Time for a second diagnosis of terminal anime pathology. I hope you’re up to date on the previous study guide, Part 1 (here). Nurse Minene will test you later, and will be very unhappy with scores less than 100%.

As before, This article is heavily based on a https://forums.animeuknews.net/ thread begun by user Dai. Without his consent and creativity, this article could not have existed. Thanks also to the other users whose edited contributions comprise much of the following article, each are credited at the end of their respective sections.


Anime characters suffer from a weird and wonderful variety of diseases, many with little resemblance to pathology in the real world. Join us on a journey through anomalous anime afflictions and pray you don’t fall ill with any of these!

Note: This article is heavily based on a https://forums.animeuknews.net/ thread begun by user Dai. Without his consent and creativity, this article could not have existed. Thanks also to the other users whose edited contributions comprise much of the following article, each are credited at the end of their respective sections.


I don’t even want to explain the context of the scene in which she makes this expression

Sturgeon’s law states that “90% of everything is crap”. Does this law hold true for anime? In this insanely packed season, where so many pandemic-delayed 2020 shows were thrown into the late-night-broadcast Death Arena, have I wasted the majority of my time watching the largest number of concurrently streaming anime shows (23) that I have ever attempted?

The answer to these questions is probably “yes”, and in this first Winter 2021 postmortem, I’ll try to spare you equivalent suffering. If you want recommendations for something good to watch, perhaps wait for my upcoming part 2. …


Note: the images for this review were captured from Funimation’s streaming platform because that’s a lot less hassle than attempting to get screencaps from blu-rays, hindered by their punishingly restrictive PC player software

SIGNIFICANT SPOILERS FOR THE TV ENDING AND MOVIE FOLLOW

So what, in the end, was all that about? If you’ve come to my review of Adolescence of Utena hoping that it will answer some of my lingering questions about the TV series’ finale, then you’ve come to the wrong place. It’s hard to describe what this movie actually is. Is it a higher budget, thematic retelling of the TV show? Sort of. Is it a sequel? Umm… maybe? Is it its own thing, separate from its progenitor? Not… really... Should you watch it without first watching the show? No. That…


With all 39 episodes of Revolutionary Girl Utena under my belt, am I any better placed to explain what the hell this series is actually about? That’s a very daunting prospect, as I feel that especially regarding this final 6-episode “Apocalypse Saga” I’d need a PhD in metaphor and symbolism to even scratch the surface. Suffice to say, this is not a show one can possibly hope to digest in one setting, let alone two. …


Remember last time when I expressed my concern that Revolutionary Girl Utena might disappear up its own rear end in the next arc? Thankfully that hasn’t quite happened, but boy does this show like to make its viewers work that much harder to parse what is actually going on, over and above the overwrought emotional teenage drama and stylised visuals.

This final blu-ray volume delves into some deep, dark and distressing territory, so if discussion about sexual/emotional abuse, incest and rape is likely to upset you, perhaps this isn’t the article for you.


Yotsugi’s feeling glum. Or maybe embarrassed. Or disappointed? It’s hard to tell.

After a break of over 8 months, I’ve finally returned to complete my journey through the seemingly never-ending Monogatari series. With this first arc from the so-called Final Season, December 2014’s Tsukimonogatari, I’m only 6 years or so behind broadcast, so I’m making pretty good time. Last time, I reviewed Koimonogatari (Love Story), which wrapped up the second season’s main arc involving Sengoku Nadeko and her ascension to snake-godhood.


You will watch my anime or I will squeam and squeam and squeam until I make myself sick. Or I’ll kick you in the face until you cry.

Yesterday I examined Crunchyroll’s packed seasonal slate, and today we’ll look at Funimation’s. This season, Funimation has most of the new shows and fewer sequels overall. Funimation’s apps still tend to be extremely flaky and at times completely refuse to stream certain shows via certain devices for me, without utilising unacceptable workarounds. Come on guys, get your act together.

Continuing series/sequels:

Higurashi When The Cry: Gou: Episodes 13–19 of 24


With such an insanely packed Winter 2021 anime season, I’ve had no choice but to break my traditional half-way seasonal assessment into two parts. Today we’ll look at Crunchyroll’s offerings — mostly sequels, and tomorrow we’ll look at Funimation’s — mostly new shows.

The COVID-19 pandemic certainly reduced the number of 2020 anime shows that successfully completed production, and Winter 2021’s slate attests that many were instead punted to this year. Keeping up with seasonal anime already felt like a full-time job (on top of my actual, very real job) but now this feels like pulling overtime. …


Redo of Healer

TRIGGER WARNING: GRAPHIC DESCRIPTION OF RAPE, SEXUAL ABUSE, PROSTITUTION AND SLAVERY FOLLOW

Sometimes I need to heed the warnings of my better-informed peers. Had I done so, I would not have suffered through possibly the unhappiest 48 minutes of my life so far — the first two episodes of HIDIVE’s sole Winter 2021 exclusive — the miserable, perverse and offensive Redo of Healer.

As a collective, AniTAY (the site I regularly write for) deliberately did not cover this in their recent “First Impressions” article series — and for good reason, it turns out. This is not a show anyone has…

DoctorKev

Physician. Obsessed with anime, manga, comic-books. Husband and father. Christian. Fascinated by tensions between modern culture and traditional faith. Bit odd.

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