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Written by maehara   
Thursday, 16 May 2013 20:24
It's been almost ten years since I first posted to AnimeVision - although it was known as maehara.co.uk back then (picking up on my usual online alias), and didn't get the AnimeVision tag until 2007. At its peak in the late 2000s, I was posting three reviews a day, six days a week, and covering pretty much every fansubbed show and UK DVD release. Plus a decent smattering of news & interest articles.

You'll have noticed posting has dropped off since then. The news was the first to go - too difficult to keep up with it all, and other sites have that covered well enough anyway; fansubs disappeared although were replaced a few years later with streaming coverage; and UK DVD & Bluray coverage stopped last year, a victim of not having enough time to do them justice and stick to the timescales that the PR companies (quite reasonably) wanted.

Those same time restraints - a side-effect of a change in job back in September last year - bring me to this post, which will be the last to AnimeVision for the time being. The aim of the site was always to be a place that covered as much as I could, to review everything there was that fans in the UK could see, but I no longer have the time to get anywhere close to that. I've barely finished posting Autumn season reviews; Spring's all sitting in the queue to be done, and the longer those shows get left, the harder it gets to do them justice. Not to mention that writing reviews in a rush doesn't do my writing standards any good, either.

So I have a choice: cut down on the amount I watch so that I have time to review what I do see, or cut out the reviewing so I have time to see all that I want to see. And maybe do something other than watch anime on occasion. I choose the latter, and so AnimeVision will fall by the wayside.

I'll still be online, of course, and you can always find me on Twitter at @AnimeVision if you want to see what I'm watching and talk about it - you're more than welcome to contact me there. I'll also still be doing some reviewing for Fandom Post. But, barring a change in circumstances, this is AV's end of the line. Thanks for reading, and see you around the 'net.

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Psycho-Pass
Digital
Written by maehara   
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 00:00
'Urobutcher' fans, rejoice - the man behind Madoka Magica and Phantom (we'll not mention Blassreiter further) is back with another dystopian nightmare. Welcome to a world where your mental state is under 24-hour surveillance, and where a temporary bad mood could be enough to get you summarily executed. Unless you know how to game the system...

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From the New World (Shin Sekai Yori)
Digital
Written by maehara   
Monday, 29 April 2013 00:00
From the New World is one of the most intriguing shows of recent years - just how would humanity deal with the emergence of telekinetic powers that gives those who possess them the ability to kill with a thought? And how would people with those powers treat humans who didn't have them? In both cases, the answer is "badly"...

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Problem Children Are Coming From Another World, Aren't They? (Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru so Desu yo?)
Digital
Written by maehara   
Thursday, 25 April 2013 00:00
Problem Children Are Coming From Another World, Aren't They? is a light novel adaptation (if the title didn't already give that away) that falls firmly into the "this really shouldn't be as much fun as it is" category. A sure sign that I'm losing my marbles, that...

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The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
Digital
Written by maehara   
Monday, 22 April 2013 18:11
Time now for the other show from the Winter season that I didn't quite make it to the end of - Pet Girl bit the dust at episode 18. Why? Read on...

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Ixion Saga DT
Digital
Written by maehara   
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 00:00
A rare beastie, this one - a show where I got all the way to episode 17 before I got fed up and dropped it. Ixion Saga DT starts off as a genuinely funny fantasy / alternate world adventure - and then gets a bit bogged down in its own schtick...

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