Anime Review: Recovery of an MMO Junkie

Details: Also known as Netojū no Susume — Recommendation of the Wonderful Virtual Life. First aired in 2017. Ten episodes and an OVA that are each a little under twenty-five minutes long.

I came into this expecting another cookie cutter anime with the setting of a fantasy role-playing video game, except with a thirty year old female protagonist. I was expecting some action and some comedy. Instead, this is a fairly standard romantic comedy that could easily be made into a live action drama, maybe a Korean drama. Don’t expect any action. Do expect some cute, perhaps cringe worthy romance.

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Comedy Special Review: Dave Chappelle: Equanimity & The Bird Revelation

Details: Released on Netflix on New Year’s Eve in 2017. Equanimity is a little over an hour-long and The Bird Revelation is a little under an hour long.

Equanimity and The Bird Revelation are the final part that Chappelle agreed to provide Netflix for a record sixty million dollars. I reviewed and enjoyed the last two comedy specials, even though they were obviously performed a substantial amount of time before they aired. This time, we get two shows that are not only immediately relevant to current events, but Bird Revelation is something different from the shows of large, raucous audiences and is instead a more intimate, insightful, but still hilarious show.

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Anime Review: Gintama, Episodes 1-125

Details: This is a review of episodes one through one hundred and twenty-five. Originally released in 2006, but is still airing new episodes. There is confusion in how the seasons are divided as Wikipedia lists one thing and crunchyroll.com lists something else. Each episode is little over twenty minutes long, like with most thirty minute long anime.

Along with One Piece, Gintama is one of the longest running anime that is still currently airing new episodes. I tried to like this show and to watch the over three hundred episodes of Gintama. Unfortunately, the lack of an overarching story as well as the tiring slapstick humor drained my interest. I only got as far as episode one hundred and twenty-five before giving up on this show.

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Movie Review: Thor: Ragnarok

Details: Released in 2017. Directed by Taika Waititi. Stars Chris HemsworthTom HiddlestonCate Blanchett. Over two hours long.

Among Marvel’s movie properties, I think Thor is the franchise that they’ve had the hardest time figuring out how to approach. The last two films weren’t great, at least not as good or character redefining as Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Thor: Ragnarok takes the franchise in a different direction and does it mostly successfully. This new direction feels like they took Guardians of the Galaxy and mashed it with that comedic short clip where Thor moves in with Darryl the office worker. I’ll provide the clip below.

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Musical Review: Waitress

Details: Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2016. The playbill for the original Broadway cast can be found at http://www.playbill.com/production/waitress-brooks-atkinson-theatre-vault-0000014142. The official site is http://waitressthemusical.com/index.php

The above clip is the first time I’d ever heard of the musical Waitress. It was at the 2016 Tony Awards and after that, I was desperate to see more of this show. Waitress is an adorable, funny romantic comedy with music written by Sara Bareilles.

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Anime Review: March Comes In Like A Lion, Season 1

Details: Also known as Sangatsu no Lion. First aired in 2016 and currently airing its second season. There are twenty-two episodes in this first season, each around twenty-five minutes long.

March Comes In Like A Lion is a drama centered on a professional shogi (Japanese chess) player. It’s based on the similarly named manga whose creator is also the creator of Honey and Clover. Honey and Clover was an often bittersweet drama that I vaguely remember watching years ago. Similarly, March Comes In Like A Lion is also an often bittersweet drama that can make you laugh out loud as well as cry.

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Anime Review: Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun

Details: Aired in 2014. Also known as Gekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kunTwelve episode where each episode is around twenty-something minutes.

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun is a slice of life/comedy about a high school student who is also an award-winning shojo manga writer/artist. Shojo manga is a type of Japanese comic book that targets the teenage girl demographic. Stories generally star a teenage girl and are of a romantic nature.

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Anime Review: Tsuredure Children

Details: Aired in 2017. Twelve episode with each episode at about twelve minutes long.

Generally speaking, I don’t enjoy most romance oriented shows. They’re too formulaic, predictable, and derivative. If you’ve seen one romance, you’ve seen almost all of them. Especially when it comes to romances that take place in normal settings. Tsuredure Children is one of the exceptions to this. Tsuredure Children is cute, funny, and packaged in a digestible format that keeps it from becoming your standard stale, derivative romance story.

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