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Dec 30, 2017
Storytelling in a 4-Koma is tricky to pull-off. One may think, with the format being dominated by Comedy, that the primary goal of a 4-Koma is to make the reader laugh. In that respect, Acchi Kocchi enjoys lukewarm success. The series, fails, however, in a pivotal way: it spreads itself too thin.

Acchi Kocchi follows the misadventures of a group of highschool students. Within the halls of their classrooms, the characters get into all sorts of mischief. The tone is warm, although the premise is quite conventional.

The series' weakness is in its lack of focus. Its central romance lacks the progression and tugging-of-heartstrings present read more
Dec 11, 2017
As a spin-off to one of the most popular shounen of the post-Big 3 Generation, Illegals needs to fill some big shoes. The world of BNHA is large, large enough to accommodate a variety of stories. The author, however, decided to tell the story that could have been the most poignant: the story of illegal heroes. And yet, Illegals' story is not without its share of faults. Despite its adequate illustrations and character designs, Illegals fails where its parent story succeeds, hosting a cast of lifeless characters and a bipolar story.

The story of Illegals is the story of the forgotten. Behind the glamour read more
Jul 23, 2017
Amano Megumi Wa Sukidarake is a novel twist on the slice-of-life manga genre. Featuring both episodic chapter, a tiny cast and a copious amount of ecchi, it doesn’t fit snuggly into any sort of sub-genre. Instead, it is its own beast, choosing to sell itself not on witty dialogue or visual comedy, but with its titular heroine alone. The result is a sweet albeit unpolished series that relies on its winning formula to keep the audience reading.

Story: Amano Megumi has got a winning formula: combine the exaggerated visuals of slice-of-life comedy manga with a couple titillating shots of the heroine, Amano Megumi. Add in read more
Aug 17, 2016
With a name like “Mai-HIME,” you would have thought this series would fulfill all of the reader’s wildest dreams about princesses. I came in expecting to get my very own princess in a neat little box. I was disappointed. Well, to save you the disappointment I suffered, please enjoy this review.

I came into this series expecting a decent harem-fighter. What I got was that, a little bit more and at the same time, a lot less.

You see, Mai-HIME’s central problem lies in its awkward pacing. Some of the earlier, less important fights last a few chapters, while later fights with significant build-up (*coughmaingirlshowdowncough*) read more
Apr 23, 2016
As Polonius of Hamlet once said: Brevity is the soul of wit. Sometimes, all we want is a little pinch of something before we've had enough of it. For KOF: Kyo, a pinch is indeed all that we get and that pinch, as brief and as flawed as it is, it just enough...but only just.

The underlying conflict in KOF, centered on the struggle between Iori Yagami and Kyo Kusanagi, is odd in that characters always refer to the struggle, but the reader is never really given the scope of the conflict until later in the short series. Those who have played the games would probably read more
Feb 13, 2016
Leave it to the sleazy villager to kill mankind's last hope! I'll make this short, a bit-sized review of sorts, just to get the main aspects of this work. After all, we MAL users are busy people!

+ Fantastic premise
+ Successfully makes fun of fundamental fantasy anime tropes
+ Has a plot that successfully guides the comedy into interesting directions
+ Utilizes extra 4-komas to both fill out parts of the plot and provide more laughs
- Suffers from unevening pacing, sometimes skimming over character development to get to the next punchline
- Starts off slow
- Not all the jokes hit
- Can get a tad too repetitive

+ Ecchi illustrations are read more
Dec 24, 2015
How does this happen?

How can a series with so much potential just roll over and die, failing to achieve even the basic level of its premise?

Welcome to Overlord, the master at poor writing, completely soulless characters , gratuitous CG and lacking sound.

Where does Overlord fail? Does it have any redeeming qualities? Let's find out!

Story: Overlord sells itself as a story about a evil mastermind trying to cement his legacy. The lead character, Momonga, is a computer-gamer turned trapped dictator who wants to "learn" about the world around him and how its different from the game he used to know. The story is made up read more
Sep 19, 2015
Minor spoilers ahead. Just skip to enjoyment if you want it completely spoiler free, although the amount isn't really that much to begin with.

Ecchi and action: a match made in heaven. Unfortunately, that's only the case if the proper set up and balance are created, which Taboo Tattoo does not accomplish. What it does do is it creates a visually sound action adventure of pervs, sadists, heroes and homosexuals.

Story: Right off the bat, the classic set up of "boy gets dragged into secret war between two sides" comes into play. Battles are not in short supply but are instead brief albeit brutal affairs with lots read more
Aug 19, 2015
In an industry filled with idol and slice-of-life shows with just a pinch of music, it takes balls to go back to the basics, to actually pursue a less-tread path when the alternative has such a big and influential audience. Hibike Euphonium, however, is willing to take that path. But is its execution up to snuff? Yes. It is.


The story of Hibike Euphonium begins with the crushed dreams of one girl and the reemergence of another. From there, the protagonist Kumiko and her new friends join the band club, which has recently undergone some big changes. From the very beginning, the show lets you know read more
May 30, 2015
Being unique is hard nowadays in general, but it's even harder in manga/anime medium, which is infamous for utilizing stereotypes, cliches and genre-typical approaches for safely taking a specified audience’s money. For Inugamihime, a story about one young man and his dog-goddess master, readers will see just how damaging being ‘safe’ can be when set in a high-speed environment.

Story: Inugamihime’s immediate premise is an example of “everyday-man” turned “MC”, with an arrow going straight through Inuzuka Taroumaru’s head. He’s then forced to be a sacrifice for the village deity, but it turns out he’ll just be her read more