Juni Taisen: Zodiac War Series Review – No Twists, No Turns, Little Excitement, But Not Fatally Flawed

Overview: 12 Zodiac themed warriors have been chosen to take place in the Juni Taisen (big death match) where the winner will have a wish granted. That's pretty much it. Review - There will be spoilers: If you are looking for an anime with a clear grasp of the big picture (the how and the … Continue reading Juni Taisen: Zodiac War Series Review – No Twists, No Turns, Little Excitement, But Not Fatally Flawed

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Juni Taisen: Zodiac War Episode 12: I Think The Viewers Need Rat’s Wish

Review: Sad that the final episode was the first that made me actually kind of intrigued by a character and the world constructed by this anime. Sad that all of the previous 11 episodes ultimately ended with Nezumi's one wish that he decided needed to be granted. However it is now done and I will … Continue reading Juni Taisen: Zodiac War Episode 12: I Think The Viewers Need Rat’s Wish

Juni Taisen: Zodiac War Episode 10 – I’m Going to Miss the Tiger

Review (some spoilers): As Tiger echoes my thoughts about little interest in a make-believe war (where the context and stakes are still so incredibly vague there's genuinely no reason for the audience to care) I have to admit this episode was one of the better ones this show has delivered. Part of that comes courtesy … Continue reading Juni Taisen: Zodiac War Episode 10 – I’m Going to Miss the Tiger

Juni Taisen Episode 9: Repetition is Apparently Important

Review (with spoilers): So we continue our way down the zodiac with Snake and Dragon biting the dust (though noteworthy that zombie Monkey has not yet been dispatched so potential for some sort of final spanner in the works to at least break up the monotone that is this story). Rabbit also was sliced and … Continue reading Juni Taisen Episode 9: Repetition is Apparently Important

Juni Taisen Episode 8: So… Do We Just Skip This?

Review: Hand up every viewer who signed up for 19 minutes of flash back into the lives of two brothers. Where one character we never met in the present in a living state because he's been dead since episode one. And the other character has so far had combined about ten lines total since episode … Continue reading Juni Taisen Episode 8: So… Do We Just Skip This?

Juni Taisen: Zodiac War Episode 6: I’m Sure Someone Thought That Was Clever

Review (with heavy episode spoilers): My first take on this review was a little bit sarcasm heavy but then I realised I was being needlessly harsh on this show. It isn't that the show is all that bad, more that it continues to look like it should be a better show than it is and … Continue reading Juni Taisen: Zodiac War Episode 6: I’m Sure Someone Thought That Was Clever

Juni Taisen: Zodiac War Episode 5: And The Old Guy Rambles On

Review: The Sheep gets some backstory. Is anyone surprised that rather than focusing on the Rat, Snake, Monkey, Rabbit face-off from last week we instead listen to an old guy ramble while he plays with animal models and makes plans about people who are already dead? Good luck partnering with Dog or Boar. On the … Continue reading Juni Taisen: Zodiac War Episode 5: And The Old Guy Rambles On

Juni Taisen: Zodiac War Episode 3: Points for the Episode Title

Review with spoilers: I've made it fairly clear that so far Zodiac War hasn't exactly been amazing viewing and this week isn't an exception. That said, I actually enjoyed this episode significantly more than episode 1 or 2 because the Chicken was actually kind of a fun character: you know, before they inevitably cut down … Continue reading Juni Taisen: Zodiac War Episode 3: Points for the Episode Title

Friday’s Feature: Characters To Make the Horror Real

This was not my intended post for this week however having started two shows that both seem intent on killing off their cast members in spectacularly gruesome and unrealistic fashions for the entertainment of the viewers this season the importance of the characters in making these sorts of stories anything more than visual spectacle has … Continue reading Friday’s Feature: Characters To Make the Horror Real

Juni Taisen: Zodiac War Episode 2: Dead Boar Walking

Review - Minor Spoiler: After episode 2, I'm still pretty underwhelmed by this one. It looks fantastic, I have no complaints about the visuals or animation. Yet, I was bored during a lot of this episode. The Boar was dead at the end of the previous episode and is now shuffling about in true zombie … Continue reading Juni Taisen: Zodiac War Episode 2: Dead Boar Walking