Summer is the Season of Comedy: First Impressions of Chio’s School Road & Dropkick on my Devil!

This summer truly is a season of comedy. We’ve got Cells at Work!, Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro, Jashin-chan Dropkick, AND Grand Blue is on deck to air later this week.

Comedy series are great to watch weekly, though, because they’re often written a way that allows each episode to stand alone each week. This is to say, you don’t have to spend as much time or effort trying to keep up with a story that doesn’t provide weekly closure.

This season, I’m striving to keep up with the first three comedies mentioned, as well as Attack on Titan S3, Steins;Gate 0, Overlord III, and Hanebado!

Seven is a lofty goal, but I believe in myself.

At any rate, here are some initial thoughts on Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro, and Jashin-chan Dropkick.

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First Impressions of Cells at Work: The New Standard for Teaching Intro-Level Biology

If you listen to the podcast, you know that I was a biology minor in college. Well, I guess you also know that now if you’re reading this post, but that’s beside the point. The point here is that I’m a bit of a science geek; naturally, I was drawn to Hatarakou Saibou as soon as I saw it listed on MAL as a summer 2018 anime. There was never any question as to whether or not I would watch this series this season. Rather, it was question of whether or not it would actually hold up for a somewhat sciency dork such as myself.

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Competitive Badminton is Legit: First Impressions of Hanebado!

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I’m a little late to the game here, but I had a couple other posts to get through first.

There are three big sports series airing this summer:

Free! Dive to the Future is the 3rd season of a series that follows a men’s swimming team.

Harkuana Receive focuses on two gal’s quest to win a beach volleyball tournament.

Lastly, we have Hanebado!, which gives us a glimpse into the world of competitive badminton. Continue reading “Competitive Badminton is Legit: First Impressions of Hanebado!”

WeeaBro Derek Wants to Battle (Gen I Kanto Region Edition)

This is a spin-off to a conversation had in the “Anime World’s You’d Like to be a Part of”  podcast episode. In the Pokémon world, capturing wildlife and training it to fight for you is a normalized custom. I assume people also probably eat the Pokémon as well, but that’s another discussion. This is WeeaBroDerek’s elite team of six.

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My Hapless Harem of Supporting Characters


I was going to try to write a review today, but something far more pressing has arisen. It appears I’ve been double-nominated to construct a harem. I cannot turn a blind eye to this. Thanks to KimchiSama and Edgy Anime Teen for issuing the challenge.

I’m not really a fan of the harems. In fact, I’m sometimes angered by the notion of X number of girls inexplicably attracted to a protagonist far more idiotic than myself. That goes for works of both fiction AND reality.

My slice-of-life story isn’t all that eventful, really. Often times, I actually feel more like a minor character in everyone else’s stories. For the most part, I’m okay with that. There are times, though, in which it really sucks. My harem would likely reflect that.

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The Top 5 Special Moves/Abilities in Anime

If you haven’t listened to the podcast yet, I strongly suggest doing so, as the articles are often complimentary to it, and vise versa. As promised, here is the written list of Derek’s “Best Special Moves/Abilities”.

Make sure you read each number in a cool countdown announcer-type voice as you progress through the rankings.

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The Makings of a (good) Antagonist

If we were to describe, in the most basic of terms, what an antagonist is, it’d probably be something along the lines of “a character or entity that actively opposes the leading cast of characters in any given story”. In this regard, we can throw any number of character types in the position of opposition, but what is it that makes an antagonist “good”?

Is it indomitable power or intellect?

Is it based on how much the viewer comes to despise or sympathize with said character?

Is it how well they actually aid the narrative?

Or perhaps even simply that they push our protagonist to become better?

Let’s take a moment, here, to look at some different antagonists.

I’ll try to keep things fairly vague, but there may be some spoilers ahead.

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HuniePop (and similar games) Banned From Steam?!?!?

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I don’t play through a whole lot of Dating Sims or Visual Novels, but DatingSim/Puzzle hybrid HuniePop is one of few exceptions. I very much enjoyed the game, and have been looking forward to the sequel ever since. I scrolled across something a little concerning yesterday, though.

HuniePop is now at risk of being removed from Steam for violating rules on pornographic content.

At first I thought “Alright, some kid’s mom caught him playing this game and reported it to Steam as obscene”. The problem is that other developers have also apparently received notices from Valve regarding similar games.

This annoys me because: Continue reading “HuniePop (and similar games) Banned From Steam?!?!?”

Sunshine and Blogging

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I was apparently nominated for the “Sunshine Blogger Award”. It’s a good thing I actually read 95% of the passages I like, because WordPress definitely did not notify me that I was tagged in anything. At any rate, the nomination was received from Irina over at Drunken Anime Blog.

All you have to do is answer a couple questions. Sounds easy enough…right?

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