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Jan 30, 2016
How can an anime do this? Every facet of my being screamed “How the hell can you enjoy this?!” Yet, at the same time, something deep inside me yearned to watch the next episode - and then the next after that. Not because of the fanservice, not because of the manipulatively immersive plot, and not because I had nothing better to do… but because despite being a complete mess, it was also brilliant.

A brilliantly well executed and thought-out mess.

To give it an analogy: It’s the person you meet and think “Oh wow, another one of these guys. Great… just great…” But then, after read more
May 2, 2015
Wow, never thought I’d see Yuri done right. That was unexpected…

Yuri is a genre that I have very little experience with, only having watched a bit of it anime-wise and having seen a few lesbian-themed storylines occasionally (often as side plots to the main story) on TV or in movies. None of them EVER managed to convince me that the two females actually had ANY chemistry beyond being physically attracted to each other (which seems like an easy way for the writers to get some girl-on-girl action in for the hell of it).

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Apr 17, 2015
“Seven Deadly Sins: Lion’s sin of pride, Serpent’s sin of envy, Boar’s sin of gluttony, Goat’s sin of lust, Grizzly’s sin of sloth, Fox’s sin of greed and Dragon’s sin of wrath.”

Action without reason or thought is just a testosterone-trip; complete with flashy powers and fights that drag on for way too long. So, it’s interesting to see an anime that suffers from these clichés and more – but also utilizes them to their fullest extent, giving rhyme and reason to them; which makes the show a whole lot more fun and meaningful than was expected.

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The core plot is simply the adventures (and misadventures) read more
Mar 23, 2015
“It's time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I'd much rather say hello.”

A near-direct epilogue to Steins;Gate, this special gives a more profound sense of closure to the series that, while ending very well, had many viewers wishing for more. Just a little bit more…

Taking place not long after the events of the original series, ‘Oukoubakko no Poriomania’ uses a simple premise to further along the story: a bit of downtime. Feyris has invited Okabe, Kurisu, Mayuri and the others to go to America with her for a Rai-Net tournament. Our main characters all meet up at the airport, and read more
Jan 26, 2015
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain."

There are some stories that end up having a lot more to them than was initially expected. They aren’t perfect, they might not even be completely logical – but they’re something that managed to catch you off guard in the best ways possible. Take a look; there’s a chance that SKET Dance might blossom into such a series for you…

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The core plot is just a simple, mainly episodic story about a quirky trio of friends that solve problems and help people out. But there are also some very tightly read more
Dec 18, 2014
“The other thing is surrounding yourself with people that care for you. These are simple things, but they're powerful, and they've completely transformed who I am and how I perceive myself.” - Mariel Hemingway

‘Barakamon’ is a rare kind of story. Something that is just so simple, yet so powerful. There are no big expositions of drama and no complicated plotlines, none of that is needed in the slightest. The story is simple, easy to grasp, and beautiful to watch as it plays out. In its purest form, it’s simply the story of an arrogant (but still kind-hearted) young man that simply can’t seem to let read more
Oct 7, 2014
“Sometimes people put up walls, not to keep others out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.”

It’s nice to see a series like ‘Ao Haru Ride’ surface every now and again. Something that takes a well-known storyline type and adds some unique elements to differ the experience a bit. Nothing revolutionary or mind-blowing (doesn’t need to be), but unique - to a pleasant degree - nonetheless. To put it as simply as possible: a refreshing visit to a familiar kind of storyline.

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There’s nothing overly complicated about the core plot; a story of two past lovers (in mutual spirit) reuniting later in read more
Aug 8, 2014
Having seen a great number of anime movies, many people are surprised when I tell them that out of them all, Majo no Takkyuubin (or 'Kiki's Delivery Service', as it is also commonly known by) is my favorite. There are multiple reasons why, but I won't let this become a monologue of favoritism being preached at you. Instead, I'm going to give it an objective, in-depth, review. But, keep in mind that, as this movie is actually rather simple and uncomplicated, "in-depth" (for this particular movie) is not very complicated at all.

First, a tiny bit of background...

Majo no Takkyuubin is loosely based off of read more
Jun 26, 2014
'Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou' (aka: 'The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior') is a rather unoriginal anime... in presence at least. Unoriginality though, does not automatically equal 'plain', 'unappealing', or 'bland'. It could very easily, but this show manages to take many things that you're probably familiar with (or maybe even tired of) in the anime-world and present them in a fun, simple way.

Story - 8/10

As MAL's synopsis covers the show's general plot-line well, I won't reiterate it here. You've seen this kind of setup all over the anime-community. Boy strikes out to 'live alone' and encounters some kind of problem, usually read more
Feb 14, 2014
Well, I've seen lately that there doesn't seem to be a full, proper review for this manga. That's a shame, as it really deserves one, so allow me to remedy that...

What do you get when you have a guy (young ninja in this case), sworn to a duty that prevents him from having feelings for a certain girl (a dojo princess)? But, he develops them anyway, mainly cause his duty forces him to constantly be around - and to take care of - her... You have forbidden love. Now, throw in some extra romantic interests for both the main characters, crank up the hilarity level, read more