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Apr 28, 2019
Kannazuki no Miko is a combination of every generic anime trope that you could ever think of: there’s everything from mecha to shrine maidens to cat-girls to idols to slutty nuns to lesbians to the evil older brother trope to ojou-sama; there’s even a screaming, “ore wa”-saying male protagonist that could have been from Mazinger Z, G Gundam, or any other mech show with an overly eager, manly-man protagonist. This series is a blurred chiaroscuro of morality; an exhausting tale filled with soap-opera grade storytelling.

• The beginning, and nearly every opening to each episode, is filled with the protagonist—Himeko Kurusugawa—melodramatically narrating about the tragedy that is read more
Apr 25, 2019
I thoroughly enjoyed this interpretation of the Crypton Future Media idols: Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Rin, Kagamine Len, Megurine Luka, Meiko, and Kaito. For those who are new to the Vocaloid franchise―DO NOT read this manga before you play the Project Diva games. There are many inside jokes and references that might seem confusing if you're new to Miku and her friends' adventures as voice-synthesizer idols.

• I read the Dark Horse publication of Hatsune Mix and the back of the book introduces the manga to those who have vaguely heard of Hatsune Miku. DO NOT listen to the misleading synopsis on the back of Dark Horse's read more
Dec 21, 2018
【 The following is a review of : Ro-Kyu-Bu!, Ro-Kyu-Bu SS!, and Ro-Kyu-Bu!: Tomoka no Ichigo Sundae (OVA) 】

Ro-Kyu-Bu! is a cute, eh, sports anime? That features a colorful cast of elementary girls who can unrealistically Michael Jordan a basketball. It’s like Kuroko’s Basketball, if the cast often played the sport in maid outfits and swimsuits. It’s an earnest fanservice series that doesn’t go too far and is family friendly; the seductive subtext is usually implied AT MOSTーif you need an added to connotation to that sentiment, this series is done by the same team AND mangaka that worked on Tenshi 3P.

• The characters, from the read more
Dec 21, 2018
Mileage may vary with this series; seeing as comedy is entirely subjective, but I thought Asobi Asobase was brilliant. A culmination of macabre, surreality, and hilarity. This series is a punk rock version of many school-girl anime tropesーpersonally thought it was better at conveying this type of humor than Pop Team Epic and things like Ai-Mai-Mi, Teekyu, etc.

• Typically if something gets too disgustingーin the manner of urine, feces, or other bodily fluidsーI tend to think that things are being taken too far and exist only for a cheap shock, rather than having sustenance. Not this series! There is, quite literally, a scene where water leaks read more
Dec 21, 2018
I’m reluctant to categorize Sea Prince and the Fire Child as a children’s cartoon―seeing as the overarching theme of Windaria, an ADULT-ORIENTED animated film felt a little bit less bleak. This film was produced by Sanrio Films, which also created the infamously dark “children’s” cartoon―Ringing Bell; which had me scratching my head as an adult―I can’t even imagine what a child would decipher a film that teaches, “if someone slaughters your entire family―hunt them down to… ask them to be your mentor, and then kill more of your own kind!” I don’t know, it’s a kooky film!

• This story, in layman’s terms, is a mythical rendition read more
Nov 30, 2018
Night on the Galactic Railroad is a perilous adventure of two cat-people, Giovanni and Campanella, who travel through space on a train that glides through galaxiesーor is it? This iconic film is something that bred films like Angel’s Egg and Yuasa Masaaki’s adaptation of Nekojiru-sou; this movie is a heavily surrealistic, auteur piece that breaches the boundaries of mortality and death. An unfettered classic that will send shivers down your spine with the eerie atmosphere and emotionally intense climax.

The story begins with the protagonist, Giovanni, running errands for his sickly motherーwhich then turns into a magical adventure with the deuteragonistーthe protagonist’s closest friendーCampanella. Much read more
Nov 28, 2018
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【 The following is a review of : Free!, Free!: Eternal Summer, and Free!: Dive To The Future 】

Free! is a pernicious deviation from what many people think about the series from first glance―a cover full of shirtless men in swim-gear! While this series was the beta test for, what would become, KyoAni’s bishounen archetype―this show dives into the character’s motivations and explores the main casts’ childhood feelings for one another through layers of flashbacks and tension. The franchise, in and of itself, is interesting, experimental territory for an anime studio to tread in; seeing as pretty girls in swimsuits is easy cash versus half-naked read more
Nov 21, 2018
Mushi-Uta is a series that mostly thrives on the power of its ingenuity in designs. Otherwise, the story is convoluted and rushed; and the characterization is harried, if not completely superficial. I, for one, actually really liked the way this series looks: the protagonist (Kakkō) resembles Ken in his Digimon Emperor garb from Digimon 02 and the mushi (“Originals”) designs in the finale are VERY reminiscent of Go Nagai’s Devilman. I tend to gravitate towards fringe or “cult” series, because I think that watching everything that’s acclaimed, all the time, is boring―but, there are many times in series like this, where, potential for something out-of-the-ordinary read more
Nov 17, 2018
【 The following is a review of : Date A Live, Date A Live II, Date A Live: Last Encore (OVA), Date A Live: Date To Date (OVA), and Date A Live Movie: Mayuri Judgment 】

Date A Live is an otaku-centric franchise―you have the twin-tailed imouto, another twin-tailed bishoujo (who is a yangire gothic lolita), the girl-from-another-world-who-is-detrementally-naïve-about-everyday-Earthian-life (very similar to Lum from Urusei Yatsura and Lala Satalin Deviluke from To Love Ru; same trope), the list goes on. This series has a lot of character designs with twin-tails or ponytails, because, like the great Kyon from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya once said, “Ponytails are read more
Nov 8, 2018
Yami no Matsuei is a very, very cringe-worthy series that I used to be into―back when I was in middle school―and then recently decided to revisit as an adult, and, oh boy! This series is badーlike really, really bad! To start out with, the most glorified character in the series is a serial killer, pedophile, scientistーwhose entire motivation for committing all of his heinous, degenerative crimes is to get revenge on his deceased brother by… making him immortal, so he can kill him for all of eternity? The series mentions briefly that Muraki’s parents were killed and his brother was some type of evil, Luciferian read more