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Jul 31, 2020
Preliminary
Hinadori no Waltz is about a love triangle between Shiina and Wakui over Hinako. It's the kind of shoujo that's very derivative, so there's nothing major to object to (except that we've all seen it before), but there's nothing particularly to recommend it either.

At the same time, I do have some smaller nitpicks. Like that it overuses the protagonist having various accidents like tripping in order for the boys to help her all the time. Also that I think that objectively Wakui is the more original character of the two love interests even though he's clearly the rival character. Meanwhile, Shiina comes off read more
Jul 30, 2020
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Ai wo Chodai is about a young variety show personality named Marumie and her various adventures in romance. The characters and story are to be perfectly honest, pretty paper thin. As typical for many a reverse harem, Marumie is kind of an idiot (though you're supposed to find it endearing, relatable, and funny), and inexplicably obsessed with her cannon love interest Kandagawa despite how they never really have any really meaningful interactions. They don't really have any conversations beyond his insulting her and telling her he hates her, and yet somehow they just end up having steamy makeout sessions anyways. Meanwhile, she's got read more
Jun 9, 2020
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I've come to the conclusion that Tower of God is a terrible adaptation. I've not read the original source material, but hopefully it's more coherent than this anime. I literally had to have the manwha readers explain to me basic details about the world, because it's so bad at explaining anything. It turns out certain aspects of its premise are similar to other anime I've seen that I've never had to have someone else straight up explain in order for me to even understand what's happening. Here's some specific writing issues:

They have a test that takes the form of a game they call "tag." read more
May 23, 2020
Preliminary
Nishiki feels trapped by her family who already have entire future planned down to how many babies she'll have. So it's no wonder when she meets Atsumori, she clings to the first chance she's found to escape, through his proposal to essentially elope with him to Tokyo. Two years pass before she manages to make it there to take him up on his offer, but then she discovers that he wasn't actually serious about any of it. But too late now, because she's been nursing this crush for years, and she's not about to give up.

In general, I'd call this manga a pretty read more
May 12, 2020
OVAs have a reputation for not being very coherent if you aren't familiar with the source material. Trails in the Sky is worst than most because this is actually an adaptation of the SECOND game in the series. Every emotional beat misses its landing, because it's missing the context of the entire previous game, and tons of stuff is rushed and insufficiently explained. Furthermore, the game's final act was entirely cut from this adaptation. As a result, there's also details that are left hanging with no payoff. I can't imagine anyone who hasn't played to entirely get what's going on, or if they did, read more
Apr 27, 2020
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I feel like Houkago, Koishite is one of the most generic shoujo I've ever read, and I've read quite a lot. Shoujo are often not terribly original, and as a fan, I'm not necessarily looking for originality, but I feel like Houkago, Koishite has nothing to distinguish it at all. The characters don't feel to me like characters so much as very generic character archetype blank slates that are there just to hit all the right beats at all the right times, in order to follow the extremely route shoujo formula. There's the kabe-don, here's the sleeve-roll, drying the hair, hiding together in the futon. read more
Apr 16, 2020
Preliminary
At first Ao no Flag seems like a basic and tropey, but still decent enough, sort of romance. Eventually it becomes clear that this isn't really so much a romance at all, but rather a drama with heavy focus on LGBT+ issues.

I really take it as a positive sign that times are changing for the better, as I would never expect to see such a story in manga twenty years ago. Even more surprising, (though some reviewers have incorrectly categorized this as shoujo), this is a shounen manga.

Really the only criticism I have of it is that I feel like it's still read more
Mar 16, 2020
Preliminary
Koi Nanka Hajimaranai is a high school romance between Makoto and popular boy Kanna who always teases her.

There's barely any story to this story, honestly. It's more just an excuse for heart throb type situations, if this is the type of romance that floats your boat. To be perfectly honest, I found it rather shallow for that reason.

Also, this manga kind of distasteful to me. Like the fact that the teasing is one sided, and Makoto doesn't really get it, and Kanna is constantly pulling her hair and calling her stupid. If it weren't so one sided, or if Makoto clearly understood it read more
Feb 11, 2020
Preliminary
Kore wa Ai janai node, Yoroshiku is a bickering romance between the two protagonists, Kujou and Izumi, each humorously stupid in their own way. I personally found this aspect of the manga very entertaining and humorous. However, it's also clearly trying to appeal towards people who like roguish men who are constantly tricking the protagonist, who's constantly ending up playing the victim. I felt like it could do with less of this because the more it happens, the more it makes Izumi into a Mary Sue type character that exists to be trolled by attractive men. But for me personally, it wasn't so bad read more
Jan 12, 2020
Preliminary
I think only those with very particular tastes are likely to enjoy Miniamaru Kareshi. There's really no two ways about it, Kusakabe is a literal stalker, even going so far as to secretly follow his new girlfriend Iroha on a social outing to which he wasn't invited. I'm really not into this kind of thing, so the only details that make it at all palatable to me is that the manga is written in such a way that it clearly recognizes how this behavior is creepy, and that Iroha as far as I have read, says she's okay with it (though I suspect it may read more