Death Parade

Hey guys!
Today I have some more anime for you. This show completely surprised me and really knocked it out of the park.
So, let’s have a little chat about Death Parade!

The Plot (according to IMDb):

After death, humans go to either heaven or hell. But for some, at the instant of their death, they arrive at the Quindecim, a bar attended by the mysterious white-haired Decim.

The Rating:

This show had no right. NO RIGHT. It made me feel all the feels and I definitely was not prepared for that. It’s insane how anime shows always come up with a concept that should not work but somehow it does. And not only does it work, it gets to you.

You die and then you get judged. So far, you’re still with me, right? You find yourself in a bar and you have to play some games. BUT the game is just a façade, it’s not about who wins but how you act in the face of victory or defeat. I mean, excuse me, this is brilliant but also weird. And when I say weird, I mean you have to play twisted to save your soul, essentially.

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Sailor Moon (Seasons 1-4)

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Today I’m revisiting a show I absolutely adored when I was little. When I noticed that Sailor Moon is available on Hulu I just had to sit down to binge it. Let’s see if it lived up to my memory!

The Plot (according to RT):

A trouble-prone schoolgirl receives the ability to transform into a powerful heroine and assembles a team of friends and allies to battle the forces of evil that threaten the world.

The Rating:

Okay, it’s been a good 20 years since I watched Sailor Moon. I was really curious to see whether anything would feel familiar or if I might even remember specific things. After binging seasons 1-4 (I still need to get to season 5, but it was only available in subbed version which means I can’t work or do anything else while watching, so it has to wait for now) I came to the conclusion that I probably started watching from season 3 onwards when I was little. I was actually surprised how many things really seemed familiar. Some episodes I even recognized and recalled specific details about!

But nevermind all that, let’s talk about the show!
There are a great many things wrong with it that rubbed me the wrong way but also many things that I found quite surprising and really forward considering this show aired in the 90s. I want to start with some of the positive things. This mainly includes homosexuality and genderfluidity. I don’t remember exactly at which point in the show this occurred but the girls (and I refer to them as girls as they are 15 years old!) were speculating that one of them is dating and somebody was curious what the boy might look like when somebody else quickly interjected, hey it could also be a girl. And everybody was like, ok yeah, maybe. And that was it. It was depicted as something completely normal. Which brings us to season 3, where two new guardians were introduced. One of them is Sailor Uranus who many people mistake for a boy at first. She dresses like that and usually does not correct people in their assumption, which is why I mentioned genderfluidity before. Haruka, or Sailor Uranus, seems to just move between male and female at her own discretion and it’s never something that gets criticized. In fact, pretty much all the other girls have a crush on her and are disappointed when it turns out that Haruka is not a guy (as they are all straight, I guess). It is also heavily hinted that Haruka is in a relationship with Michiru (Sailor Neptune). Again, nothing that ever gets discussed or criticized. It’s the way it is and it’s normal. How is it that in an anime from the 90s, that was specifically marketed towards children, this can be incorporated in such a normal way without anyone batting an eye, yet here we are in 2021 where it still seems groundbreaking when a homosexual character is included in any show? I honestly didn’t remember any of that from the show, so I was really surprised, impressed and really happy about it!

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Ranma 1/2 – A Review of all Seasons

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Today we’re taking a trip down memory lane, revisiting a show I watched as a kid. Let’s see how Ranma 1/2 holds up after all those years!

The Plot (according to IMDb):

Rumiko Takahashi’s story of a high school aged girl named Akane who finds herself engaged to be married because of an arrangement by her father. Unfortunately her fiance, Ranma, turns out to be less of a man than expected and was raised by a giant panda.

The Rating:

I think it’s been over 20 years since I had last seen this show. It had aired on German TV when I was a kid and I recall watching it. While I kept hearing about Pokemon or Sailor Moon on and off over the years, Ranma ½ somehow never was mentioned anywhere. That is until I randomly stumbled upon it on Hulu, so of course, a rewatch was in order!

First of all, I have one question: HOW ON EARTH WAS THIS EVER MARKETED TOWARDS CHILDREN??? I swear it used to literally air between Pokemon, Digimon, and the likes so whoever was responsible for channel composition back in the day probably only saw that it’s animation so it must be for kids. 😅 This show is something else, though. The sheer amount of nudity was actually ridiculous.

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Kill la Kill – A Review

Hello, all you lovlies!
Today I want to talk about a show that was so weird to watch, I’m at a loss for words. Weird does not even begin to cover it. Why, you might ask? Well, here’s the deal…

The Plot:

Dressed up in a powerful sentinent armor, Ryuko wilds one scissor blade, fighting against the demons of her past, seeking revenge for her dead father. It soon turns out, things are more complicated than initially thought…

The Rating:

This was probably one of the weirdest things I have ever seen in my entire life. I still don’t know what the heck I watched there! 😅

Weird as the show may be, it certainly was entertaining. I can’t even tell you how much I laughed at the ridiculousness of the show. Sure, there are many fucked up moments, but they are so beyond over the top that I couldn’t help but chuckle. What could have amused me so, you ask?

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Case Closed (Detective Conan): Season 1 – A Review

Hello, my lovely readers!
After rewatching Phantom Thief Jeanne, I felt like revisiting another childhood favorite of mine. So, today we’ll talk about Case Closed!

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

Meet the smallest, smartest and cutest detective, a 17-year-old Kudo Shinichi, who has a knack for solving the most puzzling cases.

The Rating:

I remember watching season 1 when it aired for the first time on German TV in 2002. Before I dove into this, I went to Wikipedia to check out how many episodes there actually are. Lo and behold, the show is still on air and is currently in its 29th season. That’s almost 1000 episodes!

However, so far only the first 5 seasons ever aired in Germany. So, for now that’s all I’ll be rewatching as I don’t want to switch languages. Especially because in the English version, they changed all the names. When I looked at the English Wikipedia page I was super confused as many of the characters have proper “English” names. In the German version they just kept the Japanese names. Somebody please tell me, is that a thing that always happens for anime shows?

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Phantom Thief Jeanne – A Review

Hey guys!
How about we take a trip down memory lane today?
Somehow I felt like rewatching some of the anime shows I loved when I was a kid. So, today you get my thoughts on Phantom Thief Jeanne!

The Plot (as found on IMDb):

A young Japanese girl discovers she is the reincarnation of Joan d’Arc and takes on the task of destroying the evil possessing certain artifacts.

The Rating:

You know what’s fascinating? How completely random bits and pieces seemed so extremely familiar to me. I googled when this show first aired in Germany/Austria: 2001. I’m pretty sure I watched it backed then, just 7 years old. It’s insane that almost twenty years later, I hit play on an episode and immediately think “I remember that!”

While I initially didn’t seem to recall too much about Phantom Thief Jeanne, it soon became evident that I had stored far more memory on the show in the back of my brain than anticipated. So, rewatching the show, does it hold up to my memory?

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