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Jun 19, 2020
It’s such a shame to see this series is not getting as much attention as it deserves for it’s a very solid adaptation of one of my current favorite on-going manga. People mainly know of Hiroaki Samura due to Blade of the Immortal and his penchant for ryona as seen in other works of his like the infamous Bradherley's Coach and his art book that’s not so subtly named The Love of the Brute. Wave, Listen to Me on the other hand, is a comedy about working in broadcasting (among other things) and is thus a major departure from his usual dark and twisted works. read more
Mar 30, 2020
Trying to write a review to explain why this work is just so engaging is rather difficult as much of its charm lies in its visual styles perfectly matched by its eclectic cast of oddballs. Trying to categorize this title under a genre is not easy too. MangaUpdates tagged it with a Biopunk, but it too has the elements of Gothic in its ambience and design. It is violent and dark, but at the same time cheery and energetic as it swings nicely on that precarious line of black comedy. And then there’s the trippy elements that goes in several parts of the series. For read more
Jan 4, 2020
After the abyssal performance that is the main Guren no Tsuki (Crimson Moon) series, I was somewhat hesitant about picking up this movie. However, I’m glad that I did give it a chance after all because Usuzumizakura is actually pretty good and is on par with the Divine Flame movie.

The plot isn’t anything much to write home about, just your usual encounters as per the typical Garo episode but it being a movie with limited time means it cannot afford to drag things out like in the series. The pace is much tighter and you also do not need to put up with Ashiya read more
Jun 11, 2016
Most people probably know of Yasuhiko Yoshikazu due to his involvement with the Gundam franchise but his non-Gundam works definitely deserves attention too. I've always liked the way he created a sense of dynamism in the characters' movement, the expressiveness of the characters, as well as the water-colour styled shading. Indeed, his works are always great to look at and serves to drastically amplify the story he's telling. Most importantly, I absolutely love the hell out of his character designs.

All these are evident in Venus Wars as well, where his art plays a crucial part in enhancing an otherwise simplistic war drama. The scenes with read more
Jun 4, 2016
Going purely from the synopsis, it certainly doesn't sound believable that the series became as successful as it is right now. At its core, Girls und Panzer appears to be just another series about cute girls doing something. In this case, the gimmick is taking part in competitions that involves driving tanks, complete with the girls attaining victory through friendship and effort. And yet, such simplicity is also why the series, and by extension, the movie is brilliant. After all, as the late Sir Terry Pratchett once said, “The reason that clichés become clichés is that they are the hammers and screwdrivers in the toolbox read more
Jul 19, 2012
In this series, magic users are beings born with a certain organ in their bodies that allow them to use magic in the form of puffing out smoke, be it from their fingers or mouth. On the other hand, you have the regular humans who live in a place called the Hole, which is shown to be a ghetto-ish area. The story thus follows two main perspectives, the first being that of Kaiman and Nikaido having their little adventures in the Hole. The second focuses on Shin and Noi, two magic users who are tasked with tracking down Kaiman. This is later expanded to include read more
Mar 5, 2012
Akikan! (Anime) add (All reviews)
[Story: 4.0] Peppered with nothing but plenty of really cheap innuendo, I know that I'm not supposed to be expecting some fabulous scripting from this sort of show, contending for just some silly, cheap laughs. Yet even with this in mind, Akikan manage to be underwhelming.

Akikan wants to achieve too much but lacked the effort to do any of them. It tried to pack in romance, drama, lewd dialogues, action and plenty more lewd dialogue, but was lazy in executing them. The comedy aspect is lackluster - you've seen them in practically any other ecchi series you can get your hands on and they're probably read more
Dec 9, 2011
[Story:8.5] After how mediocre the first season was, I initially had no intention to continue with the sequel – that is, until seeing several screenshots and raves about it on the net, which prompted me to give it another go. Thank goodness I decided to give it a chance as the second season is fantastic, to say the least.

The first season was insipid because the focus is on the school life aspect while the more appealing intergalactic setting and aliens in masquerade get demoted to the background for a relatively large part of the series. The whole ordinary kid stuck in extraordinary events read more
Jul 8, 2011
Rather than calling it The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi, a more appropriate title would perhaps be The Melancholy of Kyon, because now it’s Kyon’s turn to make his decision. In essence, this movie is a major opportunity for character development of not just Nagato, but more crucially, of our beloved narrator as well. In the previous seasons, it is mainly about Kyon being dragged into situations and going with the flow. It was just always about Haruhi. The series was pretty much about Kyon observing and commenting upon Haruhi's actions. Sure, he gets pulled into all the bizarre events, but as far as he is read more
Mar 15, 2011
K-On!! (Anime) add (All reviews)
[Story: 7.0] I initially considered K-ON (season 1 at that time) as being the weaker works by KyoAni. Well, I'm going to take that back. The previous season was by no means terrible, but it certainly was not that spectacular; it was just mildly enjoyable. Season 2 however, turned out to be an improvement. For one thing, this season is more than just the girls skiving around being moe. There's more content and more events going on. In particular, the impressive part of the series lies in the last few episodes, where most of the girls are about to graduate.

My only complaint is that they read more