TV Show Review: Steven Universe

Details: First aired in 2013. Almost all episodes are about eleven minutes long. As of May 7, 2018, there are five seasons and one hundred forty-six episodes. I’ve watched them all. Still currently airing episodes from season five on Cartoon Network.

Score: 8.3/10

In American animation, there is a long list of television cartoons that appear to appeal to children, but secretly have enough depth for adult audiences. Sometimes they deliberately target adult audiences. Some cartoons that come to mind are Recess, Rick and Morty, Gravity Falls, Adventure Time and even My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Steven Universe is another one of these cartoons and it does a great job of appealing to children and adults alike. I now understand why fans are so crazy about this show.

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Anime Review: ReLIFE

Details: First aired in 2016. Including the OVA episodes that conclude the show, there are seventeen episodes with each around twenty-five minutes long. More information can be found at https://myanimelist.net/anime/30015/ReLIFE

A while back, ReLIFE was regularly at the top of the most watched anime on crunchyroll.com. Now, that I’ve seen it, I don’t really see why it was so popular. ReLIFE is an ordinary drama with average to below average animation quality whose primary draw is its concept of an adult de-aging and going back to high school.

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Anime Movie Review: A Silent Voice

Details: Also known as Koe no Katachi or The Shape of Voice. Originally released in 2016. About two hours long. More information can be found at https://myanimelist.net/anime/28851/Koe_no_Katachi

A Silent Voice is a masterful movie that tells a relatively original story that works on multiple levels.

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Anime Review: Your Lie In April

Details: Also known as Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso. First aired in 2014. Twenty-two episodes with each episode at around twenty-five minutes long. More information can be found at https://myanimelist.net/anime/23273/Shigatsu_wa_Kimi_no_Uso

Your Lie In April is another anime that shows why animation is often times a superior medium in which to tell a story. This show was made into a live action anime, but without a big budget and better production values, it’s hard for me to see how a live action version of this show can compete with this anime. Your Lie in April is a drama/romance with a somewhat predictable drama/romance plot. However, it’s the presentation of this story that makes it unique and so captivating to watch.

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Anime Review: Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

Details: Also known as Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai. First aired in 2011. Eleven episode with each episode at around twenty-five minutes long. You can find more information at https://myanimelist.net/anime/9989/Ano_Hi_Mita_Hana_no_Namae_wo_Bokutachi_wa_Mada_Shiranai

When I read that Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day was adapted into a live action drama, I was not surprised. Despite being an anime, Anohana is an emotional drama with a story you’d expect to see in other Asian live action dramas.

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Comic Book Review: S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Rebirth

Details: Published in 2018. Written by Jonathan Hickman and drawn by Dustin Weaver. Published by Marvel. Official site is http://marvel.com/comics/issue/67033/shield_by_hickman_weaver_the_rebirth_2018

Back in 2010, Jonathan Hickman was having a fine time at Marvel Comics. Often times, one comic author is so successful in what they do that Marvel let’s them pretty much shape the entirety of the Marvel Comics Universe, at least for a few years. Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Millar come to mind as writers who had their eras at Marvel. Hickman’s era focused mostly on the Fantastic Four, The Avengers, and Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. I read pretty much all the stuff he wrote during this time period.

One sore spot was that he wrote a story about the prolific history and origin of S.H.I.E.L.D. While many of the stories Hickman wrote at Marvel were more restrained, this story was classic Hickman in that it was epic and full of convoluted science fiction ideas that referenced a lot of inane shit and largely made no sense. I enjoyed the book. What really sucked about this story was that for the last couple of years, it remained unfinished. It ended at issue six and Hickman and Marvel seemingly dropped the story to go work on other things.

Lo and behold, about eight years later, Hickman, Weaver and Marvel have decided to revisit the story and finally write an ending. S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Rebirth is the first of two books that will finally conclude this story and give us that ending.

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Anime Review: Steins;Gate

Details: First aired in 2009. Twenty-four episodes with each episode at around twenty-five minutes. Here’s the myanimelist.net site with more information: https://myanimelist.net/anime/9253/Steins_Gate

I was looking up top ten anime lists on the internet and Steins;Gate came up many times. Steins;Gate is based on the visual novel video game of the same name. While I enjoyed Steins;Gate, I did not feel that it was one of the best anime’s I’ve ever watched. This is mostly because I’ve consumed a lot of fiction regarding time travel and I found the plot points predictable.

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Video Game Review: Broken Age

Details: Initially released in 2014. Beat it in about nine hours on the PC. Purchased for about $5.00 through Steam. Official site is http://www.brokenagegame.com/

Broken Age is a crowd funded game from Double Fine Productions, the same company that made games like Psychonauts and Grim Fandango. I loved Grim Fandango, but it’s been years since I’ve played it much less a point and click adventure game. After playing through Broken Age, I can safely say that I did not love Broken Age and I don’t think I enjoy point and click adventure games anymore.

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Movie Review: Avengers: Infinity War *NO SPOILERS*

Details: Directed by Anthony RussoJoe Russo. Stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo. About two and a half hours long. The imdb site is https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4154756/

I’ve watched every single movie in the Marvel cinematic universe since the first Iron Man movie. In that context, I really enjoyed Avengers: Infinity War. I think that if you have not kept up to date or watched a substantial number of the Marvel superhero movies, then you may still enjoy the film, but not as much as someone who has. No spoilers ahead and no discussion of the plot.

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