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Apr 15, 2016
Ajin (Anime) add (All reviews)
Immortal beings have been the subject of fiction since the beginning of time, but Ajin puts a logical spin on it with clearly defined rules that mostly make sense.

Ajin is the story of Nagai Kei, a normal schoolboy who gets dragged into the world of the hunted when he finds out that he is an Ajin, a member of a race of immortal humans. The story is an action thriller where things pick up rapidly, with its relentless pacing and innumerable plot twists. I wasn't too sold on the premise at first as it felt like something which existed for shock value like Akame ga read more
Apr 12, 2016
Anime aimed for kids are often completely ignored by the English speaking community, but sometimes they can be pretty worthwhile. One of the more recently overlooked ones is Tantei Team Jiken Note.

What this series does really well is to show the sense of isolation our main character feels. Tachibana Aya is a young girl who finds it difficult to make friends, a universal problem especially common in children. It portrays her thought process very accurately, with evidence shown by her personality and family situation. Because of how well these points are established, we care more when she finally gets the company she longed for, read more
Apr 11, 2016
Sometimes a show manages to grab you without being especially entertaining, and that about sums up HaruChika for me. Its a strange episodic mystery show with many quirks that isn't anything exceptional, but holds up a bit better on reflection.

HaruChika likes to delve into topics you rarely encounter in anime. Ranging from the Vietnam war and Tibetan dogs to radio shows, the mysteries will sometimes surprise you with their conclusions. These conclusions aren't anything mind blowing, but they are always logical and follow the clues each episode sets up.

Quirky characters tag along to provide a source of entertainment and the way each character interacts with read more
Apr 10, 2016
Boku Dake ga Inai Machi makes us question our standards of the shows we watch. Is it enough for a show to make you enjoy watching it, or does the conclusion have to feel satisfying in order for it to become a good show? I find myself in the primary camp, as throughout the show, I can honestly say that it was very enjoyable, even though several plot points made me raise my eyebrow.

The main character here is Satoru, a guy who is able to travel back in time but cannot control how. This premise gives the storyteller a lot of freedom in controlling how read more
Apr 2, 2016
Dagashi Kashi is for me the rare show that turned out to be different from what I expected, in a wholly positive way. No fanservice or wish fulfilment going on here, just unabashed dagashi nerdiness and fun slice of life.

The premise is simple: An energetic girl comes to a town out in the countryside and tries to encourage our protagonist, Coconuts, to take over his father's dagashi shop. The story is full of nice people, the characters are pretty much all likeable and behave naturally throughout the show. I find Coconut's father, You(his mom's name must be "Me") to be an especially fun character, he read more
Apr 2, 2016
One of the biggest hurdles in growing up is the struggle to adapt to the conformity of society. When you interact with people, you have to be prepared to be judged by everything you do, which is a conflict that Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda tackles head on.

Directed by Nagai Tatsuyuki and written by Okada Mari, the main pair behind Anohana, Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda tells the story of people managing to move on after facing past trauma. There are four characters with distinct personalities and different issues who gradually develop throughout the course of the show.

The main character here is Naruse Jun, an energetic girl who read more
Jan 4, 2016
In 2006, the term 'Shounen' was widespread as series such as One Piece and Naruto were at the peak of their popularity, with anime of the genre being as popular as they could be. Fast forwarding 10 years, the trend has mostly died down, with on exception which bears its old school Shounen roots proudly: Ushio to Tora.

Adapted from a manga originating in the 1990s, Ushio to Tora embodies many of the tropes modern anime fans despise: Friendship speeches, semi-episodic storylines and a rowdy main character. However, Ushio to Tora has a really good selling point in that it has lots of charm to it read more
Dec 18, 2015
Once in a while an anime comes into the scene that defies all genre conventions, and for me this season its Subete ga F Ni Naru. As one of the most polarising shows I've seen, many people either love it or hate it based on the first episode, with that opinion not usually standing through the whole series. I personally like the show a lot, but I will dread defending it as its a pretty surreal and not always comfortable experience.

Subete ga F ni Naru is a mystery anime centred around Magata Shiki, a genius programmer trapped in a research facility. Our main protagonists are read more