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Jun 9, 2021
As I noted in a past review, author Naoshi Komi wrote my single favorite one-shot, "Island", when he was just 20 years old in 2006. However, his one-shot "E no Genten", written in 2018 when he was 31, was largely bland and uninspired. While Tokidoki is better than the latter, it's very far from the quality of his early work.

Tokidoki has a simple premise. High schooler Iijima discovers that his new classmate Takagi has only a few years to live and seeks to make her remaining time as joyous and exciting as possible. They go to the beach, attend a carnival together, eat read more
Jun 5, 2021
Author Naoshi Komi wrote my single favorite one-shot, "Island", when he was just 20 years old in 2006. I've followed his career ever since and was curious what he produced as a 31 year-old with "E No Genten".

Alas, the answer is "nothing special". It's a pitch for an e-sports shounen series with all the standard ingredients. Aimless protagonist that sucks at school and is obsessed with video games? Check. Serious, academically gifted girl with glasses who turns out to be an amazing gamer and friend of the main character? Check, nevermind that no actual high-level gamer matches that description.

Even Komi's execution, usually so read more
May 24, 2020
Highly creative, which is no surprise coming from Tezuka.

Done in a purposely archaic animation style, complete with cigarette burns, lines, and two frames jammed together on screen simultaneously long before it was cool, the characters interact with these defects in an amusing manner. Tezuka's Disney-inspired animation style works particularly well with what is supposedly an animated Western from 1885.

It's a single idea executed well over 5 minutes, perhaps even overstaying its welcome with a few gags at the end that fell flat.

Overall though, it's a worthwhile, original animation. Recommended to fans of anime looking for something short and unique.
Apr 18, 2020
While nothing special nor relevant to the overall series plot, "Road to Hero" is a fun one-off story.

Featuring the same OP and ED as the first season of the show, the OVA follows Saitama in his early days, before he became the One Punch Man and went bald. Framed around his money troubles and ending with him receiving the iconic yellow jumpsuit, Saitama confronts several silly villains throughout. However, there is a scarcity of action, and the OVA relies primarily on its humor. This is a contrast to the regular series, which provides a more balanced mix of fights and comedy. Here, if one read more
Oct 29, 2018
Before he became a massively overpraised director whose fans thought he could do no wrong (and worse yet, he BELIEVED them), overloading his movies with feminist and environmentalist messages and a hefty dose of sentimentality on top, all while trashing the work of younger creators, Hayuki Miyazaki was a more humble man. During the 1970's, he worked on episodes of the Lupin the 3rd TV show and its 1979 movie, "The Castle of Calgiostro".

And while it was more down-to-earth, lacking the ambition of his later projects, it was good, wholesome fare, in may ways superior to what he would produce later.

In one sense, "The read more
May 2, 2018
The One Punch Man Specials are exactly what one expects, but doesn't always get from a series' extras. Each is an amusing side story not interesting or relevant enough for the main series. That might sound like an indictment, but the dozen One Punch Man episodes were of very high quality and heavily storyline-driven.

The specials aren't up to that level, but are they still exciting and funny? Damn straight they are!

Each episode focuses on a different character with the exception of the final one, which follows a gathering of the Hero Association and Kid Emperor's attempts to solve read more
Apr 22, 2018
Zetman (Manga) add (All reviews)
Since the one-shots in this collection are distinct from one another and written over the course of 6 years, I will review each one separately.

ZETMAN-

Considerably different than the subsequent adaptation, here the protagonist is 23 year-old games programmer Kurono. He possesses a strong sense of justice instilled in him by his mother, who was killed in a hit-and-run when he was a teen. One day, an electrical storm causes the game he programs, "Zetman" to come to life, shades of author Masakuza Katsura's previous hit Video Girl Ai. Thus, Kurono becomes the titular superhero, and must "level up" by read more
Apr 20, 2018
I can sympathize with author Miki Yoshikawa's dilemma. She was a lowly 23 year-old assistant on "Fairy Tail" when she got a chance to write a one-shot in 2005. Yoshikawa knocked it out of the park, coming up with a creative, funny scenario involving two oddball, likable characters in Shinigawa, the "Yankee-kun" of the title, and Adachi, the "Megane-chan". The bespectacled heroine tries to convince the school delinquent, camping out in the bathroom, to go on a class field trip.

After this initial success, Yoshikawa was offered her own series based on the one-shot in a popular magazine at only 24. read more
Apr 19, 2018
Ah, Berserk. Its first 21 volumes were a masterpiece, astounding one with a vivid, fresh fantasy and gorgeous illustrations, especially those of medieval-inspired combat. Then, the next 7 volumes introduced lousy new characters who didn't belong in the story while being riddled with uninspired, lazy plots.

The 83rd chapter, where Griffith talks to the God of the Berserk universe, is a return to the former, happier time, when the series was still great. Never released with the Japanese collection because Miura feared it would give away too many future events, it tackles a tricky situation for any writer. Namely, when a character talks read more
Apr 17, 2018
"Can't judge people by their looks". That line, or at least its translation, appears in the fifth chapter when two delinquent-looking high school girls turn out to be really good at pasting screen tones...whatever the hell that is. Apparently something to do with manga.

And yet, that line applies to every aspect of G Senjou Heaven's Door. Ostensibly about two high schoolers making a manga together, it's really about something else entirely. Growing up and maturing. Struggling with expectations, both from one's family and oneself. Complicated relationships and how they change over time, whether with one's father, a friend, or a love interest. About the intense read more