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  • Base-Breaking Character: Marc the Engineer's role as The Duke (though an homage to a character from The Critic) in the Twilight of the Cockroaches review was divisive, as many felt he came across as an unpleasant jerkass (and in the commentaries even Marc himself felt uncomfortable with the character, though Bennett found it funny). His appearances afterwards tone him down to a humorously prickly Bad Boss.
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  • Bile Fascination: A number of his fans went and watched Violence Jack after his (non-) review of it, adding to the Broken Base.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • During the Tokyo Revelation review, he decides it's time to retire his Big Book of Gay Jokes. Cut to a scene with Sage giving a tear-filled goodbye to it, only for it to suddenly turn bitter as he realizes that it used to belong to Jeff Dunham.
    • This happens in his review of Junk Boy with the entire scene of Vic Mignogna's floating head.
  • Broken Base:
    • Over the Violence Jack review:
      • On the one hand, there's quite a few fans who think that the video was great and that it managed to review the show even without showing it, all whilst not being anything like a normal review. They also agree that the show itself is very hard to review and even harder to watch, as it consists of huge amounts of repetitive gorn, so it's not like Bennett was making a huge deal over something minor. And even given the content, these fans like that Bennett managed to discuss the content- even if the video doesn't necessarily count as a review- and actually tried to review it instead of just giving up on it.
      • On the other hand, there's also many fans angry that they waited six months, with constant teasers, for what amounts to a 30 minute non-review explaining why he won't actually review it. They point out that nobody said that a review of Violence Jack had to be funny, and that he wouldn't have to show the footage. They also question why, of all the grotesque and obscene anime Bennett has reviewed, that this is the one he won't do. Simply put, these fans feel that he shouldn't have dragged Violence Jack into his show if he wasn't prepared to "properly" review it.
      • Adding fuel to the fire is the ones who went and watched it, and found it rather tame compare of some of the other animes he had no problem showing, such as Ninja Scroll.
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    • His review of Perfect Blue. One group felt like Bennett missed key subtext and plot points in the movie that nullify some of his complaints. Another group felt that while his criticisms were valid they don't bring the film down as much as Bennett said. Then there's the final group who agree with him in that while it isn't a terrible movie it is definitely a lot rougher than Satoshi Kon's future works. Of course there's also the debate about whether or not the dub is to blame for his criticisms, as Bennett has made it clear that he's a dub only fan.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • Claiming Samus's Shinespark was a reference to Go Nagai's Mazinger Z, while in actuality it originated from Ken Ishikawa's Getter Robo G, as one of Getter Dragon's attacks.
    • He falls into this when doing Go Nagai's work. He was baffled by Ryo's inconsistent mood in the Devilman review, unaware that Ryo is revealed to be a dormant Satan. Also, he didn't seem to know that New Cutey Honey is a continuation of the original show and manga from the 70's. He's also unaware that Violence Jack is a continuation of Devilman with Jack being Akira's reincarnation.
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    • During his Angel Cop review, Sage expressed his disbelief when one officer told the titular Angel not to take fingerprints because she wasn't trained for it. Bennett seems to think that if you're a cop, you automatically can do forensics work. In real life police are divided into areas of expertise, including a Crime Scene Investigation division whose entire job is to carefully collect evidence without disturbing the scene. Angel's specialty is more SWAT style tactics, so it makes sense that she doesn't know how to collect evidence.
    • Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie has a part where Chun-Li comments that Balrog was banned from boxing due to excessive violent behavior. Sage found that notion hilarious, stating that "Of course there's no place in boxing for VIOLENCE!" However, boxing is a SPORT which is overseen by a governing body that does ban people for infractions such as cheating, unsportsmanlike behavior and excessive violence in the ring.
    • All over the place in his review of Doomed Megalopolis. For one he thinks the story takes too long to focus on its main character, when in reality the story has no central main character aside from Kato because the focus is on Tokyo's history. Then there's the "Buddha robot" Gakutensoku which he considered ridiculous, despite the fact that it did exist in the 1920s. And lastly his misunderstanding of why hugging Kato destroys him, when the story had just revealed she was Bodhisattva Guayin, the Buddhist representation of love and mercy which his yin-yang is the polar opposite of and thus will destroy him. Most egregious is he even brings up at the beginning of the review how this movie requires understanding Japanese culture, and yet he still saw these issues as plot holes or anachronisms.
    • In their review of Rings, Sage and Gabe complain that the concept of a supernatural death that can only be avoided by passing on the curse to another person was a rip-off of It Follows. They do admit that neither of them have seen the original Ring/Ringu movies, and thus would be unaware of the plot point, but the claim is still quite jarring to anyone familiar with the franchise.
    • His review of Grave of the Fireflies also has a few, very egregious failures. The most forgivable is when he says the movie is based on a novel (it's based on a short story). Then he says the source material hasn't been translated into English (it has). This, of course, leads to a very catastrophic failure in his analysis as he believes that Seta didn't die in the original, and his death was added to the movie to further the message (the movie is an extremely faithful adaptation of the short story, deaths included). He also discusses a quote by Takahata (the movie's director) denying the movie is an anti-war film that doesn't seem to exist, in English or maybe even at all, with the supposed source English article including no such thing.
    • In his review of the anime adaptation of Art of Fighting, he referred to certain characters as "Not Street Fighter character"note  due to how similar they are to those characters. At one point, he refers to Jack Turner as "Not T. Hawk". The problem with that is that Super Street Fighter II note  came out in 1993; one year after the original Art of Fighting video game. It's pretty much impossible to rip off a character who hadn't even existed yet.
    • In his review of Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation, Bennett believed that the mentally-broken kid Ryu encountered in Dr. Sadler's laboratory was Shun and was surprised and outraged to see him perfectly fine inside Rosanov some time afterwards. The boy Ryu met earlier was not Shun, nor did he look like him. Not only did he have a slightly different hairstyle, he also had freckles which Shun did not have.
    • Early on, he points out the characters sound like idiots in several things (Such as Yu Yu Hakusho Poltergeist Report) for repeating what someone just told them to ask for clarification - this is actually common in Japan (and even outside Japan, where people often do that to ask for clarification on something) as it shows you're listening. As a fan of anime, this is something people eventually learn.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Some of Bennett's joke go into this territory, such as in his Burn Up! review, when he comments on a slaver who looks like Wilford Brimley and brings up the Liberty Medical commercials.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Critic in the Speed Racer episode, kidnapping Sage, tying him up and blindfolding him with an extra tie, slapping him and calling him "my love", caused a massive amount of girl-fluttering.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Bennett's theme for Anime Abandon is "Ultra" by KMFDM. The song was also used in Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie during the one scene that's Best Known for the Fanservice. Of course, that would be the theme for the anime review show that more often than not looks at the more perverse side of anime.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: His Crossover with The Nostalgia Critic ends with Rob Walker chastising the Critic for kidnapping Sage and sending him home first class in exchange for not suing them. This became a lot darker following the revelations about Channel Awesome in 2018, such as Rob's Bad Boss tendencies and how they kept Justin Carmichael's actions covered up.
  • Genius Bonus: In his review of X, he states that trying to understand the plot while watching it for the first time is "like trying to read Finnegans Wake in Sanskrit". That's not the only example; he references some pretty obscure works, anime and otherwise.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: When returning to the present in the Cyber City Oedo 808 review, Bennett is shown looking forlornly at Justin "JewWario" Carmical's hat. The Google document released during the mass exodus of producers from Channel Awesome contained anonymous accounts of grooming and sexual assault by a former producer—and around the time of Bennett's own exit from the site, it was revealed the producer in question was JewWario. As for April 2018, the hat he kept in memory of JewWario is gone.
  • He Really Can Act:
    • In the The End of Evangelion review, where he breaks down because he thinks he has nothing left to say about something that's already been analyzed to death.
    • His creepiness passes into this in some of his cameo appearances. When he teams up with Nostalgia Critic to review Starchaser: The Legend of Orin, the Critic is terrified of him, and by the time the intro is over, you'll understand why.
    • When he sends Ask That Guy in a quivering crying wreck, you have no difficulty believing that he can pull that off.
    • For the Violence Jack "review" when he simulates himself going crazy... and goddamn he pulls it off.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks!: To quote Marc, "Anime Abandon is all fun and games until something you like is on the chopping block."
    • Sage has taken a lot of heat for his negative reviews for some of the more popular titles, especially Doomed Megalopolis and AKIRA. Sage has singled out the Akira review as the one he gets the most flak for.
    • Evangelion got this reaction in droves, especially with Sage's criticisms of the Angst Dissonance.
    • In an interesting aversion, he caught a ton of flack for not doing this to Violence Jack. Not that it's not because he finds it good, mind you, but rather because he claims the content is so chock full of things he can't show, that it's unreviewable.
    • Then came his review of one of InuYasha's movies. You can take a wild guess as to how fans reacted to it.
    • He also gets a bit of this from Devilman and Devilman Crybaby fans, especially with the above mentioned in the Critical Research Failure section. His main argument was that he found the original OVA to be too boring and excessive in ultra-violence. With Crybaby, he had similar issues, but also felt that the modernizations hurt more than it helped and that the faster pacing was more problematic. While the OVA's slower pace made it boring to him, it also made it easier for him to keep up with what was going on, whereas with Crybaby's faster pacing, he doesn't have that luxury.
    • He mentions that he's probably gonna get flak for calling My Hero Academia a So Okay, It's Average show instead of the spectacular rebirth of the shonen genre many label it as in his "Oldtaku, New Tricks" review of the show but he still charges into the fray, claiming that he doesn't hate the series, and explains what he does like, but he really doesn't think it's worth all of the noise and what he hates about it, he really, really hates.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Sage calling Miles Teller a skinny version of Jonah Hill makes you wonder what Sage is going to say about them starring in a movie together.
    • In the start of his Mad Bull 34 review, he mentions the show at the time was never released on DVD, and then mentions various other infamous anime that were, including Garzey's Wing of all things. Not long after the review was made, Discotek Media gained the rights to release it on DVD. Sage snarks in his Elfen Lied review that said release was probably done on a dare.
    • During his review of the first Pokemon movie, Bennett asked if Ash had ever won a Pokemon Championship outside of the Orange League, with Linkara admitting he hadn't. Over 2 years later, Ash would wind up winning the Alola League.
  • More Popular Spinoff: Bennett original started off as a video game critic with his Sage Reviews segments. His Anime Abandon videos began more as a curiosity, and eventually grew to be his primary output, whilst Sage Reviews were retired in 2013.
  • Signature Scene: The "grenades tied to pubes" from his Mad Bull 34 review has become one of the most well known scenes of utter craziness that the show's had. It's the video where he realized Anime Abandon's potential (Marc joked that it's when Bennett White finally became Bennett the Sage), and it was voted as the number one Anime Abandon moment. Though when discussing the scene he does regret that the most memorable moment of his show came entirely from a separate entity rather than something he created.


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