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Sep 20, 2022
Mixed Feelings
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TLDR: Guilty Pleasure for Men of Culture with fun 80s Metal references makes for prime Drinking Game experience. If you're not into this type of anime, you might not enjoy it.

This is another Netflix reboot of an older, popular anime with new graphics that manages to buck the trend by being (OMG Gasp) GOOD instead of disappointing like some others I won't mention. A large part of this is because it is 100% completely on brand with the original and in the spirit of the manga from way back in the late 1980s when things weren't as politically correct as they are today. The anime ...
Sep 13, 2022
I am a super-fan of the gourmet genre and try to watch all gourmet anime. It's a mixed bag. There are some older ones that really teach you about food, like Oishinbo, some that teach you how to cook and others are slice of life with some degree of cooking thrown in. The 3rd category describes this donghua. Honestly this anime is a solid 7/10 until the last episode which is an amazing 20/10 it elevates the entire season.

The premise: a talented chef accidentally poisons herself. She is sent back in time to ancient China, waking up in the body of a woman who has ...
Sep 2, 2022
Went into this expecting an anime type treatment of Idol anime mash-up with Phantom of the Opera and was pleasantly surprised to find there was something new and different in this story with a lot of heart.

Animation - Sub Par - 5/10

Let's get the bad news out of the way first. The CGI 2D/3D animation is a little wonky and not great. The high water mark of 2D rotoscope or motion capture would be Yuri on Ice, and possibly Dance Dance Danseur. This anime is maybe 30% of that. It's visible and obviously not the best. The only good thing I can say is they ...
Jul 13, 2022
This is a solid follow up to Season 1, continuing the adventures of the Exorcists.

Story - 8/10

The story is a smidgen better than season 1 with plenty of mystery, betrayal and politics elevating the stakes.

Character - 7/10

Season 2's story suffered because they did spend a lot of time on character development, which I actually don't mind. We get detailed backgrounds of the other members of the exorcism squad, with a lot of backstory for the Wolf guy! The only thing that could have made this better is more paint brush guy.

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Jun 26, 2022
As a fan of horses, and horse racing, I was extremely happy to see they finally made a real horse racing anime that wasn't Uma Musume pretty derby. This anime has decent visuals and a Sawano OST, but unfortunately due to one scene in Episode 1 with semi BL vibes a ton of homophobes ended up dropping the series, not realizing that (1) most sport anime are "fruity", consider the Top Gun volleyball scene and (2) this is definitely NOT a BL anime.

Story - 7/10, Character - 8/10

Our main character, Yuu, decides to drop out of his idol group to become a Jockey! A semi ...
Jun 24, 2022
It's really hard for an anime to stand out in the stellar field of Spring 2022 Anime that had a great mix of heavy hitters with under the radar fresh hits that went viral, but Love After World Domination (you realize this abbreviates to LaWd!) manages to do it because if its interesting premise combined with a top tier waifu!

Fudou Aikawa, portrayed as Red Gelato, the main tank in Gelato 5, clearly a parody of the power rangers falls in love with Desumi Magahara, the "Reaper Princess", a combatant leader of "Gekko," an evil secret society bent on world domination. Their organizations are at war, ...
Jun 20, 2022
Paripi Koumei (Anime) add
Dedicated to the Beautiful Dreamer inside everyone.

This anime came out of nowhere, I wasn't going to watch another generic isekai but then the OP went viral so I thought I'd try an episode, got HOOKED by the awesome OP and this ended up being my 2nd favorite anime of Spring 2022.

Story and Character - 10/10

Zhuge Liang, premier general from Romance of the Three Kingdoms, is reverse isekai'd into modern day Japan during Halloween. It's hilarious how they drag him around getting him drunk, and he is later picked up by Eiko in an act of kindness that he repays ten thousand fold by announcing he ...
Jun 18, 2022
This is my #2 anime of the season for Spring 2022, it's unlikely another anime will come along that will grab my heart, blow softly on it to nurture hope and budding feelings, then toss it around with angst and drama until emotions overflow into tears.

Story and Character 10/10

Initially I thought it would be one of those generic sports anime but this time with ballet. And then, episode 1 employed several hooks that grabbed my attention and never quite let go. The story and characters are gripping, with both coming of age and adult/mature themes:-

* A young boy "hides" his passion for fear of being ...
Feb 27, 2022
A half demon child is sent to the human world to perform 3 tasks, but one of them is botched when the head of the Exorcism section breaks the heart lamp he is supposed to give to someone else. He ends up joining the Exorcism division, making friends along the way while solving cases.

Story - 8/10
There's a good story here that blends family drama, a fish out of water protagonist, his joining the Exorcism Division and making friends, the beginnings of coming of age, solving mysteries with some difficulty and getting embroiled in Imperial Politics plus all the pain in the ass crap that ...
Feb 19, 2022
The Oishinbo series might be the best cooking anime ever produced by Japan despite how "old" it is, the reasons for which I will go over below. This almost "ancient history" 1990s hidden gem was not much watched despite how good it is, and the series is only partially subbed which is a shame since it is practically the epitome of what a food anime should be. Due to frustrations at not being able to watch the full series, I turned to the movies and was surprised there was no review, so here is the first!

Art 3/10
Don't kill me but it's the truth. The movie ...