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May 10, 2017
Preliminary (12/40 chp)
Suicide is a topic that, while included in narrative quite often, is not often the focus. Those few times when it is, more often than not, the story follows the character in the events leading up to their suicide rather than what happens to the character after. And honestly, most of the time when the focus IS on what happens after the suicide, it is not well done. This is one of those cases.

To be fair, this manga is actually quite interesting. The events that the protagonist goes through in his own little Purgatory are surprising and at times exciting and it does a ...
Mar 16, 2014
Kissing (Manga) add
Mixed Feelings
This series can easily be summed up in one word: Average.

The story is the standard set up of two characters being long time friends and one has fallen for the other. It doesn't make any effort to go beyond this basic set up, falling into quite a few standard conventions and set ups. The characters remain one-dimensional tropes without being given much uniqueness and, though likable, are nothing memorable. The art as well is quite typical for this kind of story, with thick lines and character models that look kind of awkward about half the time.

Also be warned that there is one incidence in ...
Oct 14, 2013
Every so often, we encounter someone in our lives who we're never properly able to let go of, no matter how much we want to. A sudden reunion with a former upperclassman spurs a whirlwind of events in Yozora no Summiko de, a story about love, responsibility, and memories.

The story is a simple one done well. An elementary school teacher has by chance reunited with a former friend whom he had romantic feelings for only to learn that this friend is the father of one of his students. Due both to a rough parting and the binds of their current professional relationship, they have ...
Jul 3, 2011
What would you do if a member of your family went insane? I'm not sure how many people have really considered this possibilty, but it's quite a scary concept not uncommon in horror movies.

Higurashi no Naku koro ni Onisarashi-hen addresses that concept, being a side story to the popular Higurashi series that's able to be enjoyed even by readers not familiar with the original series.

Onisarashi-hen focuses on a girl from the rural town of Okinomiya who has recently moved to a much more urban area only to later learn of a gas leak that wiped out the entire village of Hinamizawa, a villiage near ...
Jun 27, 2011
Mixed Feelings
Oh God, why did I watch this...? *Sigh* It's not bad, it really isn't. It was just... Boring.

To start off, unlike it's parent series Toradora!, which revolved around a love dodecahedron of sorts, SOS focuses on... Food. While this is interesting at first, it soon looses its panache. There isn't really much plot to talk about. It's just talking about food and saying that it's delicious.

The art as well isn't great. As this is more or less a gag spin-off, the character models are all very chibi and seems a bit reminiscent of Haruhi-chan. What's interesting about the character designs is that the girls all ...
Jun 25, 2011
Like any fan of Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica would be, I was excited when I looked on ANN and found out about the creation of this spin off, and although Oriko's story isn't on the same level as Madoka's, I wasn't disapointed.

Warning: As this is a spin off series, there will be spoilers of Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, also refered to as Puella Magi Madoka Magica, in here.

Unfortunetly, the plot is easily the weakest point. Taking place in one of the different time zones. There, instead of witches, Kyouko and Mami are having to fight against a Black Magical Girl, a magical girl who ...
Jun 24, 2011
Like it's spiritual predecessor Higurashi, Umineko no Naku Koro ni is split into eight arcs, with the first four being question ones and the last four answer. This is a review of the first arc, Episode 1: Legend of the Golden Witch, often refered to simply by the series name, like on here, due to it being the first arc.

As a forewarning, I may end up comparing this to Higurashi a lot due to them being very similar, but I'll try to do so as little as possible.

Ah, the story. In this we get Ryukishi07's usual style of telling you as little as ...
Jun 24, 2011
Hiki (Manga) add
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (4/5 chp)
Right off, I just want to say that as of yet, I have been unable to find the fifth and final chapter to this series and therefore this review will only be covering the first four chapters. I normally would wait for the last chapter to come out, but it seems the last chapter came out over almost a year ago so... If I manage to find this last chapter I will edit this review, but until now, this is all you get.

The plot to Hiki is an original one yet it feels like it's been done before. The concept of a creepy looking ...
Jun 20, 2011
Onikakushi-hen is the first arc in the Higurashi series as well as one of the most popular, but is it really as good as people say?

The story is a relativly good one: Boy moves to small town and learns of annual murders that take place. Boy becomes paranoid and begins to suspect friends, etc. It's well done, but it Keiichi's change between believing his friends weren't telling him about the murders to avoid scaring him and believing it to be because they themselves had played a role in the murders seemed a bit sudden. This is a bit of an issue since it doesn't give ...
Jun 20, 2011
Higurashi is one of my favorite anime series, but that doesn't mean I love all of it, and Tatarigoroshi-hen is probably the arc I disliked most while watching the anime. One of the reasons for this may have been that it focuses on Satoko, who I find annoying, but... Que sera sera. I still say that from what I've read and watched, it's my least favorite, but the manga adaptation of this definetely made me hate it less.

The story of this arc is a simple one on the surface, but it gets more complicated as it progresses. Out of the question arcs the series has, ...

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