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Jun 16, 2022
Paripi Koumei (Anime) add
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A refreshing reversal of the isekai genre, "Paripi Koumei" is reincarnation done right. Neatly juggling elements of music and Chinese history, this reverse-isekai earnestly makes a connection almost no one knew they wanted. The mastermind MC and his ensemble cast are gifted with solid character writing. Superb strategies and comedy ensure that the viewing experience is an absolute delight to follow. The importance of "Koumei's" infectious fun cannot be understated. This series is a certified Chitty Chitty Bang Bang-er. 7/10~

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"Me meeting Kong Ming is like fish meeting water."
- Source: Liu Bei, "Records of the Three Kingdoms"


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Jan 28, 2022
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"The Orbital Children" is a high-stakes adventure among the stars. A refreshing take on the disaster movie, TOC regularly introduces well-crafted conflicts that'll be sure to impress avid sci-fi fans. A compelling series of ethical dilemmas accompany our cast's survival story, which ramps up into a jaw-dropping climax of ear-grinningly epic proportions. TOC is occasionally hampered by unnatural patches of comedy and drops in pacing, but brilliant worldbuilding makes this series an immersive binge. 8/10~

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"Mindblown." It's a sentiment that you'll likely be left with upon watching "The Orbital Children" (TOC). This brisk, 6-episode Netflix ONA is very much "Mindblown: The Anime." And no, I'm not ...
Dec 11, 2021
Blue Period (Anime) add
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"Blue Period" explores what it means to express yourself. Our protagonist's journey of self-discovery and self-expression makes for one of the most compelling character dramas around this season. Mangaka Yamaguchi's personal touches offer a nuanced landscape of both the struggles artists face today and their resilient love for their craft. Sketchy production impairs the anime's ability to draw viewers in, yet the show still manages to paint a rather convincing picture. BP's biggest fault lies in its inability to cater to the existing manga fanbase, but its earnest passion still rings through for newcomers. 7/10~

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Beauty lies in the eye of the Beholder, and the way ...
Sep 22, 2021
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"Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid" has always been about experiencing new things, and it's only fitting that S2 follows suit. In its absence the show we know and love has become bolder, tackling familiar SoL topics with a measure of character growth that's sure to resonate with viewers. S2 isn't afraid to stray from its sketch show formula, introducing flashbacks which showcase how much our dragons have grown. Of course, the series' trademark comedy makes a welcome return, embracing innocence and community with a leisurely atmosphere. Hilarious and wholesome in equal measure, "Dragon Maid" is back, and better than ever. 8/10~

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Was I praying for a second ...
Sep 17, 2021
Have you heard of "fake stories within a story?"

Take the "Home Alone" franchise, for example. Kevin McCallister spends his Winter holiday evenings watching the noir movie "Angels with Filthy Souls." The fake film and its fake sequel are really funny mafia parodies; despite not originating from an actual movie, "Merry Christmas, ya' filthy animal" is still an incredibly iconic movie line. Both of these sketches are short and sweet, with each sitting at under 2 minutes. I call them fake stories because they're clearly not meant to hold any narrative importance. The same goes for a sappy romance manga titled "Go Sweet" that Shirogane and ...
Jun 28, 2021
Odd Taxi (Anime) add
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"Odd" is a nail-biting mystery and witty comedy, complemented with a superb cast of lively characters and a tightly-written script. The momentum of its crime thriller rarely eases up on the brakes. The brilliant writing delivers in droves, with references and social commentary keeping viewers deeply engaged. I had a pretty good idea of where "Odd" was taking me, but the many sights along the way easily rank amongst the most riveting anime you'll find all year. 8/10~

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Welcome aboard. I hope you're seated comfortably. This one's gonna be an especially wild ride; God knows how much of a blast I had myself. It's become increasingly ...
Jun 28, 2021
Mixed Feelings
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"Higehiro" is a story packed with controversies. There are elements within the series which can spark outrage, but I feel that this series does an adequate job with what it's been given. Looking past the nasty implications behind "Higehiro's" age-gap premise reveals an earnest drama brimming with optimism. The healing process that results from Yoshida's initial criminal mistake is the show's strongest selling point, and one of the most heartwarming developments found in anime this season. Unfortunately, "Higehiro" does become hampered by inconsistency in areas of writing and direction. Still, I recommend this watch to those who can handle sensitive content; the hope "Higehiro" instills ...
Jun 26, 2021
Mixed Feelings
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The show's use of emotional harassment acts as a disagreeable hook that gives way to formulaic sex jokes. To say that a majority of "Nagatoro" hinges on this one trick is an understatement. While disturbing for some, Nagatoro's behavior in the anime isn't exactly off-the-table. However, it's still hard to justify how this relationship makes sense, and provides a hurdle that the series struggles to properly address. The series eventually clicks for viewers who can see past this show's messy start. Perhaps "Nagatoro's" biggest tease is what's to come. 6/10~

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Rarely have I entered a show with as much trepidation as I had heading into "Nagatoro." ...
Jun 23, 2021
Super Cub (Anime) add
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"Super Cub" demonstrates how personal fixations can fix us. Besides the frequent bike trivia persistent throughout the series, “Cub” takes its time to revel in the joy of pursuing hobbies. Set to a calming soundtrack and stunning backdrops of the Yamanashi countryside, “Cub” puts us in the driver's seat through relaxing immersion. Viewers without motorcycles need not be worried about doing their homework before approaching this show, as the chill vibes and enjoyment is for everyone. So strap in, sit back and enjoy what this open road has to offer. 7/10~

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Quarantine has been a pretty surreal time. It's bizarre to think that so many of ...
Jun 19, 2021
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Your enjoyment of the show is contingent on whether or not you can overlook the incompatibility of its themes. The individual concepts used in the show are sacrificed at the altar of disappointing writing in order to serve the mission of being an excuse for sci-fi action scenes. VIVY is defined by those ambitions, as it integrates individual ideas that feel both interesting and incongruent. At times VIVY traverses the tightrope, merging story and themes harmoniously to great effect. But the notes start to sound off whenever the plot takes precedence; subpar writing choices and unfulfilling answers leave behind only a cold chassis-covered Mission. This ...