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Feb 1, 2019
Nothing screams cash grab quite like a side-story movie to a popular shounen series. In the case of "Yuu Yuu Hakusho: The Movie", nothing screams mediocrity quite like it either.

So little effort was put into "Yuu Yuu Hakusho: The Movie" that it hardly qualifies as a movie: it clocks in at a stingy half hour in length. When you also take into account the inconsequential story, then this anime should really have been named "Yuu Yuu Hakusho: The Throwaway Episode".

"Yuu Yuu Hakusho: The Throwaway Episode" is set after the Dark Tournament arc, so it's hard to believe how overpowered the bad guy in this anime read more
Jan 19, 2019
I remember when I first started seriously getting into anime, proclaiming that you liked mindless superpower fighting anime - in particular "Dragon Ball Z" - would put a big dent in your street cred as a Serious Anime Watcher. The flaws and cliches of those kind of anime are legendary: long, repetitive, with fights containing more talking and powering up than actual fighting. So for a while I avoided them like a homophobe avoided the Pride parades (disclaimer: I am not a homophobe).

And yet, I'd always felt drawn to a show called "Yuu Yuu Hakusho", partly because I'd played a good game based on it. read more
Jan 1, 2019
Like many anime fans, I'm guilty of under-appreciating the visuals and having my feelings swayed mostly by the story and in particular the characters. Although I want to rectify this, I don't really have a good eye for animation details. So while the spirit is willing the eye-flesh is ... uhh ... what's the visual equivalent of tone-deaf? Art-blind? Anyway, despite my art-blind eye-flesh, occasionally I find myself gravitating towards an anime because of some awesome visuals.

And that's what happened in the case of "009 Re:Cyborg", which, despite having heard that the story makes no sense, I've been wanting to see ever since I was read more
Dec 1, 2018
"It feels really different from a typical Shinkai movie!"
"It's good but not as good as A Silent Voice!"
"Best Anime movie ever!"

Those are some of the things I've heard about "Your Name." before I actually saw the movie. The first I mostly agree with. The second ... I feel they're about the same, but what puzzles me is why the two keeps getting compared, as they don't seem all that similar to me. As for the third statement, well, it actually contradicts the second, and no one I know actually said that, but I extrapolated it from the MAL rankings where it currently sits at #2 read more
Nov 28, 2018
Stop me if you've heard this children's tale before. Once upon a time, there was a little lamb who lived on a farm with his mother and the rest of their flock. One night, a wolf raids the farm and kills mother sheep. Devastated by the loss, the lamb... decides he needs to become a wolf in order to wreak vengeance.

Well! With a synopsis like that, all I can say is: thank God the farmer didn't get to mother sheep first, otherwise this anime could have been even more fucked up!

Needless to say, it was this strangely dark premise which attracted me to "Ringing Bell" read more
Nov 7, 2018
I moved around a lot when I was young. For a while I kept in touch with friends and former classmates by writing letters. While email has mostly replaced snail mail these days (and for good reason), it can't quite replicate the power of letters. Something about their physical limitations makes you weigh your words and topics more carefully; the excitement of receiving a letter is also ripened by the lengthy waiting time, making you cherish those letters even more.

The last anime I can remember that said something poignant about the sadly declining art of letter writing was one of my all-time favourite anime. Now read more
Oct 23, 2018
If the original "Getter Robo" can be affectionately described as "very shit", then "Getter Robo G" can be described as "less shit".

[Note: "Getter Robo G" is largely similar to "Getter Robo", so I won't be repeating most of the things I've already said in the review for "Getter Robo", and will be focusing mostly on the differences instead.]

"Getter Robo G" is essentially more "Getter Robo" with some upgrades.

The most important upgrades are the robots. The new robots looks a bit cooler than the original, for example, Getter-1 had two "horns" sticking out of its head in "Getter Robo", and now it has about five. The read more
Oct 17, 2018
Hey, does anyone remember watching "Force Five" when growing up? Oh. Just me then. Damn I feel old. Well, sit thee down, young whippersnapper, and let me tell thee a tale while slowly stroking my bumfluff.

A long time ago (the 70s) in a land far, far away (Japan).... there were four unrelated super robot anime series and one not-super-robot anime series which got an English adaptation. The adaptation mashed them all together and presented them as an anthology under the umbrella title "Force Five". The show would air during weekdays, with a different series being shown each day. The version I watched had "Force Five: read more
Sep 20, 2018
Children can be cruel. I can recall the times in school when I got picked on by assholes for being different, and the times when I was an asshole to others even lower on the food chain. But children grow up, and I can also recall the taunts, teases and playground fights fading away, and the feeling of regret over my own bad behaviour growing stronger as we got older. By the time I left school, everyone mostly got along.

"A Silent Voice" is like a reflection of that transition in my life, but a reflection in a convex mirror where everything is magnified, where the read more
Sep 2, 2018
"Why do you build me up buttercup, baby just to let me down?"

Is it just me or do those old song lyrics describe this anime quite aptly? It's a show that seems to promise to break all the conventions of a typical romance anime in its opening episodes, only to end up in the same place.

"Tonari no Totoro-kun" is the story of this furry monster named Totoro who lives next to… oh hang on, wrong anime! *leafs through the notes* Ahh yes, here it is: "Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun" is the story of this non-furry monster of a human named Haru who strikes up an unlikely read more