Love Death + Robots Season 1 Review

Love Death + Robots Season 1 Review

Currently streaming on Netflix. Rated TV-MA.

Love Death + Robots is an impressively made anthology series full of romance, violence, and robots (of course!). This series is hilarious and dark with stories that range from yoghurt taking over the world to a sexual assault survivor getting their revenge in the goriest way possible. Using a variety of animation techniques throughout its 18 episodes, viewers are treated to a masterclass on the craft. There were times I would replay scenes just to admire the amazing feats of animation. 

My only complaint about this series is that some of the writing tended to fall short. This seems to always be a potential issue with short-form writing of any kind, but especially screenwriting. It wasn’t so bad that I felt the need to finish watching the show altogether, but bad enough to where I often found myself ignoring the story and focusing on the animation. I dearly hope that the second season features more well-rounded pieces. 

This is not really a show you watch with your mom, nor is it a show for the faint of heart. But if you’re a fan of science-fiction, fantasy, comedy and raunchy romance, there is something here for you.

Subjective Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Objective Rating

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Final Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Parasyte: The Maxim Season 1 Review

Parasyte: The Maxim Season 1 Review

Now streaming on Netflix and Hulu. Rated TV-MA.

Its been quite a while since I’ve been able to sit and enjoy an anime: and considering the fact its October I thought it was the perfect time to start a horror anime. Maybe because I am fascinated with body horror that I choose Parasyte.

This show is full of many highs and lows. There are times where the story is well-paced and exciting, but also just as many where it’s neither. The majority of the show is overall well done, but it’s its lulls that are it’s downfall. 

My most significant complaint comes from the tonal shift that happens early in the series. The show starts with a fair amount of morbid humour that is later thrown entirely to the wayside. Of course, for this story, this makes sense to an extent, but the sheer speed of this change is whiplash-inducing. 

Parasyte, like all horror, offers more than creepy visuals. Parasyte’s inherent nature opens it up to allow a substantial amount of contemplation over the human condition. We are given essentially three prospectives throughout the series: that of the human, that of the semi-human, and that of the inhuman (in the form of the parasites). This series becomes less about the spectacle of the parasite’s morphing ability and quickly takes the more philosophical route of the broader implication and nature of the relationship between parasite and human. The story delves into the deepest motivations of life, and the things that make us, well, human. The series philosophical endeavours alone, make up a lot for its shortcomings. 

If you are going to watch this show, which I recommend you do, don’t go into it expecting it to be non-stop action. This show boasts a fair amount of action, but the real highlights are the time it takes to contemplate what it’s set out to explore. This often leads to long lulls in the story that could have been handled differently, but ultimately serve their purpose.

Subjective Rating

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Objective Rating

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Final Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.