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Type: The Fucked Up Kind


Synopsis: So apparently the biggest dick in the universe is this thing called Gantz. This big black orb thingy randomly makes copies of dead people and forces them kill aliens for its amusement. To be fair it does give you weapons, power suits, and the target, but that’s about it. No instructions. No tips. If you die in the game, your dead for good. If you try to run away from the game area, your head explodes. Gatnz insults you at the end of the game and gives you points. Your free to live your life in-between games, unless Gantz copied a person that wasn’t fully dead, then you sorta have to avoid awkwardly meeting the original you.  Once you get 100 points, Gatnz lets you go for reals.

Pros: If your a fan of “realism” in anime, then you’ll probably be a fan of this. All the characters in the show act like real people, full of flaws and anxieties. What makes the show interesting is seeing all these “real” people deal with such an extraordinary situation. To makes things more interesting, the show actually allows people to die, no matter who they are. So in every Gatnz Game you get a new set of people and group dynamic. The only constant being the protagonist Kuruno. While I’m not a fan of this type of anime, I was genuienly interested in what was going to happen next, and hope they make more seasons in the future.

Cons: As stated above, this show incorporates “realism. This means that the characters are drawn realistically, which I was not a big fan of. It also doesn’t shy away from issues like abuse, bullying, crime, suicide.  When I used the term “real” people, I of course meant assholes (if I had a dollar for every dirtbag that wanted to molest Kei “big breasts” Kishimono…). The characters in Gantz aren’t very likable. Some are angry, some are crazy, some are losers, some are whiny, some are self centered, some are killers. Gantz tends to revive a mix of people. This show also has a lot of casual nudity and violent gore. So if anything stated above is not your thing, don’t watch it. (p.s. Kato cried waaay too much. That boy had feelings.)

Watch it?: Only your 18+ and have a strong constitution. (4/5)

MVP: Kei Kuruno

kei kurono

I will survive.

Best Episode: Ep.17 “Is It OK to Shoot Them?” (I gatta be cool guy now)

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Black Lagoon

Type: Imagine if Cowboy Bebop and Quentin Tarantino had a baby…who was Awesome.


Synopsis: Tell me if you heard this one before. A Japanese salary man is kidnapped by three American pirates off the coast of South East Asia. The Japanese man decides to join them, and starts running jobs for them in a criminal city run by the Chinese, Italian, and Russian mafia. He then almost dies a few times due to run-ins with a crazy helicopter, Neo-Nazis, a maid, twin psychopaths, an army of assassins, and a yakuza with a samurai sword. Pretty Funny, huh?

Pros: Black Lagoon is a seriously well made show. It feels like a Hollywood action flick, but it also feels like an anime. The action scenes are high on adrenaline, the dramatic scenes are heart wrenching, the the funny scenes are gutbusters. The thing about Black Lagoon is that it never stops being fun. It’s a testament to its quality that it manages to incorporate extremely bleak real world issues without taking away from its humor or thrills. Show’s like Black Lagoon show why Anime is King.

Cons: First and foremost, Black Lagoon is a solid M for Mature show. The imagery and themes are not suitable for children (or some adults). Its also an action show, so you will have to pay attention to the plot, unless you wanna get lost. One nitpicky thing that turned out to be pretty funny is the issue of language. The show has an international cast, but you don’t realize how international until the the Japan Arc at the end, because it turns out none of the cast except the protagonist speak Japanese (making you realize they’ve probably been speaking English this whole time!).

Watch it?: F@#$ Yeah! (5/5)

MVP: Revy



Best Episode: Ep.7 “Calm Down, Two Men” (p.s. Watch the Omakes!)

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Welcome to the NHK

Type: The kind that hits a little too close to home

Synopsis: This joyful little yarn follows Satou Tatsuhiro, the sorriest loser this side of Stanford University. He’s got not job, not education, and no personal hygiene (A NEET). His best friend is a gigantic geek. His first love is a pill popping nutbag. And his current love interest is a traumatized high school drop-out…Tra- la-la-la.

Pros: NHK is the type of show that appeals to certain kinds of people. People who like non-fiction, who think Batman is the best superhero, who generally enjoy the darker aspects of life. Aficionados of the dark comedy. Its been compared to works like Catcher in the Rye, so if you like Japan’s exploration of the human condition, this one is for you.

Cons: As much as I would like to say that I hated NHK, I can’t. Nothing is technically “wrong” with it. Many of the character’s hand ups are pretty understandable. Issues like childhood abuse, stress, trouble with women, lack of self confidence, all these manifest themselves in adult hood depression. The show does go a bit slow and I felt that Satou didn’t grow as much as he should have.  But again, its a pretty solid show.

Watch it?: Honestly, Its a bit of a downer. (2/5)

MVP: Satou Tatsuhiro

He may be a loser, but dammit, he’s our loser.

Best Episode: Ep. 5 “Welcome to Counselling!” (things start to turn around a little)

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