Tanaka-kun is Always Listless Review

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Tanaka’s greatest goal in life is to be lazy. Napping is his favorite pastime, daydreaming a sport. School, friends and his sister, however, can sometimes make being listless a bit difficult.

Violence:
Besides slap stick and fake dead bodies in a high school haunted house, nothing too bad in this. Very tame.

Language:
Another tame section. A few d-mns and sh-ts, but very little.

Nudity:
Besides seeing a few characters in swimsuits, nothing to report.

Theology/mythology:
There’s a haunted house, Tanaka praying at a temple to always be able to be listless and even mentions of casting spells to retain a seating arrangement at school, but all are in comedy situations, so unless you are hyper sensitive, this section won’t be any issue for you.

Personal impression:
Say what you will about the number of laid-back shows this last season, but this one sure earned its title. In fact, there’s really little else to this besides, well, Tanaka being listless. If you really wanted to stretch it, you could say there is a little, itty-bitty amount character development for one or two characters. But, honestly, it’s so small I don’t really count it.
This isn’t to say this show was horrible. By no means. It was, after all, pleasant. I even cracked a smile here and there. That said, this series is slow going and has less plot than a Seinfeld episode. Also, what humor there is, also takes up the tone of the title: listless. Not that the jokes were made in a lazy fashion, parse. It’s just that the “punchlines” kinda… float to you. Slowly. Softly. If you’re used to the more quick hit comedies of anime (like Azumanga Daioh or My Ordinary Life), you might feel a bit bored with this show.
Overall, it was good at what it set itself up to be. The art and music also keep to the lazy, floating feeling and if that’s what helps you relax after a stressful day, this show is an answer to prayer. Just don’t go looking to this one for heavy parodies or quick jabs of laughter. It’s far too easy-going for that.

Personal rating: 10 +

Episodes: 12
Languages: Sub
Official rating: PG
Genre: Slice of life, comedy
Company: Shochiku
Official streaming: Crunchyroll

Captain Earth Review

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Daichi’s father was a captain. A space captain who fought to protect the earth from invaders. Years after his death, Diachi finds himself back on the last island his father was on. And ends up meeting, and awakening, a young girl who may be the key to earth’s last defense.

Violence:
This is (supposedly) a mecha show, so violence is a must. That said, there’s not too much blood flung around overall. Aside from some bloody noses and gun shot wounds you never get a good look at, the violence is pretty tame really.

Language:
The usual TV14 stuff is here in force. The d-mns, sh-ts and occasional b-words. It’s not excessive, and no f-bombs as I recall, but there all the same.

Nudity:
Ok, so this is the worst aspect of this show. So, aside from more than a few absolutely pointless swimsuit scenes, thin nightgown scenes and Hana being naked in some weird lifepod of fluid before being awoken (without details, as usual), there’s a shower scene with the heavily endowed female enemy and she walks up to her partner completely naked, cause, ya know, why the heck not? Oh yeah, did I mention the whole end part where Hana has to be butt naked to control the ship jumping into hyperspace cause boobs and butts and, again, why the heck not? Did I mention that while there is no detail it’s still uber disturbing because a huge gun is riiight in the crotch area and it really makes you wonder why in the world did I even finish this show? Oh yeah, because I’m far too stubborn for my own good.

Theology/mythology:
Aside from genetically altered psychopaths spouting the age old Hitler trash about being the “superior humans,” not much here to say.

Personal impression:
Pride comes before a fall. Legit, kids. Listen and learn well from my mistakes. This show sucked hard. It sucked very hard. And I really should have dropped it around episode two or three. Because episode one really wasn’t that bad. But two and three pretty much destroy any good stuff set up in the first episode. I saw the warning signs and ignored them. Partly because I wanted to write a review for you all and partly because I really wanted to believe studio Bones could make a good original show. I’m sorry. They can’t.
Aside from the horrendous tub of clichés used in the show, the amount of actual mech combat is just plain pitiful. Most of the show is drama and technical garbage punctuated with the occasional bit of pure stupidity. “Designer children?” Really, Bones? And an enemy organization called “Salty Dog?” That’s a dive bar you go to drown your sorrows, not a group to be feared. Also, using a tin can to talk to your boss is something I expect out of a parody, not a show that’s really trying to be taken seriously as a mech show and a drama.
And ohhhh the drama. That’s what’s going down while mechs aren’t on the screen. Which is about 90% of the show. I hope you like flat chested energetic girls and big chested “pure” girls and overly cute and obnoxious mascot characters because you’re going to choke on them. A lot.
Oh and don’t even get me started on getting any answers to questions posed in the very first episode. See that blue haired chick in the screenshots? Yeah, noooo clue who she is. NEVER explained. It’s like the first episode was made by a guy trying to get funded for this epic idea, he passed out after making episode one, and then a half asleep manga writer hyped up on caffeine and too much ramen was pulled in to write the rest.
Suffice to say that this was one of the worst mech shows I’ve seen in a long while, even the art and music is mediocre, at best. So why did I stick with it? Pride. It’s a bad thing, kids. I was at episode 12, thinking I was about done and in the clear for review writing when they just kept coming. I realized too late the show was 25 painful episodes long. Had I known beforehand I would have to go through that much, I would have dropped it long ago. I should have dropped it regardless. But I thought I could power through. And I did. But at what cost? At. What. Cost.

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 25
Languages: Sub
Official rating: TV14
Genre(s): Mecha, fantasy, drama
Company: Shochiku
Official streaming: Crunchyroll
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