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Mar 29, 2020
Kimi ni Todoke is slow, fresh, cliché, draining, funny, and unsatisfying. This show is 25 episodes long, but at the end of it, you really feel like nothing much has changed, even as the main character drones on about how much her life has changed since Kazehaya-kun came into her life. That’s not a spoiler, by the way – there are many times when the characters take time away from the show just to inform the audience of how far we’ve come, as if we had somehow forgotten along the way. While things feel like they are moving forward, it also feels like every character read more
Mar 27, 2020
Remember when SHAFT took on the task of animating a story from the Kino no Tabi light novels for the Dengeki Bunko Movie Festival back in 2007? I can’t say I was around for it, but yep, this is that movie. This movie was actually directed by Ryutaro Nakamura too, who you may remember as the guy who directed the 2003 TV Series. While I have to say that I prefer the TV Series over this film, I couldn’t help but feel excited about what this conglomeration of weirdos would produce. The end result isn’t as weird and otherworldly as you might expect from this read more
Mar 20, 2020
Keijo is too dumb to be taken seriously, and not funny enough to get a good laugh out of.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying this anime doesn’t have funny moments - what show doesn’t? They even made me laugh pretty hard. The first episode I saw of Keijo was pretty funny, I will admit. But when I had to sit through 12 episodes of the same thing, it quickly reaches saturation point. There was a point - I’m not sure when - that I could no longer tell whether Keijo was trying to get me to laugh at it, or trying to get me read more
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 against the sands of time, but I still have a soft spot for 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 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