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Apr 7, 2020


Blurb: Another piece of the puzzle falls into place?

One Piece fans have a hard time of it when it comes to fully expressing their joy and passion for One Piece. Mainly because after listening to us, the inevitable question that is asked is, "So, how big is it?" and it is at that moment when we realize that the conversation has reached its end because upon hearing the answer, we can see the expressions change from one of curiosity to one that is a mixture of disbelief and awe. We are saddened because our passion isn't enough to initiate the uninitiated.

One Piece: Stampede read more
Jul 20, 2019

The following review is for all 3 Volumes of Feng Shen Ji.

Blurb: An age-old epic for the modern-times.

It's difficult to improve perfection. And in my opinion, when one tries to reinvent something that doesn't need reinvention, they must take care not to lose the qualities of the original in the pursuit and fascination of the new. Feng Shen Ji thankfully manages to balance (for the most part) the old tropes of the genre with nuanced innovations when it comes to characterizations.

The standout character by far is the eponymous Hero and Legend himself, Wu Geng/Ah Gou. He stands out because over the course read more
Mar 3, 2019
Sirius (Anime) add (All reviews)

Blurb: Siriusly?!?!

Ok, the rather corny blurb aside, I'm rather glad that MyAnimeList doesn't have this anime listed as "Sirius: The Jaeger" because having the term 'Jaeger' in the title made about as much sense as the overall story. Despite the term being of German origin, the entirety of the show takes place in Japan and Russia, and there isn't anything remotely German about anything or anyone in it.

The anime tries to combine several Gothic/Paranormal tropes and add an element of Steampunk into the mix. The result being that despite some very entertaining fight-scenes and good animation, the story fails to deliver on anything read more
Jul 3, 2018

After the sublime experience that was Fate/Zero and the entertainment extravaganza that was Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, I went into Fate/Apocrypha with high-expectations and also to quench my thirst for a Fate story by the time Heaven's Feel would be released. Sadly, while Apocrypha began on an enjoyable and intriguing note, the story really lost steam after the first 10-12 episodes or so.

While I appreciate the underlying theme of the story (a person getting his/her desired wish), it is the execution that I have a problem with. The selection of historical/mythological personalities who act as servants are varied and entertaining, however, their read more
Mar 11, 2018

Blurb: The Beginning of something promising.

As so often happens with shows that aim to be intelligent, they introduce concepts, characters, riddles etc. at various stages but forget to fully explain and/or explore their existence by the end of the story. Thankfully, B doesn't suffer from the same flaw.

Overall, the story is a Supernatural/Fantasy 'Once upon a time' tale which comprises of ancient civilizations, vendettas, political intrigue and good ol fashioned psychopaths. What is admirable is that the show gives each of these elements it's due importance and doesn't get carried away by any one of the elements. Sure, the narrative stumbles from read more
Feb 17, 2018

Blurb: Lost in translation.

Stop me if you've heard this one. A group of warriors with special abilities are asked to engage in a battle-royale and the last warrior standing will be granted any one wish that they desire.

While it sounds like a Fate/Stay Night rip-off, it's not. Not even close. Because while the Fate franchise manages to balance the deeper meanings behind wars, their aftermath and it's futility with jaw-dropping action sequences and well developed characters, Juuni Taisen barely manages to deliver a cohesive plot and on more than one occasion falls flat on it's face.

The standout qualities of the show are read more
Jan 24, 2018

Blurb: Long live the King.

Let me point out that if you're not someone who enjoys monster/kaiju movies, then you'll probably end up giving this film a 6-7 mainly because of the animation. However for other Kaiju fans, this film promises to be the start of something definitive when it comes to the MonsterVerse. The film shines with it's crisp animation and voice-acting. I highly recommend watching the Subtitled version with Japanese audio, as the English audio has more than a few issues with both translation, and syncing with lip-movements.

When it comes to the story, one does get a sense that too much as read more
Oct 1, 2017

Blurb: Katanagatari meets Fate/Stay Night.

The concept of weapons (especially swords) being presented as sentient beings/characters is hardly the re-invention of the wheel. Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu borrows elements from several Fantasy/Action shows and brings them together in a stunning and beautiful tapestry which only UFOtable can do.

In terms of story, there's nothing too complicated. Neither are the personalities of the various swords that have been summoned in Human form. You have your typical mixture of goofy, serious, innocent, broody, hot-heads & philosophers who at various times during the show bring up the age old question of ends justifying the means.

Some moments and episodes read more
Jul 4, 2017
Un-Go (Anime) add (All reviews)

To use a culinary simile, UN-GO is a show that's like a Chilli Bowl challenge. You go into it thinking it's going to be really hot and spicy, after a few spoonfuls you realize it's not that spicy, then suddenly the heat creeps up on you and gives you a kick in the taste-buds and by the end you're left with a feeling that the challenge was not quite up to your expectations, but it wasn't a disappointment either.

UN-GO takes place in Japan after the end of a war that has left the country devastated (as if this theme hadn't been used enough read more
Mar 21, 2017

As someone who's already reading Light Novels such as Overlord and The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor, the core concept of the 'people in a MMORPG' isn't new. However, sometimes all you need is a tried and tested formula which has been executed well and in that regard Log Horizon is a great show to watch.

The one aspect which sets this show apart from contemporaries like Overlord is how it handles the 'MMO' part of the MMORPG setting. Game mechanics, their consequences and their effect on not just combat but also the world in general has been well thought out and makes sense within the realm read more