Blade Runner: Black Lotus offers up a gorgeous premiere that has a somewhat go-nowhere premiere filled with tidbits that built the world, but don’t feel compelling.Blade Runner: Black Lotus – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist
If you’re in the mood for a very safe, very standard, CGI shonen anime that tackles every trope in the genre, than look no further than SHIKIZAKURA, a show with the potential for potential… I think.SHIKIZAKURA – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist
Embrace the darkness, entities of the night: Visual Prison is all fangs, a few bites, and loads of visual-kei idol boys, all mashed together into a premiere that certainly has appeal, but definitely not in the plot department.VISUAL PRISON – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist
While it’s not spectacular, it’s fair enough fodder for anyone looking for a wartime story against a cosmic enemy in 2021.Muv-Luve Alternative – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist
EX-ARM walked so Tesla Note could fly, and wow, what a brief, ugly flight this premiere is.Tesla Note – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist
TWEWY the Animation has been one hell of a ride, going from one of the season’s weakest premieres to a strong, emotional finale. And as I sniffled my way to the end of the ED, I found myself really happy I got to cover this series, both as a critic and as a fan of TWEWY as well. Realistically, this adaptation won’t be for everyone. I’m 100% sure there’s fans who dropped off hard in episode 3. Yet I think that this is one of the most solid video game adaptations in recent years: certainly in the past decade, though… don’t get too mad at me for saying that.
The World Ends With You anime drops viewers into a funky-fresh Shibuya that fairly faithfully adapts the video game, with a few missteps along the way.REVIEW: The World Ends With You Anime is a Satisfying Adaptation — But Why Tho? A Geek Community
In many ways, I lament how weak the series’ opening arc with Neku and Shiki was in comparison to its incredibly sEpisode 11 slaps. It’s the perfect second-to-last episode before next week’s finale. This is what I dreamed of the show being: plotty, impactful, emotional, and engaging. Even though it had to compress a sizable JRPG into twelve-episodes, TWEWY the Animation is easily one of my favorite adaptations in a long time, doubly so since I already adore the video game (though the Tales of Symphonia anime will forever hold a special place in my heart).
In many ways, I lament how weak the series’ opening arc with Neku and Shiki was in comparison to its incredibly strong back half. And I’m not only saying that because I know how powerful this story can be; at this point of my wEpisode 10 is chockablock with plotty tidbits in its back half. Like a good stew, all these ingredients come together to make a feast that’s both moreish and utterly satisfying. (and I’m not just saying that because we get to see my hot, messy boyfriend Sho again!) I want another taste, another sample of what TWEWY the Animation has in store next week, and the week after. My gut feeling I had early on definitely played out, but that was just part of the plethora of feelings coursing through me.
In many ways, I lament how weak the series’ opening arc with Neku and Shiki was in comparison to its incredibly strong back half. And I’m not only saying that because I know how powerful this story can be; at this point of my watch, my positive impressions are less about nostalgia, and more about the merits of this adaptation. It’s still not perfect – there are some hiccups even in this episode – but TWEWY the Animation is really, really good. I just wish it had been this good from the start.