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Sep 27, 2021
tl;dr: A film that is pretty much just more of what the main series was at a similar level of quality.

Goblin Slayer: Goblin’s Crown is a sequel film to Goblin Slayer, though not exactly a direct sequel. This film is an adaptation of volume 5 of the light novel, while the main series adapted volumes 1-2 and a short story from volume 4. The parts that were skipped aren’t much of an issue though, as Goblin Slayer for the most part isn’t really a series where much matters in the long term, at least not yet. This was true when the main series adapted the read more
Sep 26, 2021
tl;dr: A sequel film to main series that is the best so far in terms of romance and action, though it’s also incredibly rushed.

Just like the previous film, this film too is a sequel to the main series, but for real this time. Unlike the previous film, this one is based on content from the manga and is thus not anywhere near being filler. Thus, this is actually a direct sequel to the previous film that picks up where the main series left off, though it’s so rushed it may not feel like it.

This film drops you straight into the action, completely skipping how they read more
Sep 25, 2021
tl;dr: A side story film that’s incredibly similar to the main series but at somewhat higher quality, though also somewhat rushed.

Trinity Seven Eternity Library to Alchemic Girl is somewhat of a sequel film to the main series. I say that because while the original source material for the main series is a manga, the source material for this film is a spin off novel. As such, it’s not exactly filler, but it’s also not likely to have any major lasting impact on the story. It’s also very clearly designed for fans of the main series and obviously expects you to have watched that, though it read more
Sep 21, 2021
tl;dr: An anime that’s mostly well done tokusatsu kaiju action but with enough depth to characters to elevate it above just that.

Note: This review has minor spoilers.

SSSS.Gridman is an anime that is based on Denkou Choujin Gridman, also known as Gridman the Hyper Agent, which is a live action show originally broadcasted in Japan in the mid 90s. I have not seen the original Gridman show, but I do have some familiarity with what seem to be the shows central themes, tokusatsu type action and kaiju. And I feel that this anime does a pretty good job at using them.

One of the core aspects of read more
Sep 19, 2021
tl;dr: A manga that could best be described as insane in terms of plot, world, and characters, but that is a pretty interesting ride and that explores its core theme pretty well.

Fire Punch is a strange manga. It’s not a story where the ending is important, but it’s not really one where the journey is important either. It’s a story set in a bleak world that’s on the brink of collapse due to an ice age where the only reason humanity continues to survive is that certain people have supernatural abilities that completely defy all physical laws such as the ability to heal from anything read more
Sep 15, 2021
tl;dr: A parody mecha anime that’s nonsensical and pretty rough but still has pretty enjoyable parts.

Kenzen Robo Daimidaler is a parody of the mech genre. I think it’s important to clarify the distinction between parody and satire in this case though as they are very often used interchangeably. A parody is an imitation that exaggerates for comedic effect. Satire is the use of parody or other humor for the purposes of criticism. This anime very much imitates old school mecha anime and greatly exaggerates and twists all the tropes for comedy purposes. However, this isn’t meant to criticize these tropes, but is rather basically a read more
Sep 11, 2021
tl;dr: A manga with an interesting start and a great ending, though with a bunch of pointless nonsense in between.

This manga starts off with the protagonist, Toki, deciding to waste time in a net café he passes by so as to delay going home to his moody pregnant wife. There he’s surprised to encounter his first love from middle school, Tono, whom he had always regretted not confessing to. At this point there’s a crazy storm and when it clears up, he’s shocked to find that the world outside the net café is completely different, with it being the sole building in the middle of read more
Sep 7, 2021
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tl;dr: An anime that has an amusing cast and great humor but has bad pacing for the more serious portions.

Kannagi is an anime that starts off with the protagonist, Jin, watching a girl named Nagi seemingly being born from a wooden sculpture he made. She says that she’s the goddess of that tree, and with the tree being cut down she has to use her goddess powers to eliminate impurities, which take the form of bugs made of darkness that will begin invading and harming the town. And furthermore they quickly discover that, Jin unlike other humans for some reason has the ability to see read more
Sep 1, 2021
tl;dr: A rom-com that has a solid plot and solid comedy, but with each actively working against the other.

Jitsu wa Watashi wa, which translated literally to Actually I Am but is also known as My Monster Secret, is a rom-com about high school student, Kuromine, who falls in love with Shirigami, after which he discovers that she’s a vampire, but continues to stay in love with her and does his best to preserve her secret. She’s not the only irregular individual at their high school however, as the cast also eventually comes to include various others such as a wolfman, aliens, time travelers, angels, demons, read more
Aug 10, 2021
tl;dr: An adaptation of an incredible story that despite the well-regarded art style doesn’t really work all that well. Read Furuya Usamaru’s adaptation instead.

This manga is an adaptation of a novel by Dazai Osamu by Ito Junji. I have not read the novel, but there have been other manga adaptations and even a partial anime adaptation, of which I’ve read the manga adaptation by Furuya Usamaru, so I’ll basically be doing this review from the context of essentially comparing this adaptation to Furuya’s adaptation.

This manga involves a man named Oba who despite being set up for success simply isn’t able to find his place in read more