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Jul 25, 2023
Is it better to have loved and lost than never have loved at all?

I wish I could spend this whole review showering WIT Studio with praise for the gorgeous animation, outstanding sword fight choreography, consistently on-model character designs, and grand orchestral music, as many already have and will continue to. But unfortunately, while these features certainly made Ranking of Kings a spectacle and never boring to watch, the presentation isn't enough to make up for the disappointing writing.

(Spoilers in a marked section of the review.)

Underdog stories have always appealed to me, which drew me into Ranking of Kings premiere. The plot follows Boji, a young ...
Jul 18, 2023
Preliminary (3/13 eps)
“Am I supposed to be holding her hand?”

The Girl I Like Forgot Her Glasses delves into a rather unsettling narrative, catering to a peculiar desire among certain individuals who yearn for a disturbingly infantile partner. Kaede Komura, the protagonist, becomes infatuated with his classmate Ai Mie, who suffers from poor eyesight and frequently forgets her glasses.

“I can’t not wash my hands… But maybe I can swab the sebum off my hands and preserve it.”

Kaede's fixation on Mie intensifies due to her apparent vulnerability and dependence caused by her visual impairment. Rather than being deterred by her squinting eyes and lack of common sense, Kaede's ...
Jul 15, 2023
Bloom Into You is not a romance. Rather, it is a love story about self-realization.

The series follows the titular late bloomer, Yuu Koito, a girl who has never felt love before. Since she was young, she dreamed of falling in love, romanticizing the day when it would happen. Expecting to be swept off her feet, eventually. But that day has never come. Even when someone confesses to her, she feels nothing. This has kept her from fully connecting to her friends and peers. They are far more understanding of what they want romantically. She was alone until she met Tokou Nanami. A girl who had ...
Jul 15, 2023
Yuri is My Job is a charmingly self-aware romance with a pretty clever twist. It gleefully makes fun of tropes, cliches, and stereotypes associated with the girls' love genre—then subverts each one. The satire seems to have flown over the vast majority of viewers' heads, unfortunately. Upon first impressions, it appears to be a one-note comedy, so I initially dropped it, but humor is not its main strength.

I.e., fine comedy, great drama.

People seem to have missed the point that the Café Liebe, where most of the anime takes place, imitates the traditional girls' love genre known as "Class S" (Maria-sama ga Miteru, Oniisama e…). ...
Jul 2, 2023
Mushoku Tensei Ⅱ: Episode 0 detours from the main storyline to provide a flashback episode centered around Sylphy. It recaps her experiences during the second part of season 1. While it delves into Sylphy’s struggles in high society, political intrigue, and her relationship with Princess Ariel, the episode drags on.

It starts with Sylphy’s arrival at the Royal Palace of Asura, where she becomes Princess Ariel’s servant. Princess Ariel offers to help Sylphy find her family on the condition that she remains by her side. She is dressed in servant attire, donning sunglasses and a black robe resembling a character from The Matrix. Additionally, Sylphy’s hair ...
Jul 1, 2023
Review originally written in 2017.

Himouto! Umaru-chan is an anime that explores the amusing yet relatable concept of leading two contrasting lives. Initially, I found it easy to connect with Umaru, the main character. But, my enthusiasm shrunk exponentially as I realized her character development would remain stagnant throughout the entire anime.

The anime tries, and fails, to explore the idea that all people have different sides to our personalities. Unfortunately, this theme takes a backseat to “comedy.” If you find watching a girl repeatedly teasing her kind-hearted brother entertaining, you might enjoy Umaru's antics. If this premise doesn't sound very funny to you, chances are you'll ...
Jul 1, 2023
Jigokuraku (Anime) add
Mixed Feelings
Hell's Paradise, despite its promise of thrilling fights and a captivating world, stumbles out of the gate with a heavy reliance on forced exposition. The stage is set for a treacherous journey with an explanation of the processes of beheading from our main character, Gabimaru. Meanwhile, an executioner struggles to decapitate him with a sword—a seemingly invincible boy who just wants to die. He explains his history, motivations, and flaws to a stranger who randomly interviews him in prison. Almost all the information we learn about the protagonist is delivered lazily through forced exposition. Whether narration in non-diegetic form, flashbacks, or characters uttering their backstory, ...
Jun 28, 2023
Sonny Boy (Anime) add
Sonny Boy is an experience. A philosophical, poignant, and inventive experience.

It would be pretentious to say, "this anime isn't for everyone." Sonny Boy is accessible to everyone, but it demands patience and an open mind. If you're willing to solve this puzzle of an anime, the payoff is worth it. Rewatching it, you will notice clever foreshadowing, irony, and metaphors within the complex story and mesmerizing visuals.

Sonny Boy is about an entire class that suddenly shifts into the void—comparable to a sci-fi take on Lord of the Flies. Out of the thirty-six stranded students, a couple dozen of them gain mysterious supernatural abilities. The students ...
Jun 28, 2023
"Oshi no Ko" (Anime) add
Lies. Who among us hasn't told a lie or two? Whether it's telling a white lie or presenting a false version of ourselves. Celebrities, actors, musicians, and artists must constantly maintain a public image, which may require telling a lie or two. As a famous idol, Ai Hoshino's life revolves around lying. "The lie becomes the truth" are words she lives by. She lies to her friends and fans, but no one can see through the facade beneath her starry eyes.

Oshi no Ko's most provocative scene tragically occurs in its feature-length premiere. The tearjerker ending propelled the series into popularity, leading to disappointment when the ...
Jun 26, 2023
From GeekToys, the studio behind Plunderer and Hensuki, comes some more bizarre and fucked up shit.

Dead Mount Death Play’s plot is overstuffed to the point of bursting. The ensemble cast and multiple interconnected plotlines is reminiscent of Durarara or Baccano, if they were written by someone on stimulants. There are like four plotlines occurring at once and only one is remotely enjoyable—the main characters just chilling in their apartment, running an amateur fortune telling business. Its plot is rapidly paced, wildly unpredictable, infrequently funny, and borderline incoherent, resulting in genre-bending trash. The premiere will give you the impression that the whole series won’t take ...

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