Overview: Haruto wakes up in a strange place and soon learns he is inside a dream where a sleeping girl has become a witch. Lily recruits Haruto to save the witches and help the girls wake up. Review: 18if is one of those stories that you know at the beginning you can't really judge until … Continue reading 18if Series Review: Great Individual Moments in an Ordinary Series
Previously I looked at the best uses of phones in anime and this week I've decided to turn my attention to dream sequences. My criteria wasn't that these were the best dreams but the best use of a dream sequence to serve either the character development or the plot. This is strictly my opinion so … Continue reading Tuesday’s Top 5: Uses of Dream Sequences in Anime
Review - With Spoilers: While I've enjoyed 18if all the way along, what this show really needed to lift it to something I would actually enjoy rewatching was a strong conclusion that really brought all those weird elements together. While they certainly brought back all the characters this episode, what we didn't get was anything … Continue reading 18if Episode 13: We Came, We Saw, We Drank Tea and Ate Cake
Review: This kind of seems like 18if has finally pulled everything together and is moving toward the final showdown between Haruto and Eve in the dream world, which means it really should be feeling exciting. We learn this episode where Haruto is in the real world (though no actual hints about how or why) and … Continue reading 18if Episode 12: I’m Feeling This Was A Little Anti-Climatic
Review: This episode of 18if was both satisfying, in that we are finally see them trying to connect all of these incidents and give us some explanation about Haruto, and also incredibly frustrating. Frustrating because we spend a large part of the run time flashing back through all ten withes we've previously encountered. While Haruto's … Continue reading 18if Episode 11: Does This Count as Recap?
Review (some spoilers below): While overall this show has been a bit hit and miss, episodes like this remind me why I didn't drop the show early on. Occasionally it hits the mark fairly perfectly. While the viewing of episode 10 is a disjointed at confusing experience, it has all the qualities one would expect … Continue reading 18if Episode 10: Dream a Little Dream
Review: While I'm not overly easily offended by content in anything, this week's episode of 18if just seems incredibly unnecessary. There's nothing wrong with the show wanting to highlight some of the issues idols have to deal with and looking at gender expectations, but this episode doesn't actually take its own subject matter seriously and … Continue reading 18if Episode 9: Crash and Burn
Review: After asking last week whether Haruto was even the main character of this show, episode 8 seems to go out of its way to confirm that yes, this will be Haruto's story... eventually. While last week Haruto seemed like a passenger in someone else's story, this week, it seems the other character is sidelined … Continue reading 18if Episode 8: Do Dreams Come With Subtitles?
Review: Another dream, another art style and this one is super cute for the dark story you end up being a passenger in. What really bewilders is that Haruto doesn't save the day, the witch, or really do anything. He is literally dragged along in the wake of the story standing in for the audience … Continue reading 18if Episode 7: Is Haruto Actually The Main Character?
Review: For all that this show has been set mainly in the dream world, other than zany colour schemes and character designs, little has given the impression that this is a dream and not just some off-beat fantasy. Episode 6 corrects that with an ending sequence that throws you straight into a dream like feeling … Continue reading 18if Episode 6: Recapturing the Dream