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Dec 29, 2018
Mixed Feelings
— shamelessly so. Practically every other episode begins with a sexual fantasy, there are detailed panty-shots galore, and plenty of bare breasts. If you like fanservice, then’re probably better off somewhere else. The anime also tries to have a bonafide story, and at only six minutes an episode, you can see where the problem lies. Given how much of the runtime comprises of Saji being a lecher and dumb jokes, attempts to be serious are laughable and jarring.

The anime focuses on Koizumi, Rei Ayame’s slightly more emotive, dimensionally displaced twin sister. Her only notable traits are that she’s diminutive in size, mysterious, and ...
Dec 24, 2018
I had a lot of fun watching this show, from start to finish.

I admit that I’m a bit biased, because I love G Gundam on concept alone, so the only way I’d hate it is if the execution was completely botched. Before watching the show, I knew of the Gundam featured in the show and I was absolutely enthralled by the outlandish designs. There’s a windmill Gundam, a mermaid Gundam, a Sailor Moon-esque Gundam, and even a Gundam made out of a Gundam face. I actually owned a Gunpla of the Sailor Moon-esque Gunda, the Nobel Gundam, well before I started watching the ...
Dec 16, 2018
Even if Tokyo Marble Chocolate isn’t outstanding by any measure, it was a cute little anime, regardless.

Tokyo Marble Chocolate tells the story of a young couple consisting fo Yuudai and Chizuru. Both have been quite unlucky in the past when it comes to relationships. Yuudai’s negative trait is specifically being cowardly and mousy, while Chizuru is afflicted with rotten luck. Their date is suddenly halted when Yuudai gives Chizuru a present. To both of their shock, it’s a mischievous (and adorable) miniature donkey. The events surrounding this donkey brings the two lovers closer than before. Both episodes both portray the same two days, just with ...
Dec 14, 2018
Bentou no Gokui (literally Bento Battle) is an unaired episode of Toradora. It’s mostly a fluff episode; Kitamura brings an extravagant bento box made by his grandmother. Seeing this ludicrously lavish lunch makes Ryuuji feel inferior, so he retaliates by trying to best Kitamura’s grandmother’s cooking.

I watched Toradora on via its Blu-Ray, so I naturally watched Bentou no Gokui after I had finished the series proper.

And let me tell you, don’t skip out on Bentou no Gokui despite it being an OVA with little-to-no bearing on the plot. It's good stuff. It’s actually better than the series as a whole.

Okay, okay, hear me out before ...
Dec 14, 2018
Toradora! (Anime) add
Toradora! is one of those anime where you should refrain from casting judgement until you’ve seen it through until the end. As a case in point, even midway through, I wasn’t sure what all the hubbub about the show was about. Now, however I fully understand why the show has captured the hearts of so many.

As I touched upon before, Toradora! is a very well-received anime. From what I’ve seen, it’s regarded as one of the best romance anime. It is the favorite anime of many. This in and of itself could serve as a draw to the series. If you want to be in ...
Nov 27, 2018
Outlanders (Anime) add
Mixed Feelings
For someone who’s read the source material, it’s hard to look at an adaptation objectively — even if you’re not trying to, you’ll always think about how it differs and measures up the source material.

And let me tell you, this ain’t it chief.

I’ll only compare the OVA to the manga briefly, because as futile as it is, I don’t like reviewing works themselves, without considering their relation to other creations. For one, it doesn’t really capture the tone of the manga. The comedy that was sparse in the manga is cranked up to eleven. It’s funny, yes, but not very accurate. Compressing a 33-chapter manga ...
Nov 27, 2018
Outlanders (Manga) add
Outlanders is a mid 80s manga series by Johji Manabe that was originally brought to the states via Dark Horse Comics. At thirty-three chapters — even with the chapters being forty pages on average — it won’t take you long to read. But brevity alone isn’t enough to recommend a work. Fortunately, Outlanders is has proven to be quite a good read.

Outlanders tells the story of Tetsuya Wakatsuki, a news photographer who finds himself in the middle of an alien invasion when the war-mongering Santovaski Empire touches down in Tokyo. Soon, he meets the Kahm, the princess of this empire, and the two grow closer ...
Nov 19, 2018
Fuuka (Manga) add
Mixed Feelings
(This review contains major spoilers for chapter 36 of Fuuka)

Fuuka was... certainly something, I suppose.

Though, I suppose did it to myself.

For any fan, there will undoubtedly be an anime/manga that will leave a mark on them; leave them with a lasting impression that they won’t quite be able to shake. Neon Genesis Evangelion, Ranma ½, Cowboy Bebop, and Akira are just a few such anime for me, if you were wondering. That isn’t to say the impression is always a pleasant one. Fuuka is also an anime I just can’t shake, no matter how much I want to. It’s one of the few anime I’ve ...
Oct 24, 2018
So...I’m reviewing this a lot sooner than I expected.

As some of you may know, Attack on Titan Season 3 was originally billed as a two-cour season, similar to the first season which premiered way back in 2013. However, following episode twelve, it was revealed that the season would be split cour, with the second half set to air in Spring of 2019.

This review should have come sooner, but I’m having trouble typing since I’m suffering nasty from Titan-Slaying withdrawal.

Attack on Titan is going to be a hard show for me to review, because I love it so much to the point where I’m ...
Sep 30, 2018
Mixed Feelings
Anyone who even has a passing knowledge of Gundam can tell you that it is a big series. While it can seem daunting, people who want to get into it can take solace in the fact that given the number of entries, there’s a show for everyone. If you’re like me and enjoy dark and gritty stories, you can watch Zeta Gundam, Victory Gundam, or Iron-Blooded Orphans. If you want something more lighthearted, you may be inclined to watch something such as ZZ or Build Fighters.

Gundam Build Divers is definitely more on the lighthearted spectrum. As someone who’s favorite Gundam shows are the three aforementioned ...