These are short anime reviews while avoiding as many spoilers as possible. I grade on a scale from 1 (worst) to 5 (best). The reviews will also contain links where you can watch and or purchase them legally. Click on the Reviews link above for an index of all the reviews.

Sword Art Online (Series) – Episodes 1-14 (Aincrad Story Arc)

elucidator07’s Grade: 3 out of 5 “Entertained”
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Aniplex Official Description: In the year 2022, a next-generation game known as “Nerve Gear” has been developed, making Full Dives into a virtual dimension possible. “Nerve Gear” The world’s first true VRMMORPG* “Sword Art Online (SAO)” has generated worldwide buzz, and on its official launch day, one player, Kirito, immerses himself in its virtual world. But Akihiko Kayaba, the developer of SAO, proclaims the following to all players. This game is inescapable unless all levels are cleared. And in this world, “Game Over” is equivalent to death in the real world.

* VRMMORPG=Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game

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Kampher (Series)

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My Grade: 4/5 “Loved it”
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Sentai Filmworks description: Waking up as a girl might be some guys’ fantasies, but when the suddenly effeminatized Natsuru is told that he’s a Kämpfer, one who fights other Kämpfers in female form, his life becomes a nightmare! Putting aside the obvious plumbing issues, Natsuru’s best friend has a crush on his new body. Not complex enough? His school has separate sections for boys and girls, so he’s now double enrolled. Hormones and fists will fly as the new gender-blender defender must become a contender or die!

Pumpkin Scissors

My Grade: 4 out of 5 = “Loved it”
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Official FUNimation Description: In the wake of the Great War, Lieutenant Alice Malvin assumes command of the Imperial Army’s Intelligence Section III – a ragtag bunch of pencil-pushers used to spread military propaganda. But Malvin, an idealistic soldier who refuses to rest while her people suffer, yearns to cut through the thick skin of deception perpetrated by power-crazed nobles.

 

Sound of the Sky (Series)

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My Grade: 4 out of 5 = “Loved it”
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Official Nozomi Description: In a lonely corner of the world, on the edge of No Man’s Land, sits Clocktower Fortress. It’s home to the 1121st Platoon of the Helvetian Army, and their newest member is 15-year-old volunteer Kanata Sorami, who enlisted to learn how to play the bugle. When she was a child, Kanata was saved by a beautiful soldier and found inspiration in the clear, golden sound of her trumpet. From that day onward, Kanata decided music would be her life. As the other platoon members train her in how to be both a bugler and a soldier, Kanata’s enduring optimism will inspire them to look for happiness and beauty, even in a world haunted by war.

 

Wagnaria! [or] Working! (Series) – Season 1

Wagnaria

My Grade: 4 out of 5 = “Loved It”
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The family restaurant “Wagnaria” stands by itself in Hokkaido. One day Sota Takanashi, who loves all things small, meets tiny little Popura, who offers him a job working part time at the restaurant. Attracted to her petite stature, Sota accepts her offer. To his surprise, the restaurant is filled with eccentric characters. Get ready to dish up some wacky comedy together with Sota and his coworkers!