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May 22, 2018
On the surface, I could have mistook this as a shounen-based title with the focus on magical action against demons where the majority of its run is set at a church. But researching on it, I found out 07-Ghost's source material is josei-based, which does make some sense considering nearly all relevant cast members in this series are attractive boys and men.

Nonetheless, the series is focused on former slave and soldier Teito Klien trying to seek out answers regarding his origins and evade capture by the merciless military captain, Ayanami, and his forces. 07-Ghost attempts to make Teito's struggles a dramatic one as he tries read more
May 5, 2018
Your Name is the most recent film to have been created and released by acclaimed anime director, Makoto Shinkai. Focused on teenagers Mitsuha and Taki, Your Name is a romantic comedy-drama that sets up a Freaky Friday scenario where the two teens unexpectedly find themselves swapping bodies daily with one another.

Your Name's gimmick is focused on for a good part of the film's first half as it explores Mitsuha and Taki's lives and how the body swapping gets in the way of them. The film has enough time to explore the lives of both characters, showing how they live and what affects them daily with read more
Apr 30, 2018
The Case of Hana and Alice is an oddball film focused on its titular pair of characters finding themselves trying to solve a mystery among their middle school's students who believe in a rumor where one of their classmates were murdered. Apparently, the film is a prequel to a 2004 live-action film focused on the titular pairing. But based off what I seen throughout this film, it's possible for it to stand on its own two feet and can be viewed without prior viewing of the mentioned live-action film.

While seemingly a slice-of-life comedy, Hana and Alice gets quite on the bizarre side with exploring the read more
Apr 29, 2018
Hamatora appeared to have a major issue in what exactly it was trying to be in its focus on superpowered humans called Minimum Holders. Focused on a pair of Minimum Holder detectives consisting of Nice and Murasaki, the two are involved in a number of mysteries involving ordinary humans who are somehow able to gain Minimum powers and a string of Minimum Holder murders are seemingly connected to these events.

As mentioned, Hamatora has some major issues in exactly what sort of anime it wanted to be. It starts off as a mystery-comedy with Nice, Murasaki, and other Minimum Holders going through with their everyday routines read more
Apr 25, 2018
Aura Battle Dunbine focuses on a teenage boy named Show Zama who is whisked to another world called Byston Well where he becomes the pilot of the mecha, Dunbine, and eventually becomes a major part of a resistance movement to oppose the world conquest goals of the corrupt lord, Drake Luft. Being directed by famous Gundam director Yoshiyuki Tomino, Dunbine offers a good number of the director's trademarks with exploring the harshness of war, a cynical world view, and a high death count that affects even the show's major characters. The fantasy world setting brings about the applications of a mysterious power source called "Aura" read more
Apr 5, 2018
Violet Evergarden is focused on the titular heroine of the series who is a former soldier who becomes a ghostwriter called an Auto Memory Doll so she can reintegrate herself into society. With this job, Violet finds herself trying to comprehend the words "I love you" from her superior officer, Gilbert, before he vanished during a mission that he and Violet were on.

Violet Evergarden is mostly a character-drive drama focused on the developments of Violet's character as her reintegration into society leads her to learn about and properly expressing emotions, an element of humanity she has little experience with due to spending the majority of read more
Mar 29, 2018
At a glance, Love is Like After the Rain seems like a romantic drama focused on a high school student named Akira who develops a crush on her boss, a middle-aged restaurant manager named Kondo, after he cheers her up from feeling depressed after having to leave her school's track team due to injury. The series devotes a good deal of focus on the chemistry between Akira and Kondo as the former's interest in Kondo develops and the relationship between them develops into something closer. To the anime's credit in this case, the series is rather sensible in approaching the relationship developments as they stay read more
Mar 28, 2018
Time Travel Girl functions as both educational adventure and mystery as high schooler Mari finds a pendant and book belonging to her missing father that somehow causes her to travel back in time and encounter several historical inventors famous for their major contributions to scientific and technological advances. Outside of Mari's encounters with famous inventors like Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison, the series adds to the education theme by having segments at the end of each episode that demonstrate the means by which each of the inventions function.

In regards to the historical exploration from Time Travel Girl, the series believably depicts its time periods from read more
Mar 23, 2018
For long time fans of the Macross franchise, you know it well for three things being prominent within the plots of all its titles: jets turning into mecha, the Power of Song, and a love triangle. Macross Delta continues this trend taking place eight years after the events of Macross Frontier where humanity is combating the Windermearan alien race to claim independence from the New United Government that has influence over all planets within the galaxy, with the series mainly focused on the developments of teen pilot Hayate Immelmann, Windermearan teen Freyja Wion, and half-Zentradi ace pilot Mirage Farina Jenius.

Before I get into exploring the read more
Mar 19, 2018
Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu focuses on the bond between a former yakuza member named Sukeroku and a former dancer turned rakugo apprentice named Yakumo who each undergo their own different developments involving the Japanese storytelling performances known as rakugo. The series goes through a number of decades in exploring the different tribulations faced by both men as they progress through the world of rakugo from learning the flaws of their storytelling style to trying to adjust rakugo to the changing times of audience interests in different entertainment venues.

Before I get into my thoughts on the series as a whole, I should explain more about rakugo. read more