Television

Reviews of both new release and older television series, seasons, or episodes.

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? This Anime Won’t Answer the Question, But It Will Take You on an Adventure

The latest of my anime adventures has been a short fantasy anime with a really long name: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? With just 13 episodes in the first season, it’s been a very digestible series to watch, and I was very glad to hear that it’ll be coming back for a second season and a film—there’s a lot more of this story to be told! Though the title of this series...

A Look Back on the Troubled Yet Iconic Dragon Ball Super

On March 25, 2018, Dragon Ball Super came to an end after 131 episodes. Discussion of its finale lead to DBS trending at the number-three worldwide spot on Twitter, and multiple municipal governments in a half dozen Latin American countries sponsored public viewings of the final two episodes—some places drawing more than 10,000 attendees. People love Dragon Ball. And as a hardcore fan of the franchise myself, I thought now would be the perfect time to go back and look...

Time Travel Girl Is a Series You’ll Learn from and Have Fun Doing It

My unintentional time-travel theme continues with a short, sweet anime called Time Travel Girl. My husband and I ran across this series while trawling VRV (an anime streaming service that offers content from Crunchyroll, Funimation, and others), and while the series wasn’t earth-shattering, there were a lot of things we really enjoyed about it. The hero of Time Travel Girl is Mari Hayase, a young girl whose father has been missing for three years. Mari knows that her dad, Eiji, is...

Is It Okay to Like Recovery of an MMO Junkie?

After watching several battle shōnen anime all in a row, I was starting to get tired of the genre and wanted to watch something completely different. When a friend found out I needed a change of pace, he recommended Recovery of an MMO Junkie. A slice-of-life anime about a woman my age? Perfect. Slice-of-life anime are usually low-stakes shows about the everyday life of normal people. While shows in this genre can dabble in the fantastical (see Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon...

Does Shameless’s 8-Year Trainwreck Have an End in Sight?

In January, the eighth season of Shameless came to a close, and one has to ask: What is next? I am as big of a fan of the show that one can possibly be. To me, it is one of the best shows on television, only beat by Game of Thrones. A good friend of mine who is also a huge fan once described the show as a “complete trainwreck,” noting that every season tries to continue the catastrophe...

Black Clover Might Feel Cliché, but It’s Still a Fun Ride

In October 2017, Black Clover premiered on Japanese television, and two weeks later, Funimation Productions began releasing its dub. Since the anime’s debut, it’s received multiple criticisms about its pacing, story, production, and voice acting. And to be honest, some of those criticisms are completely justified. Normally, the anime community’s obnoxious debates over “sub versus dub” are a constant source of agitation, but that debate doesn’t exist for Black Clover. Everyone agrees: the English dub is undeniably better. And...

In Space Dandy, Absurdity Is the Final Frontier

Interdimensional ramen, universe-wide zombie plagues, planetary wars about underwear, sentient plants—these are just a few examples of the kind of strangeness you’ll encounter in any given episode of Space Dandy. Space Dandy is directed by Shinichirō Watanabe, who’s best known for his directing work on none other than Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo (another classic that’s on my docket to watch sometime soon). But while Watanabe’s stellar work is just as apparent in this series as it is in those he’s better known for, Space...

7 Underappreciated Sci-Fi Shows to Stream Right Now

Every year, we all patiently await for the newest season of our favorite streaming shows. Stranger Things, The Handmaid’s Tale, Black Mirror, any of the Marvel properties (except Iron Fist)—each posted online and each binged within a week. How can we possibly handle the seemingly infinite amount of time until we get our next taste? Luckily, there are a number of fine shows you may have never heard of that can fill the void! Here are seven hidden gems you can watch...

One Piece Is the Magnum Opus of Battle Shōnen and Completely Worth Your Time

For many anime enthusiasts, Eiichiro Oda’s monster story One Piece represents a mountain that one has neither the time nor the energy to traverse. After all, Oda’s been writing this story for 20 years with no sign of ending it. The manga is close to a whopping 900 chapters, and the anime isn’t far behind in number of episodes. People usually say, “Sounds interesting, but I don’t want to commit that much time to watching an anime.” I completely understand...

The Punisher Punishes His Enemies and Rewards Audiences

I have a theory. I feel the consensus among most critics is that violent television shows are unsophisticated or lowly even if they’re done well. Why do I feel that way? I recently looked up the Rotten Tomatoes score of Netflix’s The Punisher and was instantly deflated. Currently, it holds a 61 percent—which is still considered “fresh,” mind you, but still far too low. Most may look at this show and think that it’s just a guy on a...
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