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Jun 14, 2017
(This review has been adapted from my blog/reddit thread. Spoilers ahead!)

Screams echoed and metal churned above my head.

I started to panic. We were buckled in, so we couldn’t move. The ride had stopped. The doors to let us out wouldn’t open. And when the lights came on, scary props of all kinds stared back at us. Their creepy eyes and wicked smiles practically laughed at our impending demise.

“They need to get us out of here!” My voice croaked.

Someone, somewhere, listened to my frantic cry. For at that moment, the doors opened and our seatbelts unfastened. I rushed into the hallway, breathing in more so than read more
Jun 14, 2017
Hundred (Anime) add (All reviews)
(This review has been adapted from my blog/reddit thread. Spoilers ahead!)

“…98…99…100! Ready or not, here I come!”

My brother yelled out the warning, but he would never find me. I was small enough to fit in our laundry basket at home. It didn’t seem like a possible hiding spot, but I knew I could make it work.

And I did. I remember holding my breath as my brother continuously walked by. It was humid and stifling in that cramped space, yet I had to prove that the second half of the game was irrelevant when I was playing.

Hundred might be related to that counting chant, but it read more
Jun 13, 2017
Mayoiga (Anime) add (All reviews)
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The needle struck me once. Twice. Thrice.

By the fourth time, I was ready to scream, to run out of the room because I couldn’t endure the pain any longer.

It was my first time being administered anesthesia, but the nurse had continually missed my vein. Now, to this day, whenever I go into the doctor’s office for a shot, I tend to close my eyes and look away because of the mini ordeal I went through.

I wouldn’t call it a phobia, but this experience from my past certainly affected me. Mayoiga scares me slightly, too, but read more
Jun 11, 2017
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The Arctic Circle. Pine-tree forests. Amidst bamboo shoots. On snack boxes at the grocery store. Within my favorite video game of all time (and who my name is based on).

Bears are everywhere. Okay, maybe not everywhere, but they are in enough places that the majority of people know a bear when they see one. However, nobody has ever met a talking bear. At least, I haven’t.

Thankfully, that’s what Kuma Miko treats us with. Not-so-thankfully, the anime mistreats its audience, its own characters, and even itself.

STORY

Kuma Miko stars Machi and Natsu. Machi is a cute girl read more
Jun 11, 2017
(This review has been adapted from my blog/reddit thread. Spoilers ahead!)

I’m lucky enough to still have one of my Grandfathers alive and well.

He has been the best Grandpa I could have hoped for. Showing up to my birthdays, graduations, and sports games. Treating me with both love and respect. Handing me a casual fifty-dollar bill whenever he gets the chance.

Yet his best gifts are his memories, the stories he tells when my brother and I sit close by and ask about another part of his life. Stories about his time as a milk man, ice man, and salesman. Stories about his tattoos and the gangs read more
Jun 8, 2017
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Hai to Gensou no Grimgar has these uncomfortable-looking straw beds that many of the cast members sleep in.

If I had to choose between a regular bed and one of those beds, I would choose the former every time. Otherwise, all of the tiny pieces would poke me, they would get into and stick to my clothes, and they wouldn’t make for the best blankets due to the numerous holes.

Yet as Grimgar shows, sometimes we don’t get a choice. Sometimes we have to accept the reality presented to us – no matter how harsh it may read more
Jun 7, 2017
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Roses are red. Violets are blue. Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans makes for a pretty flower, too.

STORY

Iron-Blooded Orphans (reduced to this title because it’s cool as all get out) centers on a large group of kids who, for one reason or another, have found themselves ditched by society. As they get mistreated at the hands of the higher-ups, Kudelia, the famous leader of the recent Martian civil-rights movement, arrives at their base, shaking up events on an interplanetary scale.

From the very beginning, the anime follows this ragtag group of children as they deal with two read more
Jun 6, 2017
(This review has been adapted from my blog/reddit thread. Spoilers ahead!)

Durarara!!x2 Ketsu is like this grilled-cheese-and-honey-mustard sandwich I ate the other day.

Could’ve been appetizing – but ultimately wasn’t.

STORY

Ketsu marks the end of the Durarara anime series. That means it has a lot to do. It needs to tie up plotlines, resolve character arcs, and provide a satisfactory ending. After all, the series spans sixty episodes (plus a special or OVA here and there). Did it do that?

No, not really.

Ketsu centers three central happenings: Kadota’s removal, Saika’s hypnosis, and Celty’s lost (now found) head. All three intertwine to create the overarching issue that plagues the city read more
Jun 6, 2017
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That night, as I started to drift off to sleep, my brain spoke to me. You forgot to brush your teeth. Gross, dude. I got up, half-groggy, and started to make my way to the bathroom. I was unfamiliar with the room’s layout, and it was dark, so I fumbled and felt for the door.

Once inside, I turned on the lights and began to brush my teeth. My eyes weren’t open, and I was barely conscious. Both of which made the sound of a door opening behind me that much more nerve-racking.

When I looked in read more
Jun 5, 2017
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A haiku I title “Moon-Filled Sandwich.”

Numerous problems

Garo: Guren no Tsuki

Abysmal; awful

STORY

Garo: Guren no Tsuki takes place in the (coincidentally enough) Garo universe. Horrors roam the land as Makai Knights and Makai Alchemists protect the people. All the while, lots of battling and grounded interactions occur.

And it’s horrible.

One of the issues that the anime has is a tonal one. As can be watched, the anime is filled with depravity, death, and destruction. Yet the show regularly injects mistimed comedic relief. When the characters eat some candy or when Seimei acts playful after turning her deceased mother read more