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Mar 24, 2021
This is a review for the entirety of Re:Zero 2nd Season. Spoilers for it ahead.

The first season of Re:Zero was surprisingly… good. It started as another run-of-mill isekai with an insufferable main character and edgy time-loop gimmick, but, through some exceptional writing, it was able take these elements and actually turn them into an engaging and inspirational narrative. Subaru starts the series as an incredibly dislikable main character. He obsesses over Emilia, a girl he just met, and treats her like an object rather than a person: like a waifu. He refers to her in inappropriate honorifics, white knights for her, treats like a child, read more
Jul 4, 2020
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Yesterday wo Utatte isn’t anything groundbreaking. It tells a simple story with simple characters. The main thing that separates this anime from other romance dramas is its willingness to follow its themes even if it means its main couple cannot end up together. Romance dramas are one of my personal favorite genres in or out of anime, but I couldn’t care less if Best Girl ever wins; I love the genre because it's used to commonly tell stories that focus on the exploration of its relatable characters as a lens for a deeper look into its themes. Yesterday wo Utatte is about nostalgic love, read more
May 21, 2020
True Tears is a completely meaningless experience. The anime spends twelve of its thirteen-episode run building to a conclusion that explores its singular theme of growth through change, but then it decides to break all narrative cohesion for the sake of pointless melodrama. Maybe “pointless” isn’t the best way to put it, because the ending doesn’t mean nothing; it adds nothing, while tearing down everything the show had built towards. True Tears consciously makes a choice to destroy the themes it presents for the sake of subversion. It’s fine to subvert the viewer’s expectations if a reason is given, but True Tears subverts the viewer’s read more
May 10, 2020
Saving someone is easy; that doesn’t make you a hero. A hero is someone who helps a person save themselves, so they can learn, grow, and become a hero for someone else. Even a hero can need saving though, and Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara is a film about heroes saving heroes. More specifically, Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara is a film about two different couples where all four of them teach and learn from their partner how to find happiness in their life by taking personal responsibility for it.

Spoiler Warning: I’m going to spoil the movie, but if you’re bailing on me here, read more
May 8, 2020
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Hot take: Somali to Mori no Kamisama is not primarily about the relationship between a father and daughter but Golem discovering humanity through his relationship with Somali. When I say “humanity,” I am not talking about the human race; Golem is finding his human spirit: empathy, love, purpose, etc. At the beginning of the anime, Golem states his species live exactly a millennia, and the time he has left is a little over a year. Through the first half of the show, he gives the exact amount of days he has left to live. Eventually he stops giving specifics, instead broad estimations such as read more
Jan 22, 2019
Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai (I Want to Eat Your Pancreas) is predictable, heavy-handed, unoriginal, and, yet, I still love this film. I do not love the movie in any sort of guilty-pleasure way either; I unironically think Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai is one of the best anime films I have ever seen. Why, though? Well, the film uses its predictability, heavy-handedness, and unoriginality to craft a message that is so unbelievably powerful, and it struck a chord with me and left my emotions in absolute, complete shambles. I honestly doubt most people could misinterpret the themes of Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai, so read more
Oct 28, 2018
Alcohol can be used to push forward. People drink because they have something to forget, they are not comfortable in their own skin, they are simply uninteresting, and slew of other reasons. Whatever those reasons may be, the point is they need alcohol to get rid of that unwanted part of themselves. In Night is Short, Walk on Girl, Alcohol is used to get over everything. Our unnamed protagonist, referred to as The Raven-Haired Girl, is empty, without problems, personality, or purpose, so she fills herself with alcohol to absorb the lives of the people around her and to be enamored with their stories.

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Apr 12, 2018
Not all people are created equal. No matter how hard you work, no matter how hard you try, no matter how much you want to, you cannot match talent that dwarfs your own. This is the cruel world that we live in, and this crushing reality is probably the biggest obstacle stopping people from pursuing their dreams and passions. Sakurasou takes a look at a group of people, all of whom put in a significant amount of hardwork in their respective crafts, with drastically different levels of talent. The ones who have talent strive, and the ones without fail while watching their peers succeed. This read more
Dec 13, 2017
Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis was a show that lived by its characters and died by its plot. The show kind of came out of left field in Fall 2014. It was an adaptation of a mobile game (or gacha game) and was coming from a fairly new studio Mappa. Although it started under the radar, it did not take long for the show to pick up steam, and it even ended up being one of the most popular and hyped shows of its season. The lead characters, Kaiser and Favaro, were outstanding, and it had several side characters to give them a run for their read more
Mar 23, 2017
Masamune-kun no Revenge is the latest entry in the romantic comedy genre and, looking at it from the outside, seems fairly promising, because Masamune-kun gives our protagonist an actual objective. Personally, after watching the first episode, I had quite a bit of hope. The comedic parts of the episode were genuinely funny, and potential of a dramatic and romantic story between our two main characters got me excited to see how the show would play out. Unfortunately, the show completely squandered any potential the early episodes had, and by the end of the shows twelve episode run, we were left with a product that is read more