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Jun 22, 2019
Hitoribocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu is the prime example of a series that's perfectly comfortable in its own skin.

It doesn't try to set a high bar for itself nor does it try to stand out from the crowd. It finds a goal it's comfortable with achieving and achieves it in its own reasonable pace, that goal being a cute slice of life about a girl trying to make some friends. And you know what? That's perfectly fine.

The characters are charming, the plot is fine and the execution is pretty cute. It doesn't try to up the stakes, it doesn't abuse its own jokes, it doesn't try read more
Jan 15, 2019
Preliminary
Let's make one thing perfectly clear:

Kei Sasuga is a good writer.

She is capable of writing stories that are dramatic, emotional and, heck, even suspenseful. Some of the best parts of her writing are in how she takes and shifts the core of her characters and creates a dynamic relationship with the themes she wants so convey.

The problem is... she chooses not to be a good writer.

Full stop, the main plot of this manga is a piece o' garbage.

While the main premise is kind of interesting and could have gone in many more interesting directions, especially with regards to discussing taboo, it tries to be read more
Dec 21, 2018
Zombieland Saga is a comedy about a group of zombie girls being marketed as idols by a red suit-toting weirdo through unconventional and sometimes embarrassing means of gaining popularity.

Zombieland Saga is an idol drama about a group of zombie girls on a quest to become idols but are held back the the implications of their deaths, their past traumas, their memories and the era they lived in.


Zombieland Saga works great as either show.


Zombieland Saga doesn't work at all as both.


By trying to juggle these two ideas, it becomes a tangled up and comes short of fulfilling either of those premises satisfyingly. It's not that the read more
Jan 3, 2018
I need to write this.

I feel compelled to write this.

A single 'tags' box can't possibly contain all of my thoughts and feelings for this season.

So, before we get right to it, heavy spoilers, if there's anything worth spoiling anyway.

Ready? Okay.

Love Live Sunshine S2 is shit.

After S1 set the bar for what was, most likely, to be the best season of Love Live ever, maybe even surpassing the masterful S2, ended up being the corniest, most obnoxious, most mind-numbingly boring, most underwhelming experience I've ever had with a piece of entertainment. Yup, this thing is down there with Terminator Salvation and Bioshock 2. But, to read more
Sep 25, 2016
What does it mean to shine?

In lieu of the mainstream media and audiences embracing 'dark and mature' storytelling in favor of 'childish junk' catered towards 12 year olds, this question shouldn't even be relevant in today's world. Yet here it is, in all of its glory. And for the past six years, only one franchise dared to ever raise that question in the 2010s.

Love Live has enjoyed worldwide popularity, and not just because it has cute girls and really nice songs. If such were the case, then that would mean stuff like Show by Rock! would be popular. Sunrise doesn't just take what it sees read more
Apr 2, 2016
--(Republished thanks to MAL)--

People make mistakes, and so do animation studios. Sometimes, they deliver great works that stand the test of time; notable classics that give animation a great name. Other times, they fall drastically short on expectations. And this is fine. When you fail, you get back up, right? But sometimes, they create something so vapid, so disgustingly stupid, so unbelievably bad that if I wanted to take it seriously and laud it as a work of art to the masses, I’d have to get a lobotomy first. And I promise you, the score for this series would only go up by a point.

What read more
Mar 25, 2016
Divine Gate is an asshole; a literal asshole that opens and closes like a tunnel, and inside are all the worms and dried shit from when someone eats shrimp at a local diner, much like yours unless you're one of those special snowflakes who rinse their asses. In other words, it's full of shit.

Now let me be the first to admit that I was pumped for this. I saw the PVs, I liked the art of the phone game and fanboyed at the fact that HITORIE was doing the opening song. And who could blame me for feeling this way? I wasn't expecting a lot read more
Mar 24, 2016
The Winter season of 2016 is nearing its end and one of the first series to come to a close is the widely popular ERASED, a series that literally everyone and their mother watched and it is thanks to this popularity that, as of now, it sits at the top of MAL's Top Anime list with a whopping 9.08! So is this show as great as people say it is? Well let's find out!

ERASED owes its popularity to a number of reasons. Reason one, it's a time travel story. It is an undeniable fact that the science fiction concept of time travel has been popular read more
Dec 24, 2015
The reverse harem genre is not one I particularly dislike. When decently executed and well developed, we have a show that can leap bounds with its potential. I had this same hope with the harem genre. Big surprise, I lost my mind after the hundred thousand and eleventh panty shot and gave up on it entirely. But by then, I still had high hopes that the reverse harem genre could possibly be a more fruitful experience than actual harems. I hadn't seen many shows in the genre but from the good things I've heard, I stood firm on my ground, ready to explore!

That was until read more
Dec 21, 2015
Success stories have always had a spirit that the Academy and many others have deemed inextinguishable. The soul and passion of the fight to victory has always had an undeniable effect on us humans, who have always had the hidden spirit of desire; the very desire to go the extra mile and make it to the top. And it is in these stories where we see this undeniable burning human passion. We see it in Daniel's eyes in his final match in the Karate Kid. We see it in Rocky, prepared to fight Apollo Creed with everything he has. We see it in Drumline, as read more