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Jan 9, 2018
There may not be a more self destructive behavioral disorder than social anxiety. Humankind is not meant to be solitary creatures; we are wired to desire love and companionship from others, making it counterproductive to have a condition that creates an intense sensation of fear in social situations and can cause one to lash out against those who try to enter your comfort zone.

Never have I seen an anime capture the frustration of, and eventual triumph over, social anxiety better than When Marnie Was There - accurately portraying the difficulties of trusting in others, the struggles of finding a place to belong, and how read more
Sep 29, 2017
I've often wondered what possesses a man to pursue a career of getting hit in the face. Doesn't seem particularly glamorous, very few make a self-sustainable salary and the long term effects can range from loss of vision to brain damage.

After watching Hajime no Ippo I've arrived at the answer that perhaps was staring me in the face all along: Boxing is not a mere bloodsport. It's a means of survival for disparaged individuals with not much else to live for. A way for them to channel their frustrations into lifelong passions, enabling their growth as human beings. Hajime No Ippo opened my eyes read more
Sep 27, 2017
I saw a blonde loli holding a cute cat and thought this would be the best anime of the season bar none no competition. Who cares about ballroom dancing and kids gambling their parents money away when you have a premise that adorable.

Turns out I was terribly wrong. Nothing about Nora to Oujo stands out and it's another visual novel adaptation that loses all it's charm translated into anime. Each episode is split into four minute fast paced hit or (mostly) miss comedy skits. If you're the type of person that enjoys random off beat humor you may find some joy in this. I don't read more
Sep 20, 2017
You have to meet one of two criteria in order to find some value in this anime

1. Have a fetish for netorare, a phenomenon where the viewer is made to feel intense jealousy over a character cheating on their significant other

2. Are desperate for some sweet sweet yuri action regardless of the surrounding circumstances

If you meet neither this is probably the worst anime of the season by a mile. If you meet one or both it becomes tolerable

NTR has some of the best yuri scenes in recent memory. The girls are extremely attractive, one submissive the other domineering, and the two have great chemistry together

The read more
Sep 18, 2017
There is absolutely nothing more frustrating in romance anime than an obstacle standing in the way of two people that love each other. Even worse in the case of Koi to Uso this obstacle is a nonsensical, bullshit love mandate that threatens sanctions if broken leading to characters betraying their feelings over and over again. Watching characters do that to themselves is suffering and I don't like to suffer so this anime is crap.

An annoying narrative can at times be salvaged by great characterization of which Koi to Uso has none of. MC is a beta male wimp with aspirations of not being a beta read more
Sep 13, 2017
There's a scene in episode five where three girls smash their boobs together to compare cup sizes. That is everything you need to know about Hajimete No Gal. There is nothing redeemable about this anime besides trashy fanservice. If you hate trashy fanservice, don't watch. If you like trashy fanservice, soldier on forward you man of culture you.

Every episode features a handful of dream-like sequences where the main character imagines himself being seduced by his new hot girlfriend that he doesn't deserve. Scumbaggy? Probably. Entertaining nevertheless? Absolutely. It's harmless erotic fun that every healthy male entertains when they see a hot girl made extra sensual read more
Jun 25, 2017
Please Take my Brother Away is a classic sibling war between an annoying older brother and violent little sister - a simple concept well executed in the form of top notch comedic timing, funny character interactions and relatable humor that any sibling themselves can enjoy. To me at least, this is the best comedy of the Spring season and is worth checking out for the concept and low time commitment alone.

"Hidden gem" is a term thrown around too loosely these days, but with less than 10k total members for the funniest anime of the season, it certainly applies here. My only real issue is the read more
Jun 19, 2017
Every so often I'll watch an anime that makes me question how I've arrived to this point in life. Watching a bald priest bang a girl senseless a dozen times is one of those moments. I can picture my dead grandparents looking down on me thinking "What a mistake Kyle was"

To be clear, I'm a fan of smut anime. I find it cool that a genre exists where sex is a regular thing as opposed to nonstop teasing and blushing. The problem with Souryo to Majiwaru Shikiyoku is it fails to be sexy, leaving virtually every box unchecked in what I'd consider to be a quality read more
Apr 29, 2017
Life as an artist is stressful. Inspiration comes at random with no caution or farewell and dry spells are as common as a rainy day in the spring. But at least once in the life of an artist will they find something so fascinating, so all consuming that it sends them into a fever pitch of creativity.

Natsu no Zenjitsu is about just that - a struggling painter named Tetsuo discovering his source of inspiration in the form of a passionate love, coming to grips with what it means to be in love and using it to fuel his creative endeavors

Tetsuo is a character that some may read more
Apr 9, 2017
Chinese animation is largely inferior to its Japanese contemporaries, running into issues of substandard art design, terrible comedic timing and a lack of creative flair to give the show life. I'd all but given up hope of finding anything decent in the industry until stumbling upon How to Steal 55 Kisses, a novel adaptation about two sisters who fall in love with the same guy

55 Kisses has the feel of a soap opera operating under a constant wave of melodrama from characters that face obstacles in their desire to be together. Qiao Anhao feels guilt about liking the same person her own sibling does and read more