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Mar 28, 2021
Kemono Jihen is, without a doubt, the dark horse of Winter 2021. Dark, not only in its fame and premises that are being overshadowed, but also in its plot and story that twists the audience around its bloody, red hand-gloves.

Among tons of promising sequels and exciting, intriguing anime that are pumped into this season, I step into watching this show with no clue whatsoever it is about, and it left me impressed with the gory yet thrilling adventure of the protagonists against the relentless demons, warm my heart with a genuine portrayal of friendship that exceeds 'protect to protect' values, and really blew my expectation read more
Dec 18, 2020
“Al—right!”

One word. Just one, single word. Yet, Haikyuu!! manages to encapsulate thousands of indescribable feelings, emotions into it. There’s no need to fabricate it, choosing right inspirational terms, at all. When each and every player inside Karasuno hear that shout amidst the chaos, and look up to the ceiling that is almost blinding, eyeing the floating ball—they know, they don’t need a miracle.

Haikyuu!! has always been the embodiment of unyielding friendship, unbreakable team-work, positive rivalry and adrenaline gushing down the veins of the players, and the non-players. But, ‘To the Top ‘arc changed that. Maybe it’s considered boring, monotone at first, but it has captivatingly read more
Nov 14, 2020
"What do you think is the most powerful destructive force in the universe?" asked K.

"I don't know," replied J. "Sugar?"

There is a brief pause between them before K decides to answer, his word slices across the silence in the room,

"Regrets."

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Zetsuen no Tempest kicks off with two high school boys mourning over the death of a girl they both cared about, in their own way. The dead cannot revive, even in the world where logic is engulfed by one big tree's magic. They could only either let the memory fades and the pain grows numb, or resist and seek out the truth, the murderer to read more
Aug 21, 2020
Haven't you heard?

There's a girl who lives up on the hill, raising up two flags every morning and pulling them down the flagpole every evening. She never misses a day doing so. Like how she cook breakfast for her relatives every morning, prepare dinner for them every night, it's become a routine for her. A routine that she is satisfied of. A promise that she made to herself.

Then, she met a reckless male classmate.

Always so lively, so free doing what he likes and liking what he does. His enthusiasm, his actions are all something that she's never known would prompted her to go out of read more
May 9, 2020
"Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."

'Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!' is nothing short of a great cluster of creativity. In fact, the switching art style between the monotone draft version and colorful final product makes the animation much more realistic and impactful. This type of art style is simply ingenious for the theme that it was going for, intertwining fantasy and reality.

It brings out the fun of creating a new world, the enjoyment in recreating movements in characters and planning the whole production process. Though it's not as detailed as Shirobako, it does has its own merits in its anime production and managed read more
May 7, 2020
What makes a great anime?

The ideal first rule is to find voice actors who can sing, has soaring popularity and big racks to voice the main characters. The second one is to avoid creating original anime, because if the ideas to be presented are all horribly mashed together, then it is doomed. The third is to find production staff with a motivation more than "just because".

Yet, look where we are. Being both an original anime, and has mostly not-so-popular voice actors to back up the main characters, Shirobako colorfully takes off to the sky. It defies the very rules that it sets, the challenges that read more
Apr 28, 2020
As the sunlight draws near the horizon, the sakura trees and the whole town are drenched in a warm color. There, standing five person on top of the hill, watching. Summer breezes softly swipe across their face. It's a breathtaking and beautiful scenery. A mesmerizing color that envelope the whole world before them. A color that united them with a promise.

There, a faint nostalgia came up. It was 10 years ago. He was given two choices by his future self. A letter saying he could choose to let go, or hold on. Both of which, are tinged with bitter taste. Deep inside his heart, read more
Apr 23, 2020
Preliminary
‘Kakushigoto’ means secrets. ‘Kakushi Gotou’ is the father’s name. ‘Kaku shigoto’ can be defined as a drawing job. So, the entire situation that Gotou put himself in, is meant to be an ironic pun. He’s hiding some secrets from his daughter, Hime to spare himself the embarrassment if she ever finds out. However, it seems that there is much more to his secrets other than being a vulgar mangaka.

All the silly, yet somewhat effective attempts he’s done to hide his secrets are the highlights of the show so far. He’s somewhat like an overly-cautious dad for a change, doing his best to raise his oblivious read more
Apr 16, 2020
Sometimes, inspiration can rise up when you least expected it. Be it from just a small action that others do, a quote that you remembered out of nowhere or an anime about fashion. A world of fashion that you have no idea what it is about. A 'Haikyuu' of fashion.

Runway de Waratte is one of the finest examples for it. It takes the defiance of expectations that everyone has a taste of, and shove it right down the throats of those who said - “IMPOSSIBLE”. It's true that in many ways, we care about what others think of us. Whether we have enough strength read more
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