Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Series Review: The Experiment Has Ended

I’d never read the source material before watching an anime before so Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody was something of an experiment to see if knowing what was going to happen would change my enjoyment of it. I can’t say that it did but that’s more because this anime probably would have bored me to tears either way. What did you think of it?


There’s very little for me to really say about this anime, which is kind of odd given I watched it through to the end and it wasn’t as though it was toxically terrible. That’s actually probably the worst thing about this show. It isn’t good or bad. It just kind of is. It is your typical game developer/designer/whatever wakes up inside game world kind of story and then just to make sure we aren’t worried about his safety he is transformed into a teenage version of himself with super stats. Of course he gains a harem of girls but being a gentlemen won’t do a thing with any of them, but he will slip off to a tavern if he gets the chance, and will definitely comment on the breast size of older women.


However, that was the same as the source material and why it wasn’t great, it was enjoyable enough to read with some interesting descriptions of places and people. The anime on the other hand doesn’t get the benefit of the interesting descriptions and really just kind of drags the viewer along after Satou as he explores the new world. He also seems to gain levels and skills super fast, which again was the experience in the book but it didn’t feel as much like he was cheating his way through a story in the book for some reason even though the progress was much the same.


The visuals aren’t great and a lot of the images end up being from Satou’s point of view with game menus dominating a large part of the screen and a weird filter over some shots. However, even when that isn’t the case, nothing is overly distinct visually. The town, the food, the scenery are all just kind of pseudo-medieval and while that was the case in the book, when you could imagine it yourself it looked a lot more interesting than this.


The girls Satou rescues and befriends over the course of the series all have their good points and moments. The issue of course is the sheer number of them and they end up with overlapping personalities and roles within the group meaning they all become relatively inconsequential and interchangeable. You’d be forgiven for not being able to name any of them outside of Tama, Pochi and Arisa given the rest keep getting sidelined.


As I said, not much to say about this. It wasn’t terrible. But it was probably the least interesting thing I watched this season. I really wanted more from it, but when you decide to follow events in a story as they are written rather than thinking about how to make them interesting to view on screen, this is more or less what you are going to end up with.

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Full Metal Panic Invisible Victory Episode 3: Combining War and Battle with Teen Drama

Every now and then an anime episode delivers exactly what you wanted to see and you finish the episode perfectly happy with what you just watched. That was my feeling this week with Invisible Victory.


While visually there are still some issues with this anime, I’m not going to worry about those in this review. They exist, they always have in this series, but as was the case over a decade ago, the characters carry this well and elevate the show from something that should be fairly ordinary to something that is truly great fun to watch. For 18 minutes we are caught up in the conflict on the island, and it isn’t resolved when we finally cut back to Sousuke and Chidori and the crisis in the city. Mao has ditched and is on the run, Kurz is ignoring instructions to withdraw and is using the last of his ammo to bring down yet more helicopters before they can land, and Tessa is hastening an evacuation knowing that it is only delaying the inevitable as the submarine isn’t ready to go.


Unlike so many other shows with mechas, Full Metal Panic is one that has always given a very human element to the fights. While I do think killing of Speck after last week was probably pushing it a little, almost every part of this conflict worked. The ongoing need to plan, to think, to act desperately, and the deaths that occur all fit well within the context.


And then we jump back to where we finished last week. While I feel putting the classmates in danger, again, is also a fairly cheap emotional ploy, I loved the exchange between Chidori and Sousuke as they both admit that the other scares them. This could have dragged on for episodes with Chidori being scared of Sousuke but not saying anything and Sousuke getting rattled and insecure, but instead they both just came out and said it. The end result was an emotionally charged ending that hit home and made me love this anime and the characters even more.


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Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori Episode 3: Looks Are Clearly Deceptive

I have certain expectations for a slice of life anime and Rokuhoudou is kind of crushing all of them as it delivers some fairly compelling, if very laid back, viewing. Your thoughts?


This may very well end up being my surprise hit of the season the way it is going. While the blissful relaxation is continued, this episode really pushes the drama that has been kind of building underneath the beautiful food and cups of tea. The group are approached to take part in an event at a department store but right from the beginning it is clear that the guy who recruited them is up to something, though it doesn’t seem to be blatantly malicious. More like a cat playing with a toy before discarding it.


The end result is some light drama in amongst some very great food shots and a general feeling of ease. I’m not bored while watching because in amongst the serving good food we have a building drama that seems to be furthering the traditional versus corporate argument that comes out in a lot of anime but it is all nicely balanced with no aspect really taking over other than the characters themselves.


I still don’t recommend watching this anime while hungry.

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In Case You Missed It

Last week was a really fantastic week as I celebrated the second anniversary of 100 Word Anime. It was a little early given the real anniversary is tomorrow, but I will not be online most of this week even though I have scheduled content. I will catch up on replying to comments at the end of the week so please let me know how you felt about the anime reviewed and I’ll hopefully catch up on reading blogs next weekend. As a result, I won’t have an In Case You Missed It post for next week but I’ll try and make the one the week after a little longer and cover content from both weeks (if  I can). In the meantime, enjoy the posts I found last week, there are some really fantastic reads in the list below.


Daiyamanga has a review of the manga for Kamisama Kiss. Reading this may have influenced my choice of images for this week’s In Case You Missed It. This is one I haven’t read the manga of but I love the anime and I’ve been wanting to pick up the story in the manga because it seems like it should be really interesting and reading this review has just made me more interested in giving the manga a go.

When Sirius Writes has a lengthy and fairly positive review of Violet Evergarden. I’m still in the haven’t seen it camp but reviews like this do make me curious. I know there have been reviews that have been less enthusiastic but there have definitely been a lot of these very positive reviews around. I really liked reading this because the love of the show is just filling nearly every line of it.

Irina on I Drink and Watch Anime attempts to defend 5 from Terror In Resonance from the large amount of criticism that floats around about her. While I once again disagree with Irina’s view, I like how she puts together her argument in support of the fickle character and makes us at least think back over why we don’t like her.

Ahoge Girl has a review of Beserk (1997). This I still have not watched though I will admit the clear love coming out of this review kind of made me a little more curious than I have been about the show. A lot of passion here and a great read.

The Quotorium has part 1 of a post on Yuri on Ice looking at Love as Narrative. If you love Yuri on Ice and you love pulling stories apart to see what makes them tick, this post is going to be a fantastic read for you (not to mention, it’s another Yuri on Ice post). Well worth checking out.

The Spooky Red-Head gives us another great list sharing 8 Supporting Characters who need some love. There’s some fan favourites for supporting characters on this list and then a couple of slightly more interesting choices. Well worth checking out and considering who you would have included on your list.

The Luminous Mongoose compares Girls’ Last Tour with Made in Abyss in a new series on their blog that they are calling Mirror Match. It is an intriguing comparison of the common elements of the shows and how they deal with them a little bit differently and I had a lot of fun reading this first one. Clearly there are some spoilers for people who haven’t watched the anime being compared.

Anime Corps looks at their expectations for the WIXOSS franchise and how they have been built up, dashed and why they might now be cautiously optimistic. It is a fairly personal account of their relationship with the series and where they think it has gone right and wrong, but it certainly gives anyone who has been watching Wixoss something to think about.

Artificial Night Sky has a really interesting post about the weight of time looking at the psychological toll time loops have had on a range of characters across Steins;Gate, Madoka Magica, Re:Zero and even the Empty Box and Zeroth Maria. I really enjoyed reading this post and definitely recommend checking it out.

Pick of the Week

Toxic Muffin shares their thoughts on Oppressed Villains. It is a really interesting post looking at how villains have been positioned in some movies/anime and examples of well written villains who have come from an oppressed background. Villains are an interesting bunch, but regularly are poorly written or given one note motivations, so looking at how villains have been crafted in stories to be genuinely sympathetic or understandable is a great topic and this post provides some excellent examples and explanation. Well worth checking out.

My Stuff

This week was all about the anniversary so please check out any posts you may have missed and be sure to visit the blogs of the contributors. I’d like to offer them all one more round of thanks for taking time out of their schedules to participate and share their advice with the community. Hopefully you enjoyed last week and I look forward to planning next year’s anniversary (and many more after that). If you missed out on being a contributor this time around, be sure to keep an eye out next year as I will certainly be asking people to join in the celebration again. This blog continues because of the amazing readers and I would love to have as many of you as possible involved.

And that was my week, in case you missed it.

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Anniversary Special – Thanks For Joining Me This Week

Hi everyone, I want to thank you all for joining me this week to celebrate my anniversary. I know the actual anniversary date is May 1 but unfortunately I won’t be online then, so I’m glad you helped me celebrate a little bit early. Despite not being around next week I have content scheduled to go out as normal so hopefully you will enjoy and I’ll be sure to catch up and reply to comments once I have internet again.

All of the anniversary posts including the contributions made by Scott, Mei, Rossi, Irina, Remy, Arithifis, and Aldael can be found using the link below. Be sure to check them out as they shared some great blogging advice and there are links to their blogs if you are not following any of these amazing people.

Anniversary Posts

Now, to finish off the anniversary week, I have my second attempt at an introductory video for Patreon. The original one was up a few weeks ago for feedback and I was given some incredibly helpful advice from a number of viewers and I really thank them for the feedback. The original video is below:

Now, I haven’t changed the music, because despite the feedback, I like the music and the video is introducing me and I kind of think it suits what I was looking for. However, I have been working on it off and on in-between everything else and I think the second video is a lot better. I’m still not entirely happy with it and I know there’s a sound glitch toward the end where a word is cut off and I still haven’t figured out how that happened. However, I would appreciate feedback if you have the time (the video is less than a minute).

While I’m probably not going to rework an introduction video straight away as I’m going to attempt to start working on a video for Patrons as we’re getting closer to the first goal of $50 a month where I am supposed to be delivering some video content to patrons, I would appreciate the feedback as I will apply it to my next project and I will eventually, once I’ve gained some more skill and confidence, come back and redo the introduction video yet again.

Here is the updated video:

With that, the anniversary celebration is officially over and hopefully you will all still be reading next year and will join in the third celebration of 100 Word Anime.

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Space Battleship Tiramisu Episode 4: Have They Run Dry Already?

When the anime goes to jokes about talking pubic hair, one has to wonder if they’ve already run out of material at episode 4.


This episode is probably a good example of why I’m not a huge fan of comedy in any form. So far this anime has been relatively amusing and had a few interesting points and then this episode gives us a joke about Subaru drinking too much before a mission and needing to pee before he has a conversation with a stray pubic hair in his cockpit. I’m just not sure I’m the audience for that because it wasn’t exactly amusing.

That said, I’ll give this another episode because up until now I’ve had a bit of fun with this show but another episode like this and I’ll probably call it quits.


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Visualist x 100!! – My Hero Academia Season Three: Episode 4

While both Kapodaco and I found this episode a definite step forward in that at least we weren’t introducing characters or recapping this week, both of us are definitely feeling that some of the shine has come off this franchise as it returns for its third iteration. Did it peak in season 2? Or is it just taking a bit of time to get going? I guess we’ll find out as the season progresses, but for now, here we are discussing episode 4.



Yay! We finally had an episode where they didn’t frantically try and re-introduce every single character in the class but instead it focused on the current events that were relevant. They cut back in time to show us what the students doing remedial classes were up to when the attack started and we get a little bit of the teacher interactions as well as catching up with a handful of the students who were doing the test of courage before the episode gets down to its focus, which is Midoriya saving Kota literally from a villain who is a mass of muscles and saving Kota from his own negative feelings about heroes because it really important that he buys into hero worship (for some reason).

Sarcasm aside, the focus certainly helped. While there are set-ups early on for the other classmates to have their fights with the villains in future episodes, this episode was very much about Midoriya and going beyond his limits. I was pretty sure he was told to stop breaking himself when he fought, though in fairness, I’m not sure what else he could have done given he genuinely couldn’t have run from the guy he was fighting even if he had wanted to.

The one real cause for complaint, and technically it is kind of expected from this show, is that it completely surrendered to the cliche of hero getting power up when needed in a fight. Previously, Midoriya had worked and trained for every power up he’d found. He never just suddenly pulled more power out of his back pocket mid-fight. And while My Hero Academia is pretty good at using all the standard shounen tropes, I was kind of happy that we hadn’t seen this one. I will admit I am disappointed that Midoriya didn’t think of some clever plan or using the power he had in a new way to get around the villain, but essentially just hit him harder.



Alright, I finally get to let this one out:


About eight minutes into this episode, I had a discouraging thought. This thought, continuing to fester in the back of my mind as the villains continued to make a mess of things, kept poking at my inner feelings by saying, “Is this really what you wanted with the third season? Aren’t you kinda bored?” And I had to admit, I was kind of bored. Despite the lack of recaps and the tensile situation, I still wasn’t very emotionally invested.

So, naturally, I went into a mental investigation mode. Why am I still bored? The things I once complained about are no more, so what’s the deal? A number of theories flowed into the critical analysis section of my brain, but if I had to point to a likely suspect without much substantial evidence, it would be my general aversion to the mood of the anime’s genre. For those who don’t know, Shounen is among my least favorite genres and a genre with very few well-rated shows from me, with My Hero Academia being a rare exception to the rule. I think part of that is, as Karandi mentioned before me, the anime’s tendency to steer clear of the genre’s common clichés. With this episode specifically, it felt very much like the good vs. evil setup with uninteresting villains testing the heroes (basically just Midoriya) and how far they can push their limits. Because clearly all villains should just be murderous killing machines who only enjoy killing for the sake of killing and name-calling. Okay, I can let some slide, but not all of them.


Still, it was rather captivating to see Midoriya face off against the killer of my—I mean Kota’s parents, and part of that is thanks to the stellar animation that was attributed to that final scene. It boosted a little bit of energy to the episode that made me remember what I liked about the show in general, but is—and believe me, I tire of saying this, too—still a far cry from what the previous seasons made me feel in terms of excitement, immersion, and entertainment.

What I believed was the most intriguing part of this episode by far is the sudden declaration of who may be the target of the league of villains: Bakugo. I’m getting some PTSD from the days where I watched Naruto religiously as a young teenager. Bakugo, who despite being a hero, is very crass, violent, and fairly un-hero-like. Could the league be wanting him to join up with them to serve as an emotionally-challenging handicap for the heroes who know and love(?) him? Could Bakugo want to join them in the pursuit of his own goal to be the strongest hero on the planet? The possibilities present made what little was made of that comment all the more intriguing for future episodes.

Overall, still a pretty mild episode when compared to prior seasons, but likely the best the third season has to offer at this point. It’s building, but much more slowly and without that same energy as I felt the series had before this season. We could do with some more, I don’t know, characters probably? The personalities are severely lacking outside a select few. I can only hope they find some time for them.


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Inquiring Minds Want To Know #15

A reminder, that if you would like to be involved, just answer the very simple survey here and I’ll consider your question for inclusion in this series of posts. You don’t have to answer the second question but if you leave your name and link I will link to your blog when I respond.

Question: What was the Anime that was a feeling roller-coaster to you? From Arthifis.


The obvious answer to this one is Angel Beats. This is an anime that had me confused and then laughing myself silly before tearing my heart out repeatedly, before we went back to amusing action, some adorably sweet moments, eye-rolling acts of idiocy, and then tearing my heart out again before stomping on it, only just saving me from falling into the total depths of despair by the post credits scene of the last episode. And there wasn’t too much exaggeration in that description. Angel Beats just hits my buttons and takes me for a ride every single time I watch it.

However, it probably isn’t the only anime that has left a mark. Assassination Classroom was pretty good at going from feel good, to serious or sweet, a little bit dramatic, hilarious, and finally going for a heart-breaking farewell. Baccano as well kept shifting between being super serious and dramatic and the lighter and funnier moments.

I would have to say D Gray Man is probably the other series I love for its ability to get me emotionally caught up in the story. Essentially my emotions are entirely attached to Allen so when things are going well for him and he’s eating an enormous meal or hanging out, everything is fine. But then things get dark and dangerous and some really terrible things happen to Allen over the course of that series and every single time it hurts to watch and yet I just can’t stop watching.

I love shows that do this to me though because it means I’m really caught up in the characters and the events and they are having an impact. They are certainly the shows I remember long after they finish and they are definitely the shows I go to rewatch over and over again.


Thanks Arthifis for the question. Over to the readers: Which anime is your feeling roller coaster?

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Anime for the Season: Spring 2018 Week 3

Not all anime will be updated this week as the anniversary posts took up a lot of time. Next week will catch up week 3, but unfortunately I won’t be able to watch new episodes during the week (travelling through no internet land) so I’ll be doing some double episode reviews once I have access to internet again.

What I watched

3D Kanojo: Real Girl (Episode 3)


Actually, I enjoyed this third episode far more than the second episode and I’m still interested enough in these characters to want to keep watching. Certainly this anime has some very rough edges but there’s an odd kind of enjoyment from watching it.

Caligula (Episode 3 – Not reviewed)

I am probably going to drop this if next week delivers a similar episode. I honestly found myself bored while sitting through the tea party. While there are some intriguing ideas here, I don’t know that I’m really sold on how they are presenting this story so far.

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card (Episode 15)


And we’re back to cute girls hanging out, but the nostalgia is strong with this episode and it ends with a cliff-hanger so who knows what we’ll get next week. Definite adorable moments here, particularly if you like watching Sakura get super embarrassed.

Cute High Earth Defense Club Happy Kiss (Episode 3)


This continues to be amusing enough even as it goes through its basic formula. I would kind of like the villains to occasionally not be totally ridiculous, but the anime is what it is and it either works for you or it doesn’t. Still, bread tab villain thing was particularly absurd.

Darling in the Franxx (Episode 15 – Reviewed for patrons)


Teen drama resolved (at least by the end of the episode) and instead we get the super robot fight versus the random blue blooded creature things. It is a spectacle and it is certainly fun, but I really kind of feel the story here is up and down like a yo-yo.

Devils’ Line (Episode 3)


I don’t think the write up on this is going to change. If you like vampire guy making out with non-vampire girl (who is literally encountering every vampire in the city) and some blood related violence, you will probably have fun. If you want a meaningful story or visuals that actually look reasonable, look elsewhere.

Doreiku The Animation (Episode 2)


This one isn’t going to hold up to any kind of logical scrutiny but there’s kind of a fascination with where it might go that keeps me wanting more at the moment. Objectively not particularly good, this one is definitely keeping me interested in the basic concept and wanting to see what happens to these characters. I somehow suspect the reveals won’t be worth it, but I’m on board for now.

Full Metal Panic Invisible Victory (Episode 2)


Yep, definitely not newcomer friendly, this series is fantastic for fans of the old FMP (and it really is amazing), yet there’s no time for recap or filling in the blanks as this series really is just charging into the new conflict without a moment to catch your breath. Love it, but after such a long gap you would think they’d consider the wider audience a little more.

GeGeGe No Kitaro (Episode 4)


Another fairly cute and entertaining episode with Mana’s neighbour getting into the GeGeGe forest and going on a tour with Kitaro before inevitably getting into some trouble with one of the locals. No real tension, just enjoyable and relaxing viewing.

Kakuriyo No Yadomeshi (Episode 4 – Reviewed for Patrons)


As a supernatural slice of life, this is kind of working. As for any kind of romance, not so much. It seems that is on hold and a long term project rather than a focal point. Still, the support cast are fun to get to know so there’s enough to enjoy here.

Libra of Nil Admirari (Episode 3 – Not reviewed)

This one seems like it might be okay. Just okay mind you. It isn’t doing anything particularly noteworthy but hasn’t made many missteps yet either. The introduction of different factions with different agendas for the books kind of seems like it could be interesting.

Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS (Episode 3)


Third episode doing well. Pieces being moved into place, and characters all confronting their various demons as they remember previous iterations of the Selector battles. It will be interesting to see what the end game is this time.

My Hero Academia Season 3 (Episode 3)

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Not as bad as I expected as Midoriya does try to reach out to Kota, the kids all get some training and finally the villains attack. While this hasn’t been an amazing start to the season, it seems like things are rolling along now and hopefully once this anime finds its momentum again it will be fantastic.

Record of Grancrest War (Episode 15)


And Theo is back on the mainland and it is almost as though nobody cares about the whole liberated his homeland thing. Side story over, we’re back to preparing to claim Castle Unicorn back from Milza. I wish I was making that up.

Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori (Episode 2)


Not reviewed this week.

Space Battleship Tiramisu (Episode 3)


Not reviewed this week.

Spiritpact: Bond of the Underworld (Episode 9)


Another case of, I want to see what happens next. Even though this second season has been dominated by back story, it is story that has been well told and really made me care more about the characters while seeing them in a slightly different light. Wanting the next episode now.

Steins;Gate 0 (Episode 3)


Still not quite hitting the spot, but episode 3 certainly got closer to what I was wanting from this series and I really enjoyed the interactions between some of the characters this week. Hopefully this anime continues to find its feet and manages to take me for a very cool ride this season.

Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online (Episode 3)


I probably won’t be doing episode reviews of this one any more. I’m going to swap it with Caligula. That said, I’m going to watch another episode or 2 and see how it goes. To be honest though, mostly I’ve just been bored with these first three episodes.

Tada Doesn’t Fall in Love (Episode 3)


For a third episode, I was pretty happy with this. It seemed to highlight the strengths of the anime and bring the characters together nicely. While not amazing, it remains a pleasant viewing experience.

Tokyo Ghoul: Re (Episode 3)


Not reviewed this week.

Episode of the Week

These two are back in action and Full Metal Panic Invisible Victory episode 2 hit all the right notes. I’m sold on this series and this episode was fantastic (not the visuals, but that’s another story).

Character of the Week

Nyanko-Big as the selfish cat narrator for the episode really stole the show right out from underneath Tada in Tada Never Falls in Love.


  • Butlers X Battlers (Episode 1)
  • Comic Girls (Episode 1)
  • Crossing Time (Episode 1)
  • Dances with the Dragons (Episode 2)
  • Golden Kamuy (Episode 1)
  • Gurazeni: Money Pitch (Episode 1)
  • Hinamatsuri (Episode 1)
  • Love To Lie Angle (Episode 1)
  • Magical Girl Ore (Episode 1)
  • Magical Girl Site (Episode 2)
  • MEGALOBOX (Episode 1)
  • My Sweet Tyrant (Episode 1)
  • You Don’t Know Gunma Yet (Episode 1)

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Anniversary Special Post – Details with Aldael

The last guest post for the week and another big thank-you to Aldael for getting involved and sharing their thoughts on details. Aldael writes Aldael’s Attic which has recently hit a couple of milestones celebrating an anniversary and 100 followers last week. If you don’t already follow them, be sure to check out their blog.


And look at this beautiful 100 word response:

It‘s said that the devil‘s in the detail and probably not without a reason. It’s really hard to stop when you find an interesting fact that leads to another one and another one almost endlessly. It seems blasphemy not to share it, and cutting down the wordcount may feel like crippling a beloved child. What to do then? There’s probably no best answer. I think the aim should be to trim anything that doesn’t support the main message of the post. Read and trim, reread and trim again. I’m not that good at this but practice makes perfect. I hope.

Okay, in fairness, I don’t follow my own 100 word rule either so I can hardly get nitpicky when other people are contributing. Still, Aldael hit the word count right on the dot and I have to congratulate that.

And if you are wanting to check out Aldael’s blog, here is a link to start you off:

A huge thank you to Aldael and to everyone who participated in the anniversary this week. Just one final wrap up post to come out later today. All of the anniversary posts have been filed under the anniversary category so if you have missed any thing this week, be sure to check them out.

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