Maybe I can have a watch through those live action films and do a compare/contrast to see which version works better. After all movie and tv series are 2 different medium, and live-action vs animation is the topic that we never get tired of
speaking of which, the overlap between anime and live-action adaptation from manga is overwhelming. For this year alone, there were Erased, 3-gatsu no Lion, Fune o Amu, orange, and Chihayafuru (part 1&2). Those were just the ones I know.
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Legend of Legacy Review – 80/100

Oh Square Enix, this is the kind of avant-garde work you need to do. Developed by Furyu with the people behind SaGa, and written by Masato Kato of Chrono Trigger, I knew I was in for a unique game right from the start. But its gameplay is certainly divisive and for good reason, as this […]