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Sep 19, 2019
Dumbbell Nan Kilo Moteru? is hilarious. Forty kilograms worth of hilarious.

Since the pilot episode, one could easily tell that Dumbbell Nan Kilo Moteru? is playing with exaggerated campiness and over-the-top outrageousness. A bunch of high school girls' journey in achieving the prime body strength (and ecchi-level sexiness) is bound to be both head-scratching and downright relatable. However, thanks to its mascot character Machio-san and the exemplary straight-man Tachibana-sensei, every minute of these twelve episodes is spent with such productive ways that are both indulging one's muscles and churning the audience's stomach. Nonetheless, what truly brings this anime to a weight class of its own is read more
Sep 17, 2019
Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan is a pretty creative spin-off for the Fate/stay night saga and it truly is the opposite of what the saga would usually offer. It is comparatively shorter, milder, with lots of food and sadly, not much weight.

First of all, it is refreshing to see Emiya-san, Saber, and the entire gang in the setting of which everything is peaceful and everyone could tie up a perfect, humdrum day with homemade, heartwarming dishes-- which is exactly the point of this particular spinoff. Instead of presenting new plots or providing different perspectives towards Fate/stay night saga, Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan read more
Sep 16, 2019
Locodol is a pleasant anime. It feels like a breeze of morning air and just like actual morning breeze itself, it passes too easily.

The premise is a bit refreshing compared to most Idol girls out there. Nakaregawa Girls is an idol unit commissioned by the local government of Nakaregawa for the purpose of which to promote the best offerings of the locals. Simply put, these girls must attract the masses without the glitz and the sparkles nationwide idols usually have. The twist here, however, is that what ultimately drives Nakaregawa Girls is not the love for singing or chasing girlhood dreams, but simply showing the read more
Sep 16, 2019
Gabriel DropOut: a moe anime in which the supporting characters outshine (and outcute) the primary protagonist.

The premise is exactly what one would expect from something titled "Gabriel DropOut": about an angel named Gabriel who decided to become a total bum on Earth thanks to serious addiction for MMORPG. Splashed with moe tones and lots of colors, the audience soon finds a hilarious setting where angels and demons being all cute and funny while at the same time, poking serious topics on morality and comformity. Nonetheless, it is still a moe anime which also means that being entertaining must be Gabriel DropOut's number one priority. Unfortunately, read more
Sep 15, 2019
I decided to grade each and every scoring board a hard 10 because there is no f*cking way Shounen Hollywood: Holly Stage for 49 only scored an average lame 6.14.

Thanks to the popular notion regarding Idol-genre anime, both the studios and the audience always imagine such anime as flashy, colorful, packed with smokes and mirrors, and last but not least: easily digestible. For decades now, Idol anime is seen as a strawberry parfait of anime industry. Each season will always offer at least two or three Idol anime and they all seem to serve as a complementary dessert accompanying the main dishes such as Shounen-battle read more
Sep 15, 2019
Netjuu no Susume a.k.a Recovery of an MMO Junkie-- an anime that recovers the protagonist but unfortunately, not the audience.

The premise should be pretty relatable for otaku out there, especially the ones swimming in the sea of adulthood. Morioka Moriko is a self-described "elite NEET" as it is her choice to quit her job (and the real world altogether) and establish a brand new existence in an MMO realm named "Fruits de Mer". Unexpectedly, though, soon she finds it really hard to completely escape reality as more often than not, real world can be more surprising and adventurous than the made-up one. Obviously, looking at read more
Sep 2, 2019
While Kimi no Na Wa. felt like Makoto Shinkai proving himself to the world, Tenki no Ko feels like the auteur simply being himself-- because it's time for the world to get to know him.

Tenki no Ko, in its essence, is an urban story. Here we have two teenagers (and one precocious tween) trying to navigate the cold and damp everyday life that is Tokyo by literally sweeping off the cold and the damp. Blessed with the ability to control weather, Hina (the heroine) believes that she can catch two birds with one stone and as her loyal friend/quasi-business manager, Hodaka (the hero) only wishes read more
Sep 2, 2019
An anime about what it means to be invisible-- which leads to well-earned tears and beautiful discovery.

It feels like a travesty just even bringing up the fact of which Sakura Quest is one of the most (if not THE MOST) underrated creations out there as it feels like describing something that really is not what it is. However, it is better to dissect Sakura Quest not as a hidden gem but as a piece of narrative dealing with a relatively uncharted subject matter. The whole narrative revolves around a college fresh graduate named Koharu Yoshino who just can't score any first paying job at all. read more
Sep 2, 2019
Joshiraku is not a perfect anime. If that is the case, then, why the hell did I grade it a Masterpiece 10? Because just like rakugo itself, Joshiraku is surprisingly hilarious.

This anime does not try to challenge what it means to be a comedy-- it simply reintroduces the old ways of doing comedy and proves its mind-blowing relevancy within the landscape that is Twenty-First Century. Each episode comprises of three sub-parts: the first is all five so-called Rakugo Girls simply hanging out in a dressing room and discussing the weirdest topic, the second is the Rakugo Girls sightseeing and clamoring the weird trivia surrounding each read more
Sep 2, 2019
For those of you who enjoy soccer but find Captain Tsubasa/Whistle!/Area no Kishi too... uhm, 'overwhelming', I suggest never give up. There is DAYS to fulfill your palate.

It is always empowering to see a novice make his or her way up to the top of the league and our hero, Tsukamoto Tsukushi, is doing just that. However, what makes him stand out from the crowd packed with inspirational heroes of the past is the motive that drives him. Tsukushi plays soccer because his first ever male friend once asked him to be a substitute player and as it turned out, he enjoyed it. No deep read more