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Mar 28, 2020
Human beings are storytelling creatures.

Our little stories are vital for us to convey truths, and sometimes, create lies. However, truth manifest lies. Lies, conceal truth. In every mystery and detective anime, there is always one definite truth. Everything else is just a fabrication to bury the truth, layer upon layer. In most cases, a clear line is drawn between what is real and what is not. But, what if, just what if – the line no longer exists?

Then, truth and lies are no longer differentiable. They are blended into each other, and being played around by whoever’s behind them to reach a desired conclusion. read more
Mar 27, 2020
“A light shines in the detectives’ eyes. This row house is filled with the strangest of men, and people call it - The Detective’s Row House.”

First of all, Kabukichou Sherlock is not to be taken too seriously. Although it has its fair share of mysteries, but most of the time, comedy takes the spotlight. You’ll have to be patient, and just struggle a bit to see why it can turn out to be a good mystery and even give you chills with how it connects the dots, about half-way through the series. I couldn’t promise that it would worth your time, but definitely, the twist read more
Mar 24, 2020
Though we are parted,
If on Mount Inaba's peak
I should hear the sound
Of the pine trees growing there,
I'll come back again to you.

A bittersweet poem that represents Taichi. If you can feel the emotions in it, then you are hopelessly in love with Chihayafuru. It’s been eight years since the first Chihayafuru has been introduced to the world, and this is how long this anime community has waited for this season. Despite being both a jousei and slice of life genre, over the seasons, Chihayafuru has created much competitive and warm atmosphere for the matches and built up ample friendships and tension. Now, it’s finally time read more
Mar 22, 2020
“Sleep is very important.”

Half-way through the show, I chuckled on this scene. Not because of how ridiculous it might have sounded without context, but being warped inside a world within an unconscious world, it has this heavy irony that comes with it. Like, it makes one afraid that everything is just not real after all. But at the same time, it sort of bring back an amazement of the setting that this world is enveloped in, as it gives the desire to seek for more info. That’s when it clicked.

ID: Invaded has this ability to construct a mind-bending story premise by intertwining reality and read more
Mar 20, 2020
Winter 2020. One thing that is not lacking this season is the mystery element, which has been embodied in quite an amount of anime. Darwin’s Game is no exception. Its first few minutes in the first episode has nicely captured the essence of mystery and awesomeness that attracted many to the series.

But, to what extent?

Darwin’s Game has done a great job in laying out what to expect from the life-or-death survival game with the intro of ‘skills’. They reveal just enough information about the game to hook you and then take you to the male protagonist that is just as clueless as you. Then, read more
Mar 12, 2020
Zombieland Saga is entertaining. And that's a fact.

Zombieland Saga, preys on your attention with its well-timed editing. It feeds on it. Whenever there are events unraveling, you'll notice how one action can completely flip the mood of the situations. These comedic moments can envelop the show because of the reaction shots on the characters whenever something came up. A look at their facial expressions and another look at the situation. That's all you need to evoke emotions. The right pace.

The art is also done so well that it can mimic the reactions that can make you laugh. Of course, no one can forget the various read more
Feb 11, 2020
If you could pinpoint one depressing moment and one delightful moment in your memory, could you notice the difference between the two? Rather than focusing on your negative thoughts that you had or struggle that envelopes your moves, both physically and mentally.

Was there anyone by your side?

When you're feeling down and unsupported, of course not. If there is, you would at least taste a sense of warmth inside your heart. So warming that it might makes you want to cry at that very moment. The lump stuck in your throat, now bursting to come out through your tears. Because you'd realise even against the read more
Jan 4, 2020
“ Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot. ” - Charlie Chaplin

Cautious Hero is an isekai comedy that was never meant to be taken serious. Far from being overpowered, the hero is overly cautious in preparation no matter how weak the opponent seems to be. If there's a comparison to be done, he's that guy in the group that brings two umbrellas, a raincoat, two pair of clothes and a hat to the beach in a sunny day that was confirmed twice by weather forecast.

It's ridiculous. It's silly. It's entertaining. It's almost everything anyone could have thought of, combining read more
Dec 29, 2019
" Far, far to the west, across the sea .. there lies a new world where the trees are laden with fruits and glassy plains cover the land. It's warm and fertile. It's a faraway land, without slave traders and without wars."

It's at this moment that child Thorfinn realise what a weird man his father was, trying to give hope to a dying slave. It's something that he would never understand, at least, when he was little.

But, his fathers' words in fact, speaks for all the people in that chaotic world, that are trying to live peacefully. These few sentences has such a great impact read more
Dec 28, 2019
Music is a strange thing. Sometimes, its melody carries a bit of fun and sweetness, making everyone listening immerse in the happiness. Sometimes, it is tinged with a bit of sadness, a pain and hidden feelings bursting out to be heard. But as the melodies intertwine, they bring forth a mixed feeling. As if, the sky is crying.

And this is the embodiment of Kono Oto Tomare.

It's a story composed of romance, drama, slice of life and music without the sadness in that April. A story where romance doesn't dominate and comedy doesn't take away the serious tone it is set for. It's balanced, it's refreshing read more