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May 12, 2017
(Pulls out thesaurus to write an apparent intellectual review as if I am writing the Michelin Guide)...

Just kidding. So working off the presumption that if you're looking at this page you must have at least a minor interest in anime with romantic flavor, let me give you a breakdown different from the dronings of everyone complaining how dark/dramatic/sad it is. I have seen quite a few romantic anime in my time and regardless of how you feel about the theme, this is a breath of fresh air. I will tell you right away that this isn't Ore Monogatari or Sukitte Ii na yo, and thank read more
Mar 29, 2014
Kill la kill. Essentially an entire story based around clothing or the lack thereof. At first glance this sounds like a horrible plot to some crappy ecchi story you find in the back room of your local movie rental place. But the fact that Kill la Kill has this premise and yet rises above and beyond the stereotype is something to be admired.

Story- 9/10 - As noted, this story follows Ryuuko Matoi and her journey of revenge, with clothing that allows people to have special powers. The action aspect of this series is non-stop, fighting scenes with blood gushing from severed limbs like old faithful read more
Mar 28, 2014
When I first heard of golden time I thought it was an answered prayer, a drama/romance with a setting in college that had the potential to more serious and realistic than its high school counterparts. I loved the plot idea of the main character losing his memories and saw a lot of potential for later plot twists.

Story - 7/10 As mentioned earlier I loved this setting and premise of this series. A college setting with 24 episodes to build a good drama, and hopefully have some major character development in the process. The plot itself was also pretty well laid out, as expected from the read more
Mar 24, 2014
The perfect balance of spiritual conflict and slice of life comedy.

Story - 8/10 Noragami is another installation of a trend of recent series that are trying to incorporate youkai battle plots with a light hearted slice of life/comedy/romance element, and surprisingly Noragami is able to pull it off. Without giving away any spoilers, the story is quite unique because it is able to find a great balance between series scenes and funny moments. The drama and action are enough to keep you enticed, and the RomCom isn't so overbearing that the side stories take away from the main plot. The only part of the story read more
Mar 24, 2014
I like to compare "Inari Konkon" with a person's first love, it's beautiful but really awkward.

Story- 6/10 Inari is your typical slice of life RomCom with a dash of supernatural tossed in. The biggest problem with the story is it tries to have too many themes, is it a romance? A comedy? About friendship? Who really knows, and most of these themes don't really play out other than friendship. The romance element was very lacking, and for a series that I supposed to be centered around romance they didn't spend much time on the relationships at all. If you're looking for a slice of read more
Feb 26, 2014
First let me disappoint most of you who only saw the trailer without any prior knowledge. The trailer is the whole series, this was just a commercial campaign by "Z-Kai". Granted with huge names like a Makoto Shinkai and Masayoshi Tanaka it is a bit disappointing that we only get 119 seconds of amazement and joy.

I put the story 6/10 only because it's essentially a commercial and not a story at all, if this project were to be adapted to a full blown storyline I think it could have a lot of potential, but alas this is all we have.

Per Shinkai's other work (Garden of read more
Sep 16, 2013
**This review includes "Kokoro Connect: Michi Random" (last four episodes)**

Kokoro connect is a very refreshing take on your typical RomCom story that is very unique to itself. I consider myself pretty well versed when it comes to the romance genre, so when I say this is one of my favorites I want to stress how significant that is. I wouldn't consider this to be a "cutesy" series, that gives you a warm fuzzy feeling of budding love and anticipation of the coming confession. Minus the supernatural aspect, the interpersonal realtionships are very realistic, which I love.

Story 9/10 - I know a perfect score for the read more
Apr 8, 2013
Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (Anohana: The flower we saw that day.) Felt like an attempt to recreate a story and emotions very similar to the almighty Clannad-AS, and the good news is that it does.

With lighthearted humor one minute, and tears rolling the next, I felt like Anohana was the perfect blend of fantasy and reality. While the circumstances of her being a ghost are very fictional, the scenarios and feelings of all the characters are very real and are conveyed wonderfully to the audience.

I am usually a person who doubts the ability of a series to tell read more