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Dec 10, 2022
While advancing at a breakneck speed for most of the runtime, this series is a lovely romance story that does the isekai formula better than any other with a female lead I've seen. Primarily because Aileen herself is a fantastic main character – smart, driven, charismatic and not overpowered in a way that would take away from any of her achievements. To save herself from a bad ending she has to use her wit and willpower above anything else, with memories from her past live serving as clues rather than ready-made solutions. This keeps the plot (which can get intense despite the overall lighthearted & ...
Oct 3, 2022
I wasn't super into Toaru specials when in their early iterations, as they were a bit too reliant on references to other shows, some of which I'm barely familiar with catching up on the series years after its initial release... Then they switched to specific seasons spoofing the hell out of themselves and the voice cast mercilessly parodying their own character. This special also focuses on self-parody, taking Accelerator's "villain" persona to some absolutely hilarious places. It's arguably the most fun thing about the whole Accelerator spin-off, besides some Last Order and Misaka clone scenes, and I didn't exactly hate the whole show, just found ...
Aug 18, 2022
A lot have been said about King's Game since its release and as you can imagine from my 1/10 rating, I won't be arguing against the general consensus. However, I still wanted to express my utter disgust with not the edgy nonsense that constitutes the main content of the show, the utterly dogs**** writing and structure of it all.

The cringy attempts at exploitation horror story are at least something that will appeal to some and give laughing material to others, even with the crappy gore and dozens of dumb characters you can't possibly care about. However, most aspects of the story, if you pay ...
Aug 15, 2022
Putting the obvious foot fetish on either the mangaka's or anime staffs' side, Akebi's Sailor Uniform is an unusual-feeling take on slice-of-life. The formula itself is extremely simple, just daily live of some middle schoolers in an all-girl school... But if I had to somehow describe the feel and aesthetic of it all, it would be "yuri without romance". Instead of your typical moe blob, you have a group of genuine-feeling young girls portrayed with an insanely-refined artstyle, including utterly beautiful vistas and obscenely-detailed stills of characters that are used for crucial scenes. It's this kind of highly-feminine, but not vulgar aestheticisation that immediately ...
Aug 15, 2022
A somewhat flawed introduction to a great slice-of-life series.

Aria is a pretty unique anime, as it creates a rather high-concept sci-fi setting and uses it for pure slice-of-life, nostalgia-driven storytelling. The episodic, usually low-stakes stories are tailor-made for you to relax to, taking in the beautiful vistas of terraformed Mars and observing the amusing interaction between the Neo-Venezia's gondoliers-in-training. Obviously its all accompanied by equally pleasant and fairly memorable music - the show really knows what it's going for and adjusts every aspect to strengthen those chill vibes.

Why I started with "flawed" then? While the later seasons of Aria really polished the formula into a ...
Aug 11, 2022
Kaguya-sama might not be the best anime ever, despite it's near-perfect rankings, but by the third season it definitely is peak romcom and I can hardly imagine a show doing this formula much better.

I mean, I can't say I even like romcom manga and anime, both harem and not. They are usually extremely meandering, overstretched affairs that never get to the point because that would resolve the plot and kill the cash cow. For proper enjoyment, they need to be either fairly short and the-the-point (which is very rare in this format) or so well-written and funny that you don't mind the painfully slow progression ...
Aug 7, 2022
Mixed Feelings
While I'll try to not go over the top, I still have to wholeheartedly agree with people disgusted with parts of this OVA. The fanservice scenes it opens with, basically 90% of its first half, are completely detached from the tone of the show and honestly quite distasteful even by the average fanservice episode standards. Particularly because you don't get just fanservice happening in some typical setting like a beach of a swimming pool, but the male part of the Student Council imagining it while browsing magazines, which just goes directly against their characters. If this was some very brief skit that immediately let to ...
Aug 6, 2022
Ah, "Adachi's Gay Panic the Anime", falsely titled as "Adachi and Shimamura"... It's a lot better than I expected.

To be fair, I completely understand why a lot of people are not too hot about this brand of cliched, slow burn romance, but I think Adachi and Shimamura has a lot more redeeming qualities than people are willing to acknowledge. I find the way the actual romance is portrayed, with Adachi being unreasonably infatuated and awkward, and Shimamura kind of just going along with it without much thought is not that unrealistic or over the top. Adachi's relative isolation and lack of social skills, along ...
Aug 3, 2022
Mixed Feelings
I love shorts, I love the concept itself – interactions between people on a railway crossing is a very fine setting for such comedic slice-of-life pieces. More than that, Crossing Time opens with pretty much the perfect execution of the idea – witty and well-timed romcom skit between two girls. Whether you like yuri or not, it's just cute, wholesome and decently funny.

Sadly, the rest of the series is extremely hit-and-miss. There are some really nice skits, like the text-message bickering between two siblings, and extremely bad ones, like a guy just creeping on a girl he considers sexy, with no punchline to it. If ...
Aug 1, 2022
Wow... Just wow...

This extremely ugly and obnoxiously merchandised (it promotes a similarly crappy mobile game, reminding you about it in every episode) slapstick comedy had, in my experience, one fairly funny joke (the one with 30% discount) and one somewhat passable one. The rest is complete gibberish with no redeeming qualities.

There's also absolutely no value in watching as a kind of "so bad it's good" piece of anime. It actively tries to be parody, but the awful writing, horrible art and mediocre delivery of the jokes make it utterly worthless, leaving nothing to laugh at even ironically. Did I already mentioned obnoxious advertisement? It's a ...