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May 6, 2016
Sarusuberi is not a film I believe anyone can enjoy, but I have no reservations about calling it a work of art. Not only is it a beautiful film overall, the experience it provides in both its characters and its setting is poignant and thought-provoking despite its straight-forwardness, something that is regrettably rare in major feature-length anime releases.

Sarusuberi has neither a main conflict nor a linear narrative, instead made up of a handful of shorter stories that are loosely held together by O-Ei, the film's central character. It is difficult to asses the story's effectiveness, because there isn't really a particular "goal" that it tries read more
Apr 28, 2016
Since I first saw Cardcaptor Sakura as a kid in the early 2000s, no other anime has come close to dethroning it as the best of its genre. Yes, I will come out and say it, I believe it surpasses (the still beloved, but infinitely more flawed) Sailor Moon as the best shoujo and magical girl anime that I've seen, and I've seen a LOT of shoujo and magical girl anime.

On the surface, Cardcaptor Sakura might seem like a standard magical girl show, because in some ways, it is. The premise of a main character finding a magical artifact that grants them power and have read more
Apr 28, 2016
High☆Speed!: Free! Starting Days is a solid movie that will likely be enjoyable to fans of the TV anime, and potentially even those unfamiliar to the franchise as a standalone coming-of-age film.

The story, while nothing exceptional, is solid. There is a degree of repetitiveness among the two seasons of the anime and this movie in terms of main themes and sources of conflict, and if this movie's other elements weren't so well-done I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much as I did. Fortunately, that's not the case. The movie had uncertainty about the future, family drama, and, as this is Free!, friendship being its main read more
Nov 3, 2015
Akagami no Shirayukihime is, in many ways, your usual shoujo anime. It is cheesy, trope-y and at every level almost laughably predictable. The premise isn’t particularly unique, the characters aren’t especially unique, and after watching a few episodes, you will have a good idea of how the rest of the show will play out. Despite all of this, Akagami no Shirayukihime still manages to stand out amongst the yearly deluge of mediocre shoujo series.

It becomes quickly evident that plot is not a major focus of this series. While there is a premise, and the show has a few ‘story arcs’ in a sense, much of read more