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Oct 9, 2021
Fire Punch (Manga) add
I initially wanted to do a comprehensive review for Fire Punch. While I hated the experience, I thought maybe there's enough passion and creativity behind it to warrant picking things apart. However, the more time I spent on trying to do that, the less value those elements started to carry, and the more Fire Punch began to look like a plain mess.

It starts with a solid and straightforward premise. Post-apocalyptic frozen world, some people have special powers called blessings, there's allegedly a big bad behind it all, and people are going crazy under these extreme conditions. Then comes a group of people trying to rebuild ...
Apr 6, 2021
Animal Treasure Island turned out to be quite a nice little adventure, and for something made in 1971, it holds up really well.

The story follows the rough outline of the original novel it's based on with obvious liberties taken around every corner. I haven't read the actual book but I've seen 3 or 4 different adaptations by now and it's been fun to spot the similarities along the way. The only major departure seems to be a boy meets girl element when Jim meets Kathy. Can't really complain about it cause it's added in quite naturally and their relationship is rather cute. This kind ...
Mar 13, 2021
Ashita no Joe 2 came out quite a bit after Ashita no Joe 1 but suffers from all the same issues, some of which become inexcusable 10 years after the original.

Right away I want to point out that Ashita no Joe the manga is a masterpiece. I can go on for a long time just talking about how much I love the characters and how well their arcs are written out, how great the art is, the dialogues, the presentation, everything.

However, both anime series are terrible adaptations that do nothing to enhance the source material outside of some really good voice acting and pretty ...
Dec 31, 2019
Kick-Heart (Anime) add
Fun little short. I don't think it gets mentioned too often despite being one of the most recent of Yuasa's works and that's probably fair. Kick-heart doesn't have the same emotional impact his other works normally carry, instead the focus seems to be more on style and animation which are done extremely well.

The story is simple and a lot of things are left up to the viewer to fill in. You could try spinning it in a way that would make it look like some point is being made or some theme is being explored, but that's just self-wank. The only thing that matters, is ...
Apr 28, 2019
Adolf is an extremely well put together thriller focused around the lives of 4 characters. The Sohei Toge who serves as the narrator and writer of this story and 3 men named Adolf.

If you’ve ever read Urasawa works before I feel like the formula here will be pretty recognizable. Everything starts when Toge goes to report on Olympics going on in Germany when his brother asks to meet him in his hotel for something extremely urgent. What Toge finds however is a ransacked room and his brother dead in a tree outside the window. Who did it? Why? What will Sohe do and where ...
Mar 8, 2019
Kengan Ashura (Manga) add
Mixed Feelings
Kengan Asura is refreshingly straightforward about what it wants to be. Even though I had many issues with it over the course, it’s still nice to read a manga where the team behind it clearly knew what they wanted to do and were passionate about executing it to the best of their ability.

Kengan is first and foremost about action, action and more action. To a point where nearly entire 27 volumes of it are a single, gigantic tournament where not a single damn fight is omitted. Plot, while present, takes a back seat or rather gets shoved in the trunk. As such, I think ...
Feb 23, 2019
As someone who doesn’t really watch ecchi I’m not sure if people normally apply different standards to it but looking at Queen’s Blade as any other anime it sure is disappointing.

The show has 3 things going for it, or rather things it was probably supposed to have going for it if done well.
First, and most obvious one, is ecchi. Titillating display of ass and titties that’s not enough to blast rope but enough to say “ey, that’s pretty nice”.
Second one is action. The show is named after a competition set in the world of this anime, Queen’s Blade. It’s a competition created by angels ...
Feb 9, 2019
Bunny Girl Senpai had a pretty interesting start in terms of reception. It feels like many people dismissed it as yet another trashy ecchi/harem LN adaptation thanks to the name and rather erotic cover art. Yet, as more people got to see it, many were quick to point out how the poor Bunny Girl was misrepresented and how it’s not a generic ecchi show but actually a very thoughtful anime about problems people face during adolescence.

At first I bought that myself but after actually watching the show I have to disagree. BGS is hardly different from a run of the mill romcom. We follow Sakuta, ...
Jan 24, 2019
Ashita no Joe (Anime) add
I really wish I could recommend Ashita no Joe anime cause the manga’s story deserves to get a good adaptation and have more people experience it. Unfortunately, both as an adaptation and on it’s own show, AnJ is just bad.

I initially wanted to approach this from a perspective of someone who hasn’t read the manga and judge the anime on its own strength but I couldn’t make it through beyond about 30 something episodes before dropping it and having a blast reading through the manga.

There’s two very big reasons behind why I strongly dislike this anime. For one, AnJ has terrible pacing. In 79 ...
Jan 23, 2019
Magi (Manga) add
Mixed Feelings
Magi is a rare manga that managed to grab me less due the writing and art, but more due to gaining admiration for the author and my desire to see good parts of it through while looking what went wrong and why. Sadly I don’t have the answer to that, but I’d still like to talk about what makes Magi great/bad while looking forward to her new manga, Orient, being an improvement.

The beginning of Magi might give people a wrong idea of what’s to come. It seemed plain and in some ways, generic. You got yet another fantasy world, though this time with a huge ...