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Apr 3, 2022
There’s no way to substantially criticize Attack on Titan without spoiling at least some of the plot, so here’s your warning.

When the first season aired, I couldn’t understand why my peers loved it so much. I tried watching it, I did, but it bored me out of my 14-year-old mind. Years later, I gave it another shot and ended up enjoying it, but still missing the overwhelming praise. It wasn’t until season four that I began to see the appeal of Attack on Titan, then watch it all wash away as it went on.

Time travel, brainwashing, character motivations, magic system, and the ever-changing sequence read more
Mar 27, 2022
I am a gay man who loves GOOD boys love anime. Sasaki and Miyano is pretty fantastic.

I don’t like being represented by the most grotesque stereotypes possible, i.e., rape-to-romance (Love Stage!), pedophilia (Super Lovers), possessiveness (My Very Own Hero), and endless ambiguity (Gakuen Heaven). Watching these anime elicits the same repulsion in me as being called a faggot on the street by a drunk. This is not one of those anime. The show follows the eponymous high school students Miyano, a fudanshi (a male fan of boys love manga), and Sasaki, his slightly older delinquent classmate. They meet when Sasaki breaks up a fight read more
Mar 26, 2022
I want to tell you a story. A story about an extraordinary boy who loved to paint dolls: all his classmates ridiculed him, but he kept painting anyway. Why? Because it’s what made him happy. His grandfather taught him all about the art of doll painting—but he advised him to seek out more in the world. In high school, he met a beautiful girl, equally passionate about a similar art form, and she would change him for the better. My Dress-Up Darling is an ecchi rom-com, heavy on sentimental romance sure to warm even the coldest hearts. It tells the story of a socially awkward read more
Mar 24, 2022
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 read more
Jan 8, 2022
I consider myself a very patient person. It takes a lot to get under my skin. Even when I watch bad anime, I still enjoy riffing on the flaws.

Josee, the Tiger and the Fish managed to irritate me. Trying to finish it was like waiting at the end of a school day, watching the clock tick tick tick… I constantly paused to take in the frustrating decisions the characters made, then brace myself for more melodrama. The protagonist, Tsuneo, is a lot like me. Maybe that's why I had such a strong reaction to it. We're both 22-year-old guys planning to study abroad, working a read more
Dec 22, 2021
Komi Can’t Communicate is a comedy about a 15-year-old girl with extreme social anxiety who attempts to make friends. It fluctuates between “Mildly entertaining” and “One of the most unfunny comedy anime I’ve seen in my entire life.”

Komi begins the show with the goal to “Make 100 friends.” That premise becomes irrelevant when you realize everyone is magically drawn to her. For some reason, everyone in this high school finds her irresistibly attractive. She quickly becomes a passive protagonist shortly after meeting her second friend. Her goal no longer motivates the plot. Instead of making 100 friends, she should’ve filed 100 restraining orders because these read more
Dec 19, 2021
*RebelPanda sits down to write a review of Mushoku Tensei with the help of his friend Al for a second time*

Al: Mushoku Tensei’s second season exceeded all of my expectations built up by the first. It is a thrilling fantasy journey spanning a brilliantly designed world sprawling with intricately written characters—each of them overflows with nuanced personality and varied cultural backgrounds. Rudeus developed exponentially since the first season. His companion Eris underwent a heartfelt character arc. My favorite, Roxy, returned for a much-needed episode dedicated to her compelling backstory. The spectacular art, animation, and sound continue to make it the most impressive TV anime productions. read more
Dec 11, 2021
The anime industry's default approach to beloved manga adaptations is to drain them dry of personality, rip their hearts out, and factory-produce them for a market that rewards quantity over quality. Blue Period comes out of the machine an uneven but worthwhile experience regardless of all this.

Yatora Yaguchi is a condescending high school student who prides himself on hard work, rather than relying on natural talent. At the very beginning, he sees a Picasso painting and says to himself smugly, “I could paint that.” If you’ve never picked up a paintbrush, that’s an understandable conclusion to reach. After all, people who are good at art read more
Oct 24, 2021
A promising pirate tale made laughable by contrived storytelling and convoluted fantasy elements.

Fena: Pirate Princess is a somewhat misleading title. Fena is a princess, but not a pirate. There’s more emphasis on romance and drama than swashbuckling sword fights or buried treasure. Imagine if Princess Peach went on a globetrotting adventure—a damsel to constantly get kidnapped by one-dimensional villains and a MacGuffin to steer the plot. Except, Fena lacks the charm of your imagination. Her ditzy and energetic personality loses charm quickly; Especially because she’s intentionally annoying. A running gag is that she talks too much, which never becomes funny. The swaths of men who read more
Sep 30, 2021
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 read more