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Jul 9, 2022
Roxana (Manga) add
Preliminary (30/? chp)
My god, this is trash.
But if you have an okay tolerance to edgy tropes, Roxana is also an easy and entertaining read with amazing art.

I can't say too much yet as I haven't read the novel that far ahead and the manhwa is only 30ish chapters in but from my judgement, if you want an engrossing story and memorable characters/interactions you should just look elsewhere. Roxana can only offer very sexy strong independent characters whose only personality trait is that they are psychotic. Imagine it as porn but you get off to gore, edginess, degeneracy etc etc (hopefully smut and gl in the future ...
Jul 7, 2022
Preliminary (55/? chp)
"Should you have thorns, I shall be pricked, should you addict me, I shall succumb, I take the poison just to have you."

Guys, gals, non-binary pals, The Taming of the Tyrant is very good and I enjoyed myself a lot. I definitely would recommend if you're looking for a well executed bad girl dominates bottom bad boy trope with badass leads, narrow relationship focus, and a compelling story.

The romance in TotT is well, hot and is probably the main intended selling point of the manhwa. Not to spoil too much, but fl goes through some torture porn prior to isekaism, and ml is raised ...
Jul 6, 2022
Preliminary (90/? chp)
Pre-timeskip story: acceptance, adolescence, motherly love and a newfound family. Heartwarming, cute, very precious, best oi I ever read. 10/10

Post-timeskip story: romance, drama that does not matter, the most lovable character fl is content and gets less screen time, very very generic. 5/10

WARNING: I've avoided spoiling plot points, only commenting on the overall story structure but you might want to stop here if you want to go in knowing nothing.

Fantasy of a Stepmother is not the first manhwa that shifts its focus and becomes average as a result, but damn I was surprised. Given how strong it started, I was almost certain the author ...
Jun 29, 2022
Preliminary (21/? chp)
The Magical Revolution of the Reincarnated Princess is a feel good isekai about an iNteReStiNg royalty who loves magic. Nothing stands out particularly but what can I say, I loved this manga and I had a great time. And if you like yuri, isekai, and otome like me I think there's a high chance you will too.

As a fluffy magic isekai, if you've read Mushuku Tensei, or the shouta magic geek one, you know what to expect. Stronk quirky mc, crisp artstyle, the plot is well-paced, there are almost no stakes, and the vibes are of a nice casual sol. Not too standoutish but ...
Jun 25, 2022
Preliminary (26/? chp)
Uohhh sixteen year old cunny, age gap cute and funny 😭😭😭

The story is wholesome and the artstyle is insanely pretty but I only recommend Ojou to Banken with huge caveat. You know, my trigger tolerance thresholds usually run high due to the spicy sixdigits I read, but even I had to turn off my brain for the grooming behavior to not affect my enjoyment. If I see this happen in real life I'll likely puke.

Not to be judgemental but if you think normalising such a relationship under the pretext of protection is not gross we can't be friends. I'll be judging you from 200 ...
Jun 12, 2022
Really sweet manga as just about any romantic story set in a time when people had to deal with prejudice, discrimination, and class differences. And in that regard it is a incredibly enjoyable period piece, with great pacing, loveable characters and beautiful art but nothing really sets it apart.

The positives are many and Sayonara Rose Garden was for sure a quality read for me. The romance progresses nicely and although we only have 17 chapters the not one relationship feels rushed. In fact the pacing is one of the greatest strengths of the manga because the story knows what it aims to achieve from chapter ...
Sep 24, 2020
Ping Pong the Animation feels like it was tailor-made for me. It tells the story of 5 table tennis competitors in a period of two years, and concludes it with an epilogue 10 or smt years later. And all is creative choices are made in order to develop those 5 characters, so that they come of age. Poignant af, and especially relatable to me, because I used to be a precocious depressed math competitor, PPTA really hit home. To top it all off, this anime does not feature any of that shitty anime comedy that makes me inhale slowly and sigh with regret.

I would love ...
Aug 5, 2020
Katanagatari (Anime) add
Mixed Feelings
Nisio Isin dropped the ball. Either that or I have become stupider in the 2 years since I saw Monogatari, because I did not appreciate Katanagatari as much as I expected.

The story is convoluted. 12 episodes for gathering 12 swords starts off the same but slowly becomes richer and more complicated. And It flows well with more threads, characters and world-building until it does not. At the end though not one thing gets proper closure. Changing history? Fixing history? Prophesy? Legacy? Rebellion? Long lines? 13th sword? Future swords? Ancestors? Fall of the Shogunate? Why does the princess act like a bitch despite not caring about ...
Jul 5, 2020
Mixed Feelings

Kimetsu no Yaiba has creative visuals, quirky style and simple premise that works very effectively. The hashiras are literally the coolest guys ever. However, my main issue is that the pacing and villains of totally blow.

Demon Slayer has really weird pacing decisions - the fights stretch on like 30 chapters and the in-between ark pauses are barely there. In other shounen shows writers use pauses and long arks to explore contextual tangents, build up tension, create drama, and rise stakes. That way they create an illusion of a journey and make the reader more involved to the story. Unfortunately Demon Slayer does not do any ...
Jul 5, 2020
Mixed Feelings

Kimetsu no Yaiba has creative visuals, quirky style and simple premise that works very effectively. The hashiras are literally the coolest guys ever. However, my main issue is that the pacing and villains of totally blow.

Demon Slayer has really weird pacing decisions - the fights stretch on like 30 chapters and the in-between ark pauses are barely there. In other shounen shows writers use pauses and long arks to explore contextual tangents, build up tension, create drama, and rise stakes. That way they create an illusion of a journey and make the reader more involved to the story. Unfortunately Demon Slayer does not do any ...