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Mar 27, 2024
A remake of the first song used in the Ojamajo Doremi anime where the main cast have aged as adults is extremely fitting to celebrate the series 25th anniversary, especially given that the series focus is maturity and childish innocence. Here, the cast is seen as adults (or at the least, teenagers), who are now shown still being friends with Hana, among other characters. I believe this was a great idea which could possibly allow for a sequel to take place showing their lives as adults, as this was particularly relevant to the themes of growing up and innocence and maturity in the series. Even ...
Feb 24, 2024
Akikan! (Anime) add
Please note for this review that I began the series under the assumption that this was technically a magical girl series.

With the above information, I would like to point out that this will not factor into the show's review; I will be judging it primarily as a romance story. To start with, the premise is extremely interesting; inanimate objects, particularly consumable ones, coming to life is a novel concept, although in my opinion the series fails to utilize this properly, as either a comedy or a drama. It tends to cycle back and forth between taking its story seriously and playing it for laughs, which ...
Feb 14, 2024
This review with Shugo Chara! Party! will be divided into two segments. The first half will cover the season standalone, and the second will act as an overall review for the entire series. Please note that spoilers may be present. Additionally, the Party! review will treat Puchi Puchi, the anime segments and the live action as a single series.

Shugo Chara! Party was in a difficult position from the start; needing to follow the manga and its pacing was one of its first problems, but the second was the apparent lack of faith to the manga, instead taking the series in a wildly different direction, which ...
Feb 8, 2024
Shugo Chara! (Manga) add
Shugo Chara's manga fixes a lot of the problems that I found were present in the anime; mainly, that the manga is much more streamlined and cuts out a large presence of filler, though not to the point that it actively distracts from the plot. In my personal opinion, Shugo Chara, beyond its first season, suffered from its anime adaptation (which should be noted, is the version I watched first), and that a lot of elements that were heavily distracting, such as forgotten or abandoned plot points, were drastically toned down. This gives the manga the likely feel that the anime was going for as ...
Jan 6, 2024
Shugo Chara! Doki!! is without a doubt, far and away, one of the worst useless sequel seasons to ever exist. Credit where it's due, the Embryo arc was put on hold as is standard by this point and did need a resolution; however, the use of 51 episodes to explain a plot that could have been completed in half that amount was inexcusable. Despite the first season's ability to thrive by building on the concept of the Heart Eggs, there's a reason it only worked once. At a certain point, it feels less like an enjoyable show and more like the writers wanted to cash ...
Nov 3, 2023
Shugo Chara! (Anime) add
Shugo Chara! is quite a handful to talk about. So many elements of the season (nay, the series) can be seen from just these 51 episodes, and to truly break it down in a few sentences isn't really possible. Things are handled so drastically different that in my opinion, Shugo Chara's characters and plot pretty much stand on their own spectrums.

To start with, Shugo Chara's plot is arguably its weakest element. The plot is barely held together by a monster-of-the-week format. The execution and method chosen to do this, while weak, is incredibly effective in a symbolic way; using eggs as a metaphor for childhood ...
Sep 18, 2023
Lyrical Nanoha: Detonation is the last entry in Lyrical Nanoha at the time of this review. This review will encompass both movies, and may contain spoilers for the first movie, Reflection, as well as Detonation itself.

As the part two of two full-length movies serving as the ultimate Lyrical Nanoha experience, Detonation had particularly big shoes to fill. Not only because of the setup the first movie gave it, so that it could stand on its own feet, although this was very much part of it. The other aspect is that the first movie, in my personal experience, did not smooth over so well, and we ...
Sep 15, 2023
Lyrical Nanoha: Reflection is something of an anomaly. Apparently combining elements from other versions of the series (a fact I only know from a little research) is pretty unique, but the true oddity is that this actually appears to take place during or after A's, which is even more puzzling given that it rose off the winds of the fantastically mixed ViVid Strike. This means the movie is in an odd place canonically, introducing more elements that mix up the standard formula, as well as structurally. This is of course good for a fresh take on the series, but whether or not it actually holds ...
Sep 14, 2023
Vivid Strke Specials are an unusual case. Rather than simply being "specials" as the name would suggest, these episodes actually provide several revelations to some characters, which may not be so obvious at first glance, and even less so when you realize that: first, there are only three; and second, that only one of them is a full-length episode. These episodes aren't anything groundbreaking, but they help to explain certain plot elements that wouldn't be obvious at first glance, necessarily.

The more obvious of the two is the correlation between the first and second episodes. Standalone, they don't do much. Together, they provide an interesting contrast: ...
Sep 13, 2023
ViVid Strike! (Anime) add
Mixed Feelings
ViVid Strike! is really in a truly unique place when it comes to calling it good or bad. Not just because it's separated itself from the long departed concept of Lyrical Nanoha (in themes and name, including abandoning the magical girl aspect itself), but because it throws so many concepts of even ViVid out the window, which is surprising given it directly follows ViVid. What I mean by this is: if you're looking for a Lyrical Nanoha series, you'll be sorely disappointed. However, if you're just watching it to stand on its own, it's actually an extremely impressive tale. Therefore, this review is by fault ...

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