[LINK] [Review] Seven Mortal Sins – episode 1

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….So this is one of three shows I’m watching past the first episode this season. 

The prideful archangel Lucifer disobeys God and is cast into the lowest level of hell as a fallen angel. On her way to hell, Lucifer happens to meet a high school girl on Earth named Maria, who helps her. In hell, Lucifer meets Leviathan, and Leviathan explains to Lucifer about The Seven Deadly Sins, the seven demon king rulers of hell. After The Seven Deadly Sins seal Lucifer’s powers, Lucifer goes on a journey with Maria and Leviathan to defeat them.

Source: Anime News Network

It….it’s porn, y’all. It’s unabashed porn centered around the deep and probing question, “hey, what if Lucifer was a super hot chick?” That’s what you’re getting here.

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[LINK] [Review] Love Tyrant – episode 1

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I may have blacked out while writing this review. It’s all a blur.

Guri is an angel with a mysterious item that turns any two people who kiss into a couple. She appears before a high school boy named Seiji Aino. However, there is a yandere high school girl named Akane who loves Seiji.

Source: Anime News Network

I feel as if I have been on a journey, readers. I would like you to accompany me on it, that you may truly understand my feelings.

The opening credits attempt to provide a warning for unwary travelers, crash-zooming into the breasts of one love interest while providing us a loving close-up of the other’s panties. Because it is a generous series, it makes sure we see these highly rendered undergarments from both front and back, while the opening theme poorly attempts to mask the drill coming towards the viewers’ skulls.

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[LINK] Kado: The Right Answer Preview

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Wondering what I’ve been up to? Well, part of it has been writing up a few premieres over at Anime Feminist. Here’s one for your reading pleasure (don’t worry, you’ll still get two other posts this week as well).

Oh, boy. This is a rough one. What we have here is a show I very much want to like: a high concept sci-fi story about first contact with the potential for a uniquely interesting protagonist. Unfortunately, this show is already setting itself up in a worrying pattern of meandering quietly along for 20 minutes or so, then introducing a big twist in the closing minutes. If it’s already repeating tricks this early on, including an almost identical zoom-out from the giant alien cube that may or may not be menacing the city, it’s somewhat worrisome for episodes to come.

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[LINK] Beyond Yuri!!! On ICE: The themes and motifs of Sayo Yamamoto

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Yuri!!! On ICE might’ve been one of the best things about 2016. I know that’s is a low bar, but roll with me. It engaged viewers inside and outside anime fandom alike, it offered one of the most positive portrayals of a queer relationship I’ve ever seen in anime, and – most importantly – it’s offered me a chance to talk about Sayo Yamamoto, a director whose works have until now struggled to gain attention despite their high quality.

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[Link] Why I’ve Been Playing Undertale After the Election

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I think election night was a bad time for most of us. At least that’s what I’m assuming, since you’re reading an article about coping in the aftermath. I started out checking the incoming results excitedly, then compulsively, the same way you scratch as a bug bite even when it’s already bleeding. My partner was with me over video chat, and when I needed to either distract myself or escalate from rocking quietly in my chair to a fullblown panic attack, I suggested we finish playing Undertale.

It wasn’t something I picked out for some thematic reason. She’d wanted to see it but didn’t want to deal with the Bullet Hell gameplay, and I still had it in my Steam library even if I hadn’t played for a year. Simple as that. And while it might not have seemed like it as my partner and I were quietly crying on both sides of the connection – hearing the final tallies, feeling scared and sick – it turned out to be the best decision I made that night.

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LINK: [Roundtable] Trash Characters

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Hey gang! Working away on the next Gankutsuou post but holiday travel has caused delays. So here’s a roundtable I took part in to tide you over.

Inspired by Girlish Number, some of the team decided to take a feminist look at “trash characters” like Chitose. What makes a trash character? What’s the connection between trash characters and other anime archetypes, like moe or chuunibyou? How are male and female trash characters portrayed differently?

Read it over at Anime Feminist!