[Announcement]: Recommendations Lists (Anime, OELVN, Visual Novels) and Social Media Plug

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Just a quick note that i’ve gone over The Geek Clinic’s Recommendations Lists with a fine-toothed comb, re-jigging some positions and completely removing some titles. They should now accurately represent the anime and visual novels I would recommend to just about anyone.

Anime Recommendations List

Visual Novel Recommendations List

OELVN Recommendations List

Additionally i’d like to add a quick reminder that you can follow The Geek Clinic on Facebook or Twitter to receive updates on posts, ask questions and generally chat. There’s also ask.fm for asking questions anonymously.

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Finally, it looks like the majority demand on the recent poll is for an Anime/Visual Novel Hall of Shame (because I don’t already have enough people disagreeing with me over their favorite titles), so you can expect that to be up within the next wee while!

[Edit]: The Hall of Shame is now live!

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[Anime Review]: Tiger and Bunny


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Director: Keiichi Sato

Writer: Masafumi Nishida

Animation Studio: Sunrise

Version Watched: Subbed

This may sound a little weird, but I’ve found that every now and then a show comes along that’s just written well. There’s a strange quality to such anime that I find difficult to define but they leave me with an impression of completion or wholeness that is really very satisfying. Despite one or two issues, Tiger and Bunny presents an entertaining and novel cast alongside an incredibly unique concept with style, making for a fun and engaging experience.

In the futuristic Stern Bild City a small population of humans are known as NEXT. These individuals hold a variety of special abilities, with the strongest among them able to become Heroes, commercialized defenders of justice whose goal is as much to promote their sponsors on prime time television as it is to fight crime. Hero TV provides 24/7 coverage of the Heroes’ escapades, ranking them by the number of criminals they capture or civilians they rescue. Kaburagi Kotetsu, better known as Wild Tiger, is one such Hero, a veteran, and when his supporting company goes under he is placed together with Barnaby Brooks Jr, a newbie on the scene. With the seasoned Kotetsu’s desire to help to populace in every way possible, and Barnaby’s desire to rack up Hero Points, the two might find themselves spending most of their time getting in each other’s way.

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[Anime Review]: Chihayafuru



Director: Kou Matsuo

Writer: Ichiro Okouchi

Animation Studio: Sunrise

Version Watched: Subbed

When a friend of mine caught wind of the fact that I was calling Chihayafuru my first “sports anime” I had ever watched she seemed rather upset. It’s true, though, I haven’t touched any of the classics like Kuroko no Basuke or Hajime no Ippo and Chihayafuru doesn’t really fall into any other genre. It’s all about teamwork, friendship and honest competition, taking what might seem like a boring pastime and making it truly exciting. I can’t tell you whether Chihayafuru breaks any new ground, but it was incredibly popular when it first aired and it’s easy to see why.

Ayase Chihaya first encountered Karuta when she met Wataya Arata as a child. The game which combines memorization, reflex and knowledge of a select set of iconic Japanese poems was introduced to her by Arata when she stood by him against the bullying he suffered from the rest of their class. Together with Chihaya’s other friend Mashima Taichi, the three learned Karuta as a team and formed memories they could never forget. Now, as Chihaya enters high school, she finds herself the sole proponent for beginning a competitive Karuta club, with Arata having moved far away and Taichi having lost interest in the game. Chihaya’s will does not waver, however, as she aims to master the art of Karuta to become Japan’s, and the world’s, next Queen.

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[Video Game Review]: Tales of the Abyss


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Developer – Namco Tales Studio

Publisher – Bandai Namco Games

Platforms – PS2, 3DS

I’ve been able to review a couple of Tales games on The Geek Clinic now and I continue to look to the series as one of the best that JRPGs have to offer. With Zestiria recently released and Berseria on the horizon, however, I thought it might be time to go back and check out some of the earlier releases in the franchise. Long story short, Tales of the Abyss has won a surprise victory over my heart and from a story perspective now comes in second place behind only Tales of Vesperia, with some of the most interesting character development I’ve seen so far.

If you’d like a more in-depth description of Tales series mechanics before reading on, check out my Tales of Graces review. Also, it may be worth keeping in mind that I played the 3DS port of the game.

The realm of Auldrant has forever followed the Score on its path to prosperity. Many years ago using the Seventh Fonon, one of the elements making up the world itself, the Fonist Yulia Jue read the future of everything and named it such, and now the Order of Lorelei exists to ensure the Score is followed. Beyond the world itself, birth Scores outline the course of an individual’s life and yearly Scores reveal where the coming months will take one. Luke fon Fabre was kidnapped as a young boy. A potential heir to the throne of Kimlasca-Lanvaldear, he was eventually recovered with all of his former memories erased and from then on forced to stay within his home for his own protection. When the younger sister of Luke’s teacher from the Order attempts to kill her own brother, she and Luke are warped far from home by the phenomenon known as Hyperresonance. As the pair try to return, they are caught up in a struggle that will define a future beyond the Score’s prediction.

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[Announcement]:Book Launch: Stuck in the Game


Lazarinth over at Fantasy and Anime has just launched his first young adult novel, Stuck in the Game! The novel is about a large-scale conspiracy surrounding a virtual reality MMO, and I played a part as a beta reader and unofficial editor, so it’s worth taking a look.

For more information, check it out here!

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[Anime Review]: DanMachi (Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka)


A.K.A: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
Director: Yoshiki Yamakawa
Writer of Original Light Novel: Fujino Omori
Animation Studios: J.C. Staff
Version Watched: Subbed

You know, of all the possible analysable aspects of an anime, there’s one that I’ve never complained about before and that’s the title. The translation of DanMachi’s title makes it seem like one of the borderline-trashy romcom adaptations that seem to be a dime a dozen these days and the very first thing I have to make clear in this review is that it is most definitely not. While it also doesn’t quite achieve greatness, DanMachi explores a unique and interesting setting with some likeable characters and a smattering of emotion. For me, it also very tidily answers the question of “Which fictional world would you most like to live in?”

Bell Cranel is an Adventurer. In a world where the various Gods and Goddesses have descended from the heavens to live among mortals he belongs to the Hestia Familia, which acts as his patron and facilitates his expeditions. The Goddess Hestia provides her Blessing, allowing him to develop his combat statistics with practice and venture into the dark depths of the Dungeon. She’s also incredibly protective of her only Familia member. Bell desires nothing more than to become a Hero from the tales his grandfather told him, and by traveling deeper and deeper below the surface he might just accomplish that with the help of his friends.

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[Anime Review]: Amagami SS



Director: Yoshimasa Hiraike

Developer of Original Visual Novel: Enterbrain

Animation Studios: AIC

Version Watched: Subbed

One of the reasons I enjoy Japanese media so much is that it explores such a massive range of concepts and settings, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like it when shows get back to basics. Amagami SS is an adaptation of a visual novel of the same name, focusing primarily on a series of vanilla romance stories that each star one of six heroines. While it lacks the impact that would spur me to return for a re-watch the series is well made and enjoyable as a whole due to its down to earth take on some heart-warming relationships.

I’m not going to lie, this will be a really short review. The basic plot for the first season involves Tachibana Junichi, a high school student who was stood up on a date at Christmas two years ago, and the heroine of the day falling in love. The cast features a variety of personalities and interests, meaning that you’re not just watching the same tale over and over again and it’s easy to become invested in the relationship of the couples in question. There isn’t any extreme drama to be found except in one of the arcs, however, so if reasonably generic romance doesn’t sound like your kind of thing you can safely avoid Amagami.

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[Anime Review]: Uchuu Kyoudai (Space Brothers)


Director: Ayumu Watanabe

Writer (Of Original Manga): Chuuya Koyama

Animation Studios: A-1 Pictures

Version Watched: Subbed

A while ago I encountered a blog article stating that “pacing” is the feature of anime that viewers complain about when they can’t think of anything better to critique. Perhaps I’m a plebeian, but I disagree. The rate of delivery of new information or interesting events is vitally important to the audience’s enjoyment of a series, with information dumps and filler being related concepts that are often identified as detrimental to a show’s overall quality.

With that out of the way, take a guess as to what I’m going to pick out as Space Brothers’ biggest problem. Accompanying some fantastic characterisation, believable drama and utterly relatable yet hilarious humor is a ninety-nine episode long story that really could have been told in fifty, and that’s incredibly disappointing because Space Brothers could have been great.

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