Supernatural horror setting.
Varied and complex cast of characters.
Original, interesting story.
Deep, moving plot of friendship and family.
Well-balanced by lighthearted jokes and comedy.
Bomb-ass amazing soundtrack. Jazz music in a car chase? Oh yeah baby.
Overpowered main character.
Fully-fleshed out side characters.
A fully comprehensive story with complete answers.
Greetings ladies and gentlemen! Wakai is back on WordPress.com after a pretty long anime hiatus. Having been out of the review business for almost a year now, I hope to return for at least a longer time period than my abysmal year that was 2015. Check after the page break for my future plans to include more content for more things!
To be quite honest, it’s been a while since I watched an anime. But, glowing recommendations from friends led me to this gem of a series called Death Parade. This twelve episode series features the stoic Decim who serves as an arbiter that judges humans after their passing. Souls are judged at his bar, Quindecim, by participating in random games designed to push them to the edge and “reveal the darkness inside them.” Things change for Decim when a new assistant joins Quindecim. How will this new face affect Decim’s methods and Decim himself?
Greetings, ladies and gentleman! Wakai finally returns after a long anime hiatus with an anime I’ve personally wanted to watch for a while, Grisaia no Kajitsu. Now, I’m already a big fan of the visual novel (I mean, my avatar is Yuuji from the avatar pack of the game, after all). With Grisaia no Meikyuu and Grisaia no Rakuen getting anime adaptations and the “sex-free” version of Grisaia no Kajitsu visual novel releasing on Steam, I finally got around to finishing this series. First, this is a review solely on the first of the trilogy, Grisaia no Kajitsu. I personally have not read the other two and do not plan on watching the anime adaptations until I do so. Second, this review is probably already pretty biased as I love the visual novel. If you want my opinion for that, here it is: go read it. It’s on Steam, for Meowmel’s sake. The true question I hope to answer with this review is this: should you watch the anime and should you do it before or after reading the visual novel?
Link start! Sword Art Online holds a special place in my heart as the first anime I reviewed for YouthfulLaughter. I had originally reviewed SAO in preparation for SAO II, but it took a while to actually watch SAO II. SAO II improves on SAO in most ways imaginable. It takes an enjoyable, yet shallow series and breathes life into its world and characters. If you’re a fan of SAO at all, SAO II is definitely worth your time. If you have no interest in SAO, SAO II might change your mind. Though. MIGHT is the operative word here.
Talk about a pleasant surprise. Log Horizon was an anime I had brushed off as another Sword Art Online clone (or .hack if you’re old enough to know that). A friend jokingly called it Loli Horizon, yet still recommended then anime to me. I downloaded the entirety of season 1 last summer but didn’t touch it for a while. It wasn’t until a seven hour bus ride back home for the holidays when I finished Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei and had nothing to watch that on a whim I started Log Horizon. Five out twenty-five episodes in, I was hooked. Easily the best action anime I’ve seen yet, Log Horizon is a brilliant anime with a varied and fully fleshed out cast of characters that I absolutely fell in love with.
Continuing my marathon of anime is Hataraku Maou-Sama, or The Devil is a Part-Timer. The 13 episode series has hilarious moments with good buildup and delivery alongside some fancy, though somewhat out of place, battle scenes. On the other hand, the cast of characters leaves something to be desired, and the story glosses over glaring plot holes. Just as these plot holes demand to be answered, however, the series ends abruptly in a lackluster finish. A superbly interesting seed unfortunately fails to bloom into the beautiful flower it could have been.