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Sep 1, 2021
Please Teacher is a story of how a sexy alien humanoid teacher decides to fall in love with a boy with the personality about as loveable as the lint you find in the back of your dryer. In fact, watching your clothes dryer tumble around and around could be more enjoyable than watching this.

Hiding their relationship from those around them, our main characters Kei and Mizuho dance around each other's emotions while simultaneously dancing around a flaky script and so many moments of filler. It's a marathon to get through. The novelty of the show's scenario took a couple of episodes to wear off read more
Mar 2, 2018
‘Guilt’ can be a raincloud that stays above our heads for a long time, drenching you with memories you would rather forget or push to the back of your mind. When the thunder of that cloud booms above us it can drive us to do things we normally couldn’t imagine ourselves doing… or it can force us to make a change and reach for the sunshine.

In Kyoto Animation’s film, Koe no Katachi (‘A Silent Voice’), we witness how ‘guilt’ can overpower us and wreak havoc on ourselves and those around us. The story follows Shouya, a boy who relentlessly bullies a deaf girl, Shouko, read more
Dec 19, 2016
Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume (Scorching Ping Pong Girls) is a textbook case of 'I should have known better'. This anime from studio Kinema Citrus - following the trials and tribulations of a middle school girls table tennis team - had the potential to be an interesting experience but the warning signs were there from the opening episodes. What unfolded was a by-the-numbers moe-sports hybrid. You've seen this before: New girl has skill, makes number one player jealous and the pair work hard to overcome their faults and step up their game. Is there at least interesting characters or twists to the story to make read more
Sep 29, 2016
Taking ‘put yourself in someone else’s shoes’ to a whole new level, the latest film from director Makoto Shinkai (5cm per Second, Garden of Words) is a heartfelt exploration of empathy, love and loss. Kimi no Na wa (otherwise known as “Your Name”) revolves around two characters, Mitsuha and Taki, who are caught up in a strange phenomenon that allows them to see into each other’s lives. Mitsuha lives out in the countryside while Taki is a Tokyo resident, which means the pair have a window into places they’ve never seen or experienced before. The strange moments they both go through naturally lead to conflicts read more
Sep 19, 2016
Those who brought you people fighting with super-powered fabric, a psychedelic ninja parody and a skeleton cop with fire for hair have decided to get serious. Sort of. Kiznaiver is the name of studio Trigger’s latest effort, a story revolving around seven students bonded together through their pain. Compared to the studio’s recent offerings it’s a story that is a little more grounded in reality, attempting to appeal to a very important element of humanity: empathy. That’s not to say Kiznaiver isn’t without the sumptuous visual quirks and energy in the cast that made their wackier works so enjoyable, but this time it comes with read more
May 1, 2016
Watching the antics of high school characters in anime has rarely been as enjoyable as it has been while watching Azumanga Daioh. The 2002 anime, directed by Hiroshi Nishikori, wasn’t quite a side-splitter from start to finish but it was a thoroughly entertaining experience. It seems so many comedy shows made in the years since have failed to take lessons from this series in how to create fun yet grounded characters, snappy jokes and fun scenarios. Romping around with boundless charm to the tune of a lovely soundtrack and bringing to the table a super-likeable cast, Azumanga Daioh is certain to bring out a smile read more
Apr 2, 2016
A diamond in the rough, that’s for sure. Who could have thought that a show dedicated to the art of sitting down and telling a story could be so engaging? Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu has blown me away with its ability to create a thoroughly fleshed-out cast, packed to the brim with personality. I hung on to every word that was said, and in a show revolving heavily around dialogue, that would be critical to helping the anime hit the mark. The performances are always entertaining but always serve that dual purpose of opening up a window into our characters’ lives and their troubles. This read more
Mar 24, 2016
It was a cold, uncompromising winter in the early weeks of 2016 but thankfully a new anime had heralded its arrival with a promise warm the world’s hearts. People braved the blizzard of mediocrity to find that one show that could rise to the top and be the ray of sunshine they craved. Boku dake ga Inai Machi (Or known by its English title ‘Erased’) waved its hand high and proud, promising a touching tale of one man’s journey to fix both the past and the present. The show did indeed have a certain glow about it that appealed to me but it’s sad to read more
Mar 13, 2016
I’d like to think that I’ve made plenty of ventures into different genres and styles of anime. Part of the fun in consuming the medium for me is finding something new to explore, and throwing myself in the deep end at times has proven to be a worthwhile experience. However, I’d found myself shying away from the realm of idol anime and I’m not too sure why. There was not much that appealed to me or reached out to say ‘you really need to give this a go’. I had to push myself to take a leap of faith and decided to use The Idolm@ster read more
Dec 11, 2015
It’s quite an achievement to stumble across something so unfathomably bad that you struggle to find the right words to sum up how awful it can be. The okatu-pandering, aimless and empty Shinmai Maou no Testament fits the bill and is the latest offering to leave me speechless for the wrong reasons. It’s a self-insert power fantasy featuring a sad excuse for a cast, the bulk of which whose sole purpose is attempting to procreate with a main character who has the charisma of beige wallpaper. Perhaps the most laughably bad aspect of Testament is that there is an attempt to weave a plot into read more