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Apr 12, 2023
Preliminary (35/110 chp)
‘Are We Really Getting Married’ aims to portray a semi-realistic romance wrapped inside a wholesomely unrealistic premise. And while it can be argued that, in fact, it does pull off that ‘realistic romance’ vibes, it does so at the expense of almost everything else, but namely entertainment. Contrary to what the high minds might think, there is a good reason why ‘realistic romances’ rarely, if ever, blossom into anything more than niche past times. Even some of the most fanfare-inducing ones, like 500 Days of Summer, aren’t really ‘realistic’, just grounded.

There is really just no simple way about my final conclusion after 35 chapters of ...
Apr 6, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (37/? chp)
To summarise this manhwa in a very simple manner: gorgeous art severely wasted on mediocre characters and a story riddled with so many plot holes it may as well be cheese. Now, to go a bit deeper–perversions notwithstanding–’Crowning of the Spoiled Prince’ is a rather… unique take on the whole girl-boss fantasy. In some ways, it is much better than most others like it, but in some, it is simply outright atrocious.

As I mentioned at the start, the manhwa has absolutely gorgeous art. It’s colourful, dazzling, riveting, and a thesaurus-worth of other adjectives that I cannot bother writing out. Every character is beautiful, clothes ...
Mar 28, 2023
Preliminary (116/? chp)
‘Boku no Kokoro no Yabai Yatsu’ was… surprising. Not in the nature of how it began, as this quintessential edgelord self-insert, but in the nature of its lengthy journey. While the manga drops its hook pretence rather early on, as the main character isn’t, in fact, a psychopath who wants to go on a murder spree of his classmates, it does deliver on something that a lot of shounen romances miss out on: consistent ‘individual’ progress. A lot of shounen romance do have ‘romance progress’, but it often rings extremely hollow due to how stagnant or annoying their characters tend to be.

In here, though, there ...
Mar 25, 2023
Preliminary (82/? chp)
I don’t mind slow SoL romance manga. If anything, my all-time favourite one is one of the slowest ones out there. But you know what it is not? Boring. Beyond boring. So, so, so painfully boring I felt like chugging barrels of ale to find entertainment anywhere.

SukiMega might genuinely be one of the most boring romances I’ve ever had a chance to read–and I’ve read a lot. A lot a lot. It is one of those cutesy-vanilla romances that take their time, with which I’ve zero issues, but there always comes a point in those romances where I genuinely just give up and drop ...
Mar 20, 2023
Preliminary (11/12 eps)
If there is a very simple way to sum up this anime it would be this: pure, unadulterated, simple vanilla romance. As such, you will likely fall into one of two camps when it comes to this story: either you will find it far too boring to enjoy, or you’ll be like me and enjoy it for exactly what it is–a perfect way to relax, have a cup of tea with, and just forget how much harder the life is than what the anime world presents.

Otonari is one of those SoL anime with virtually no story–two high-school aged kids going to the same school happen ...
Apr 23, 2021
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (30/? chp)
A manga derailed by its inability to not hit every single cliche in the book of light-fantasy manga.

While definitely far from awful, the yet-another-long-winded-in-name manga commits perhaps the most cardinal sin of them all: it... becomes boring. A lot of what makes the countless trash isekai manga somehow remain profitable and afloat despite the fact that they're awful by every objective metric is the fact that they're usually not that boring to read. This one, despite not being isekai (a breath of fresh air, if I may say so), however, does become just that: boring.

The cliches that it decides to play by are ...
Oct 22, 2020
Mixed Feelings
Preface: the review will likely be long and have a lot of grammar mistakes. Proofreading is too boring, so forgive me for that. Anyway, onto the review.

Haikyuu!! was always that 'volleyball sports anime' for me and literally nothing more. It was just like every other sports anime with the exception of it being about volleyball. It hit the same notes as the rest, it had the same story beats, it had the same character arcs, and it had the same over-the-top animation that the rest of them do. Even still, it was extremely high in quality and consistent in its execution which is why I ...
May 9, 2020
Preliminary (4/? chp)
Hey, it's isekai, so you already know it's probably going to be garbage. But, if I'm being honest here, this might be the worst of the lot, and that's probably the scariest thing I've ever written.

Look, if you can't keep my attention for longer than 4 chapters in a manga about an overpowered character in another world, you should not be writing anything except perhaps cheesy AD campaigns for 6th grader's lemonade stands.

The only salvageable part of this idiocy is the art, which is by-the-books isekai one, so don't expect anything unique or interesting about it. Just clean-cut nonsense you've seen a thousand ...
Apr 21, 2020
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (50/78 chp)
Another manga derailed by the curse of popularity.

There's a strange paradox in terms of the stories I tend to enjoy -- I look forward to them having more chapters, yet, almost without exception, they tend to go down the hay-hell along the line. The niche ones get axed early on and leave a lot to be desired, yet the ones that become popular tend to way-overstay their welcome, and end up leaving even more to be desired.

Banchou-san falls in the latter category -- it became popular, and, as is the case in the manga world, when some work becomes popular, author will do ...
Dec 30, 2019
Horimiya (Manga) add
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (110/139 chp)
After finally deciding to return to Horimiya and catch up to the latest chapter, I'm coming off the experience with a bit of regret, to be honest. I feel as though it would have been better had I just stayed away and retained the sweet memories I had of when I first read it, but, alas, here we are.

Horimiya, unfortunately, suffers from the same problem majority of manga that get somewhat popular in the industry do -- it just... keeps... on... giving. This, in turn, means that the story will, pretty much by default, be bad. Not necessarily the worst thing ever, but due to ...

It’s time to ditch the text file.
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