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Mar 23, 2024
Got A, Strange Magic.

The anime fantasy genre has taken a beating by shovelware chancers and wish-fulfilment peddlers who would often turn their half-baked video game mechanic-plagued (slavery white-washing) fantasy sandboxes into the same uninspired swill the industry has been pumping out since Sword Art Online came along and ruined everything. There are always exceptions of course, but it takes something like Frieren: Beyond Journey's End to remind us what truly incredible fantasy anime can be.

Of course, Frieren had a head start with its story being an adaptation of the incredible manga. The Hero’s Party triumphantly returns after their victory over the Demon King and ...
Mar 22, 2024
Mother of the Magical Soldier Girl's Dormitory.

If you’ve read the Japanese title of Chained Solider and are worried about the “slave” part then you can breathe a sigh of relief. This show isn’t interested in worryingly whitewashing some of the worst atrocities in human history for the sake of sad incels who wish they had subservient waifu, sex slaves. This is a battle-harem anime about a guy who can turn into a Kaiju monster under the chained leash of his smoking hot commander Waifu’s ability and the price she pays for using him in battle is to reward him with whatever he subconsciously desires after ...
Mar 22, 2024
Don't Come To The Adventures Guild Tomorrow…

My Instant Death Ability is So Overpowered, No One in This Other World Stands a Chance Against Me is currently a breakthrough of bleeding-edge light-novel technology with a heavy emphasis on “edge”. It's a half-Isekai half-death-game anime about a school bus full of Japanese high-school students willing to abandon their friends for dead or become potential sex criminals as soon as they either receive or don’t receive superpowers from a sketchy sage.
Of course, none of that matters because the main protagonist, Takatou can just kill anything by pointing at this target and saying “die” which he only used ...
Mar 17, 2024
Mixed Feelings
So Fluffy I Could Die.

If you’re the type of person who enjoys light-hearted isekai and is also an animal lover or a crazy pet owner whose heart bursts out of their chest at the thought of touching fluff and floof then you may appreciate a couple of episodes of Fluffy Paradise. A story about an overworked office lady working herself to death and then reincarnating as the daughter of a noble family in another fantasy world with a Snow White ability to make every animal love her so she gets to touch, pet, and play with as much fluff and floof, fur, feathers and ...
Jan 31, 2024
Pon no Michi (Anime) add
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (4/12 eps)
Pon-thetic.

I was personally quite interested in The Way of Pon when it was first announced. A cute-girls-doing-cute-things low-stakes slice-of-life anime about a bunch of insanely cute girls, who were designed by the mangaka behind The Quintessential Quintuplets, hanging out and playing Mahjong. Unfortunately, cute character designs are the beginning and the end of my interest in this show and my investment doesn’t span over four episodes.

Not that you’ll be able to watch this anime if you live in the UK. Because this is an Amazon Prime Original if you live in a certain region then fuck you. As of the time of writing you’re ...
Dec 29, 2023
The Boyfriend Is Me.

Whilst other protagonists of lesser harem romcoms are endlessly spiralling around in an endless malaise of ‘will they, won’t they’ bullshit with all the women who are attracted to them for reasons unknown just so a plot can happen, Rentarou was at the forge, sharpening his blades and pouring his soul in them. As he draws his two new Zanpakt- I mean four leaf clovers, one containing the soul of ecchi harem romcom bullshit and the other containing the soul of good writing, self-awareness and parody almost rivalling Gintama, he comes to the self-realisation that he is him and that The 100 ...
Dec 22, 2023
Vampires, Financial Crashes, Chunibyo & Other Delusions.

His Eminence returns for a second season after his wisdom of the shadows created one of the best modern isekai parodies in memory. However, six months of production between seasons one and two is a short amount of time, and I would argue that season two suffers a bit from season one’s success.

The moon is red. We have little time. The hour of awakening draws near! The frenzy has begun, and the Cid Kagenou is still completely unaware that the world's plot and backstory he made up on the fly for fun so he can role-play as the OP ...
Dec 18, 2023
FunnyFunny
Not Berserk.

If you’ve ever felt slightly self-conscious about the name your parents gave you at birth, feel comfort in the fact that it will never be as hilariously stupid as “Fate Graphite”, the main protagonist of Berserk (not that one) of Gluttony, an anime 100% less generational manga than it’s promotional title font tries to emulate to trick weebs into watching it, and 100% more *sigh* light novel garbage.

Fate is one of those born with a deadly sin. The sin of Gluttony leaves Fate in a constant state of hunger, always eating but never satiated. It's not until one night when his hunger takes ...
Dec 10, 2023
Welcome To Demon Hunting, Akuma-kun.

Akuma-kun 2023 is a middle-shelf Netflix anime. Not excellent but not a stinker. In fact, it's pretty good. I’ve never watched the 1989 anime but this sequel does an excellent job of introducing new viewers to the world and story without it feeling alienating.

In a world where demons lurk and make contracts with humans, it's up to the new Akuma-kun, a title handed down by those chosen by the Flute of Salomon to fight against demonic forces with the help of his trusty demon companion Mephisto III… which is easier said than done when Mephisto III is a weaker, half-breed demon ...
Dec 8, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (10/12 eps)
The Pens Edge Is Mightier Than The Gun.

I hate the lazy line “It fell off” anime fans with the attention span of a Chihuahua on G-Fuel use to write off stories that slow down their pacing to build up narrative tension. However, The Kingdoms of Ruin is one of the few anime I will allow the description “It fell off” to accurately apply.

Humans have overtaken magic with advanced science and now plan to wipe out the witches for good in a bloody and very edgy genocide. After his beloved witch teacher Chloe is humiliated and murdered in front of him and a crowd of propaganda-brainwashed ...


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