Death Parade (Winter 2015)

Death Parade

Roughly two weeks ago, Shawn selected Death Parade as our joint “Vault of Series Past” venture. I was apparently living under a rock at the time it was released, because despite its top 50 MAL popularity, I didn’t know a damn thing aside from vaguely recalling that I’d heard of it. If I could pull a Steins;Gate, I’d go back in time and slap myself for not noticing this one sooner.

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Dagashi Kashi 1&2 (Winter 2016, 2018)

Dagashi Kashi­ blipped onto my radar this past winter after I happened upon a promotional image for the second season. I thought the character designs looked pretty interesting, so I decided to give the series a try. In doing so, I ended up learning more about Japanese snack culture than I ever thought possible.

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A Place Further Than the Universe

It’s always refreshing to see an original anime be talked about as possibly one of the best to come out of any given season. This is even truer for Sora yori mo Tooi Basho. It’s not an edge-of-your-seat adventure series rife with peril or action, nor is it even all that climactic in general. It is, however, objectively the best show I’ve seen so far from the Winter 2018 season, and one of the better ones I’ve seen in the last year.

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Pop Team Epic

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There’s something to be said about being so dumb that you’re actually brilliant. Poputepipikku walks that line like few others. Originally billed as Hoshiiro Girldrop on April Fool’s Day of 2017, the 12 episode gag series is adapted from a comic strip manga written by Bukubu Okawa and serialized through the online publication “Manga Life Win”. In short, watching Poputepipikku is like watching a snake slowly devour a mouse in your 5th grade science class. Continue reading “Pop Team Epic”