The Best Way To Beat A Dungeon

Sword Art Online Alicization Episode 14 Eugeo strikes

Oh no, the protagonist is facing a dungeon full of twists and turns and traps. Whatever shall they do? Well, if modern trends are anything to go by they certainly won't actually just work their way through it.

Friday’s Feature: The Power of Clichés, Archetypes, and Being Predictable

How Not To Summon a Demon Lord - Episode 1 - Diablo

We all know about anime clichés, archetypes and tropes and we've all kind of come to accept that there are certain characters and events that we're going to run into again and again. However, for some people, the existence of clichés and archetype characters who don't break the mould are enough for them to scorn … Continue reading Friday’s Feature: The Power of Clichés, Archetypes, and Being Predictable

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

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Episode 12: Friendship Trumps All

This one has finally drawn to a close and I'm not in the least sorry to see it end. While it isn't unwatchable by any means, given I clearly watched it and it isn't a disaster of a narrative, it really does just kind of meander its way through the events in the novels. Interestingly, … Continue reading Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Episode 12: Friendship Trumps All

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Episode 11: The Great Potion Bottle Conspiracy

The biggest problem with this anime is it lacks any sense of urgency. Ever. This episode begins with Satou taking a leisurely meal, drink, and whatever else is on offer at a pub before he continues travelling along and playing around with skills and practising different magic effects. While this ultimately leads him to the … Continue reading Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Episode 11: The Great Potion Bottle Conspiracy

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Episode 10: We’ll Eat, And Play, And Muse, and Eat Some More

Princess saved and the camper-van is on the road as the girls frolic in gentle rolling fields only occasionally stopping to ruthlessly cut down the perfectly innocent deer that might otherwise have live long and fruitful lives. Why did they keep this in when they adapted this to an anime? While I'm positive that Satou's … Continue reading Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Episode 10: We’ll Eat, And Play, And Muse, and Eat Some More

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Episode 9: Destroy The Minions, Kill the Bad Guy, Rescue The Princess – Check

Review: Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody as an anime just hasn't managed to really do much other than walk us through a check list of events that each could be interesting given sufficient time and attention and yet neither seems to be something this show wishes to give anything other than Satou's reaction … Continue reading Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Episode 9: Destroy The Minions, Kill the Bad Guy, Rescue The Princess – Check

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Episode 8: Shortcut Through A Dungeon

Review: I mentioned in the second light novel review that the dungeon exploring elements in this story seem more obligatory than actually apart of the story with the protagonist going out of his way to get through it as fast as possible. When reading that seems like an odd choice but the focus is on … Continue reading Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Episode 8: Shortcut Through A Dungeon

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Episode 7: Still Images and Exposition – Fun?

Review: Well my fingers were crossed for something interesting and all I got for my effort was cramped fingers and an episode that was determined to take the one interesting plot point it might have offered and delivered it in the single dullest way possible. No joke, they had a serious point to explain about … Continue reading Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Episode 7: Still Images and Exposition – Fun?

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Episode 6: Bad Plays and Flying Ants?

Review: We continue on our journey of finding accommodation and good things to eat while Zena continues to try to get Satou's attention and the rest of the girls jump eagerly to please at every turn. After unsuccessfully (and in an uninteresting manner) going house shopping, Satou and Zena go to a play with the … Continue reading Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Episode 6: Bad Plays and Flying Ants?