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Aug 13, 2022
Patalliro! (Anime) add
PAPAN-GAPAN! In my opinion, Patalliro is a ‘grower’ not a ‘shower’. It’s an acquired taste but I think it’s one that’s worth acquiring because it really is a delightfully weird little gem that deserves more love.

Phew, it’s hard to even know where to begin with explaining Patalliro to those who haven't seen it. It was absolutely ground-breaking for its time for being the first ever shounen-ai on Japanese TV. I would say it's a psychedelic adventure involving a Japanese, gay James Bond and a wacky, time-travelling prankster dictator who solve diamond thefts and other mysteries. It has all the charm of those really classic shoujo ...
Aug 15, 2021
Whatever you liked about the first OVA, you won’t find it here. Don’t bother.

I enjoyed the first OVA, it’s nothing spectacular but it’s full of charm and adventure. It’s fun and entertaining with a charismatic cast of characters. Unfortunately, the second OVA missed the mark on those things almost completely. It’s not awful, it’s just a non-event. It’s bland and charmless with lazy writing, which is disappointing because the sequel has potential to be great if only they’d put a bit more effort into continuing the actual story.

It’s hard not to compare it to the first OVA and it just suffers by comparison ...
Aug 12, 2021
Ennead (Manga) add
Preliminary (78/? chp)
This hidden gem is surprisingly addictive and there’s a lot more to this webtoon than you’d expect.

In case you don’t know (I didn't either), Ennead means group of nine and typically refers to the nine deities of Egyptian mythology. The good news is that if you know nothing about Egyptian mythology, it doesn’t matter because the author gives a neat little rundown of the creation story at the beginning. There’s also a helpful little family tree at the end of each chapter. Also, this is a story that takes Egyptian mythology as its starting point - what happens next is largely original but plays on ...
Nov 23, 2020
Puparia (Anime) add
Puparia is a stunningly beautiful short that's well worth your time, all three minutes of it.

The biggest selling point here is the visuals. The art is absolutely god-tier, each frame could be a painting. It has a level of detail and vibrancy that you rarely see in anime. What I appreciated most was that as detailed as it was, it was aiming for something different than hyper-realism - it was very creatively stylised and illustrative. I just loved looking at it, evidenced by the fact that I've seen this short four times already. However, I can see that perhaps some people wouldn't like it since ...
Jun 29, 2020
Cute, fun but ultimately frivolous. No drama or strife, it's just fluff but it's well-done fluff that's an enjoyable watch for fans of the franchise.

In one way, you know exactly what you’re in for when it comes to Sekaiichi Hatsukoi but in another, I had different expectations from this "movie" - and perhaps that’s on me. I thought it would be longer like an actual movie runtime (there was no duration listed on MAL when I watched it) and also, I thought it would be a more drama-focused episode about Ritsu and Takano taking their relationship to the next level and it's not that.

It ...
Jun 10, 2020
This is super cute. One of the most wholesome BL manga I've read. Get into it.

After I really enjoyed the prequel, I was excited to see that there was already a sequel released. The main reason for that excitement is that while I loved the prequel, it definitely fit into the typical BL story you often read where one boy confesses to the other and the other slowly realises that he's also in love. It's typical but very good. However, I was excited about this one because they are already dating at the start of the manga and you don't get that often so it ...
May 31, 2020
I felt like this anime needed another review. I'll try to keep my fanboying down to a minimum but bear in mind that I love this show.

It's hard to describe Patalliro to those who haven't seen it. It was absolutely ground-breaking for its time for being the first ever shounen-ai on Japanese TV. I would say it's a psychedelic adventure involving a Japanese, gay James Bond and a wacky, time-travelling ‘Scrappy-Doo type’ prankster dictator who solve apocalyptic diamond theft mysteries. It is very Japanese, there is a lot of surreal humour involving puns that you likely won't get unless you speak the language but ...
May 23, 2020
Okay, this is cute. Get into it.

By the time you've got to this "movie" you've already seen both seasons and the first movie if you've done things right so you know what you're in for. This short anime basically runs through all the couples and shows them on Valentine's Day and how each of the them deals with the "dilemma" of giving chocolates to their romantic interest. What I liked most about this is that it was theme-focused rather than couple-focused. Most episodes of Sekaiichi Hatsukoi are specifically centred around one of the couples but this shows all of them.

The short scenes are cute ...
Apr 18, 2020
Doku no Aji (Manga) add
I often think that it's inherently difficult to make fantasy work as a one-shot. High fantasy is so often reliant on good world-building and in a one-shot, there's so little room for this to be fleshed out that it often feels lacking, superficial or unfinished. Unfortunately, Doku no Aji is a prime example of this and is not very good.

The story is ultimately fairly simple: a blind guy who was raised by nuns (for some reason) finds a dragon in its human form in a cave and decides to help set it free. The problem is there are way more questions that there are ...
Apr 18, 2020
This is a super cute one-shot. I always think it's ambitious to introduce supernatural elements to a one-shot because there's obviously not much room to explain them and expand on them so they often end up being a bit scant or superficial. In Toshokan no Youkan, I actually thought the supernatural elements were used really effectively as a story-telling device.

The youkai becomes sort of a manifestation of Hashimoto's feelings when he's too shy to act so it has a purpose, it informs his character and it adds a more original element to what would otherwise be a fairly standard shounen-ai story. The story itself ...

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