BLUE APPLES

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WRITINGS

Somali and the Forest Spirit

Pros:

+ Incredibly gorgeous and awe-inspiring locations

Cons:

- Very overdone subject with rather predictable (albeit good) development

Rating: 7 (good)


KADO: The Right Answer

Pros:

+ Some of the most original and interesting themes ever seen in anime

Cons:

- The last 3 episodes completely invalidate the show's very premise and message

Rating: 7 (good)


Rolling Girls

Pros:

+ Cool opening
+ Very creative setting and characters

Cons:

- Graphically mediocre
- Terribly boring

Rating: 5 (meh)


Selector Spread WIXOSS

Pros:

+ Complex and original plot with lots of well-made twists
+ Unconventional and well-developed characters

Cons:

- Very ear-grating voices
- The rules of the game are never explained, resulting in incomprehensible battles

Rating: 7 (good)


Selector Infected WIXOSS

Pros:

+ Complex and original plot with lots of well-made twists
+ Unconventional and well-developed characters

Cons:

- Very ear-grating voices
- The rules of the game are never explained, resulting in incomprehensible battles

Rating: 7 (good)


Kill la Kill

Pros:

+ Very cool visual style
+ Incredibly adrenalinic and fast-paced directing
+ Very creative premise

Cons:

- The first half of the show quickly loses its creative directing spark after the first 2 episodes, devolving into little more than an average shonen
- The XXXXX's betrayal narrative arch feels rather forced and unnecessary

Rating: 7/8 (good/great)


Pupa

Pros:

+ The premise had some potential
+ Still manages to have a decent atmosphere

Cons:

- All episodes are basically nothing more than short trailers; no time to tell anything noteworthy
- Technically mediocre, with some baffling directing choices
- The plot is barely existing, and the writing is so bad it feels like a literal joke

Rating: 1 (utter garbage)


My-Otome

Pros:

+ Very exciting second half

Cons:

- Boring first half

Rating: 7 (good)


My-Hime

Pros:

+ Great cast of characters
+ The second half of the show is a continuous rush of adrenaline

Cons:

- Really boring first half
- Terribly forced and clich├ęd ending

Rating: 7 (good)


Uninhabited Planet Survive

Pros:

+ While the characters might seem stereotypical at first, they actually turn out to be very well developed
+ A very educational anime for both kids and adults

Cons:

- The 3rd narrative arc is quite pointless

Rating: 7 (good)


Kino's Journey

Pros:

+ Very peculiar directing style
+ Manages to deal with lots of intellectually stimulating themes with the proper depth they deserve without ever feeling pretentious or needlessly convoluted

Cons:

- Visually underwhelming

Rating: 9 (excellent)


Naruto

Pros:

+ Huge variety of characters, all of them with their own distinctive fighting style and their own moment to shine
+ Some really good fight scenes

Cons:

- Annoying and stereotypical main characters

- The whole second hald is nothing more than a huge pile of completely useless fillers

Rating: 5/6 (meh/acceptable)


RahXephon

Pros:

+ Very high production values for its times
+ Excellent mecha designs and overall artistic direction
+ Excellent soundtrack
+ A few masterfully written and directed episodes

Cons:

- Terribly written and almost uncomprehensible plot where nothing is explained in a clear and straightforward way
- Terrible pacing; almost nothing happens for the most part of the anime, too much stuff happens all at once near the ending

Rating: 5 (meh)


Argento Soma

Pros:

+ Unconventional plot and characters
+ Very good main plot twist

Cons:

- The whole anime could be easily summed up in 1 movie. Almost nothing of value happens aside from the main plot twist

Rating: 5/6 (meh/acceptable)


Strange Dawn

Pros:

+Very imaginative setting
+ Way more mature than it looks at first sight
+ Excellent pacing, completely devoid of dead times without ever being too fast

Cons:

- Terribly abrupt ending that leaves everything devoid of proper resolution

Rating: 8 (great)


Excel Saga

Pros:

+ Excellent cast featuring lots of very funny, well-written and memorable characters
+ A continuous stream of absurdity that leaves no space for even a single boring moment
+ Despite the huge mole of nonsense, it somehow still manages to have a rather complex and well-written plot

Cons:

- Excel's non-stop blathering might become annoying after a while

Rating: 8 (great)


serial experiments lain

Pros:

+ Very unconventional directing style brimming with atmosphere and clever symbolism
+ Way ahead of its times in the way it deals with modern technological issues

Cons:

- Can be difficult to understand

Rating: 8 (great)


The End of Evangelion

Pros:

+ Absolutely overflowing in both sensorial and emotional power
+ Loses nothing in terms of psychological depth compared to the original ending

Cons:

Rating: 10 (absolute masterpiece)


Neon Genesis Evangelion

Pros:

+ Excellent technical level for its times
+ Great soundtrack
+ Unprecedented depth of psychological introspection

Cons:

- The last 2 episodes are terrible in terms of presentation

Rating: 10 (absolute masterpiece)

First published: 10/11/2020.

Last edit: 23/07/2021.