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May 7, 2018
Violet Evergarden is a slow and methodical journey following the eponymous character as she performs her job as an Auto Memoir Doll touching people's hearts and having her own heart revealed in the process. A slow show which on the large scale tries to deal with war and its aftermaths and on a small or personal scale deals with the pain of saying farewell, Violet Evergarden exceeds in delivering small but focused stories and engaging one with its world.
Personally, I wasn't on the hype train for this show nor was I really feeling it for the first couple of episodes. Well, after a four month read more
May 5, 2018
If you're a bit newer to anime and/or tend to exclusively watch whatever is airing in the present season you may think that in the past all anime that was made was good and there were no rush jobs made seemingly for the sole purpose of being made. Wrong! There's plenty of those and Himiko-den or The Legend of Himiko is one of them.

Seemingly based on a PS1 game Himiko-den has a moderately interesting premise, being an isekai of sorts in a fantasy setting based on feudal Japan featuring the battle between the good forces of Yamatai aided by the power of a holy flame read more
Jan 7, 2018
Japan has an affection and an affinity for making movies and TV shows about giant things battling each other. The kaiju genre of film is one of Japan's most well known exports with Godzilla being a recognisable icon no matter where in the world you are. And not just kaiju films, but also things like Gundam or Power Rangers feature giant robots that fight to protect a city (which they usually end up trashing).
The Rayearth OVA is that kind of anime. It's basically what would happen if you took Power Rangers made the rangers cute anime girls and added a whole bunch random fantasy elements read more
Jan 4, 2018
Nowadays we tend to see a lot of anime series not get a proper ending after a one or two cour run. This can be mostly chalked up to anime being really expensive to make and it just not being worth the time and money spent on a full adaptation versus a shorter series that serves more as an appetizer for the manga or light novel or what-have-you. There might also be the, albeit rarer, case of anime original series that start and are never given a proper ending for various reasons.
Early Reins takes the best of both of these worlds and is a 2003 read more
Jan 3, 2018
If there's two things Japan is known for these days in the minds of geeks everywhere, not just otaku, it's for creating an entire genre of video games know as JRPGs and for animated pornography. Of course, not all of their animation is pornography some just teeters on the edge always showing a bit too much female (or in exceptional cases male) skin, but never biting the bullet and going all the way. And who says JRPGs can't be almost pornographic too?
Princess Minerva is an anime based on, but is a prequel to, a video game about a group of extremely scantily clad women trying read more
Dec 26, 2017
What's the best thing after a stressful day at work? Unwinding with a bit of alcohol of course!
That's basically the gist of this little short called Osake wa Fuufu ni Natte kara. It's all about married couple Sora and Chisato enjoying their couple life by having Chi-chan get drunk.

It's a three minute short so you shouldn't expect much in the way of story, though the anime did surprise me by having, of all things, a two episode arc detailing the couple's first encounter. That was a nice touch the show decide to put at the end to give a bit more closure and also as read more
Dec 26, 2017
As you walk in to the beautiful wooden building, finally at the end of your journey. Your weary feet aching for a relaxing bath, and a slight hunger is tugging at the back of your conscience. You look ahead and notice a tiny figure walking towards you, the silhouette has two triangle shapes at the top and long flowing hair waving back and forth with her every step.
The girl is now right next to you, and you can see her clearly. It's one of the attendants of this inn, but also a fox complete with fangs, tail and tiny ears on top of her head read more
Dec 24, 2017
Blend S (Anime) add (All reviews)
Blend S in an interesting beast, at least to me, at first glance it looked like your run-of-the-mill “cute girls doing cute things” show and for the most part it truly is that. However, through some miracle it actually managed to dispel my original pessimism against it and actually in the end made me like it quite a bit. I'm going to try and rationalise for myself why this is in the following paragraphs.

Let's start off with the basics, you have a café that caters to certain, let's say, more otaku oriented fetishes. Our main girl Maika manages, mostly by chance, to get a job read more
Dec 23, 2017
There's many anime out there about being stuck in a video game, like Log Horizon, and there's also a few about playing video games, Quanzi Gaoshou comes to mind here, but none of them really explore what happens when you fall in love with an online personality, a character. Net-juu no Susume tells the story of Morioka Moriko and Sakurai Yuuta who fall in love with each other through the power of MMOs.

Going into the show the first thing you're going to notice is how bright and colourful and welcoming everything is. The visuals immediately should tip you off that this isn't going to be read more
Nov 30, 2017
A man with a burning desire for vengeance in his heart and a girl driven by a want to see her brother meet in a doomed town. Their fates are inextricably intertwined in this tale at the bottom of the universe. Here on The Endless Illusion where fighting never ends, will they be able to fulfill their dreams?

Gun x Sword is the weirdly named studio AIC A.S.T.A's attempt at creating a western-themed sci-fi show in the vein of shows like Cowboy Bebop. Just like Cowboy Bebop, this is an episodic show where our main team consisting of a mysterious cool-guy and his entourage wander around read more