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Jun 14, 2019
I did not expect to love Skip Beat! as much as I did. It's the exact kind of hyperactive story with ridiculous characters that normally puts me to sleep. I was worried this was going to be a Chihayafuru all over again, but as it turns out, it's a Kare Kano! What a pleasant surprise. Sure, it's a shoujo manga and filled with the kind of stereotypes anyone would have come to expect of the genre having seen more than one of these anime, but it does such a good job making the interactions entertaining and extending the character development of all the important leads. read more
Jun 14, 2019
The only reason I read this was because it was recommended for fans of HakoMari, which I suppose I was at the time. My love for HakoMari has failed to hold up properly, but I still like Qualia the Purple. Not necessarily because the story is any good, or that the characters are close to my heart. I think you could enjoy this story just as much if you read it in that "so bad it's good movie" sort of way, but that's not what I'm talking about either. I guess, for me, this manga is more than the sum of its parts. It's got read more
May 31, 2019
Nadeko from the Monogatari series wrote and illustrated a manga. It's an integral aspect to her character in Koimonogatari. I was going to do that joke where I roleplay as Kaiki, but someone beat me to it. So, I guess I'll just review this for real.

The art is really cute. It's kinda scratchy, but not chicken-scratchy. It's got this sketchbook-like feel; the sorta thing a middle schooler might turn out if they were trying to make a manga, but more polished. There are also a number of colour pages, and it's coloured well, too! Clearly the mangaka put a lot of effort into drawing this read more
May 16, 2019
Noir (Anime) add (All reviews)
I enjoyed Noir. Enough to watch it three times, even. When I first saw Noir, my first thought was not "oh, so it's Trigun but darker and more violent." But, after seeing Trigun, this is the inevitable conclusion I have to draw.

Two badasses, one wearing weird clothing (a bright red jacket with more buttons than an elevator operating on 50 floors, and a school uniform), one wearing mildly appropriate clothing, who are good at shooting things stumble upon each other and end up working together to foil the big bad secret agency. The first half is made up of a bunch of episodic episodes read more
May 11, 2019
The only good thing about this movie is the music. And occasionally the art. I'd hesitate to even call this a "by the numbers" production, because I don't think it even reaches that level. It's like it has all of the elements it needs to be moderately successful, but never properly develops or explores any of them. Worst of all, a lot of the time, this movie is just plain fuckin' boring.

I realise the average rating for this movie on MAL is less than 7, which is basically the same thing as holding up a big-ass sign with the words "Stay the fuck away!" read more
Oct 26, 2018
Ishida Hiroyasu wrote and directed this one. I first learned about this up-and-coming animator through his graduation project, Rain Town. This was a work that had no voice acting, likely more out of not being able to produce anything of quality than wanting to create something artsy. I thought it was kinda boring, but pretty.

Fumiko no Kokuhaku has no such restrictions. In fact, Fumiko obnoxiously screams for 75% of this short. The art is vibrant, and the animation really pops. There's a ton of variety and showy animation in this one. It's clearly an exhibition of Ishida's animation skills. It also has a surprising amount read more
Oct 20, 2018
Another (Anime) add (All reviews)
"What makes Another so special?"

That's the question I'm aiming to answer in this review. I don't mean "special", as in, close to my heart, nor poignant, nor anything that suggests that Another has any real artistic merit whatsoever as a show. I mean, what makes Another so special that it's one of the most popular anime on MAL, and almost 1 million people have seen it? I'm not saying that Another is a complete waste of your time - but yes, if you don't care that much about blood and gore, this will be a complete waste of your time - but I just can't read more
Oct 19, 2018
Code Geass is one of the most successful original anime ever produced, if not the most successful. It's certainly well-known enough, even among people who don't watch anime. I imagine that most people, including myself, came upon Code Geass because of people recommending it, saying that it's "like Death Note but with giant robots." Here I thought the point of creating an original show was so that it could stand on its own; that it wasn't in the shadow of a best-selling novel or manga that everyone would automatically agree was more powerful and had more depth. But, almost comically, even though Code Geass came read more
Oct 15, 2018
Death Note is the most popular anime ever in the West. Over 1.5 million people have seen it on MAL alone, and I'm sure the general public has had many an outdated meme thrown in their faces, whether they watch anime or not. If you hadn't heard of it by 2017, it got a very poorly-received live-action film only on Netflix (thankfully). It was my first anime, too. So, I thought I'd review it, even though no one's going to even see it buried under almost 800 reviews.

Death Note, if you don't know already, is about a bored teenager who finds a notebook and decides read more
Oct 10, 2018
HaNaYaMaTa is fantastic. It's really cute, but it's also really gripping. It's the best CGDCT (Cute Girls Doing Cute Things) anime out there. It's also a really good Slice of Life show with some tough questions and solid answers. But it's also a good sports anime, not solely because it may be the only anime to ever cover Yosakoi, but also because it makes it interesting for the viewer. What's really, really good about HaNaYaMaTa, though, is how it brings all of these aspects together and makes something fun, exciting, pretty funny, heartwarming and emotionally honest. Also, the OP is catchy as all hell.

The first read more