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Sep 25, 2020
Preliminary
I'm not a particular fan of shoujo, but I still sometimes read them, and admittedly, some of them are pretty good. However, most of them are pretty bad.

For example, Tsubaki-chou Lonely Planet is a pretty popular one. Whatever, I'll give it a try. I mean, the problem with all these romance novels is that they give the same sort of vibes no matter which author you read about: girl main character gets swept up in a hot guy's pace somehow, thet somehow get into a special relationship in weird circumstances before it eventually sprouts into love. Am I missing something?

Tsubaki-chou Lonely Planet employs all the read more
Sep 24, 2020
Preliminary
I don't particularly think that a group of people journeying into a closed off island/civilization with strange happenings is exactly a unique idea, but Jigokuraku manages to mod such a generic synopsis into something special.

First of all, the mysticism surrounding the island gets revealed in not too short of a manner, yet not too long winded either. Plot progresses at a satisfactory pace, something that manga of this type tend to not be able to do. The introductory sequence into the island makes enough sense, as in: why do the people even journey to this death island? Overall, the beginning of this manga is very read more
Sep 15, 2020
Preliminary
I watched the anime, and liked it enough to read the manga as well.

It should only be natural that for a comedy type of story, the anime and manga would give off different vibes, and different, they are. They ARE, overall, pretty similar, but just the format of manga makes it slightly different, and in this case, for the better.

Honestly, Grand blue has some of cringe and ecchi moments sometimes, or just unfunny chapters. However, the pacing of the manga makes it so that you can skip it over more easily than the anime. The funny chapters of Grand Blue however, stay just as good read more
Apr 26, 2020
Preliminary
There really isn't a lot of anime focused on gambling. I'm a huge fan of the suspenseful gambling shows, and I wish that there were more adapted from the slightly larger pool of gambling manga.
But not all gambling shows are good. Shoubushi Densetsu Tetsuya is a pretty run of the mill gambling anime. It was made in 2000, but the animation feels like a decade older. That said, it's not like the art was that bad. It was alright, but didn't bring anything up to the table. Soundtrack was very 90's-esque, and was actually quite good. The show has great soundtracks for suspenseful moments read more
Apr 24, 2020
Preliminary
I just watched the anime, and liked it enough to read the manga. If you want my complete review, probably just read that one first. This will just be my review on the manga.
Honestly, I did read bits and pieces of the part that was already adapted, and I can easily tell that the anime was a little too fast paced compared to the manga, cutting out scenes that weren't important, but definitely messed with the "wholeness" of the story a little bit. However, other than that small tidbit, I'd say the anime did a pretty alright job at adapating.
Alright, onto the unadapted part. Honestly, read more
Apr 24, 2020
I'm quite the fan of death game genre's. Mock me as you will. "They're edgy, just wish fulfillment, and usually don't have depth." Well, whatever. I enjoy the genre regardless. And clearly, the survival game genre isn't exactly something that hasn't been done to death already in anime, manga, LN, etc. Ever since Mirai Nikki popularized it (or if you really wanna dig deep, battle royale), the death game genre has been around to stay. But amongst the gauntlet of the numerous amounts of death game titles out there, few have ever stood out. To me, of the numerous media I have consumed, only 6 read more
Apr 22, 2020
Preliminary
I'm going to get straight to the point: this show is trash. The pacing, atmosphere, and dialogue were so cacophonous that I thought it was just the most terrible adaptation if a maybe alright light novel. But no, it was a manga adaptation, and it didn't seem to stray off of it by much. I just can't believe such a show got past the storyboarding phase.
Sure, the fact that the show concentrates more on the "mysterious female lead" as the main character rather than the standard vanilla male MC that has no personality might be a "unique move." But how good was that move, read more
Apr 22, 2020
Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasu na! is about a school animation club making anime. Honestly, not the most creative or out of the world idea there, but the animation, sound, characters(kind of?), and story all make it a bit more interesting than the synopsis holds.
That being said, it's not exactly good. I mean, you saw my score. A 6. A humble score. The beginning is executed fine, I guess. A lot of anime about some generic school club really have a cliche'd setup on how the main cast of characters meet up and decide to join a club. Eizouken does a simple, but more read more
Apr 20, 2020
Preliminary
Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun is unfortunately, a show with little to no substance when you get further and further into the story.

When I watched the first episode of Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun, I was looking forward to watching it. First of all, the animation looks great. I'm no expert on art, but the solid colors look great as well as the thick shadows and lines. You could also tell that the show took a lot of their panelling from the manga, as indicated by the white bordering. I'm also sure that the chibi figures and expressions were all taken from the manga, but they weren't just soulless read more
Apr 17, 2020
Id:Invaded is just your typical crappy "sci-fi" mystery cop show. In the end, the only "sci-fi" aspect of the show is the Mizuhanome. What's with that? What was the point of making a show "sci-fi" if the only thing that is scientifically advanced is the Mizuhanome system? Why not just make it a supernatural power at that point? I mean, I know why. It's easier to manage as a new "sci-fi" gadget with intricacies unknown to all so that there is no "supernatural" power assigned to a few select cast members, as making a plot with that would require a few more brain cells.

The read more