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Aug 8, 2010
Preliminary
This review is based on what is out as of August 8th, 2010 (basically, 34/35 chapters).

I was initially turned off by Girl Friends. Not the premise, but the name. It's like buying generic cereal at the store. The generic brands don't taste nearly as good as the more expensive ones, that set them selves apart in some way, shape, or form. Bad analogy? Meh, you get my point. Girl Friends could have a more appealing title, but as it turns out that really isn't necessary. It was well received by MAL members, and I've been viciously hungry for some shoujo-ai. Here are my thoughts.

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Aug 1, 2010
When I heard the premise for "Arakawa", I was immediately attracted to it. Something so strange, but yet simple. One man living under a bridge, and the small community that he spends his time with. It received plenty of positive reception from the reviewers on MAL, so I dove right in. And what I found was a charming, albeit eccentric slice-of-life that quickly became one of my favorites in the genre.

First and foremost, this is a character driven show. By no means will anything happen beyond the two main conflicts (the main character's acceptance into the community, and the other big one, which I won't read more
Jul 29, 2010
The strength of "ef - a tale of memories" doesn't lie in its heart-wrenching love stories, but in the wonderful imagery SHAFT achieves throughout this gem of a show.

The story itself is nothing too out of the ordinary for fans of the genre, but it is by no means bad. Only the coldest of hearts could keep you from tearing up during the course of "memories". But it is not without fault. The secondary couple (Renji and Chihiro) seems to rely on the gimmick of memory loss. As one would expect, they go through the appropriate amount of hardship, but this plot device felt cliche. read more
Jul 27, 2010
I won't pretend I'm a master of story telling, or that I am the most observant anime fan, but this film left a bad taste in my proverbial mouth. It wreaked of a rush job, or if not that, of a film created solely as fan service. That is a slap in the face to long time fans.

Without going into detail, much of this film feels like it simply wants to rush through a good part of the original series. There are many moments during the first 30 minutes or though that I felt, "Oh... wow, that's probably the exact same angle, and scene from read more