Feedspot – Top 70 Anime Blogs for 2021

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on July 14, 2021 by predederva

Hi everyone! I just thought I’d make a quick announcement that Feedspot ranked this blog in the Top 70 Anime Blogs or Websites to follow in 2021. I am very excited about this! This blog used to get rankings and credit and noticed all over the blogosphere, but the last few years I sort of took a hiatus. It’s great that now that I’m back at full speed, the blog is getting noticed again. Anyway you should check them out to see what anime blogs and websites are cool and pumping out good content this year.

I’ve been on vacation the last week, but I have a lot of new content I’ve been sitting on. Promise to post some great new reviews and character spots soon! And the next episode of the podcast will go out sometime this month! Lot of great stuff just waiting to be posted!

Who is That and Why Should I Care #11 – Juli Bahana

Posted in Who is That and Why Should I Care? with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2021 by predederva

Who:  Juli Bahana
What Show: Infinite Ryvius (2000)
Why You Should Care:

Infinite Ryvuis has often been described as “Lord of the Flies” in space. And that is entirely true. When a student academy in space is attacked, the only survivors are a group of students. Those students were nominally led by an elite group of student council members (The Zweis), however they were just in training themselves from the adults, a set of teachers. One gets the impression these cadets are in officer school, while the other students are training for a number of other positions, but much lower down in the ranks. The anime attempts to show us how real children would behave if all the adults were gone, if all the structure of formal society lifted, and they could do whatever they wanted to. Besides showing us the true state of humans, it also attempts to show us how different forms of government work. It does this by having new groups of kids fight to take over control of the space ship. Each new group of students in charge represent a different form of government, and what this show has to say about democracy may not sit well with you. This is an incredibly thoughtful, deep, and political anime. I respect that.

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Cybernetics Guardian

Posted in Prede's Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2021 by predederva

The only thing I knew going into Cybernetics Guardian was that it was “terribad”. This is allegedly one of those old 1980’s OVAs filled with action, gore, and little else. Muddled story, poorly written characters, dumb things happening really fast? It’s supposed to have all that and nothing else. Since it was directed by Koichi Ohata, creator and director of M.D. Geist ,the so called “2nd worst anime ever made”, it is widely said that this OVA is nearly as bad. I mean that’s not an unreasonable thought. Surely the guy behind the dreck that is M.D. Geist would make other bad anime. So my expectations going into this one were as low as possible. This might explain my point of view, at least somewhat. And so with that out of the way, I was pleasantly surprised. I found this to be an engaging, entertaining, beautiful little anime.

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Predecast Episode 03

Posted in podcast with tags , , , , on June 21, 2021 by predederva

In Episode 03 of our Podcast, we review the spy blockbuster anime Read or Die the OVA and the oldschool OVA series Gunsmith Cats. Be sure to give it a listen!

Who is That and Why Should I Care #10 – Second Lieutenant Alice L Malvin

Posted in Who is That and Why Should I Care? with tags , , , , , , , on June 18, 2021 by predederva

Who:  Second Lieutenant Alice L Malvin
What Show: Pumpkin Scissors (2006)
Why You Should Care:

Alice is from a family of nobles but she acts nothing like that family. She has a real soft spot for the poor people of her country of the Royal Empire (which looks like World War One era Germany). Her life goal is to help as many people harmed by the devastating war as possible. She is quick to anger when others insult her goal, her men, or take advantage of the poor people just trying to get by. She believes in a universal idea of justice, where no one is above the law, and everyone is equal (even if the reality does not always live up to that ideal).  Her family wants her to take up the life of a rich , feminine, aristocratic socialite, not a manly soldier. Her disinterest in that, and the way she tosses away common gender roles is inspirational. She is her own person, and will do what she wants, when she wants. And she wants to help people. 

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Who is That and Why Should I Care #9 – Lala-Ru

Posted in Who is That and Why Should I Care? with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2021 by predederva

Now and Then, Here and There is without a doubt one of my all time favorite anime series. It’s truly a heartbreaking and emotional masterpiece, with a perfect ending. The story is so impactful, so very tear jerking, that I think everyone needs to see it. It is brilliant in its way of weaving in an important and timely message in a fantasy series, all while dissecting (or deconstructing) the Isekai genre. It is a very brutal story, but an important one. However the story would not work without an excellent cast of characters. And Lala-Ru is my favorite from the show.

Who:  Lala-Ru
What Show: 
Now and Then, Here and There (1999-2000)
Why You Should Care:

Lala-Ru is first introduced in episode one, however it will take the entire 13 episodes of this series for you to get a full understanding of who this character truly is. Lala-Ru first appears to be a blue haired, stoic, quiet cute girl around the main character’s age. She is eventually revealed to have supernatural powers over water. It turns out she is thousands of years old and magical. In the future world of this anime water has become scarce, and many technological devices run on water; not to mention everyone needs water to survive. Lala-Ru has a pendant that stores the water, yet every time she uses it, she weakens.

What I like so much about this character is she at first appears stoic and emotionless, but we later learn that she’s just worn down. She has lived for thousands of years, and must have seen countless people fight over her and her abilities. She’s seen the worst in humanity, and has lost faith in people. She used to think there were good people, but she must have watched them be murdered or die. She famously says “All the good people of this world are already dead.” Yet by the end her hope in humanity is restored, she believes in someone. That is so inspirational. The way she shows this, what she does in the last episode is heartbreaking.

I also really like the way she looks. Her blue hair, calm eyes, and cute face helps to depict the type of character Lala-Ru is. It also helps her name is so cool and unique! There’s really nothing else like that name! She’s also a very powerful but vulnerable character. I like how this character grows, how she changes with the story, and where she ends up. She is the type of person I would like to meet in real life. She is the central point, the catalyst, to everything that happens in Now and Then, Here and There. And she makes the entire anime work. She’s an all time favorite character of mine, as I like how cynical and dark she is, yet also how she can change her mind.

Dante’s Inferno: An Animated Epic

Posted in Prede's Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 20, 2021 by predederva

“In the middle of the journey of our life I found myself within a dark woods where the straight way was lost” – Dante Alighieri

Back in the day Japan used to pump out these anthology films, short experimental works directed by the big new names in Anime. They were often highly experimental, sometimes non-narrative, always creative, artistic, and sandbox pieces. The new and cool director was given pretty much free range to direct a good 10 to 15 minutes of anime; they could do whatever they wanted in whatever way they wanted. Then the next director was given a chance to make his little piece. Want to make an anime all about the evolution and history of mankind depicted through clouds and lightning? Fine here’s the checkbook, make daddy proud. The money spent on animation and artwork alone was something no sane production company would ever greenlight today. I can’t imagine the money guys at these production studios seriously thought these would be money making endeavors, but hey it was the baburu keiki. Money was not hard to come by when the salarymen were sprinkling their sushi with gold. I half think some of these projects were ways to avoid taxes “Oh no we are going to make a profit this year, and then we will have to pay taxes! Blow it on some crazy project that will let us do a write off this year”. Think of projects like Robot Carnival, or Neo Tokyo. And yeh once in awhile they’ll throw us something similar, like this project or Short Piece, but they are ever so rare.

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