I am not a huge fan of anime. Do not get me wrong, I do enjoy the genre and will watch a show or movie on occasion. But I am by no means reaching the Otaku levels has my fellow Nerd Realm contributor “The Ultra Otaku” Brandon Lias. If you were to ask me my favorite animes, they would for the most part be very main streamed and popular series with the occasional very obscure reference thrown in after a friend of mine showed me a couple of episodes. With a list that includes Full Metal Alchemist, Fairy Tail, Black Butler, and I prefer to watch them with the English dub, not english sub. My area of expertise falls into the realm of western cinema which also includes western animation, not Japanese culture sadly. Just to let the readers understand where I am coming from before we jump into this review that this is coming from the mind of a sort of outsider looking in.
With that being said, over the past year or so it has been hard for even a non Otaku with copious amount of Otaku friends to hear them talking about the break out anime Attack on Titan or Shingeki no Kyojin by its Japanese title. After quite some time and numerous glances in the living room as my roommates would watch it, I decided to give in and watch the anime that all my friends have been talking about and I have to say that I was not in the least bit disappointed by what I saw. Attack on Titan may not be as brutal as many claim it to be, but it certainly is one hell of a series. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Attack on Titan”
While this site is dedicated to the realms of film and video game criticism, my collegiate pursuits do lie elsewhere. After all, I do have a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies and plan to obtain my Master’s within the next two years in Political Science. So naturally, I am a bit of a buff when it comes to the realms of history and international politics. That being said, it is hard to find a show that ties all of my passions and professional pursuits in one pretty package the way that Hetalia: Axis Powers does. A satirical anime that turned the all the countries of the world into a singular walking caricature of a character and then walked through major world struggles and complex geopolitical issues as if it were a laugh out lout sitcom. This is certainly a series that would appeal to someone such as myself. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Hetalia: Axis Powers”
Have you ever watch one of those shows where you are not quite sure why you like it or how it even pulled you in in the first place, but for whatever reason you just can’t help but enjoy the hell out of it? Well that is how I am with the anime television show Fairy Tail. I was turned on to this gem by my roommate who was far into the show by the time that I came around. Nothing she said about the show was particularly interesting when she started talking about it and left my mind just as quickly. But one day, sitting on the couch and sifting through the Netflix, I found the show sitting there in the recently watched category and I gave it a watch… Yeah I’m still not sure what it is that makes me like it so much, so I figured I would write a review on it for all of you as well for my own mental well-being. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Fairy Tail”