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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 4, 2017
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 and acknowledges she’s a “child”,
3) invading her privacy and trying to touch and bathe her without her permission (and no, he understood 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 bride, and
6) her being FIFTEEN goddammit (pedophilia).

Chise and Elias 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
Nov 28, 2017
I am writing this completely from memory because it has been years. When I read this as a high school girl, I did not think it was bad. The art attracted me immediately but the story was not as interesting to me as it was to my girl friends. The main love interest was just "showing her tough love" and presenting how much he could care for her by putting her through "difficult" situations. No.

I write this now because most of the other reviewers ragged on the protagonist for her passive attitude or somehow blamed the protagonist for having a watered down personality. However, we read more
Jul 22, 2016
If you're ever in need of a quick, lighthearted pick-me-up, this series can do the trick. The narrative isn't convoluted nor does it capitalize on the torture and tragedies of characters for shock value as some romcoms tend to do. However, it does contain the death of a sibling (Ch. 25/26) which I did not enjoy because it came out of nowhere. It was almost written as if Wanichin (the love interest) saw Eimi (the protagonist) as a sister instead of a prospective love interest. There were parallels drawn between his sister and Eimi and then the creator immediately changed her mind because she remembered read more