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Jun 17, 2024
Preliminary (5/12 eps)
Let me get straight to the point that the animation of this show is lovely. It's just cute and nothing much to it, but the wide range of expressions that the princess makes when she melts into bliss in some mundane pleasures that she gets "tortured" into never quite gets repetitive due to the care and quality of the comedic timing and pacing that the animation studio puts into. I think that the anime takes care to retain the comedic quality that the original manga creates, and even elevates it through the good storyboarding and voice acting

That being said, are the gags funny? No. The ...
Jun 17, 2024
Preliminary (3/12 eps)
Personally speaking, the concept of having magical powers through touch seems more of a rom-com or just pure comedic concept than something that's purely focused on romance. After all, injecting a powers straight from a fantasy just as a crutch to write romance because you're unable to organically get two people to get together just seems like lazy writing to me.
And it kind of gets proven. The touch is really just a way for the dense MC, Adachi to get to know the feelings of Kurosawa. I think this is where the typical start of how relationships gets completely removed with these magical powers. ...
Jun 4, 2024
Preliminary (3/10 eps)
I actually liked Hikaru no Ou's first season, all things considered. The art direction was good, and it was still clearly low budget and a lot of the animation came off as janky sometimes. Still, I liked the pacing, story, characters, voice acting, soundtrack, and the art itself was still good with nice backgrounds and character design.

Throw that out the window for season 2. How much was the entire budget for this show? Two McChickens or what? I'm not even going to talk about anything else: just the animation quality turns the show into a 3/10 from a 7. If still frames and terrible action ...
May 31, 2024
It's old, feels old, and in general, I don't think it was that good of a read. It's an iyashikei sort of chill slice of life manga, but honestly, many other series are much more successful.

For example: Non non Biyori focuses more on nature and the character relationships are very nice. Minami-kei has nice manzai and slice of life interactions. Barakamon also just has way more recognizable characters. Overall, it just feels like this manga has no niche that it fulfills.

There's a bit of slice of life, supernatural, a bit of sci-fi elements. There's coming of age elements in the form of our ...
May 28, 2024
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Preliminary (3/13 eps)
Snack Basue is entirely carried by the episodic dialogues that occur in Snack Basu, a Snack Bar in the outskirts of a random, unnamed city. Akemi and Basue are the proprietors of the place, and it's through their random interactions with customers that drive the entire show.

To put it bluntly, I think that the show would have functioned better as a podcast or drama CD. The effects of the visuals are close to none. Facial expressions are stiff, people are always standing still, and the overall animation style reeks of low budget adult swim shows that never got approved for any more. The visual medium ...
May 28, 2024
It's amazing how we can go from Lord of The Rings, released in 1954, directly to shaping the tabletop RPGs that we know and love today. The archetype of the elf that we know and love today was inspired by such an old novel and eventually introduced to one of the earliest tabletop RPGs, Dungeons and Dragons in 1974. Later, this eventually spawned Record of Lodoss War, a Dungeons and Dragons campaign released by Group SNE as a published Dungeons & Dragons replay. This eventually became so popular in Japan that it became a franchise, spawning novels, anime adaptions, video games, and spinoffs.

Deedlit, a pale-haired ...
Apr 28, 2024
Preliminary (50/? chp)
Witch Hat Atelier is like the demon slayer version of Shoujo manga. I know it's technically Seinen, but that's just what I think.

First off, let's start with the showstopper. The art. It's phenomenal. I probably haven't seen any storyboarding and art so well drawn. If Yusuke Murata, who draws OPM is highly technical, then Witch Hat Atelier's art is more creative and still has highly elaborate design and technical skills.

However, what else does the manga have to offer? Ultimately, it follows the same formula that shounen mangas do, which is to introduce a character with "dangerous abilities," one that needs to be ...
Apr 15, 2024
Preliminary (3/24 eps)
Maomao would put Detective Conan to shame for how swiftly she solves cases with little to no information. Imagine being an armchair detective that can solve cases with only two or three pieces of fragmentary information and always being right. She's straight up a Mary Sue through and through.

This show is basically Koukyuu no Karasu but executed at a much higher level. Not that it matters that much. It still suffers from the same host of problems in which the main character is constantly being led around in mystery-of-the-week cases where it consequently gets neatly wrapped up after effortlessly "investigating" for a few moments ...
Apr 14, 2024
Preliminary (3/24 eps)
Is this what a random Japanese author thinks kingdom politics to be? I'm surprised that the show goes all out for romance while also attempting to put its hand in pretend politics.

It's just utter cringe. It's just mockery. What's even the point of the male lead being a king? Of course there's no moral decisions to be made, executions done, or any sort of administrative work or any factions at all. It's literally just a random king/palace melodrama sometimes but nothing serious. This setting is just so asinine. The theme is romance, so the atmosphere is always lighthearted. People get forgiven for their crimes, nothing ...
Apr 13, 2024
Preliminary (3/12 eps)
Is there anything good about this show? Other than good animation, what can be said positively about it? It's just straight up garbage. First off is the whole flashback and pilot episode that we get. Yes, I understand that the show is kind of just going through the motions, but that doesn't make it any more bearable how predictably garbage and boring everything is. What's the point of fabricating a backstory for a main character when it's the most soulless and generic backstory ever? Shocking I know, but I kind of figured what was going to happen for the next 15 minutes in the first ...

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