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Mar 26, 2016
Haruta to Chika wa Seishun Suru, or HaruChika for those who don’t want to run out of breath before finishing their sentence, is a victim of misidentification that bears partial responsibility for the hole it sunk itself in when Winter season began. Misguided direction muddles the small moments of brilliance and potential the series teases, which is a shame because even with its messy composition, HaruChika remains as an endearing anime that is sure to entertain more than its rating entails.

As the title suggests, our story closely follows the lives of childhood friends Kamijou Haruta and Homura Chika. Reunited upon entering high school, Haruta and read more
Mar 24, 2016
A technical masterpiece, a functional mystery, and a handful of missed opportunities: Boku Dake ga Inai Machi, or Erased, has triumphed to win over the general public yet held with it its fair share of issues as the poster child of Winter 2016 anime. However, with everything considered, Erased still stands as a well-rounded entry into the mystery genre, although relying on its generally deft characterization and fantastic visual direction to provide the audience with a cathartic and entertaining experience.

The year is 2006, and Fujinuma Satoru is a 29-year-old manga artist with an interesting ability. He calls it Revival: a phenomenon that occurs in instances read more
Apr 11, 2015
There’s a question I get posed with every once in a while when someone asks me about my anime preferences: “Why slice of life?” This question stumps me for a bit; I get lost in my thoughts, try to form an explanation that sounds quasi-intelligent, and after a minute of awkward silence and blank stares, I come to a conclusion that gratifies my conscience, but leads to anger or confusion:

“Why not?”

Barakamon is an excellent example of why I adore the slice of life genre not only because it embodies the characteristics that make the genre so enjoyable and accessible to a wide audience, but it read more
Dec 20, 2013
“Simple is best.”
-Coach Maeno

One of the most common misconceptions viewers have regarding any form of media is something I call the “been there, done that” phenomenon. That is, if something similar has been done before, chances are the viewer will form a set of judgmental comparisons and criteria to be matched. This leads to the unrealistic expectation that equates to the viewer expecting some sort of literary revolution, only looking forward without truly embracing what the present has to offer. Adachi Mitsuru’s Cross Game accepts its genre boundaries, and relies on the deftness of its storytelling and the depth of its characterization to keep you read more
Sep 29, 2013
Coming into the summer season, Uchouten Kazoku was undoubtedly my most hyped up anime. With source material coming from a novel written by the author of the Tatami Galaxy and being directed by PA Works, who have recently been on a slump in terms of producing any semi-enjoyable show as of late, I had much reason to eagerly await its airing debut while nervously hoping that PA Works would throw its budget at something more than just its production values. What resulted after a satisfactory 13 weeks was undoubtedly the best summer season had to offer.

Story (9/10):

Shimogamo Yasaburou is the third of four sons in read more
Sep 18, 2013
I can’t believe I even considered skipping this before the season started.

Story (9/10):

Recommended to pick up after watching the prequel (Tamayura: HItotose), Tamayura: More Aggressive picks off a year after the start of its predecessor, and Sawatari Fuu (Potte) is still in Takehara with the group of friends she had reacquainted herself with the year before. School is starting and Potte is resolving to become “More Aggressive” this coming school year by forming a photography club. After much wavering and thought, she finally forms the club with an equally shy senior, Kanae Mitani.

This is where Tamayura’s storytelling shifts a bit from the first season. read more
Aug 29, 2013
Romantic comedies have generally been a genre that annoy or confuse me, especially when drama is introduced in its formula. The result is more often than not an amalgamation of mixed emotions ranging from blind love to complete angst. In one second, characters seem to be resolving issues with one another, and in the very next, they act as if all previous resolutions were never even brought up. With so many mental 180’s going on, I tend to call romantic comedies the “identity crisis” genre. Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo unfortunately, does not deviate much from this formula.

Story (7.5/10):

Kanda Sorata is a second-year student at read more
Aug 16, 2013
When you think of Samurai, what images flash into your mind first? Courageous warriors clad in their traditional hakama? Fierce sword fights to the death? Or maybe a lifelong journey to achieve some form of enlightenment? Saraiya Goyou, or The House of Five Leaves (I’ll refer to the show as “Goyou” for the rest of the review), is none of these. In fact, it doesn’t come close to anything our culture has widely perceived about the behaviors of these swordsmen.

Story (8/10):

Akitsu “Masa” Masanosuke is a ronin, or a masterless samurai, who lives in Edo period of Japanese history (a time period that lasted from read more
Aug 8, 2013
Director Goro Taniguchi has always been known for his extremely popular and critically acclaimed series, Code Geass. Boasting over 220,000 viewers on this site alone, you’d think that some of his other works would be shed into light because of this popularity. Planetes is a show that flies under the radar for two reasons: the first being that the show, as of this year, is a decade old, and the second reason being that it will always be overlooked by the 10x more popular (literally) Code Geass.

Story (9/10):

Tanabe Ai is a rookie at Technora’s Debris Collecting Section, spitefully labeled as “Half Section” because read more
Aug 5, 2013
This will mostly be spoiler-free, and will cover the first season (although I might reference the second season for technical comparison reasons)

The horror/thriller genre (I will be using these two terms interchangeably) has always been a tricky one to deal with in any medium. Other than with the written word, it’s very difficult to find the fine line between genuine, quality horror and cheap shocks. Personally, although I tend to favor shows that prioritize quality of writing and characterization over sheer entertainment value through heart-pumping thrills, I do admit that I am a sucker for the horror genre. That’s why when I finally started Higurashi read more