Humanity Vs. The Universe

魔法少女まどかマジか (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)

I can count on one hand the amount of times I have witnessed a show come to a grinding halt, I certainly was not expecting Madoka Magica to be one of them. At one point, a little over halfway through, some revelations are revealed that completely altered the course of the series. Centred on a handful of middle school girl friends and their ordinary lives, a talking alien cat named Kyubei asks them, politely I might add, to become magical girls. With the sole purpose of fighting human-devouring monsters known as witches. Our protagonist Madoka gets to experiences the terrifying life of a magical girl first hand before even signing the contract. Madoka Magica is a great series, but is the hype more of a hindrance than a boost?

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KonoSuba: The Easy Way Out

この素晴らしい世界に祝福を! (KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World!)

At first glance KonoSuba is not special. All previews pointed to a fantasy adventure style anime with the same bells and whistles as every other. As of now, not many things come to mind when I think of what was wrong with this series. I enjoyed it, a lot. Although, there is one problem I have with KonoSuba which differs from what others have been saying. Many are upset at the cut and paste character personalities of the supporting cast and repetitive gags they find themselves in. However, I believe the problem rests solely on our main character.

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Coming To Terms With The Pain Of Distance

秒速5センチメートル (5 Centimeters Per Second)

I took a journey through the eyes and inner conscious of Takaki, from his childhood first love and the ripple effect it had through to his adult life. This movie, 5 Centimeters Per Second, moved something in me in those three episodes. Beginning with a final encounter in his elementary school days with Akari, the girl he loved. His high school years spent struggling with the distance between the two of them, and the effect on Kanae, the girl eagerly anticipating the perfect moment to get closer to him. Concluding with the pain that has built up over his younger years into his adulthood.

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