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Jul 31, 2015
House of Five Leaves is an utterly mesmerizing Samurai drama that follows the dealings of a gang of thieves called Five Leaves in Edo Japan, who focus on kidnapping and ransom to make a profit. Despite the intriguing premise the show sadly went overlooked by most at the time of its release. This is likely due to the focus on dialogue and character interaction rather than swordplay and large-scale fights. It's a real shame too because the characters themselves are really something to behold.

Each member of the Five Leaves gang receives a small character arc that delves into their motivations and attitudes towards read more
Jul 27, 2015
Friendship is an extremely common theme in anime (in any medium for that matter) but rarely is it portrayed in hell. Set in a crippled 1950's Japan, Rainbow thrusts its seven protagonists into a juvenile refinement center, which is essentially a youth prison filled with guards who are out for blood. They give each other nicknames, befriend each other over a smoke, and carve their dreams on a tree for when they're finally free, and agree to meet there once again in the future.

It is a very gripping story and throughout the series you as the audience will be kept on your seat almost read more
Jul 15, 2015
Chihayafuru is a very unique show in premise but not so much in execution. It centers around a traditional Japanese card game called karuta and the aspirations of a girl named Chihaya set to become the best player in Japan (and therefore the world) alongside her friends.

Karuta is a one-on-one card game in which players must try to touch cards inscribed with poems as the corresponding poems are read faster than their opponent. The game is explained very thoroughly early on, and while the concept may seem rather dull the show does a great job on making it interesting.

Chihayafuru opens on a few flashback episodes read more
Feb 20, 2015
This review is for the second season of Magi, so expect light spoilers for season one.

Season one of Magi was a good watch overall, but it left a lot to be desired. So is season 2 a step up from the original, or is Magi simply overstaying its welcome? Well to answer that, first, we have to look at where we're at.
After Sindria is saved, Aladdin, Alibaba, Morgiana, and Hakuryuu all decide to go their separate ways to become stronger. Morgiana to return to her homeland, Alibaba to hone his Magoi control, Hakuryuu to claim his revenge, and Aladdin to investigate the country of Magnostadt, read more
Feb 14, 2015
Shows like Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic really catch me off guard. It's so rare nowadays to see a battle shonen that delivers a feeling of exploration without getting too caught up in itself. Is it perfect? Of course not, but if there's one thing it gets right is its sense of adventure.

Magi takes place in a vast fantasy world with a ton of tie-ins to 1001 Arabian Nights. The setting is huge, spanning across many diverse countries, which presents an enthrallingly enormous scope. Aladdin is a young boy who some call a Magi, and the story follows his journey for self-discovery alongside his read more