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Jul 17, 2018
For an author in the modern age, there is perhaps no greater accomplishment than being able to craft a captivating story that no one has ever seen before, but there is something to be said about authors who are able to revisit old, overdone ideas while still managing to innovate them in new ways. Asou Haro’s **Imawa no Kuno no Alice** is an excellent representation of the latter, finding success in the Battle Royale subgenre normally tainted by mediocre writing.

The most immediate draw of **Imawa no Kuno no Alice** is simply how creative some of the individual games can be. Other titles such as **Kakegurui** read more
Jul 3, 2018
Preliminary
The original Tokyo Ghoul is, by quite a few metrics, your standard action manga. What made it particularly unique however is that it did a fantastic job humanizing the conflict it presented. Writers that tackle this theme have this tendency of making one side of the conflict comically evil while the hero’s side unbearably good. Ishida did his best to avoid this cliché entirely by making the two groups, humans and ghouls, quite literally natural enemies of each other, while also implementing a main character that was forced to represent both. Not only was this dynamic interesting, Ishida also applied the finishing touches to this read more
Jun 27, 2018
Preliminary
**Spoiler Free**
I normally don’t write reviews for series I’m not overly passionate about, but I feel partially more motivated to at least comment on Hinomaru Zumou; despite its popularity and the recent conclusion of its “Part 1,” the latest review written on MAL only goes up until chapter 25 of the (current) 195 chapters at the time of this review.

If I had to describe how I felt about Hinomaru Zumou in a few words, I would say it’s a sports manga that *almost* gets everything right. If I had to phrase it a little more bluntly though, I’d say it’s a sports manga that read more
Jun 26, 2018
To get straight to the point: personally, I feel that Re: Zero is a superficially shallow show that often tries to disguise itself as something more meaningful.

The overall “gimmick” of the show is the best demonstrator of this. Re: Zero applauds itself as being somewhat of a deconstruction of classic fantasy/VN narratives where the main character finds themselves in a world they don’t recognize. As opposed to typical character-teleported stories where the main character is given artificial benefits, whether it be through the plot or physical advantages, Re: Zero is mostly the opposite where Subaru really isn’t given any benefit read more
Jun 26, 2018
The reason why I believe Welcome to the NHK is strong and particularly rare anime is because of its ability to convey a theme and message effectively without being overtly condescending nor pretentious.

The core theme of NHK focuses on major insecurities that eventually plague their individual lifestyles and often times those of others. In order to tackle this theme more effectively, Satou is made a hikkimori in more of a general sense. There are a lot of shut-in types that pervade society, but Satou represents one in the more general sense in that his behavior revolves around a very basic read more
Jul 20, 2017
Preliminary
**Spoiler Free Review**
Also, there isn't any explicit incest, don't worry.

Fire Punch is probably one of if not the most unique shounen manga I've read. While the premise of the manga initially seems rather cliche, the tone and characters in the story sets Fire Punch from the rest.

The tone is probably one of the largest highlights of the manga. Mixing together a dystopian setting with somewhat comical characters and dialogue contextualize Fire Punch of being campy as much as it is self-aware. As a result, the character banter is enjoyable and weird in the right ways that give character to the otherwise bleak world the story read more
Jan 6, 2017
Preliminary
To talk about Denpa Kyoushi, you need to talk about Great Teacher Onizuka first. GTO was an incredibly popular manga about a delinquent named Onizuka who became a teacher. Its popularity derived mainly from two qualities: one, it’s hilarious. More importantly however, it was well-received because it managed to properly capture the relationship between student and teacher that many readers could relate or aspire to. More so than being a manga just about Onizuka, it was a manga about how students who have suffered from their own individual problems could improve themselves and be functioning members of society on their own merit. The classroom isn’t read more
Dec 26, 2016
Occultic;Nine is the newest entry in the semicolon universe among other titles such as the beloved Steins;Gate, the not-so-beloved Chaos;Head, and the no-one’s-quite-sure-how-to-feel-about-it Robotics;Notes. For most people browsing sites like anichart and putting upcoming seasonal titles into their proverbial shopping cart, any show that has a semicolon in its name immediately gets thrown in the basket thanks to its storied legacy. As of late however, it’s easy to lose faith since the majority of the semicolon titles have come with mixed reception. Fall 2016 has rolled around, and the first semicolon entry since 2012 unveiled itself as Occultic;Nine. 2016 was, in many people’s eyes, an read more
Dec 25, 2016
Disclaimer: I’ve never exposed myself to the Working!!! franchise in any shape or form prior to watching WWW.Working!!! I picked this up when this started airing on a trusted friend’s “recommendation,” who’s somewhat of a fan of the original series. I was told by this friend that it is completely possible to watch this without any experience with the original series, and after watching all 13 episodes I can confidently confirm that statement.

WWW.Working!!! is a gag anime and nothing more, so it’d seem a bit disingenuous if I graded it in any other area other than its humor. I don’t think it’s fair for people read more
Dec 22, 2016
Yuri on Ice is, in my opinion, a mediocre anime that was held back more by its topic of choice and the 12 episode limit than the overall directing. It does, however, bring issues from both.

When animating other sports such as ping pong, tennis, and even football, you can often make short-cuts and get away with occasional stiff movements. However, ice skating is a much more visual sport, requiring the animator to be skillful in translating every body movement in order to capture the same sort of magic. As a result, the technical mistakes made in Yuri on Ice leave more of an impression than read more