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Aug 17, 2018
I sat through 94 episodes of Maison Ikkoku waiting for Godai and Kyoko to clear all of their misunderstandings, establish mutual trust in one another and finally become lovers. Those wishes were met fully in the end, and to this day I consider the TV series to be the most rewarding in all of the romance genre.

So I didn't appreciate this film throwing all of that progress into the trash by creating another silly misunderstanding about Kyoko sending letters to an unidentified person and Godai suspecting her of cheating. The tenets, as per usual, do everything in their power to goad Godai into believing read more
Aug 17, 2018
Love is Like a Cocktail is most easily digested by those well versed in alcoholic beverages or interested in trying out new concoctions, whether that be for self interest or to impress their friends at social gatherings. Each episode features a unique drink accompanied by a brief explanation of the ingredients, i.e: 200 ML milk + 1 tbsp honey + 1 tbsp orange marmalade + 1 banana slice = A delicious banana cocktail. Yum. There's even a small community of fans dedicated to replicating the recipes from this anime (with varying results of success) that can be found on youtube and various blogs across the read more
Jul 19, 2018
"Even though we are divided into enemy and ally, there are good people on both sides. People who can understand each other. And me knowing that amidst the stupidity of this war is the one thing that gives me hope"

Gundam has a longstanding reputation for showing the unfiltered truth of a raging war that breeds hatred, destroys families and consumes resources at the consequence of entire civilizations. It is made emphatically clear time and time again with every (good) iteration of the franchise that no side is truly right in their convictions, and that even within the enemy organization are kind hearted people who seek read more
Jul 6, 2018
A reliable litmus test for boys love anime is to ask myself whether I'd care about the story if the characters were not gay. Is homosexuality being used as the main attraction for the romance, or does the narrative explore broader themes that apply to relationships of all varieties while still offering meaningful commentary on the social stigma faced by homsexuals.

I'm happy to say that Doukyuusei passes that test with full marks. Rather than stressing the sexual orientation of the characters, what is proudly emphasized is the fact that love knows no specific orientation, and it does not matter who we choose to confide read more
Jun 29, 2018
Megalo Box has very little to do with the art of fighting itself. There is no emphasis on technique. There is no weight training. There is no satisfying payout following the arduous process of a fighter desperately trying (and often, failing) to improve their skill. There is the bizzare inclusion of gear technology that grants fighters additional strength at cost of speed - a useless consequence with speed being paramount in combat. So how can an anime that revolves around fighting, but offers none of the impertinent detail of fighting, and is decidedly worse than its predecessors Hajime no Ippo and Ashita no Joe in read more
May 17, 2018
Anisava (Anime) add (All reviews)
I stumbled upon Anisava in search of an english dub boring enough to serve as background noise while I practice not sucking in Tekken 7. I still suck at Tekken and I choose to blame my Iron First Tournament ineptitude on an anime too funny to properly focus on anything else.

Anisava has your typical office comedy format of dysfunctional relationships and a collection of bizarre personalities who appear to do anything but their actual jobs, but what sets it apart is that the characters are all animals and embody their animalistic tendencies. For instance, Fred the Rabbit is a sex addict who has god read more
May 4, 2018
Ashita no Joe S2 fixes all the production issues that plagued the first season and completes the greatest character arc in anime history. A journey that is equally tragic and uplifting of a troubled orphan who through competitive sport transforms himself from a literal zero to a beloved hero.

I greatly appreciated the development of Yoko's character in this season. We see her in a major position of power, pulling the strings behind Joe's bouts and doing what she can to feed his insatiable desire to fight. She's also further established as a person, as we begin to understand why she's so passionate towards boxing read more
Mar 10, 2018
This did not live up to the hype that was built through months of promotional material promising an animation so lewd that genital organs would spontaneously explode out of sheer excitement and joy. I was so looking forward to Chisato/Basara having an intimacy scene that would top the raw passion of the bath scene in the first OVA. Instead we got a lukewarm, rushed onsen scene that had zero build up and failed to capture any the raw sexual emotion of the light novel. There's a scene where Basara and Mio are making out in a cave under a waterfall which is...cool? It's nothing we read more
Feb 20, 2018
A Kite (Anime) add (All reviews)
The tragic circumstance of brainwashed teenage street sweepers was done better and with more attention to detail by Gunslinger Girls, but Kite manages to still pack a punch in a fraction of the comparative run time by having a cool as fuck aesthetic and some of the best gore ever animated.

By far most striking thing about Kite is how realistic the murders look. When a guy gets shot you can clearly see the bullet puncture the skin and reverberate around the flesh as chunks of blood slowly ooze out of a now lifeless corpse. What most anime get wrong about gunshot wounds is that it read more
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