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Mar 16, 2018
Preliminary (21/? chp)
I'll try to update this review periodically as more chapters are available, but it should give a fair indication if this manga is for you or not. There may be some spoilers of the first 5 or so chapters so that I can give you an informed opinion, but nothing too major.

To preface this review, I'm a sucker for the horror genre as a whole. The terror, the hopelessness, the gore and nudity, and how ridiculously over the top the genre can be sometimes. This manga falls solidly in "the over the top" camp.

We have intelligent killer apes that seem more like monsters than ...
Feb 7, 2018
Nandarou (Anime) add
Mixed Feelings
This was the other TV short by Ghibli, along with Sora Iro no Tane, to be aired in November of 1992.

The art is more in line with what I expect from Ghibli than it was in Sora Iro no Tane, complete with an eccentric and immediately lovable mascot creature.

Even though there wasn't a background song to accompany Nandarou, it's sound effects make up for that thanks to signature Ghibli charm.

I recommend this for Ghibli aficionados. It's impressive that they can instill charm into something less than a minute long.

Say what you will about Ghibli and Miyazaki, but they know how to catch ...
Feb 6, 2018
Jumping (Anime) add
Wow! Who knew looking through anime from the 80s would let me find such a breath of fresh air?

This short anime, directed by the acclaimed Tezuka Osamu, is about a child that starts walking down the street and has to jump to avoid an accident. After that, he decides to keep jumping and goes higher and further each time.

The awesome thing about this (at least for me) is that it is all in first person perspective the entire time. Perhaps there were other anime shorts that used first person before Osamu thought of the idea, but this is the first one that I know of, ...
Jan 3, 2018
Keifuku-san (Anime) add
Mixed Feelings
Here comes a short review for a short ONA!

Keifuku-san is about a girl and her manta ray creature in a strange seemingly abandoned (by humans) world. I think they are getting parts to piece together a world or something? There's not much to say about the story, as it is pretty vague.

The animation is primarily CG and it's decent. Nothing impressive to behold, but you won't find yourself cringing at anything either. The color palette is pleasing to the eyes at least.

My favorite part of it was the sound direction. It had simple, yet fitting, BGM, but the best part were the sound effect/voices. ...
Aug 19, 2015
Angel Beats! (Anime) add
Mixed Feelings
Key, as a studio, often finds itself in a situation similar to that of KyoAni. Many people refuse to believe anything good can come from these studios, and they decide that watching the anime from them aren't worth their time. While KyoAni gets a lot of flak for its art style, Key usually takes fire because of its melodramatic plotlines and character arcs. In this reviewers humble opinion, I do not think a show can fail for melodrama alone... when it's done right. Unfortunately, Angel Beats misses a few marks.

Let us start off with the high point, and probably what will draw the viewer to ...
Aug 16, 2015
A Kite (Anime) add
Mixed Feelings
I remember first seeing this when I was 12. My mom let me rent it from blockbuster without checking the rating, and I watched it that weekend. At the time I didn't understand much of it, so I never put it on my completed list. I did like it a lot (probably because it was gory and had fight scenes) back then though. So how do I feel about it 9 years later?

First off, the story isn't anything new. Even for its time, the concept of an assassin group raising teenagers/kids into killers was far from novel. I do feel that this OVA was a ...
Aug 9, 2015
Mixed Feelings
When constructing a building, a strong base is important. Once a solid base is in place, you can then proceed to add the scaffolding, walls, roof, furniture, etc. However, if the base is weak, the structure will crumble.

I'm sure you've heard this analogy before, so you figure I must be talking about how the core of the anime, the story concept/idea, couldn't support everything the show did right. That is not the point I'm trying to make here. In all actuality, the idea behind this show is quite interesting. The problem was that the creators made a very solid base, and added it in ...
Jul 23, 2015
When I heard of this anime I thought the concept sounded ridiculous. A highschool boy becomes the manager of a magical theme park in an attempt to save its workers from doom. To be honest, it is ridiculous. There's no way around that. Luckily, this anime is so fun and entertaining that it's easy to forget how stupid it should be.

The characters help this aspect a lot. All of the main characters get ample development, and a lot of the side characters as well. This helps pull the anime through some of its sillier scenes, and lends weight to what should be cheesy dramatic moments ...
Jul 9, 2015
This was the best oneshot I have read in awhile. It is always interesting when an author tries to convey the emotions of something that is unknowable, because that is when an author must push their imagination the furthest. How would the gods, undying and eternal, feel about this world?

I'm glad that Kataoka Jinsei, the author of Deadman Wonderland, shared her opinion on the matter with us. The story itself has a strong core. A god who is tired of living, and his feelings toward Earth. The concept is both strong and uniquely compelling, allowing us to emphasize with a power far greater than ...
Jul 9, 2015
13 Club (Manga) add
From the time we're born, humans are fascinated by mysteries. As babies everything is a mystery to us, and we become curious. Because of that, as our brains develop we seek to find the answers to the mysteries we could not understand as babies. As we mature and grow older, we are each faced with a mystery that we want to solve no matter what. Can I be a good parent? Why am I alive? Is there any other life in the universe? Some of these mysteries we can find answers to, others we cannot. But every human is constantly trying to solve some sort ...

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