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The Greatest Anime Reviews Ever
29 January 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

When it comes to bad anime reviewing I've seen and listed all of the fallacies. The Sage avoids all of these and instead takes the harder yet more virtuous path of avoiding bias and sophistry, the payoff of his choice is immense and well deserved. The lines he speaks, his neither dour nor furious demeanour and talent for finding logical flaws in the anime he reviews make for an excellent combination. All this being said however the show does have its problems. With The Ultimate Teacher and The End Of Evangelion he tried to talk about anime that there isn't much to say about and the results are obvious; they are the only bad reviews he has ever done. True in the End Of Evangelion he does make a touching speech about whether or not he could have been a baseball star and Brett Weaver who acted in the movie made a cameo to tell him that yeah he's not the only one to do reviews but he has things to say so he should say them which brings The Sage around but a good scene does not a good episode make. Worse is the period in between his review of X and his review of Evangelion Death And Rebirth (15th August 2012- 12th December 2012). In between 2 of his 3 best reviews was the single, longest period of nothing but mediocre reviews. The show's best days (14th of April 2011- 18th January 2012) may be gone with over a year but at the same time the golden days of the show lasted way longer than its longest wilderness period and what an emergence from the wilderness his review of Evangelion Death and Rebirth was. Though gone are the days when at worst there would be 2 mediocre reviews in a row the show is in good shape considering it jumped the shark and unlike with The Nostalgia Critic whose videos I also like The Sage managed to turn out good reviews, in fact the majority of his 3 very best reviews, AFTER the shark had been jumped and so the show is in reasonably good condition and can realistically continue. Just as soon as I think not another good review will ever be churned out one is and it's worth the wait and with anime's greatest reviewer ever still doing what he does best I for one will keep watching and keep liking the best anime review show of all time. ==14th June 2013 Edit== While I stand by what I've posted above and still maintain that it's a good enough show that gave this single, unemployed and crap town living in and therefore enormously bored young man plenty to do and I might have come across as some sort of obsessive fanboy on Twitter, it's been 6 months since the Evangelion Death And Rebirth review with nothing but mediocrities ever since plus I don't like the idea of a Twitter bar right alongside a video I want to watch because it's not locked to any specific video and therefore an unwelcome distraction (not being a fan of thatguywiththeglasses as a whole I haven't watch his videos there on 11 months, I watched them on his own site instead) any more plus few of the good videos are on YouTube so just like with the Nostalgia Critic I've got no choice but to stop watching the new videos and given the Twitter bar stop watching entirely. I still follow Spoony even though it takes months for him to produce a good video but the wait is worth it. Taking 4 months to produce another good video is tolerable from the internet's very best reviewer but 6 months from the silver medallist just won't do. It was by chance that I stumbled across this show first day; I typed in anime into the thatguywiththeglasses search bar back when I still could stomach that website's atrocious design and Spoony was still there and I still watched the Nostalgia Critic's new videos and I stumbled across the very first episode of Anime Abandon and since then I've waited with baited breath (usually) for the next episode and it was well worth the time I put in but when the shark has been so thoroughly jumped that you've entered outer space it's time to pull out and do something else before the show becomes a blivet (10 pounds in a 5 pound sack) and then a double blivet and so on. In spite of all of the great and even masterpiece videos they have produced Spoony, The Sage and the Nostalgia Critic have run out of steam ,it took them a long time but it was clear last year that this was the case but bored as I was and out of tribute I kept watching but now it's just gotten to the point where tough love is in order. I know this won't win me any point from fellow fans or the show's detractors either but truth is far more important than popularity although given how many people don't believe in truth or right or wrong or reality or oldness or newness you can see what people really prioritise and the state of our world is an enormously sad reflection of that. Nobody believes in anything so everything falls apart.


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