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January 26 2015, 2:43 PM

"Will you dance with the UFOranger under a pale moon light?"

Hey, everyone. 'tis Stig and Nick dropping by to give you the latest in two-star entertainment.

Nick: Samurai Flamenco sure has the spirit of a flamenco dancer, at least at first. But then, the dance company changes hands, and apparently the era of the samurai came to an end somewhere in the midst. Read on to find out why this promising show ended up as such a mess.

Stig: Celestial Method, however, could use a bit more spring in its step, because all you get here for far too long is people being angry at each other for poorly defined reasons. Then again, one should not expect more from a show that defies reason and expects a magic, glowing orb in the sky to fix all its problems.

And with that, we bid you farewell for now. See you again next week.

-Nick Browne and Stig Høgset.

January 19 2015, 8:47 AM

On stage with the BETA band.

Then again, that would probably be a lot more fun than this.

Nick tackles -- almost literally -- a musical show called Tari Tari. I can almost imagine him leaping at its ankles, tackling it to the ground and continuously slapping it while telling it what for. Either way, he did not have a good time.

As for me, I guess I could manage with Girl Friend BETA. It wasn't particularly interesting, but it didn't hurt to watch either. I know there's a lot of people out there who are going to love this stuff, and I don't necessarily blame you. That said, there's still a few things you should probably keep in mind before heading in, so... uh, head into the review and find out why.

And that's about it for this week. See you again next Monday. As ever.

-Stig Høgset.

January 12 2015, 5:01 PM

Club Trinity Tedium.

So yeah, this week, neither Allen or I had much fun with our respective shows.

Allen tried giving Chronicles of the Going Home Club a go, but it seemed like the show was dead set at sabotaging itself.

And in my own opinion, Trinity Seven could have been a lot more fun if it realized that an action show is supposed to have action, and you can't have that if the characters in it insist on dragging out every conversation it starts with babble of various levels of meaninglessness.

So yeah, that could have gone better. And from the looks of things, next week might not see a lot of improvement either, if at all. See you then.

-Stig Høgset.

January 5 2015, 10:18 AM

Encouragement of Terraform

Happy 2015, readers! As we approach the start of the Winter anime season, we've got a couple of picks from Fall 2014 to talk about in the interim.

Regarding the title of this post, I certainly wouldn't encourage terraforming after the disastrous results depicted in a certain show about cockroaches. One of 2014's more hyped-up series, Allen finds it to be adequate but uninspiring, with the consensus among the rest of the THEM denizens generally being that director Hiroshi Hamasaki (Texhnolyze, Shigurui) made the best of altogether uninspiring source material.

On the other hand, Stig's pick is nothing less than an absolute joy, according to him. Hikers and anime lovers alike rejoice!

And that's it for today, but we'll be back next week with more.

-Nick Browne

December 29 2014, 7:06 PM

"The Dance Is a Lie."

Or, well... almost. Because Tim watched a show called HaNaYaMaTa, which is a show supposedly centered around a Japanese dance called Yosakoi. He didn't much like it, partially because it recycled old, tiresome comedy tropes, but more so because it rarely featured any Yosakoi at all. It's like watching a Bruce Lee movie with all the fighting sequences removed.

Well, that's it for 2014. See you again in 2015.

-Stig Høgset.

December 24 2014, 4:01 AM

The Return of the Reverse Thieves Secret Santa Bonanza 2014.

So yes, we're participating in this again. Well, at least those who had time to spare and a mind to not forget to sign up for it. ^^;;

Nick: At the onset of Say, "I Love You", I wasn't sure if that'd be what I'd be telling it in my fact, I imagined it being a lot closer to "screw you." But things picked up, and now I'll happily say "I like you" to this show. I'm not at the point of making the ultimate declaration to it, but it did end up being a nice little series all the same.

Stig: My contribution this year will be a second opinion, because my choices fell on three shows that sadly weren't available on Crunchy in Norway. Of the two available on DVD, I went for Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions, which, despite my initial worries, I found to be a generally sweet and funny show.

There were also supposed to be a third review from Aiden, but he seems to have been swallowed by Christmas. We sent out the rescue dogs, though, so hopefully his review will show up eventually.

Either way, we all at THEM wish you a merry Christmas and we hope the holidays will find you well.

- Stig, Nick and the rest of the THEMers.

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