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Mar 22, 2020
Keep Your Hands off Eizouken! is a show that reminded me “oh yeah, this is why I watch anime.”

I’ll try to keep this semi-brief, as I don’t want to gush too much; Eizouken and its characters stole my heart early on and never really let it go. The set-up is fairly straight-forward: three girls start an animation club at their school. However, the characters are unlike what you might find in most anime set in high school. It’s a nearly all-female cast, but if you’re expecting a CGDCT or fan-service-driven series, you will surely be disappointed.

The first thing you might notice is their appearances. ...
Sep 28, 2019
Kimetsu no Yaiba is proof you don’t always have to reinvent the wheel to make a great anime.

Story: 7
Probably the weakest part of the show. It’s not bad, just a fairly run-of-the-mill shounen story. If you read the synopsis, you should have a really good idea of what you’re getting into. Tanjirou returns home to find his sister Nezuko turned into and demon and the rest of his entire family murdered by demons. This leads him to the decision to try to turn his sister Nezuko back into a human, and in the process, become an actual “demon slayer”. And thus the adventure begins. It’s ...
Sep 23, 2019
More of the same, for better or worse.

Story: 5
It very much lives up to its “slice of life” tag, as there isn’t much, at least in the way of progress, of an overarching story. It’s mostly made up of these little “battles” Takagi and Nishikata have. So if you are hoping for significant progress on the romance front, you might end up let down. They did try to include some of the other characters’ day-to-day lives with moderate success, but again, it rarely added to the bigger story.

Art: 6
The character designs can be hit-or-miss for people with their oversized eyes and noggins. Personally, I don’t ...
Sep 20, 2019
Possibly summer 2019’s most pleasant surprise that faltered just a bit at the end.

Ah, puberty. That weird time when your body is changing, your hormones are going crazy, and you start getting curious about this thing called ‘sex’, whether you’re ready to have it or not. We’ve seen plenty of high school sex comedies showcasing the shenanigans of boys. But we really haven’t seen a ton from the female perspective. O Maidens in your Savage Season attempts to remedy that. And oh boy does it not disappoint- up to a certain point.

We’re introduced to the Literature Club, made up of five girls: Kazusa, Rika, Hongou, ...
Sep 20, 2019
A very good shoujo that comes up just a little bit short of “great”.

It’s worth pointing out this is my first exposure to the franchise. I have neither read the manga or watched the original 2001 anime version. I went into the series with a mind clear of expectations or assumptions. And I came away impressed but not floored.

There is a lot to like about Fruits Basket. It has an ever-expanding cast of colorful characters with unique backstories. While there are plenty of light-hearted moments, it’s the pain that these characters carry with them that drives the show. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to ...
Sep 19, 2019
Given (Anime) add
“It all started with that chord I played. I had no idea that I was strumming hard on his heartstrings with my own fingers.”

Uenoyama stumbles upon Satou, a sleepy stranger with a broken guitar on the stairs of their high school. Recognizing it just needs the strings replaced, and also seeing how bummed Satou was, he begrudgingly flies into action. One strum on the newly-fixed guitar, and well, you read the opening quote.

This first, chance meeting not only does a terrific job at introducing us to these characters and their personalities, but it also encapsulates so much of what I loved about this show, ...
Apr 21, 2019
Not only awful, but quite frankly, sort of disturbing.

I don't pretend pretend to be an expert on psychology, but I would be legitimately interested in hearing an actual psychologist's thoughts on this show, because even to a layman, it's concerning. A quick look at the synopsis will give you the basic outline: Our main character, Erika, lies about going out with the guy she took a picture of, and in order for him play along, she has to become his "dog". Before going any further, I have a couple side notes in regards to some of the absurdities that lie within that statement. First of ...
Apr 7, 2019
Itazura Kiss: An absolute abomination of an anime that also manages to throw in some horrible messages on top of it.

This review of a show over a decade old will almost certainly get buried, but there are still some important things that need to be said and heard about this series. Despite the fact I am outside its target audience, I consider myself a bit of a advocate for shoujo anime, but for anyone that is not as familiar with the “genre”, either: (a) Do not watch Ita Kiss, or (b) If you have, don’t write off the whole genre because of it. There are ...
Mar 30, 2019
Death Note and Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san had a baby, and it somehow grew up to be the best romance anime in years.

When I first began Kaguya-sama, I wasn’t sure what to make of it. It certainly was different than any high school romcom I’ve come across. Just the fact it was immediately clear both leads liked each other differentiates it from its peers. Not only that, but they’re each almost certain the other reciprocates their feelings. Sounds like a pretty straightforward solution: one of them confesses and they start dating. Right? Not so fast my friend.

The story largely revolves around Miyuki and Kaguya, the ...
Mar 29, 2019
Mixed Feelings
Domestic Kanojo: This season's guilty pleasure anime. But is it any good?

Romance anime is often plagued by pacing issues. Put simply, it usually takes awhile for anything of consequence to actually happen. And who wants to wait 50 episodes for a kiss when the characters can start banging halfway through the first episode? But we’re just scratching the surface.

If you’ve read the synopsis, you know the setup. Boy is in love with teacher. Boy can’t have teacher. Boy sleeps with random girl. Boy’s widowed father marries these two girls’ divorced mother, and now all three of them are step-siblings living under the same roof. What ...