Top 5 Anime By 8bit Studio

Tuesday's Top 5

When looking a bit more closely at the That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime anime I started wondering if there were any other anime by the same studio I liked. Turns out, not really, but I did manage to find enough for a list.

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Friday’s Feature: The Reincarnation Dilemma

The far easier option is just to throw the protagonist through a portal, summon them, cross over or whatever else is needed to get them there and then close the door behind them. Reincarnation creates a myriad of plot issues that a lot of the time just don't need to be in the story at all and are seldom addressed in any kind of satisfying manner. So what are some of the problems I have with reincarnation as a story and are there any anime that get it right?

Friday’s Feature: What a Waste

Have you ever had that feeling of disappointment that comes along after you've read a really cool premise or a story seems to have an incredible setting and then literally nothing is done with it? Well for me, 2017 really delivered a lot of these sorts of shows where you had to wonder why they … Continue reading Friday’s Feature: What a Waste

Tuesday’s Top 5: Anime That Disappointed Me From 2017

Tuesday's Top 5

Last week I gave my top 5 list of suprisingly good shows from 2017. This week I turn it around and share my top 5 disappointments from 2017. Like the last list, this isn't the list of shows I thought were the worst (those will come out in their own list with the reader's choices … Continue reading Tuesday’s Top 5: Anime That Disappointed Me From 2017

Knight’s & Magic Series Review: It Is Going To Take More Than Duct Tape To Fix This Mess

Overview: A guy who is apparently a genius programmer (the synopsis told me so) is killed but then is reborn in a fantasy world where he can use his somehow remembered understanding of programming to use magic and build robots. Now he wants to build his dream robot. Review - Some spoilers: I was watching … Continue reading Knight’s & Magic Series Review: It Is Going To Take More Than Duct Tape To Fix This Mess

Knight’s & Magic Episode 13: Some People Are Just Sore Losers

Review: Well, this ended pretty much the way everyone predicted and managed to be pretty pointless right to the end. Ernesti fights the drake and shows off a few new tricks (though I'm not certain splattering it with oil and setting it on fire counts as a new trick). We then get the engineer from … Continue reading Knight’s & Magic Episode 13: Some People Are Just Sore Losers

Knight’s & Magic Episode 12: Are We Sure Ernesti Isn’t a Villain?

Review: I had a lot of time for thinking while watching this episode, mostly because other than super dramatic music and various bits of magic zipping across the screen not a lot was going on in the first half. The fights may look visually impressive for the first two or so passes, but as Ernesti … Continue reading Knight’s & Magic Episode 12: Are We Sure Ernesti Isn’t a Villain?

Knight’s & Magic Episode 11: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, No… It’s a Giant Mechanical Dragon?

Review: This show was definitely written by a bunch of people sitting around saying "You know what would be cool..." "Yeah, giant robots that fight with magic." "Totally." "Wait, what if they had like four magic wands?" "Too cool!" "And then what if some of them looked like horses?" "That's fantastic!" "And we'll paint some … Continue reading Knight’s & Magic Episode 11: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, No… It’s a Giant Mechanical Dragon?

Knight’s & Magic Episode 10: Who Needs Characterisation and Motivation When We Have Narration?

Review: Once again this show has a general lack of respect for narrative as we gloss over huge problems of resourcing the build of new (or upgrades to) existing robots, cram in a Princess rescue, a cheer up the Princess date episode, and the thief from earlier comes back with the potential to actually be … Continue reading Knight’s & Magic Episode 10: Who Needs Characterisation and Motivation When We Have Narration?

Summer 2017 Week 9

A slightly less intense week which was definitely needed. Thanks to everyone who has sent me good wishes or positive thoughts via twitter, things really have been a bit full on in the real world at the moment but there's light at the end of the tunnel in that I know in about a month's … Continue reading Summer 2017 Week 9