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Aug 12, 2018
Assassination Classroom (AC) is a show about a class of F-grade misfits who are one day given the task of assassinating their new homeroom teacher. And if that’s not strange enough, their teacher, Koro-sensei, is actually a seemingly untouchable, tentacled creature who threatens to destroy Earth should they fail in their assassination.

But more than a high-octane thrill ride featuring elaborate assassination attempts and exciting fight scenes, AC is an unexpectedly touching show about growth. This particular group of young adults have been looked down on all of their lives, by their parents, peers, and teachers. They have repeatedly been told that they will not amount to read more
Mar 18, 2017
3-gatsu no Lion is a rare bird. Unlike many of today’s shows, it eschews fast-paced, action heavy plot in favour of using its characters and their interactions with each other as vehicles to explore themes common to us all. Its reflective tone, stunning visuals, and emotionally-charged music also help set this show apart.

If you’re looking for a no-holds-barred, adrenaline-charged thrill-ride, 3-gatsu no Lion is not the show for you. Few significant events occurred within the show’s 22 episode runtime. This did mean that it dragged from time to time and I was never on the edge of my seat desperate to see what would happen read more
Mar 14, 2017
Mayoiga (Anime) add (All reviews)
I am obligated to warn you that Mayoiga is incredibly flawed. Not a single aspect of it, be its story, art, or characters, was without its problems. However, I would argue that Mayoiga scrapes a pass based purely on the positively valiant (if ultimately unsuccessful) effort expended by its producers to create something ambitious and different.

Mayoiga’s premise was extremely interesting. It almost seemed to pay tribute to Silent Hill – both featuring an abandoned town full of monsters representing your deepest, darkest fears. And whilst Mayoiga had a promising start, leaving me wondering what had happened to the village’s inhabitants and what could be making read more
Mar 6, 2017
Erased is one of the best shows that I've watched in years. It masterfully balances dark, unsettling themes with those of the beauty of friendship and the redemptive properties of love and boldly and unapologetically presents some of the harsh realities of life whilst still managing to be introspective and thoughtful. This is by no means an easy feat and is a testament to the incredible talent of the show's staff. If that wasn't enough to convince you to watch Erased, keep reading. I hope to present you with many more compelling reasons.

I recently watched Orange, another show that featured its characters using time-travel to read more
Mar 4, 2017
At times Henneko resembles its lead character, trying to put up a façade of its very own. It often tried to portray itself as dramatic and moving, but because of its poor pacing, repellent fanservice, and borderline ridiculous drama, it was extremely easy to see through this façade. These are just a few of Henneko’s many problems, which you will learn if you continue reading. I don’t enjoy writing negative reviews, but warning you against this show is practically public service.

The premise of Henneko, two characters searching to reclaim that which they carelessly wished away, is uninspired. Be careful what you wish for scenarios are read more
Feb 26, 2017
If, like me, you’re a seasoned anime vet, you’ve likely already convinced yourself that you’re not going to enjoy this show. I mean, how could a show possibly manage to be scary whilst adhering to all those fanservice-y tropes we all love to hate? But, wait! Maybe this review can actually convince you to set aside your prejudices and give this surprisingly adept horror/romance a go!

Dusk Maiden was astonishingly competent as both a horror story and as a sexually-charged high school romance. These are two genres you wouldn’t expect to work together, but I found that the cutesy, fanservice-filled scenes contrasted so starkly with the read more
Feb 21, 2017
Orange (Anime) add (All reviews)
Orange is a competent, oft moving high school drama that tackles the important issue of mental illness, something that affects many young people today, head-on, whilst also dabbling in the mysterious phenomenon that is time-travel. Below is an in-depth review as to how I fared with it.

Orange’s story had a number of strengths. For example, I found its premise and execution to be extremely gripping. Because, following the characters choosing to take a different course of action, the changes in their present day lives were so subtle, I was left wondering “Will this group of friends be able to save Kakeru?” and “What effect would read more
Feb 15, 2017
Brief synopsis
It is Princess Yona’s 16th birthday and the question that everybody’s asking is who is she going to marry now that she is of marrying age? Yona has her heart set on her cousin, Su-Won, who she adores. As Yona goes to plead her case with her father, who objects to this union, she finds herself embroiled in a catastrophic event that results in her fleeing from her kingdom into wild, new territory and seeking the help of a band of rogue warriors to reclaim what is rightfully hers.

The show’s premise was not especially interesting. It reminded me of Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Legend of read more
Feb 5, 2017
Brief synopsis
Katsuki Yuri is a competitive figure-skater who, after bombing out of an important competition, hits an all time low. That is until his fellow skater and hero since childhood, Victor Nikiforov, watches one of his performances and vows to coach him until he wins his first Grand Prix.

Story (7)
The story of Yuri!!! On ICE is a simple one. As a rule, this tends not to bother me with sports anime, I simply enjoy watching characters give it their all to achieve a goal or to improve, all the while developing as characters. However, it was hard to maintain enjoyment levels watching the same performances read more
Feb 1, 2017
Brief synopsis
After a traumatic experience in middle school, Kimiko is reluctant to have anything to do with music and upon entering high school seeks a fresh start. Nevertheless, she finds herself inexplicably pulled back into the world of music. With new friends in tow, Kimiko faces many trials to compete with the concert band to reach the Nationals.

Whilst the premise of the show is simple enough (and by no means original) that does not stop it from being enjoyable. Something about striving towards a goal that you are incredibly passionate about with all of the energy and resilience that youth affords you, with equally passionate read more