Posted on 23 November 2019 with categories: About, Other:

Click the image above to be taken to our new site: starcrossedanime.com!

We’ll have a more formal goodbye post up here soon, but all future episode and series reviews will be posted exclusively at Star Crossed Anime. All 14 years of the site’s historical content have been ported over, as well. Lenlo, Amun, and Aidan worked their tails off setting up the new site, so head on over and give them a shout!

(We anticipate that psgels.net will be inaccessible starting in early December. For more information about why we made the move, click here.)

Posted on 17 November 2019 with categories: About, Other:

UPDATE 11/23: The new site is online at starcrossedanime.com. Go check us out!


UPDATE 11/19: It took some finagling, but we’ve finished exporting Star Crossed Anime’s 14 year history to our new domain. We’re still polishing the site’s overall appearance and doing compatibility checks, but we’ll be ready to reveal the new URL on Saturday, November 23. Lenlo and Amun have been putting in work to prepare for the big move, so please give them your energy! We hope to see all of you on the new site very soon.


UPDATE 11/15: Our communication with psgels.net’s current host has reached a standstill, so it looks like we’ll be moving house in the very near future. We have a new WordPress blog ready to go, and we’re in the process of transferring the current site’s content from a backup that Lenlo has created. This post will be updated with a link to the new blog in the coming days. Stay tuned!


Dear readers, we have a slight problem. Though Star Crossed Anime’s day-to-day operations are being handled by a new team of writers, none of us have the keys to the castle, so to speak. The site’s domain and hosting have always been paid for by its founder, and those services were recently terminated. The site is still up for now (otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this), but there’s a chance that it will disappear soon.

We are currently in contact with psgels in an attempt to transfer ownership of the site, but assuming that plan falls through, we may be moving to a new domain. Speaking as a longtime Star Crossed reader, it’s sad to think that 15 years of anime blogging history could be lost, but we’re working on preserving the site’s content, and our chances look good on that front. Of course, there are plenty of future posts to come either way, including our 2019 year-end review and a potential decade retrospective in early 2020.

Please watch this space, as I’ll be updating this post with new information as it comes in. For now, I’d recommend joining our Discord server. A link is available to the right, just below the shoutbox. There’s not a lot of conversation to be had there, but it’s a way to stay in touch with us in case the site mysteriously evaporates. If the worst comes to pass, we’ll be posting the new domain there so you can find us at our updated location.

Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you on the other side!

Posted on 15 October 2019 with categories: About

Mario: If you ever wonder what is the current state of anime right now, well look no further than this final season of the 2010s as the Anime Goddess has offered us … half a dozen isekai shows. To be fair though, I have a feeling we’re reaching the post-isekai era where these shows appear to poke fun at the genre’s usual tropes (whether they’re actually funny is another topic). I also regard this season as a late bloomer, given how all these good shows aired at the tail end of our impressions (with several sequels still to come). Nevertheless, we’ve got our traditional First Episode Awards right down below, along with the blogging schedule for this Fall. With Armitage taking a seasonal hiatus and Aidan briefly coming back for more battles in space, this season we writers also aim to make a weekly summary where we can chime in on shows that aren’t receiving regular coverage. Enjoy the last breeze of the decade, folks.

 

FALL 2019 BLOGGING SCHEDULE

Aidan: Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Seiran film trilogy (episodic releases)

Mario: Beastars

Lenlo: Vinland Saga (carry-over) – Dr. STONE (carry-over) – Throwback Thursday

Wooper: Chihayafuru 3Hoshiai no Sora

Helghast: Psycho-Pass 3

Amun: Fire Force (carry-over) – My Hero Academia 4

Armitage: on hiatus

 

FIRST EPISODE AWARDS

Best First Episode
(The Death Note Award)

BEASTARS

Likely Spent All Their Efforts on the First Episode
(The Kyoukai No Kanata Award)

KABUKICHOU SHERLOCK

Best Animation
(The Samurai Champloo Award)

BEASTARS


Season Sleeper
(The Gargantia Award)

HOSHIAI NO SORA

Worst First Episode
(The Bleach Award)

ORE WO SUKI NANO WA…

Exceeded Expectations
(The Hyouka Award)

MAIRIMASHITA! IRUMA-KUN


Most Disappointing First Episode
(The Berserk Award)

SPECIAL 7

Best Sequel/Continuation
(The Natsume Book of Friends Award)

MY HERO ACADEMIA 4

Best Background Art
(Made in Abyss Award)

HOSHIAI NO SORA

Posted on 16 July 2019 with categories: About

With BEM released we come to the end of the First Impression period and the real beginning of this Summer Season. With 2 new writers on board I am happy to say that the 1st Impression had gone smoother and much faster than ever before. To make it even more exciting, we have 2 good news for you readers. First, this season Star Crossed Anime will cover a total of 12 shows, which if my memory serves right is the highest since psgels left the site. After many behind-the-scene black-market deals and fist fights and Mexican standoffs to make sure we can cover shows we wanted, this is our Summer 2019 blogging schedule:

Mario: Kanata no AstraCop CraftCarole & Tuesday (carry-over)

Lenlo: Vinland Saga – Dr. STONE – Kimetsu no Yaiba (carry-over)

Wooper: Mix: Meisei Story (carry-over)

Amun: Fire ForceDanMachi 2 

Armitage: O Maidens in Your Savage SeasonGiven

Helghast: Lord El-Melloi II-sei no Jikenbo: “Rail Zeppelin” Grace note

Second, it’s the new bloods’ idea to give First-Episode Awards where the staff vote for their favorites and worst (Credits entirely to Amun for the concept, layout and those lovely icons) so you readers can have a better grasp on the seasonal reception so far. Let us know if you like the idea and which category you would like us to include in the future. I’ll stop writing now and just let the awards speak for themselves.

Best First Episode
(The Death Note Award)

O MAIDENS IN YOUR SAVAGE SEASON

Spent All Efforts on the First Episode
(The Kyoukai No Kanata Award)

FIRE FORCE

Best Animation
(The Samurai Champloo Award)

FIRE FORCE


Season Sleeper
(The Gargantia Award)

COP CRAFT

Worst First Episode
(The Bleach Award)

ARIFURETA

Exceeded Expectations
(The Hyouka Award)

DUMBBELL NAN KILO MOTERU?


Most Disappointing First Episode
(The Berserk Award)

DR. STONE

Best Sequel/Continuation
(The Natsume Book of Friends Award)

MIX

Posted on 24 June 2019 with categories: About, Random Posts

Target acquired, lock, engage. Joining my brothers in arms, it’s your girl, Armitage! :D

Hey, everyone!! After days of brawling and bloodshed, I have finally emerged as a joint victor of the Battle Royale for the coveted position of ‘New Blogger’. I am grateful to the brave fallen and look forward to making acquaintance with the living, here at Star-Crossed Fleet.

I am in my final year at Uni but I have decided to instead follow my passion for stories. I will be pursuing my dream to be a novelist, you see. Ever since I was a little child, I have loved fictional characters and the incredible lives they lead. And anime was one of the first mediums to make me feel that way. Hence, I have decided to give blogging a shot.

Some of my favorites include: Hunter x Hunter 2011, Honey & Clover, Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu and 3-gatsu no Lion. I look forward to talking about seasonal anime and more with you all and vow to fight to death, defending my shit taste over yours! :P

Thanks for having me!! <3

 

Posted on with categories: About, Random Posts

Hello! Call me Amun – good to meet ya!

The kind bloggers of this site have graciously allowed me to join their ranks. A bit about me – I’m a 30 year old Happa who is gainfully employed as a programmer/manager/pointy haired boss/whatever (you’re here for anime, not a resume).  As discord embarrassingly revealed to the other writers, I currently play League of Legends, though I was sufficiently addicted to WoW in the past (afl lock, yessir).

My anime instincts tend to wander towards shonen, with good characterization and world building as musts.  I’ve been watching anime now for about 15 years (I tend to be anime only with resorting to manga when there is no hope for future seasons *sniff*).   The show that got me hooked was Hikaru no Go, and I haven’t looked back since.

A picture’s worth a thousand words, so here’s a small banner for some of my top personal picks.

Hopefully you’ll enjoy my thoughts and if not…flame me until I get better!  (+1 for everyone who can name all anime shown in the banner…+2 if you caught the previous pun).

Let’s watch some anime together!

Posted on 26 May 2019 with categories: About, Random Posts

Applications are closed. To everyone who submitted, thank you for your interest!

In June of 2017, I applied to be part of the team here at Star Crossed. Now, nearly two years later, I’m writing our new recruitment post. Time flies when you’re blogging anime.

With Aidan’s recent departure, it’s time for us to shore up our roster a bit. More writers means we’ll be able to cover more series, include more perspectives in our First Impressions posts, and perhaps introduce new features like Lenlo’s Throwback Thursday. Seasonal anime will always be our bread and butter, so we’ll be asking new recruits to give us a hand starting with the Summer 2019 season. If you watch anime week-to-week and want an established platform to write about it, then we’d love for you to apply.

Text blogging isn’t a glamorous job in this era of video sharing sites and social networks. If your application is accepted, your only rewards as a writer will be a sense of accomplishment and the rare message from an appreciative commenter. Keep at it long enough and you may even get one or two not-so-appreciative messages! Mario, Lenlo and I will be grateful to have you, though. We’ve all got different tastes, so you’re sure to find somebody you click with. We’re also flexible regarding upload schedules and show selection, though we’ll begin to expect a bit more once you’ve settled in.

Still keen on applying? Hit the jump for details!

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Posted on 14 April 2019 with categories: About

To those whom it may concern this is a declaration of my retirement from the Star Crossed Anime Blog and this is a needlessly dramatic sentence. However when I consider my five years on this site blogging shows I feel that some dramatic gravitas is warranted. Now this post will likely be very long so I suspect that most will skim it at best or declare TLDR before moving on but I really feel like giving at least one last post to explain how I got here, why I kept doing this and why I am stopping. After Psgels abandoned the site without a word I felt it would be wrong to repeat that even if my leaving will be met with little lamentation. So bear with me as I take you back to the days of yore when the animated TV adaption of Fate/Unlimited Bladeworks was about to air.

I stumbled upon Psgels really out of nowhere after my old hangout of cartoon-world forums went dead and for some reason or another just stuck around talking to people on the shoutbox and commenting on posts. You may be surprised to hear that back then there was a rather thriving community on the site and we all basically knew each other. It was nice and gave me a place to talk about my interests when the place I am from people don’t even know what anime is, let alone talk about it. Then came the time psgels decided to make this site a multi-author blog and indeed it did seem to be his means of distancing himself from the site. He picked out a number of people from our Shoutbox community to carry on the site in his stead and let me say that I was not actually one of them. As a matter of fact I was put forward by someone else for the sole purpose of covering the new Fate show and nothing else. Seeing as I was the person with the most knowledge about the franchise and was interested in trying to cover it, I decided to offer to do so. With that Psgels reluctantly gave me access to post to the site. Yes, reluctantly. You see dear readers, psgels did not actually like me and don’t take that to mean that I hold it against him. I gave him plenty of reasons to dislike me, potentially even hate me. Nonetheless he gave me access to the site, though made sure to contact me through a proxy email and not his real email address which caused massive headaches down the line.
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Posted on 13 April 2019 with categories: About

I must say, though the spring season is usually a heavyweight in both quantity and quality for anime offerings, spring 2019 surprisingly has a condensed amount of shows airing. This might be the fewest First Impressions posts we’ve done in a while. I’m optimistic about the season, however. There’s a clear cut between the 7 shows we’ve chosen to  blog (well, 6 shows and 1 carry-over) and the rest. That’s another way of saying that I’m happy with our schedule this season. Without further ado, here’s Star-Crossed Anime’s coverage for spring 2019:

Mario: Sarazanmai, Carole & Tuesday, Fruits Basket

Lenlo: Kimetsu no Yaiba, One Punch Man 2, Dororo (carry-over)

Wooper: Mix: Meisei Story

This is where I would finish with a witty remark, but since I’ve just been reborn as a dancing kappa through someone’s butt, let’s just end it right here before I burst out singing.

Posted on 15 January 2019 with categories: About

 

Like a cold you can’t get rid of, the new season has come and all the premieres have been aired. Overall, this Winter season looks to be an exciting one. It’s certainly the fewest shows in terms of quantity for quite a while, and shows that supposed to be stand out are doing a pretty good job. Mob Psycho 100 2 delivers one of the best episode in a while, Boogiepop tanks but the rest is what we could’ve predicted. This season also marks many shows cut-corner by animating entirely in CG, and the results are pretty clunky. I hope this trend won’t become dominant in the future.

Below is our schedule for 2019 Winter season:

Aidan: Yakusoku no Neverland

Mario: Boogiepop Phantom (2019), Kemurikusa, Kouya no Kotobuki Hikoutai

Lenlo: Dororo, Mob Psycho 100 II, Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru (carry-over), Paranoia Agent (Throwback Thursday)

Wooper: Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai

Hooray for Wooper who will be back on board with us for the season. Extra hooray for Lenlo for working extra next season (I hope you survive, lad). And let’s hope for this 2019 year to be a better anime year than the last one.

KANPAI!!!

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