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Feb 11, 2022
Akkun to Kanojo is quite an uncomfortable show and not in the way you'd want a comedy to be. This short-length series is intended to be a silly comedy with a simple, high-concept premise (like, for instance, Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu's "what if a straight guy liked yaoi xD"). However, I’d argue that Akkun to Kanojo’s absolutely goofy premise ("what if a guy treated his girlfriend like shit but actually loves her LOL!") misfires this time. This premise makes what would otherwise be a bland comedy much worse, though it is certainly also brought down by its other creepy and problematic characters.

Essentially, Akkun to Kanojo centres ...
Feb 11, 2022
Mixed Feelings
Kurogane Communication is definitely a show that had an interesting premise, though it wasn’t able to skillfully follow up on it.

It follows Haruka—the last surviving human in the aftermath of a vague, catastrophic war—as she lives her days with her 5 robotic friends. The series can be divided into two narrative halves: the first, more episodic half which focuses either on a specific character or a certain dilemma per episode; and the second which focuses on a longer narrative arc. Though initially interesting in the beginning, the series never becomes very captivating or does much to hold one's interest. The main reasons for this are ...
Feb 10, 2022
Sekirei (Manga) add
*some spoilers*

Knowing that a story will revolve around a battle royale, I bet we’d at least expect something thrilling, entertaining, and action-packed, full of exhilarating clashes. We may even expect a bit of poignancy, as after all, by structure, not all fighters are meant to make it to the end. Sekirei is very much a battle royale manga that anticipates these expectations, but utterly fails to fulfill any of them. Instead, all that its delivers is cloying light-heartedness, muddled storytelling, and constant cop-outs making for a bland series with surprisingly low entertainment value.

We start the story when down on his luck loser (and typical harem ...
Jan 6, 2017
Blazer Drive (Manga) add
It’s always nice too see how artists grow and improve through their multiple series. Be it with better writing, characters, storylines or different turns in genre, that feeling of progression is a delight that goes beyond just the work at hand. However, the opposite is possible and regression can often be disappointing, which speaks true of Seishi Kishimoto’s Blazer Drive. Coming off from the flawed yet somewhat fun 666 Satan, you’d expect one to learn and build on their shortcomings. Sadly, this does not happen with Blazer Drive, a shallow series that forsakes exploration for flashy battles, development for cool poses and evokes the well-worn ...
Nov 7, 2016
If some authors carefully prepare and refine their stories before submission then Kazuma Kamachi must vomit his out in abundance and serve them as is. At least that is the impression I was given by Kantan na Enquete desu, a collection of short stories that Kamachi treats as his dumping ground for half-baked thoughts. Sure, a collection is bound to have its hit and misses but Enquete only seems capable of delivering disaster after disaster. The problem is that Kamachi isn’t actually interested in telling a story but rather relating a concept that he thought was novel or amusing. Though not an inherent failing either, ...
Nov 6, 2016
Mixed Feelings
Ningen Deshita is about a boy who gets his soul temporarily transplanted into a hamster. He is then cared for by some random girl he barely knows until he gets put back into his original body. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. This being a romance, it shouldn’t be hard to guess the story’s direction. Yet while very contrived, the story and characters end up rather innocuous when compared to the surrounding aspects of the manga which the author seemed to completely neglect.

In Ningen Deshita, there is a huge lack of reasoning for anything that happens. We don’t actually find out why exactly the boy, Kazusa, needs a soul transplant/substitute ...
Sep 11, 2015
Mixed Feelings
*This review is more geared towards those already acquainted with the story of Kingdom Hearts*

Sometimes, an adaptation can stick closely to the source material and still end up pretty mediocre. The Kingdom Hearts novels unfortunately is one of those adaptations as their author, Tomoco Kanemaki, doesn't seem to be very good at her craft. As she weaves the tale together with flat writing and uninspired wording, she essentially creates one long Wikipedia synopsis. As a result, she turns Sora’s tale into a dull affair and the spirit of the series is lost in the monotony. It became clearer to me when I discovered that Kanemaki ...
Aug 2, 2014
Mixed Feelings
Upon the understanding that a film, book or television show will feature assassins as its fundamental aspect, it’s likely that the immediate set of expectations we receive from this falls along the imagery of thrill, excitement and aesthetics. Akuma no Riddle is very much a show that exhibits these types of expectations. It sets the stage for a high-school battle royale well enough by introducing 12 female assassins, each with their own desires, and one target, a girl striving to survive the oncoming ordeal. The assassins and target must all participate in Myoujou Academy’s elusive Black Class, where they’ll assume the guise of high-school students, ...
Jul 29, 2014
I’m sure that many of us, during our formative years, imagined ourselves to be protectors of justice, heroes with superpowers or just simply do-gooders. We may have even had ambitions to become such heroes with the simple goal of helping people. Mitama Kamishiro is no different. As a child she aspired to be a "crime avenger" (as she calls it) and spent her days protecting her seemingly only friend, Hana from whatever dangers came forth. Back in reality, as we grew older we most likely lost sight of these goals as we grew more accustomed with reality and understanding the world. Mitama Kamishiro has yet ...

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