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Chaos;Child, Episode 6

Sadly, having to wait a few extra hours didn’t mean we were in for anything special in this rather mixed bag of an episode. Kunosato’s team has figured out part of Uki Yamazoe’s Gigalomaniac powers, which was only relayed to us long after the fact. While there’s no necessity (and in the case of this adaptation, also no time) to include the viewer in every single step along the way, the feeling of being left out gets further emphasized in… Continue Reading →

ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept., Episode 6

In a show that draws all of its suspense from the uncertainty of who knows what and shares what with whom to what purpose, one thing’s becoming very clear: Jean and Lotta’s royal heritage. Given the German naming scheme, it’s likely to be on their mother’s side. This is further substantiated by Prince Schwan’s insistence on entering the royal gallery to hang his portrait (next to the picture of a woman whose face gets deliberately withheld from the camera), the… Continue Reading →

Chaos;Child, Episode 5

Last week’s science babble infodump continues as Taku learns not only about the origin of delusional powers, but has to deal with the implications of being a Gigalomaniac himself. The tried and trusted science adventure approach of taking scientific theories and bending them into the supernatural works reasonably well, even though I found the brief philosophical detour into consensus reality (and Taku addressing the mind-body problem so crucial for this story’s setting) a lot more intriguing than the bottom line… Continue Reading →

ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept., Episode 5

ACCA has been called slow, and while the show is still far from having one plot point chase the next, it’s so rich in interesting themes and interactions that I find myself on the edge of my seat listening to Jean’s preferences (or lack thereof) in bread, especially since we can now confidently identify these as code for much bigger things to come. It’s the small, subtle things that made episode 5 such a delight to watch. With all the… Continue Reading →

ACCA and Chaos;Head Simuldubs: First Impressions

I reviewed the first episodes of Funimation’s simuldubs for ACCA and Chaos;Head for ANN’s preview guide. Check out my impressions over at Anime News Network.

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