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Feb 20, 2018
[“It’s your typical, average, everyday school festival” Episode]

There’s nothing remotely special about this OVA. Its content is as dry and stale as the Sahara Desert. The plot is simple, unoriginal, and unremarkable. For those who want to read the summary:

– Our story begins with Junichi and many other characters (e.g. Kaiishi, Yukana, and the three stooges) running a maid cafe. Then afterwards, in the girls’s changing room, Ranko spends a solid 3-4 minutes groping and guessing Yukana’s, Nene’s, and Kaiishi’s bust sizes. Later, Kaiishi overhears a rumor (or legend), in which whenever a couple dances at the school’s folk dance read more
Jan 31, 2018
[Bonus Episode: School Trip – Onsen]

Most series will usually feature an OVA in the form of lighthearted entertainment or fanservice. Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism is no different, as this OVA, came bundled with the original manga, is your standard "school trip to the Onsen episode". In other words, a fanservice episode. And if it wasn't obvious enough, then looking at the thumbnail should provide some additional insight.

STORY:

This OVA is a direct sequel to the main series.

Our story begins with all five members of the Supreme Five Swords being called into the guidance office and told their punishment for losing to Amou Kirukiru. read more
Dec 22, 2017
[THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS]
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[A Confusing and Frustrating Mess]

If I had to describe Dies Irae, it’s this: confusing and frustrating. Almost every episode left me saying, “what the fuck is going on” or “what is happening”. But, in most cases, I just sit there looking confused and dazed as I try to piece together the events that happened this episode with the previous ones. After awhile, I sort of understand what is happening, but not without a few lingering questions. Questions that I hoped would be answered in the next episode, except they weren’t, leaving me even more confused and frustrated.

It seems read more
Dec 12, 2017
[THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS]
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(Inflatable Water Balloons)

Hitozuma Life: One Time Gal is a hentai adaptation of Yuuji Shinozuka’s manga, One Time Gal. Yuuji Shinozuka is known for creating MILF content with excellent artwork and character details. And while, EDGE managed to recreate the manga’s plot exactly page for page, the same could not be said concerning the character designs and animations as they were unsatisfactory and lousy.

STORY:

Episode 1: Airi-chan is your typical housewife, who decides, one day, to put on some make-up, a blond wig, and flashy clothes. Checking her appearance in the mirror, she realizes that she still has the looks and read more
Sep 27, 2017
[MasterCard: “Priceless” Visual Novel Promotion]

(W-Toon Studios and DMM.futureworks decide to make a 10-30 hour long visual novel into twelve 4 minute episodes. This is how they accomplished it.)

Hire a script writer to create a story about a boy who turned into a cat because of a girl named Patricia of End, and to turn back into human is with a kiss –– $1000

Hire another writer to create many uninspiring and forgettable characters with no depth, background, or development –– $500

Hire a flash animator to create some good animations, and decent background scenes, but unfortunately have all your character models appear like bobbleheads –– read more
Sep 26, 2017
[THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS]
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(The Very Definition of a Generic ‘Isekai’ Show)

Noticing the word ‘isekai’ in the title, reminds me of the many related series and mangas that I’ve seen and read. Most, if I recalled, were pretty enjoyable and entertaining. I guess, you could say I enjoy the ‘Isekai’ genre to a certain extent. However, this series just yells with genericness from its lame title and boring synopsis to its dumb-looking thumbnail to its list of genres (i.e. adventure, Harem, Comedy, Magic, Romance, Fantasy) that are commonly found in fantasy romance-comedies. With all this information in mind, I immediately knew that read more
Sep 24, 2017
[THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS]
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(The Girl from Black Lizard Planet)

“Spy”, whenever I hear that word, I think of James Bond, the Bourne Series, or the Mission Impossible series. Basically, men with guns with a strong emphasis on action, and less on espionage and infiltration. However, in this anime, our main characters are not men with guns, rather girls with guns and a lot of wit. And more emphasis on espionage and infiltration than outright action. Still get ready for some great spy action, fun and engaging characters, a rocking opening song and intro, and good animation and art. I certainly enjoyed read more
Sep 12, 2017
[A Disservice to the Manga]

Anime adaptations from visual novels, light novels, and manga form the majority of every season lineup. And during every season, I would checkout the various shows that piqued my interest. One show that interested me was Hajimete no Gal. Since, I was familiar with the source material, I expected an adequate adaptation. Unfortunately, my expectations were not met. I wanted the show to focus on the growing relationship between the two main characters and their many “firsts”. Instead, what I watched was a shoddy story-line with rushed plot events and one-dimensional characters with no development read more
Jul 28, 2017
[I Watch It for the Plot]

Everyone, including me, knows why they clicked this particular anime. I mean, it’s no secret that this anime oozes with fanservice in mind. If one were to view the thumbnail of this anime, you will see a bunch of scantily-clad girls showing cleavages and panty shots. For me, that’s enough information to let me know that I’m going to watch this show for one thing, and one thing only, and that’s the “Plot".

STORY:

Archangel Lucifer disobeys God and is send to Hell as a fallen angel. In hell, she meets Leviathan, and learns about The read more
Jun 29, 2017
[Middle-School Romance]

Anime shows entailing romance, adolescence, and school-life are nothing new; many follow common themes, employ cliche characters, and have hackney narratives. And, while, this show may share similar themes, its characters and narrative go beyond simple cliches. They add hints of realism and truth, recreating events people could relate and reminisce about. Tsuki ga Kirei may not subvert the romance genre, but its stellar technical production, realistic narrative and charming characters are both refreshing and remarkable.

STORY:

The show features a simple storyline summarized as: boy meet girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy dates girl, boy and girl stay together forever read more