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Apr 28, 2022
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With an OP from Eve, an OST from Sawano and gorgeous 3D animated sequences and an original premise, it was hard not to be excited about Bubble. That doesn’t mean it’s without its flaws, however.

Bubble is a spectacle of animation and if it’s any indication of what’s to come from WIT in the future I’m very excited. After dropping Shingeki no Kyojin, WIT last released Vivy, my pick for original anime of the year(2021) and Bubble retains many of the same qualities we saw in Vivy. Where they diverge is that while Vivy stays a well written story throughout, Bubble’s final act lets it read more
Mar 26, 2022
Akebi-chan’s only flaw is that it aired on Saturdays during Winter 2022. Because of that, it was often overshadowed by other shows that aired that day, including fellow CloverWorks production Sono Bisque. What Akebi lacked in hype, it made up for in quality. This was one of the most enjoyable anime I’ve seen in a long time and I wish more people got to watch it.

The story is extremely simple here, Akebi goes to a new school sporting a new uniform, hence the title, and connects with other girls at the school. What makes the show special, though, is how these connections are depicted. Some read more
Mar 26, 2022
In recent seasons, Cloverworks have seemingly mastered the art of the slice of life romcom. Sono Bisque is the latest jewel in their SoL crown and is a must watch for anyone looking for a fun anime.

Story-wise, Sono Bisque is actually pretty unique. While it plays on many of the same high school romcom tropes we’re accustomed to, Gojo’s background as a hina dollmaker manages to add a fresh twist on things. The art of doll making is not something I can ever say that I had an interest in, yet the anime approaches it in such a way that you can’t help but want read more
Mar 24, 2022
*Contains slight Spoilers*

While on the surface, Ousama Ranking may appear to be a cute Ghibli-esque show full of magic and wonder, it’s so much more than that. It’s a riveting tale of loss, grief and overcoming obstacles, and is by far one of the best anime of the past year.

Admittedly, I was a bit slow to pick up Ousama Ranking. I normally watch every seasonal every season, but wasn’t really gripped by the promotional PV and posters from the show. I assumed it would just be some cute adventure story with a prince. It wasn’t until about a month and a half ago that read more
Mar 19, 2022
For the past 4 years, I have patiently waited and envisioned what the adaptation of volume 2 of 86 would look like. I am so happy that I can confidently say A-1 surpassed my wildest expectations for this adaptation and gave my favourite Light Novel the love it deserves.

In contrast with the action packed first cour of 86, the second cour primarily focuses on interpersonal relationships and the 86’s struggle between a peaceful life in the Giad Federacy or returning to the battlefield. Volume 2 and the second cour explore themes such as the psychological trauma of being a child soldier and the quest to read more
Dec 24, 2021
Selection project: Can I copy your homework? I promise I’ll change it

Idoly pride: Ok, but seriously make sure you change it.

In all seriousness, Selection project and idoly pride have a lot in common. It’s pretty apparent that DG were really influenced by Idoly Pride’s story and wanted to put their own twist on that. Right down to the heart transplant, dead sister that was an idol plot-line. While the story was basically copy and pasted, I still really liked Selection Project and actually think it to be the best idol show this year, yes, including Superstar!.

What made me feel that way? Well simply put, read more
Dec 21, 2021
Takt OP. is the perfect example of “style over substance”.

Whilst I admittedly enjoyed watching the anime, I would be remised to not speak on the lack of any real cohesive story. We’re essentially thrown into a beautifully rendered world brought to life by MAPPA and Madhouse, told there’s a war between humans and aliens who hate music, and made to fend for ourselves. In fairness, the backstory is fleshed Outstanding a bit more, but that doesn’t mean the writing gets much better. This show honestly felt like a tech demo for new animation and storyboarding techniques. Like imagine those Unreal Engine 5 play-tests, but read more
Dec 19, 2021
Mushoku Tensei is the promise of isekai fulfilled.

The idea of getting a second chance at life in a different world has been often explored, but rarely executed well. Usually isekai devolves into wish-fulfilment power fantasies with harem scenarios and fan-service. It’s not often that we get a genuinely fantastical tale of magic and wonder, so when Mushoku came along and delivered those it was an instant hit, and for good reason.

Part 1 of Mushoku Tensei gave us a small glimpse into an extremely rich and diverse world full of lore and unique characters. The animation, art and direction were among the best in years. read more
Sep 30, 2021
After the massive cliffhanger that Higurashi Gou left off on, fans were incredibly anxious to get things resolved in Sotsu. Sadly, Sotsu took 3 months to wrap up something that should have been an extra 4 episodes at most.

While I did really like a lot of Sotsu like Satoko’s perspective, so much of it could have been condensed. 70 percent of the content we got during this season was just rehashed from Gou. If you can suffer through the reused footage, Higu Sotsu has some of the best moments of the entire series in my opinion. Episodes 12 and 15 are probably my two read more
Sep 25, 2021
MagiReco was one of my favourite shows of 2020, so when I heard we were getting another season I was ecstatic. While I enjoyed the show a lot, it was undeniably lacking in some areas. Mainly in pacing and animation. The second season has rectified all of those issues and deviated substantially from the game’s story, for the better in my opinion.

MagiReco season 1 heavily followed the game’s storyline, at times to the detriment of the anime. It’s rare that games perfectly translate to anime adaptations, so it presented some issues with pacing at times. For this season, SHAFT decided to do their own thing read more