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Sep 17, 2023
Okaeri Alice (Manga) add
Mixed Feelings
Okaeri Alice is thematically about how the social construct of gender limits us from freedom of expression. It is not necessarily a work aimed at queer audiences, but anyone who is conscious of performative roles based on gender and the pressure that may come from living up to those expectations. Okaeri Alice can be fairly problematic in the way that it executes this message, and it needed more time in the oven to fully realize its message, but is nonetheless a sincere attempt at solving a complex identity issue.

The protagonist Yoh is effectively the vehicle ...
Feb 11, 2023
FLCL (Anime) add
Underneath all the bizarre symbolism and experimental visuals is a story of self-acceptance from an immature youth. Twelve year old Naota is desperate to become mature as he believes that this is the path to being valued by others. But he has to learn that he can only discover his worth through authentic personal growth rather than wearing a mask and pretending to be something he is not.

In only six episodes does Fooly Cooly work to deliver a sincere message about growing at your own pace irrespective of others schedules or desires. If you can relate to Naota’s perspective, then FLCL is one of ...
Feb 2, 2023
Mixed Feelings
3Piece, prequel to the legendary hentai OVA series Master Piece, fails to meet the lofty expectations set before it due to poor production quality. This in no doubt a consequence of the sudden change in studios from T-Rex to the less reputable "Studio 1" that has no notable titles under their name. That stings to acknowledge as the Master Piece is arguably the greatest hentai to ever have been produced, and this is merely okay by comparison.

All returning fans wanted to see here is more of Mira getting fucked by her loving stepson. She is on the Mount Rushmore of anime MILFs and any content ...
Mar 25, 2022
Slow Loop (Anime) add
Mixed Feelings
Conceptually, Slow Loop is about using a cherished pastime to overcome grief and build close friendships. You may not know a single thing about fly fishing going in (I sure did not), but we can all understand the desire to partake in a fun hobby and seek the company of others who are mutually passionate. There are approximately five million SOL anime that execute this very same concept, but this one is at least slightly better than average in that it is legitimately educational about its subject matter and creates likable characters with relatable conflicts. It also fails in some key ways that keep it ...
Feb 6, 2022
Can never go wrong with a beach episode. This special takes the Tawawa cast on a tropical vacation where skimpy swimsuits and massive oppai jiggling are mandatory. If you liked what season 2 had to offer then you'll probably love what this special has to offer too.

Of especial note here is Ai's mom being a featured character. Take one look at Ai and you can only imagine how the originator looks in a swimsuit - Absolutely marvelous. She was the star of the special for me and I'm sure many others would agree upon completion.

This was an awesome way to conclude the second season ...
Jan 10, 2022
Kiss x Sis (Manga) add
For fifteen years Kiss x Sis pushed the boundaries of a variety of sexual taboos while being entirely self aware of how ridiculous its premise was, never caring to take itself seriously enough for you to question your moral compass. There are valid complaints that KxS leaned too far into the direction of comedy, rather than fully committing to the forms of degeneracy that it teases, but you’d be hard pressed to find many contemporary series that strike a better balance of ecchi entertainment than what is found here.

As can be observed from the title, the central taboo is the incestual angle of Keita and ...
Dec 5, 2021
If you like big anime titties then Tawawa on Monday is the show for you. I cannot be any more direct than that - this anime is literally about worshiping the voluptuous glandular tissues of cute girls via constant zoom ins, boob jiggles, bras snapping, torso touching, groping, stripping, basically anything under the sun that can be done with a pair of tits is likely to be found in here in bite sized, short episodical formatting (barring nudity, more on that later). Tawawa also entertains fantasy romantic scenarios between faceless, self insert men who are attracted to these women, and are teased incessantly until eventually ...
Oct 27, 2021
Part of being human is to encounter a problem that subtracts from our enjoyment of life. Whether this issue is in the form of addiction, illness or phobia, it would surely make sense for us to wish those problems away so that we can evolve into our ideal selves. Right?

This manga poses an interesting thought experiment to this topic - if you got rid of your most problematic behavior flaws, would you not change into a foreign version of yourself? Who is the you that no longer suffers from social anxiety? Do you remember the version of yourself who never feared rejection? "You" may ...
Sep 15, 2021
In case it wasn’t clear from the promotional material, Megami-ryou is a transparent appeal to lovers of ecchi harem fanservice. There is no attempt at constructing a continual narrative nor to create riveting characters who act in genuine ways. This is literally designed for the viewer to watch with their pants off as six girls all desire to hump one boy. If that sounds like something you’d be into, this show is golden. If not, you shouldn’t be watching.

For those that fall into the intended audience - you’ll be pleased to know that this is not the type of ecchi that will manifest censorship beams ...
Aug 8, 2021
JK Meshi! (Anime) add
The MAL community is generally forgiving of Slice of Life anime with banal premises - see the reception of K-on, Non Non Biyori, so I wondered why JK Meshi was scored among the worst entries to ever appear in the database. Surely it can't just be the fact that its only three minutes long per episode?

About a minute into the first episode I understood why - JK Meshi fails to execute the bare minimum of what a slice of life anime needs to be loved by at least a portion of the anime community - cute and personable characters. All of the girls have bland, ...

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