AMV Of The Day: Believer (Ace Attorney)


For our first AMV of November, here’s Ace Attorney!

Anime: Ace Attorney

Song: Believer by Imagine Dragons

Creator: purplemonkeypants AJ

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AMV Of The Day: Shatter Me (Vampire Knight)


As we enter November, here’s one last horror-related AMV before starting the first weekend of a new month.

Anime: Vampire Knight

Song: Shatter Me by Lindsey Stirling

Creator: Vincent AMV’s

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AMV Of The Day: I’m Not A Vampire (Blood Lad)


Today’s AMV may feature the same song as yesterday’s but it’s also a different anime.  Let’s see how I’m Not A Vampire mixes with Blood Lad.

Anime: Blood Lad

Song: I’m Not A Vampire by Falling In Reverse

Creator: Amerutox

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AMV Of The Day: I’m Not A Vampire (Soul Eater)


With Halloween rapidly approaching, it’s time for another AMV!

Anime: Soul Eater

Song: I’m Not Vampire by Falling In Reverse

Creator: VilaDeath

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Horror Review: Glyceride by Junji Ito


Junji Ito Glyceride

While Junji Ito’s work has been done both in long-series format and novella-style stand-alone, most of his work has been through short story collections which has been collected in tanboko collections. It’s with some of his short stories that themes really shine through despite their short length. He’s able to disturb unnerve, disgust and horrify a reader with a quick read than most horror writers and filmmakers have tried using much longer formats.

One such short tale is “Glyceride.”

“Glyceride” is chapter 5 of his collection of one-shot stories in the collection Yami no Koe (Voices in the Dark). It tells the tale of a girl named Yui whose family owns a barbecue restaurant (city or town never mentioned other than it has a clear view of Mt. Fuji) in town. The place is always dark, dirty and there’s a heavy atmosphere of grease permeating everything in the place.

It’s this sense of grease both literal and figuratively which creates that sense of otherworldly horror and uneasiness. Ito’s artwork makes one feel the very grease the tale’s protagonist speaks about to such a level that, at least for me, one would need to take a thorough shower once done.

While the story is quite brief it leaves a definite imprint on the reader. Below is the anime adaptation of the short story.

AMV Of The Day: Shut Me Up (Soul Eater)


It’s been a while since we did an AMV of the day here at the Shattered Lens, which is unfortunate because an appreciation anime was one of the main reasons why this site was started.  What better time to restart this site’s AMV tradition than during our other great tradition, the annual October Horrorthon.

So, without any further ado….

Anime: Soul Eater

Song: Shut Me Up by Mindless Self-Indulgence

Creator: Cami owo

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Anime You Should Be Watching: Zombie Land Saga


I’m finally home, and with the final season of anime for 2018 finished, it’s about time to give my recommendation for one of the most surprising shows of the year.  The reason that I think this was such a surprise is because it takes what’s been a pretty stale genre, the idol anime, and given it such life (pun intended) that it really stands out.  Frankly, 2018 was possibly the best year we’ve seen in anime in over a decade.  Titles such as A Place Further Than the Universe, Hinamatsuri, Megalobox, Laid-back Camp among many others were such outstanding offerings that if you didn’t find something to enjoy this past year, then you just plain don’t like anime anymore.  But there’s been so many mediocre idol anime since Love Live lit up the charts that I was convinced that the genre was dead (more puns!).  But Zombie Land Saga came around and proved that there still can be good, compelling stories told about idols.

The basic premise of the show is that the producer makes an idol group by reanimating the corpses of some famous and no so famous idols and idol wannabes from the past.  He says that it’s to help revitalize the Japanese prefecture of Saga (It’s an actual prefecture and it works to make the title sound epic.  Will the puns never end?) and while that might be part of his goal, other reasons are revealed throughout the course of the show.

Each of the girls is considered a legend, but none are more legendary than the most legendary of legends, Tae Yamada.  Sure, nothing about her past is revealed in the show, and she’s the only girl who never actually “awakens” and remains in classical zombie state, but she is clearly the top idol in the whole group, even though the protagonist is technically Sakura, and the leader, or center, of the group is Saki.  Still, with her voice actress being Kotono Mitsuishi, who is eternally famous for being the voice of Sailor Moon, among many other prominent roles from the 90’s, Tae is definitely worthy of being called a legend.

The main thing that I think is great about this show is the fact that it’s an anime original.  Unlike most anime these days, it isn’t an adaptation of an existing manga, light novel, or video game.  The anime came up with its own ideas, and while there is in fact a manga adaptation, it came out after the fact.  This is rare, and it’s very refreshing to see, because a lot of anime that comes out these days are essentially advertisements for their source material.  Wanna know what happens next?  Read the manga/light novel or play the game!  That said, thankfully this anime has apparently done very well, because it ends with a big cliffhanger.  As one would expect, since these girls were legends in their own time, it was only a matter of time before someone recognized them from their past lives, and the final episode ends with a reporter putting two and two together.  Based on sales of the video, I think it’s safe to say there will be a second season that further explores this, and I’m personally looking forward to it.

Now I’ll leave you all with one of the moments from the show that made me look forward to it week after week, the epic rap battle between protagonist Sakura and the group leader Saki.