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May 30, 2022
Preliminary (17/? chp)
Ok, look, hear me out.

I don't really usually review stuff like this but as I read, I really couldn't help thinking just how different this thing is from all the others of this type I've tried to read. It's supposedly a 'boys' love' genre but frankly it goes just enough beyond that, that I'm hesitant to put in in that category; firstly because it involves no typical 'boys' one would encounter in manga like this, and additionally, why not simply call it a romance, since it fits that category so much better? But I'm getting subjective, so let's move on.

To put it simply and without ...
May 19, 2022
Redline (Anime) add
Animation seems to be somewhat of a complex topic for fans of animated media, either that of Western or Eastern origin. Some would argue that the point of animation is to look prettier than real life, some to do what real life can't. Some I've even heard say they can't appreciate animation if any and every frame of it doesn't look like a wallpaper, which just so happens to be the dumbest thing I've ever heard someone say about an animated piece of art.
I would argue that none of these statement are entirely, or at all, correct. In my humble opinion, animation is about ...
May 12, 2022
Bubble (Anime) add
Bubble is a mess of a movie that tries to portray the chaotic magic of its brief music video in a movie-long format any boy, does it show.

There is plenty going on in Bubble and all of it is, most importantly of all apparently, an absolute eye candy. A world sunken into an odd, bubble induced apocalypse makes for unique and colorful scenes, the parkour subplot turns the impressive feats of athleticism into an absolutely stunning feats of animation, and the character design is creative, unique and colorful - some might even say, 'bubbly'. (Ha.)

But there is also that part where the whole story ...
Apr 21, 2022
Mixed Feelings
Season Three is disappointing, which is more than I can say for season two - an almost insultingly boring experience - but still, disappointing.

Mind you, Season Three had a pretty good thing going because al it had to do was reveal everything to us, and as such, it had a lot of genuinely interesting plot points to solve. And for the most part, it did great!

... And then the plot simply ends.

... That's quite literally it. It ends! The very last episode doesn't really explains as much as it glosses over where our characters might go. Doesn't ask deeper question about what might be, ...
Apr 21, 2022
Fruits Basket Season Two can brag itself to be one of the worst anime I have ever seen, which is not a small thing. In direct comparison, the first season, which I thought comfortably average, seems almost like a masterpiece - there is an actual plot, and actual characters, and actual investment you get from watching the first season play out.

Alas; Season Two decided to take a step away from all that ‘actual plot that makes me want to watch more’ and instead takes us on a metaphorical twenty-something-episode school trip through absolutely unnecessary points of… of something I can’t quite call plot, because it ...
Apr 21, 2022
Mixed Feelings
Welcome to the three-part trash fire that is Fruits Basket, where I review each season individually because I like to torture myself. Enjoy the ride.

Trying not to compare the first season of fruits basket with its original anime release is hard, because thought the two are virtually the same plot-wise, the old one is at the very least, quite pretty to look at; it has all of the anime sweetness of big, bug eyed characters with wide smiles, and all the lovely charms of old-school animation. But we’re not here to discuss eye-candy, are we?

… Or are we?

Fruits Basket is yet another one in ...
Apr 15, 2022
Grief is, from my humble observations, by far one of the most impactful, relatable topics a piece of media can explore.
Whether it's a person, a pet, your favorite character, or even just a community you love, decaying over time, and falling victim to the ever-present 'dark side of the fandom', grief has touched each and every one of our lives in one way or another. Each of us deal with grief differently, and each of us take different things away from the process of grieving; lessons, insights, fears, traumas; each normal, expected in the face of death, and yet each unique and personal.

What Kamiarizuki ...
Apr 1, 2022
Mixed Feelings
There are quite a few widely accepted things in anime capable of turning me away completely from it instantly. Cheap, pointless fanservice, stale dialogue or anime tropes that just won't die - the list is large. These things are usually strewn across the majority of titles, even the ones I like.
As a result, however, I started gravitating towards the titles like the Napping Princess, which can definitely brag as an original piece of work that has at least some heart and soul put into it, rather than following a formula so many have tried, and so few have nailed.

But Napping Princess reminded me of ...
Feb 19, 2020
Dokumushi (Manga) add
I kid you not when I tell you this manga is pretty much perfectly legible no matter what language you might speak. Having not translations of any kind past chapter six but realizing the lack of quality of this work, I attempted to read the original scans and dear Lord, the Anime Man of the YouTube planes disappointed me for the last time with this terrible recommendation (of sorts). When you can read a manga without reading it at all, you realize there is a thin, thin, THIN line between a masterpiece and an utter piece of shit.

Or, in other words, you can use ...
Dec 5, 2019
Angel Beats! (Anime) add
Mixed Feelings
By far, one of the most beautiful disappointments I've ever seen in my life.

There is much I can say about Angel Beats, and the sad fact is, not much of it is any good. The main points that made this a fun watch largely consist of the series being an absolute eye candy in every way. The animation, designs, lighting, everything was done so superbly well that I initially thought there couldn't possibly be a way to ruin a pretty solid premise with that quality of art. The sound were also a rather solid point, so you have that to look forward to.

Sadly, this is ...