Television

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

Psychic Powers Have Never Been as Hilarious as in The Disastrous Life of Saiki K

More than ever lately, I find myself gravitating toward anime series and other shows that are low stakes, easy to pick up and put down as I please, on the fluffier side, and just have an extra delightful something-or-other about them. Out of the stories I’ve seen recently, nothing has fit that bill quite so well as The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. This off-the-wall slice-of-life anime follows the daily life of Kusuo Saiki (or Saiki Kusuo in Japanese order),...

Black Lightning Weaves Together Family, Community, and Real-World Issues

“Justice, like lightning, should ever appear to some men hope, to other men fear.” Jefferson Pierce They say that lightning never strikes twice in the same place, but that is the very premise of the latest addition to DC Comics’ stable of television shows that avoid its flagship characters. Perhaps that is the key for DC, because its TV shows are a damn sight better than it movies. (Other than Wonder Woman, that is, which single-handedly revived the failing DC...

AP Bio Succeeds on Its Minor Characters

The cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has really started to take off over the last few years, going from an FXX show with a cult following to pop culture mainstays. Charlie Day has popped up in numerous movies, like Pacific Rim, Horrible Bosses, and The Lego Movie (and each of their sequels). Kaitlin Olson has guest-starred on many shows and headlines her own sitcom, The Mick. And Rob McElhenney has . . . been writing season 13? But, the newest project from an Always Sunny alum is AP...

Season 2 of Jessica Jones Went the Logical Route

Warning: Spoilers follow! After what felt like an eternity, and a rather mediocre side trip with The Defenders, season 2 of Jessica Jones finally premiered on March 8, 2018. In all honesty, I had a crush on Jessica (Krysten Ritter). It had to be her smart-ass attitude, or her strength (physical and emotional), or maybe I just like a girl that enjoys whiskey. Anyway, I was obsessed with season 1; I felt that it was the pinnacle of Marvel...

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...
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