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Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin is an ongoing light novel and manga series by Otorino Kazuma. Both manga and light novel series began publication in early 2012. In 2014 our old friends at A-1 pictures worked on an eleven episode anime version. I haven't read the novels or manga, so I won't be able to tell you how well the anime series follows either of them. I will, however, tell you how well it stands as its own entity. With that in mind, let's delve into it.

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Our protagonist, young Yama Juugo, moves to the man-made Nanae Island after being disowned by his father. Once there read more
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Jun 15, 2016
Rokka no Yuusha (Anime) add
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Rokka no Yuusha is an anime based on a series of light novels by Yamagata Ishio. The light novels are still going too. There's also an ongoing manga based on the novels. So, in 2015 there was an anime version from Passione, a studio that also did Rail Wars & Haitai Nanafa, which I haven't seen, and nothing else. They haven't exactly been the most prolific of studios, but maybe that doesn't mean much. They haven't exactly been around for that long. And their few projects could be really good. So, let this serve as my introduction to them as I delve into Rokka no read more
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El Hazard is an anime franchise from the mid 90s. It was written by Tsukimura Ryoe with production by AIC. You may remember them from their work on OreImo, Solty Rei, Blue Gender, Sasameki Koto and several others I've reviewed. The first entry in the El Hazard franchise was Magnificent World, a seven episode OVA which gained enough popularity to spawn two tv anime series, and more OVAs. So, was this OVA actually good enough to warrant that? Let's take a look at El Hazard The Magnificent World and find out.

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We begin our story with high school politics. Because don't all great fantasy tales begin read more
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Jun 1, 2016
Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata (Anime) add
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Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata began as a series of light novels by Maruto Fumiaki. It's also had multiple manga and, in 2015, A-1 Pictures decided to do an anime version. It's a harem comedy series, like Love Hina, OreImo, Sekirei and some of the other series I've been asked to review and really disliked. Will this be the first harem series I do a full review of that gets a decent score, or will that wait until someone asks me to look at Ranma ½? Let's find out.

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We open with our protagonist, Blandon, picking up a girl's beret after it blows away. This read more
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May 25, 2016
Terra Formars (Anime) add
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Terra Formars is an action, horror sci-fi piece. The manga began in 2011, written by Sasuga Yuu and drawn by Tachibana Kenichi. In 2014 we got a two episode OVA and a full thirteen episode series, both of which were handled by Liden Films. A studio that's done nothing I've seen, although I know their names because they're also working on the Berserk sequel that's scheduled to start airing in July. I'm not sure what to expect so let's just take a look at Terra Formars, both the prequel OVA & the TV series.

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In the OVA, we see the ill-fated Bugs-2 mission to Mars where read more
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May 18, 2016
Yuri Kuma Arashi (Anime) add
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I was drawn to Yuri Kuma Arashi because I heard its basic premise and it's bizarre. Humans and bears were at war, the humans built a wall to keep peace, some bears sneak into a human school. That's a premise that's likely either going to be awesomely stupid & hilarious or just really stupid. The anime version was handled by Silver Link, and I'm hoping for the best thing I've seen from them. Which wouldn't be difficult given the other works of theirs that I've reviewed. It could be sub-par but not bad and still be the best I've seen from them. Now, the original read more
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May 11, 2016
Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu (Anime) add
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Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu is a historical Josei manga written by Kumota Haruko that began in 2010. Just this year, an anime adaptation aired, being brought to us by Studio Deen. You may recall them as the studio behind Read or Die, Gravitation, The law of Ueki, & Sakura Trick. Just to name some of their series I've looked at. How does this historical drama compare? Let's take a look and see.

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We open our tale with a young man getting released from prison. He makes his way to the theatre and begs the Rakugo master, Yakumo, to make him his apprentice. Yakumo reluctantly accepts and read more
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May 4, 2016
Boku dake ga Inai Machi (Anime) add
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Boku Dake ga Inai Machi ran from 2012 to 2016 in its manga form from author Sanbe Kei. At the beginning of 2016, it also got an anime adaptation from A-i pictures. Which concluded in March. This is the same studio that gave us Kuroshitsuji, Anohana, Valkyria Chronicles, Uchuu Kyoudai, Sword Art Online & OreImo. For me, their track record has been extremely mixed. With some of those anime being strong, some being more middling and some, SAO & OreImo, being foetid piles of excrement. So, let's look at Boku Dake ga Inai Machi and see how it compares to the studio's other works.

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Satoru is read more
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Apr 27, 2016
Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry (Anime) add
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Rakudai kishi no Cavalry is an ongoing light novel series from Misora Riku. Near the end of last year an anime adaptation aired. It was handled by Nexus and Silver Link. Silver Link being the studio behind WataMote & Baka To Test. Yeah, that's not an auspicious sign. Then again, those are the only two series that they did the main work on that I've reviewed or even seen. Their studio probably has some really good stuff of their own. I know that some of the stuff they've done in-between animation for has been quite good. So, let's look at this thing and see if read more
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Apr 20, 2016
Charlotte (Anime) add
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Charlotte is an ongoing manga from Maeda Jun, the same writer as Angel Beats. He also did some work on Air, which was considerably less impressive. Last year, Charlotte got a thirteen episode anime adaptation from P.A. Works. The same studio behind both Angel Beats & Another. Knowing nothing else about the series, that's a couple of good signs. We've got a writer who's shown skill in another work and the same studio that worked with him on it. On the other hand, Penguindrum also had a writer and studio that had both shown great ability before and we all know how that turned out. read more
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