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Apr 6, 2017
Magical Girl Raising Project is a rather interesting anime, in that I found it very entertaining despite itself.

The story is fairly barebones. A group of girls become real life magical girls after playing a mobage, and are given their own unique magical powers. They're then forced to kill each other in a brutal death match.

The characters, too, are rather barebones - but maybe that's to be expected when there are 16 of them. Most characters get one or two personality quirks, and they all get some brief sad backstory before/after they get killed to make you feel bad for them, but that's about it.

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May 11, 2015
Koufuku Graffiti is a slice of life anime about girls who love food that might have turned out fairly well if it were animated by a studio other Shaft. Unfortunately, it was animated by Shaft, and what they managed to cook up was incredibly half-baked.

The story of KG is fairly simple. The main character, Ryou, lives alone after the death of her grandmother, and finds her everyday life dull and gloomy. Ryou enjoys cooking, but finds herself unable to enjoy of the food she makes because she has nobody to share it with. Enter Kirin, Kyou’s cheerful and childish cousin, who decides to live with read more
May 2, 2014
I don’t have too much to say about this anime, and most of what I could say will be things other people have said before in their reviews – that nothing particularly happens, it is mostly filler and the new character introduced exists solely to cause drama, but a few episodes are kind of sweet/funny and the animation is really great. So, you might wonder why I am bothering to write a review at all, since I already summarised most of my thoughts in the above sentence. Well, the main reason I feel like talking about this anime is because I want to look at read more
Oct 8, 2013
If I had to choose a word to describe Bakemonogatari, it would probably be ‘faux-ironic’ – and I don’t mean that in a positive sense.

To describe Bakemonogatari’s plot simply: it’s a harem anime. The show features our ~mysteriously charismatic~ hero, Arararararagi-kun (sorry, my tongue slipped) as he somehow manages to charm a whole load of girls – whilst, at the same time, he battles with the supernatural to sort out their problems. Minus the ‘supernatural’ aspect (which seems kind of like a cheap gimmick, to spice up this ‘harem’ style story we’ve surely seen countless of times before), there is nothing special about Bakemonogatari.

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Apr 11, 2013
GJ-bu (Anime) add (All reviews)
Aaah... I suppose it's a little difficult to write a review for a relatively aimless slice of life anime like this, where there's no real plot or any kind of conflict - but I will give it a vague stab, as GJ-bu turned out to be a surprisingly sweet, heart-warming, amusing, and actually rather subtle series, which hooked me from the very first episode.

So, as I mentioned above, the story is relatively... non-existent. GJ-bu follows a chronological order, spanning a year, and documents the lives and various antics of the members of the GJ (Good Job) society - a school club that seems to have read more
Mar 31, 2013
Another (Anime) add (All reviews)
Oh, Another... Watching this anime was kind of sad - in that it's a prime example of a fairly good story, with fairly decent writing, that got ruined simply by trying too hard.

I would have to say, the story was quite engaging. The setting, a small town, in 1998, is a reasonably good scenario for a horror story, as a small town in the middle of nowhere can create that sense of isolation from the rest of the world, and of unease - as does the 1998 time line, which at once makes the audience feel slightly estranged from this world. It automatically creates a read more
Mar 16, 2013
Preliminary
I suppose I could condense this whole review into the sentence ‘watch Idolm@ster instead – it does everything this anime attempts better’, but I’ll try to be a little more thorough than that. I know it would be best to review this anime strictly on its own merits, but as it shares so many similar traits with Idolm@ster it’s hard for me to avoid comparing them, so that will probably be inevitable…

Immediately, the biggest issue – and the most obvious one – with this anime is that there are too many characters, and too few episodes to fully flesh them out. There are nine main read more