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Jul 1, 2017
How long can a shallow story, about determination and manliness keep a thinking fan's interest?
Well, this particular shallow story can keep it up its whole length of 108 chapters.
It is a story about two young boys who, after surviving the horrors of Cambodia war and its aftermath, return to Japan, deem it unworthy of their ideals, and decide to “conquer” it.

The hellish conditions the two boys survived account for the forging of their iron will, but not for the charisma and their suaveness. And the mangaka emphasizes that aspect of them the most. Also their motivation for rising to the top is read more
Jun 18, 2017
From the moment one finds out that Onanie (or onani) translates to masturbation, it is expected that this manga is yet another silly ecchi addition to the high-school genre. That is not the case. Instead we have a manga that, like its protagonist, takes itself very seriously.

Specifically, our protagonist, Kakeru Kurosawa, takes two things seriously: His teenage angst and his everyday, ritualistic masturbation session. That doesn't sound very serious, I know, but please bear with me. His apathetic middle-school life is forced to change when he witnesses both the bullying of a classmate and the indifference of the rest of the class, so read more
Jun 15, 2017
Regarding Anime genres, after a certain point it is difficult to constantly find new titles to pique one's interest. I was avoiding Ping Pong the Animation for the longest time, because I really did not want to suffer through another Masaaki Yuasa overrated mess. But given the lack of any interesting sports anime (on my radar at least), the high rating, and the NoitaminA length, I decided to give it a go. On hindsight, maybe I should've tried to get into the Mahou Shoujo genre.

I already can hear the opposition arguing that this is not a sports anime. Well, we have high-school sports clubs, read more
Feb 26, 2017
Azumanga Daioh is a 4-koma high-school comedy. If you ever enjoyed a manga or an anime consisting of even one of those three components you should pick it up. The setting is simple: We have some high-school girls and we witness their 3 years of high-school, one hilarious 4-koma gag at a time.

A word of caution: While this is a masterpiece, there is a good percentage of people who dislike the overall silliness of the genre, so don't go around recommending it to your work supervisor simply because he has enjoyed Death Note and Attack on Titan.

The anime adaptation follows very closely the manga, read more
Feb 12, 2017
[Spoiler Warning]

Let me begin by mentioning that I enjoy pessimistic works with nihilistic elements. So given the hype of this manga, I had high expectations. Needless to say, I was disappointed. I would have dropped it before its first quarter was completed, but its extreme high ratings, on both websites I follow, left me with a drifting promise of a hidden depth, or at least of an extraordinary ending. The work was shallow and the ending was horrible, so all that's left for me to do, is to write this review and warn anyone who will listen.

This manga has only one good point; it read more
Dec 26, 2016
The highest rated new addition of the Fall 2016 season is a sports anime that offers to showcase a lesser known sport, figure skating. I found early in my anime career that a enjoy anime like that; learning some of the intricacies of sports I've never encountered is amusing. That aforementioned affection for the genre is the sole reason that I have yet to drop the below average All-out. Given the hype surrounding Yuri on Ice, I got into it with excitement.

The first episodes set the mood nicely, presenting our main character ,Yuri; the sport; the sport; read more
Dec 21, 2016
Berserk (Anime) add (All reviews)
This is my third effort to complete this review. I have never written a preview for an unfinished anime/manga before, neither for one I dropped. I didn't see the point. Also, I didn't like the idea of judging a work that I had not experienced as a whole. I pushed myself to finish the ~750 pages of Red Storm Rising (don't read it) just to be “able” to review it.

After watching the first episode of the new Berserk I simply had to write something. I retouched this review after watching the first four episodes, as I was read more
Aug 15, 2016
This two-volume manga is a prequel to the excellent Litchi Hikari Club (2005). The first volume follows the 9 boys' lives before the nightmare begins. The second volume offers insight for the events that take place in the first one third of the original.

If someone wants a pithy edict, it is this: Not only this manga offers nothing, but it can conceivably inflict harm upon the original, therefore it should remain in obscurity. For the doubters' sake I will elaborate.

Litchi Hikari Club demands its reader to suspend disbelief, it demands amounts of disbelief I usually abstain from mustering. But, in order to convince read more
Aug 1, 2016
Orochi (Manga) add (All reviews)
One of the first, and lesser known works from horror master Kazuo Umezu, Orochi consists of 9 tales linked between them by the eponymous narrator; Orochi, has the appearance of a beautiful girl and is a keen observer of humans she deems interesting. Sometimes she will even exit the shadows and intervene with the lives of those she observes, altering their fates using her array of supernatural powers.

Unlike more famous Umezu works, like Hyouryuu Kyoushitsu (The Drifting Classroom) or Kami no Hidarite Akuma no Migite (Left Hand of God, Right Hand of the Devil ), horror; gore; and the supernatural, have to backpedal to a read more
Jul 27, 2016
Chikan Otoko was inspired from a post in a certain forum, that read something along the lines of “Today I was mistaken for a stalker”. Indeed that is how the manga begins. Actually, our protagonist seems like a suspicious guy due to his foul bachelor lifestyle; 20 years old, living alone, half-assing his studies, and acts as a woman repellent. His gateway out of his half-hikikkomori, irl-friendless lifestyle is the darkest corner of the forum, where the foulest of bachelor's lurk, ready to troll and humiliate. A most glorious lifestyle. Hail to those of us who have experienced it (except the repellent part. I sure read more