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May 2, 2023
Solanin (Manga) add
Solanin's a seinen coming of age story centered around a couple of now graduated band-mates that aimlessly wander their post-graduation phase in life. To some, this period of time may be difficult to adjust to. The leisurely life you had in college now compels you to work 9 to 5 in a job you don't care about at all, with a degree you just randomly chose after drifting along the first few years of college.

Solanin...captures this to an extent. While I empathize with Meiko and Taneda a little bit, to me, the story wasn't particularly engaging or compelling. The manga is largely slice of ...
Apr 22, 2023
Kokou no Hito (Manga) add
Preliminary (101/170 chp)
Kokou no Hito is largely a coming of age story about a young climber, Mori. While it's as much of a story about rock climbing than it is about a psychoanalysis, we can all say that both themes intertwine with each other to create a holistic story. The problem is that the psychological and and coming of age theme are poorly done, while the rock-climbing aspect is much more phenomenal.

Apparently, Mori is modeled after a real life person, Katō Buntarō, and if the manga is true to self, then damn does this guy live a miserable life. I highly doubt that, though. It's ...
Apr 10, 2023
Buddy Daddies (Anime) add
Preliminary (3/12 eps)
I've yet to see how you can combine the two very contrasting violence and child-caretaking genres together. The Yakuza’s Guide to Babysitting and Buddy Daddies both try to attempt this, but to complete failure. Yakuza's Guide to Babysitting basically deals with the yakuza on such a surface level that it's barely a subtheme of the show. You can read my review on it, but it's essentially just a fluffy cute show almost unrelated to yakuza most of the time. Buddy Daddies on the other hand deals heavily between the theme of caretaking and the hitman business, but again, it fails miserably because the child isn't ...
Apr 8, 2023
Preliminary (3/12 eps)
Tensei Oujo to Tensai Reijou no Mahou Kakumei lacks any depth because of how discordant Anis is portrayed as a character compared to the actual theme and tone of the other characters.

To put it in simple terms, while this show is an isekai, so the main character should be "eccentric" and different compared to other characters in terms of personality and ambitions, it shouldn't be this drastic. Anis is a typical character straight out of a comedic isekai while the rest of the characters feel like they're in a historical drama. She's a typical Mary Sue (why not?) character and she's a genius in the ...
Apr 8, 2023
Handyman Saito fails miserably as a comedic slice-of-life show. The comedic setups fall too short and the scenes go by lightning-fast. Not surprising, considering that the source material is 4-Koma-like: each chapter is only a few pages. I might have laughed at one scene of the many attempts at the show trying to be funny. However, as much as I was disappointed with the comedy, the more serious parts of the story really carry the show.

I thought this show to be like Saito himself: jack of all trades, master of none. The show tries to be funny, be serious and has its hand dipped in ...
Apr 3, 2023
High Card (Anime) add
Preliminary (4/12 eps)
High Card's story is about a standard 52 deck set of cards containing magical powers. Once you gather all 7 Dragon Balls, you will have your wish--whoops, wrong show. Seriously, though, the story is just too generic for me to care about it.

There was a lot going for it. The animation and art style is quite nice. Some fights are just done off screen, but the fighting scenes that the show decides to animate aren't bad at all. The colors, cuts, and choreography are all definitely above average. This show was not lacking in budget. The protagonist is charming. He's got a super ...
Apr 3, 2023
Preliminary (3/12 eps)
"Shallow" doesn't even begin to describe how unbelievable cringe this show is. Anne states that "the thought of as someone's wife...I want to live my own life!" A solid two and a half minutes later, she basically falls in love at first sight. Hey, don't worry, we're just going to insert some insanely hot guy as a slave for an adolescent girl that's attracted to him. The premise around the fantasy setting around fairies and them being enslaved by humans is used only for an excuse for Anne to eventually own a hot guy elf slave for the romance.

I get that this show isn't ...
Apr 2, 2023
Revenger (Anime) add
Preliminary (5/12 eps)
Is it a sin for a show to do exactly what it advertised? If so, Revengers does deliver on it's title and synopsis and bears no sin.

However, to anyone that does not want to watch a pitifully shallow and generic show about revenging random people in an episode of the week format, I would go elsewhere. To preface, I actually don't mind edgy shows like these, but Revenger really lays it thick for how lacking in substance it actually is.

For a show about Revenge, I don't empathize with the victim. Isn't that the whole about why revenge is satisfying? I can't even empathize with the ...
Mar 30, 2023
Hikari no Ou (Anime) add
There need to be more shows like Hikaru no Ou. Too many shows are cookie-cutter trope-filled BS that appeal to the general public. Not enough shows try to do something new for once. where you don't have overly moe, cringe, ecchi, rom-com, etc tropes to satisfy the audience.
No, unlike these generic shows, Hikaru no Ou is atmospheric, and slow-paced, with an amazing art style and storyline. All on a low budget.

Hikaru no Ou is an atmospheric show that lets the audience take in the world with stride. While it may seem slow-paced, there's purpose and meaning to every action. When people walk through the forest, ...
Mar 27, 2023
Mononogatari (Anime) add
Preliminary (3/12 eps)
This show would have been better if it was just an edgy MC mindlessly killing tsukumogami to find revenge with some sort of perspective changes between characters or something. Instead, we have a very typical shounen show that doesn't try to do anything interesting.

How do I say this? The whole handing of the situation around Hyouma is just shallow and without any depth. There's not much empathizing the grandfather gives or takes on, and instead he kind of just throws the emotional baggage towards a "good guy group" of Tsukumogami in hopes of reforming him. I'd say Hyouma already has a pretty good head on ...

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