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Apr 27, 2021
Hi, I'm a figure skater.

This manga is incredible and I can attest to that. (TL;DR at bottom)


It's a simple premise, a journey of Inori's way to an Olympic medal, but that's what makes the story so great. With such a simple plot, there's no limit to what you can do with it if you know and care for the sport. (Which, the author absolutely does, considering nearly everything to do with actual figure skating is factual.) For example, they incorporate actual skating culture into the manga, which unfortunately is a culture of classism and superiority complexes, but the culture also attributes to the plot read more
Apr 3, 2021
SK∞ (Anime) add (All reviews)
SK8 The Infinity: Mangling skateboarding beyond recognition.

There are a bit of spoilers in here, so read at your own risk.

Story: 6

'S' being a huge foundation for the plot already throws off this show for me. It's a huge race between skaters that takes place in an abandoned mineshaft, which honestly, doesn't sound too bad. But it's the fact that every single character is so invested in 'S' to the point of ruining themselves, (Miya and Reki are severe cases of this) when all 'S' is is a competition. SK8 states multiple times that the whole point of skating is to have fun and just do read more
Dec 27, 2020
Lucky Star is a gem and every time I've watched it, it only got better.

While its humor is really hit or miss with people, I think it's perfect, especially when you consider that it was made in 2007. Often, its jokes are pure relatability and coincidence among characters, but when it references its time period, it does so in a way that doesn't date it too much. It is a product of its times, but that's half the beauty of Lucky Star.

Since it's a slice of life, there isn't very much plot, but for what it lacks in plot, it makes up for with its read more
Oct 29, 2020
I feel like Blue Lock hooked a lot of its readers in with the long first chapter and its outlandish ideas of what football should be. It's a different take on sports manga (at least from the ones I know of) and almost like a breath of fresh air.

Though, I'd really have to say the art is where this manga shines. The style is visually appealing when it wants to be, and jarring when called for. Lots of metaphors and visualizations that are exaggerated, but in the best way possible (if that makes sense?)

It falls a little short on characterization in my opinion, a good read more
Jul 31, 2020
this is such a beautiful story that i can relate so much to. so far, it's all been countless metaphors that aren't too pretentious or hard to understand, and i really appreciate that in anime. i feel like land of the lustrous does metaphors incredibly well and accurately portrays the meaning behind them without literally telling you what's going on.

also the art is so amazing. usually 3d modeling is kinda frowned upon and seen as lazy in anime, but the animation for this enhances the story so much. i don't think regular animation would have done this show justice.

a small detail i noticed and really read more
Jul 16, 2020
FLCL (Anime) add (All reviews)
watched this back when i was around naota's age, loved it simply for the abstract mess of things put together in one show, the fast pace it had, and the simple chaos. rewatching this now, i can really see how it subconsciously affected me and why.

it's about growing up, and also the refusal to grow up disguised as a supernatural mecha anime. the metaphors are kind of hard to see, but they still make an impact whether you realize them or not. at least, that's what happened with me, seeing how i turned out after watching this at age 12.

i also love how the creator read more