Argevollen (2014): First Thoughts with Minor Spoilers

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My first reaction to Argevollen was that it was channelling Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory. It has since risen above that with stellar character work but risks my suspension of disbelief with its schizo tech. Continue reading

Hanayamata (2014): First Thoughts

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The sheer exuberance, the joie de vivre, of Hanayamata is hard to resist. My suggestion is to not bother resisting, and just let yourself be carried away by Hana, Naku, Yaya, Tami and Machi. Continue reading

GLASSLIP (2014): First Thoughts

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GLASSLIP is in many ways a typical P.A. Works[1] production: pretty to look at, filled with engaging characters that you rapidly connect with, blessedly devoid of fanservice for the most part[2].

There’s only one problem: the first half of the series seems to be missing. Continue reading

Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket (1989)

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Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket is the best instalment of a franchise that I don’t particularly like.

I took another look at it over the last week or so, and I’m holding to that opinion. Continue reading

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