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    • By Fox in Nine-Tailed Fox Anime Reviews 0
      Review: Infinite Dendrogram

      Season Aired: Winter 2020 - 13 episodes
      MAL Link: Infinite Dendrogram
      Watch it at: Kawaiifu
      Anime shows that are about living in a fantasy game world are somewhat common. I tend to enjoy these shows because I enjoy fantasy games.  I am the target audience.
      These shows have the complete freedom to combine the elements of a sword and sorcery world with the high-tech elements which would make such a game possible. They pretty much get carte blanche from the viewer on suspension of disbelief.
      However, that doesn't absolve the show from delivering on a good story with good characters.
      The Plot in a Nutshell:
      So, the year is 2043 and virtual reality games have advanced to the point where players mentally travel to the fantasy game world and inhabit it.  This is the world of Infinite Dendrogram which promises infinite possibilities for adventure, fame and loot.
      Into this world comes our main character who logs into Infinite Dendrogram for the first time as the show begins. Just a newbie.
      Now something is going to have to happen right off the bat to give the main character some kind of an advantage in this new world. And, of course, it surely does.  Our main character becomes the owner of an intelligent sword that can turn into a cute girl dressed like a maid.
      Totally did not see that coming.
      With the help of this sword and his older brother who has been playing the game for awhile and offers occasional advice, the main character journeys into the world to find loot, adventure and level up!
      My Verdict: 
      Infinite Dendrogram is a hot mess.  It has a bland main character, a convoluted story line and characters whose motivations are meant to be mysterious but the viewer could really care less.
      That said, I did watch the entire series so as to get the whole impression of it.  I have to say, last couple of episodes - the climax with the big show down - I had little idea what it was all about.  The show did not really explain who the villain was and I had no reason at all to care.
      I found the battles mostly uninteresting.  I blame that on the main character being mostly uninteresting.  Besides having no appreciable personality beyond "generic do-gooder", there were also no stakes for the main character.  If he "died" he just got logged off the game for a day or some such.
      Pretty much the only interesting character in Infinite Dendrogram was the intelligent sword who could turn into a maid.
      The art and animation was alright. Nothing great.
      Score: 2 out of 5

    • By Fox in Nine-Tailed Fox Anime Reviews 0
      Review: Goblin Slayer

      Season Aired: Fall 2018 - 12 episodes
      MAL Link: Goblin Slayer
      Watch it at: Kawaiifu
      In fantasy games, goblins are often a low level monster that present an early challenge to players, but are rarely seen again beyond the very early game.   They are good for some early experience, but players typically have no interest in goblins once better options are available.
      I mean, I personally don't certainly.  I'm into better, sexier monsters that have better loot. But I digress.  
      This show recognizes that goblins are a very early game creature and embraces that stereotype.  Just like in fantasy games, this show has a whole cast of high level adventurers and none of them want to bother themselves with goblins.  It perfectly captures goblin's place as the lowest rung of the monster hierarchy. And yet, goblins are still a nuisance and a constant threat to humanity.  What to do?
      Enter the Goblin Slayer.
      The Plot in a Nutshell:
      The show is about a warrior who is obsessive about killing goblins.  There is, naturally, a tragic backstory involved which left the main character deeply scarred and with an unquenchable desire for vengeance. 
      The story opens with an absolutely brutal first episode that puts the viewer on notice that goblins are not to be trifled with.  Once that bit of world building is established, the Goblin Slayer concerns itself with the main character moving from one goblin related problem to the next.  Along the way, he is joined by other adventurers who have shared goals.
      The show is somewhat episodic and doesn't have a linear plot line.  Different adventures are broken up into episode blocks.  It does have a very satisfying no-hold-barred conclusion.
      My Verdict: 
      Goblin Slayer is a bloody violent fantasy romp.  The action, adventure and Dungeons and Dragons type callbacks are the draw here.
      For the most part, the characters in the show are served to you fully baked.  There are no character arcs to speak of besides, perhaps, that of the young priestess character that follows the Goblin Slayer around.  She is probably intended to be the audience surrogate and provides some gentle sanity to balance out the main character's obsessive violence.  The main character does see a bit of development, but it's subtle and around the edges.
      Goblin Slayer never apologizes for what it is: 12 blood soaked episodes about how to make goblins dead. And, because of how brutal the first episode is, you will likely be all for their often spectacular demise.  It is a dark, violent fantasy series and it succeeds admirably within that genre.
      Score: 3.5 out of 5

    • By Fox in Nine-Tailed Fox Anime Reviews 0
      Review: Darwin's Game

      Season Aired: Winter 2020 - 11 episodes
      MAL Link: Darwin's Game
      Watch it at: Kawaiifu
      Darwin's Game has some cool ideas and some fun fight scenes.  However, it will give your brain's suspension of disbelief circuits a workout.
      Now, most anime does require that the viewer suspend their disbelief in order to roll with the fictional story about incredible things.  All good.
      The problem with Darwin's Game is that it takes place in our present day and reality.  It presents the same science and city life that we are all generally familiar with.   Because it's using a familiar setting to the audience, the show needs to be more clever about presenting incredible things to the viewer.
      In this regard, Darwin's Game is about as clever as a dump truck crashing through your living room wall and asking to be filled up with all the suspension of disbelief you have available.
      The show does have it's cool and fun moments. But it's going to do things that will have you rolling your eyes at it.
      The Plot in a Nutshell:
      A mobile game called "Darwin's Game" causes its players to join an actual life or death survival contest against their will.  It's kill or be killed in this survival of the fittest contest where just about anything goes. 
      Our main character inadvertently joins Darwin's Game when invited by a friend.  The show focuses on his struggle to stay alive and figure out how to get out of the game.
      That is basically the plot. 
      Now, if the show had stopped right there, then this could have been a gritty and realistic "kill or be killed" thriller set in a grounded reality.  But, the show has other plans.  And here's where the viewer's suspension of disbelief is going to get some exercise as things get totally gonzo.
      Every participant in this death match contest is handed a free super power for use in the game.  Wut?
      And every contestant's individual super power is different.  You could get a cool and helpful power or you could get a mostly useless power.  That doesn't seem very fair, does it?
      But wait, there's more!
      Also, the shadowy cabal running this game seems to have unfathomable powers to bend reality around the city. This so that none of the normies notice these super powered characters running around killing each other and causing massive property damage.
      It's honestly a lot to swallow. But we're in it for the action and cool fights, right?
       My Verdict: 
      Darwin's Game absolutely has it's moments.  You'll need to just accept that a mobile game can give random super powers out like a slot machine and that a secret cabal can keep the population of a city from noticing their city is getting destroyed.
      If you can roll with that, then Darwin's Game will have you covered with some interesting characters using quirky powers to try and do in one another.
      The main character is fine; intelligent and level headed with no annoying character traits, which is helpful.
      I myself was won over by the action, creative use of powers and well choreographed and well animated battles.  I had fun with it. 
      Score: 3 out of 5


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