Sirius the Jaeger is an anime series that I picked up on a whim. The series had some really fascinating concepts going for it, but it would’ve been so much stronger with a handful of improvements in some key areas.
I only watched about nine serials, with two of them being re-watches. They were all entertaining to various degrees and in different ways, and a couple of them even surprised me with how much I grew to adore them by their finales, so much so that I plan on adding them to my personal collection in the near-ish future.
This is one of those anime that I can gush about for pages and pages, and it’s also one that a lot of people have heard of yet have not watched for any number of reasons. Since I thoroughly appreciated the first-time experience of viewing Astra Lost in Space, I wanted to create a write-up of my five favourite attributes
Whenever people ask me for recommendations of underrated anime serials, Witch Hunter Robin is one that immediately slips to mind. It was one of those titles that left an imprint for many years to come, making it rather unforgettable and always waiting to be shared. There were so many details about this particular anime that stood out to me in the vast ocean of similarly-themed shows and because of that, it has cemented itself as one of my favourite occult, crime serials to date.
Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness was one of my most anticipated Netflix drops for the whole year. My most-anticipated series for all of 2021 had turned into one of the largest disappointments I’ve experienced in years.
Another bit I appreciated was the symbolism. There are many things in this sci-fi treat that can leave the watcher sitting in a deeply contemplative state after the credits have rolled on by, yet that symbolism has to be the most powerful. For example,
Dragon’s Dogma is a 2020 Netflix Original seinen, dark fantasy anime adaption of the video game of the same name. It revolves around a man named Ethan who returns home to his village to find that it’s been decimated by a vicious dragon attack. Overwhelmed with grief and rage, he pursuits the dragon, who feels amused by the human’s desire for vengeance.
Mobile Suit Gundam is a 1979 shōnen, military science-fiction, mecha anime series about a war that was started in the name of freedom for the purpose of domination, and teenager, Amuro Ray, finds himself pulled violently smack dab in the middle of it all. As chaos ensues around him, hoping to make sense of it and help where he can, he climbs into a mobile suit Gundam, the Earth Federation’s newest secret weapon.
Gun Sword (aka Gun x Sword) is a 2005 shōnen, dystopian Western, mecha anime series that revolves around a stranger in a tuxedo and a fancy hat known as Van. He enters a small town in search of another strange dude, known enigmatically as The Claw. A little girl named Wendy convinces Van to stay and help the town fight off an oppressive gang of bandits
The traits that I love about The Big O are exactly some of the reasons why the series probably wasn’t very popular in Japan, and instead has become a bit of a cult title within Western otaku audiences. Some of these include the gorgeous animation style, the perception of how toxic it is to bury our pasts for the sake of our future, and the toss-backs to classic Western media and literary sources.
A couple of my favourite things in anime include food and character-driven feel-good narratives. If it has beautiful animation and amazing music, then I know that I’m going to have strong positive feelings about it once I have finished watching. Then there are those super rare moments where an anime will be so mind-blowingly awesome as to leave a special sort of imprint on my mind and heart. One that will have me thinking about it and the themes that touched me intimately for a long time to come afterwards. Poco’s Udon World is one such anime
Episode four kicks off with the optimism that I’ve grown to expect and appreciate from our acting captain. While he acknowledges that they are lost in space and it can be scary, they should also take advantage of their unique situation and use it for valuable life lessons, something that resonates through the entire segment.
After last week’s fantastic pilot, I wanted to see the development of friendships and teamwork between this motley crew of kids, with some tiny rough patches for conflict and better storytelling, as well as some kind of explanation (or the start of) what the initial intention was of sending kids alone into space. While I suspect it is some sort of coming-of-age ritual, I also can’t help but wonder if it’s
Astra Lost in Space is a shōnen, science-fiction anime that follows a group of high school teens who participate in what is supposed to be a short trip to a different planet for a rite-of-passage sort of summer camp. However, shortly after arriving they encounter a mysterious glowing orb that chases them down and consumes them. Suddenly these kids find themselves drifting in space above an unknown planet a few thousand light-years from where they’re supposed to be.
In an effort to check out older content, I browsed AniList’s catalogue of manga from 1990-1994 to see if anything would catch my attention. I tried to pick stuff that I either hadn’t heard of before (outside of my reference books) or that I knew would be a good complement to my specific tastes. I found five that seemed pretty interesting across the board,