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Sep 5, 2018
I came into this series knowing nothing about the story. The anime is praised seven ways 'til Sunday but I thought I'd check out the source material before giving the anime a try. Boy, was that a mistake.

The worldbuilding and lore is interesting. A colony of people live in an enormous pit that descends into the planet and it's the size of an entire continent. Explorers, ranked by colored whistles, are chosen to descend and collect relics that could help their society thrive...only to break down relics to be made into white whistles—the highest rank an explorer can get. If an explorer obtains a good read more
Mar 31, 2018
Honey (Manga) add (All reviews)
Honey, or Honey So Sweet as titled by Viz, is about a relationship that blossoms between two high school students: a boy everybody notices because they're afraid of him (Taiga) and a girl nobody notices because she's timid (Nao). The plot is as generic as it sounds. There are plot points that make themselves really obvious and the same type of characters you'd find in any other generic high school romance series, from serious characters to characters who scream a lot.

The series had a really rocky start and gets weird at times because it starts off with Nao having a crush on her uncle. The read more
Mar 28, 2018
There’s so much to love about Ancient Magus' Bride but their entire relationship is predicated on:

1) an older non-human man buying a 15-year-old girl at an auction (in other words, human trafficking),
2) calling her dehumanizing things like “puppy” right after she was sold, lording it over her that she's "expensive," and every character acknowledging she’s a “child” (especially him),
3) invading her privacy and trying to touch and bathe her without her permission (he understood that what he was doing to a child was morally reprehensible as indicated by Angelica),
4) telling her she has no choice in matters but is “free to reconsider”,
5) calling him his read more
Dec 16, 2017
Ajin (Anime) add (All reviews)
Ajin is a more violent X-Men but it's nitty gritty without displaying the brutality and crossing the line toward torture porn (if you don't count the X-Men graphic novels). The protagonist, Kei Nagai, is a pacifist yet he's deeply flawed. He calculates every move he makes and, if something doesn't directly effect him, he doesn't care enough to take action. Whether or not the world is in turmoil, Kei just wants to live in peace. As the roster of characters grow, the story develops into a question of whether or not the many is worth protecting—even if it means the same (if not, more) suffering read more
Dec 9, 2017
New Game is like a more comedic Shirobako meets video game developing. There is a large cast of women and all of them have a passion for video games. Because so many people were introduced in the beginning and the audience doesn't have a good grasp on their personalities yet, it was difficult to tell them apart for a while. Around the 3rd or 4th episode, the writers started developing each character and illustrating how well they work together. I love that there's no ridiculous pettiness or rivalries between the girls. It's the exact opposite—there's a ton of really intimate moments in each episode that read more
Dec 9, 2017
Food Wars is as simple as this review is going to be. This anime had a lot of potential to be great. I went into it not knowing anything because I wanted to be surprised. I knew it was about food and I'd seen pictures on various social media of the food that comes from this series—it's beautiful! There hasn't been very many anime that centers around food so it piqued my interest.

While Food Wars is definitely surprising—shocking, even—I was extremely disappointed to find that it has no plot, no interesting characters, character development was nonexistent, and it's just an overwhelming amount of gross ecchi-ahegao read more
Dec 8, 2017
Recovery of an MMO Junkie quickly became one of my favorites and I can say with full confidence that there has never been a romcom anime like it. There's nothing convoluted about the story, there are no gimmicks, and no long-lasting misunderstandings. These are stable adults, making responsible decisions, and fostering healthy relationships. The creators masterfully portray 30-year-olds feeling deep-seated, heart-racing, butterflies in your stomach romance. And it's a treat.

Moriko Morioka is a self-certified NEET and Yuta Sakurai is a company man with a good heart; both have shared interests and a chance encounter that changes the course of their relationship. Unlike most heroines, Moriko read more
Dec 7, 2017
Gamers! (Anime) add (All reviews)
After catching up with the amazing slice of life-romcom, Recovery of an MMO Junkie, I wanted another game-related romance-comedy and I was hoping Gamers would touch my heart in similar ways. The production quality of Gamers was better than I expected. That opening, the references, the music, the voice acting, the art style—it's fantastic! Though Gamers started off a little bit cliched, it still piqued my interest. I thought the pilot was just a basic starting point and the second episode introduced more characters that could get fleshed out later. That was my initial thought until the anime suddenly dropped the ball after the second read more
Dec 3, 2017
"Into the Forest of Fireflies' Light" is a short and beautiful movie. The cinematography is good and the music and sound effects are wonderful. That's where the wonder stops, unfortunately. Thinking back on it, the story is just another case of human and non-human star-crossed lovers that have the cadence of Spirited Away. However, the entire romance is predicated on a relationship between an ageless supernatural being in the form of a young adult-looking man (Gin) and a 6-year-old girl (Hotaru) who can't touch each other otherwise he will disappear.

For much of their relationship, Hotaru is a child which is why I docked so many read more
Nov 29, 2017
I almost dropped this after barely reading it. There was sexual harassment, sexual assault (several times), homophobia, putting people in life or death situations, and lying—all in the first chapter. I powered on so that I could give this a thorough review.

Both the protagonist, Hasegawa Tamaki (Tama), and the love interest, Sugou Kagetora (Tora), have an unhealthy codependency. She wants him to need her and he refuses to let her protest anything he does. Upon their first meeting, he found it so offensive that she thought he was gay that he wanted a woman for a bodyguard to prevent the misunderstanding. If you were a read more