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Anime Stats
Days: 69.8
Mean Score: 6.72
  • Total Entries559
  • Rewatched4
  • Episodes4,024
Anime History Last Anime Updates
Amaama to Inazuma
Amaama to Inazuma
Yesterday, 12:13 PM
Completed 12/12 · Scored -
Mob Psycho 100
Mob Psycho 100
Yesterday, 12:11 PM
Completed 12/12 · Scored 8
Uchouten Kazoku 2
Uchouten Kazoku 2
Sep 18, 7:07 AM
Plan to Watch · Scored -
Manga Stats
Days: 6.5
Mean Score: 6.49
  • Total Entries126
  • Reread0
  • Chapters1,157
  • Volumes130
Manga History Last Manga Updates
Hitsuji no Uta
Hitsuji no Uta
Aug 30, 6:55 PM
Completed 47/47 · Scored -
Hanayome wa Motodanshi.
Hanayome wa Motodanshi.
Jul 12, 11:02 PM
Plan to Read · Scored -
Shissou Nikki
Shissou Nikki
Jun 4, 9:07 AM
Plan to Read · Scored -

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Buo Aug 12, 10:24 AM
Thanks a whole lot. :D

I'm not really the type of person to throw a huge party for my birthday, spending the day with my close friends and family is more than enough for me. :) So yeah, I'm enjoying myself.
uebo7 Jul 21, 4:24 AM
Hey dude, nice reviews. You accurately expressed what I felt about Cossette no Shouzou, so it was nice being able to read that in a coherent way. I remember being underwhelmed by it, but in a strange way given how interesting it ought to have been. And though you were probably a little harsher than I would be for Noein, you highlighted a lot of the issues that I knew were there that I don't see brought up too often.
Fall Jul 6, 11:11 PM
Thanks for the response! Likewise, I'm glad you found it sensible, though admittedly I didn't intend it as much more than an extended 'Thank You' comment. I had a crack at reading the manga, but I really didn't care for the art style and found it far too slow-paced for my liking. It seems like the manga spends too much time setting up questions and not enough time answering them, but admittedly, I only read through 15 chapters.

However, I recently read what I thought was a great single-volume, nine-chapter manga called Hanayome wa Motodanshi. It tackles trans* themes and particularly gender dysphoria like Hourou Musuko, but I feel it does it a lot better. It's an autobiographical account of the author that goes only by 'Chii', and details the sorts of problems she had in relation to gender identity growing up, but it's also a great romance when it decides to focus on Chii and her husband (no name). At times, though, it feels more like a trans* handbook than anything else because it presents a lot of information on sexual and gender identity. It became one of my favourites very quickly, and I think it's definitely worth a read. Not much investment, either; it's only 9 chapters long and you can read it in about 3 hours.

But back to your review: I really like your writing; it flows smoothly from sentence to sentence and paragraph to paragraph, while your vocabulary makes it clear that there's a distinction between 'Sophisticated' and 'Pretentious'. Even if I didn't agree with one of your reviews, I'm sure I'd read on until the end because of just how well articulated your opinions are. Too much praise wears a man out, I know, but I really do think that your writing is impressive. I'm happy to receive a reply from you, even if you've forgotten the particulars!



Off-Topic: How long do you think reviews should generally be? Whenever I write reviews, I tend to go on about the show/manga/novel for at least 1,000 words, with my worst (and most recent) offender being 2,509 words. I wanted to write in-depth and detailed reviews that cover most-all of the bases in regard to what I liked and disliked about the piece, but I understand that there's a point where it stops being 'light reading'.
Fall Jun 22, 12:56 AM
I loved reading your Horou Musuko review; it perfectly articulates how I felt towards the show, so I came here to give my thanks. A passage from your review that particularly resonated with me was this one:

What ultimately ends up marring Wandering Son more than anything is its treatment of its themes. Don't think for a second that I won't commend the show for taking an idea that's often denigrated to the rank of a joke and bringing it up to center stage, because I will. It's daring, original, and respectful, and I respect that to no end. The series is great at presenting insightful questions. But it cheapens itself a little bit when attempting to provide the answers. For all of the inner toiling, the complexity of the problems faced by the characters, the series ultimately ends up being permeated and diluted by the same overly simplistic “just be yourself and everything is gonna be okey-dokey” message that seems to be omnipresent in all forms of media.


That said, I personally have to somewhat disagree with what you believe the message of the show is. I thought it was more along the lines of: "there's a price for being yourself, but you shouldn't repress yourself just because of that fear: that's even worse." I believe that, if you stick hard enough to your principles, most of the people around you are going to be willing to accept them out of either/both respect and/or fatigue. I completely agree that the answers didn't carry nearly enough weight to balance out the questions, though -- I think that it simply doesn't delve deep enough.

I particularly loved that moment near the end of the last (?) episode, where Shu realises his voice has changed and says, "it's okay." Not only is it a great sign of character development, but I think it beautifully articulates the gist of what Horou Musuko wanted to say. I've heard that the manga (original source material) is better at pedalling Horou Musuko's themes than the anime, so if you're up for it and haven't done so already, I believe it's recommended to check out the manga version.

That was all I had to say; bottom line is this: I enjoyed reading your review, so thanks for writing it!
RMVTerrell Jun 9, 9:12 PM
Interesting how everyone hates the "bad" guys in story's. Yet ignore the fact that they above all else, are what drive the story itself.

Without conflict, there is nothing.
Eddiiiieee Jun 5, 7:27 PM
I just came to say that I love your Hourou Musuko review! You perfectly described what I felt about the series, but in much better words than I could ever even attempt.
RMVTerrell Jun 3, 1:31 AM
Hey i don't know if you remember me, i'm the guy that commented on your mushishi review a few month back, raving on about how i like the way you don't write your reviews in such a structured manner. That you write them in such a way that it essentially allows me to re-experience the wide array of emotions the anime brought forth.

I just read your review on Madoka Magica and it made me so glad that out of the very few anime you have given a 10, Madoka Magica was one of them.

I never would of have thought an anime about little girls would become one of my most favorite anime's of all time, if not pure favorite at least in terms of completeness and message.

I actually completely stumbled by this anime by accident, i wanted to see what watching anime was like on my HTC Vive while laying down. (Floating screen hovering above your head is super comfortable and is the future) clicked on a random anime movie on Netflix. Turned out to be 2+ hour madoka magica beginning movie which is just the first 8 episodes stitched together, definitely didn't plan to watch for more than 5 minutes, 1 hour later i'm still watching.

finally an anime that satisfies everything i ever wanted out of anime, deep impactful meanings with deep logic to the world that connects directly with ours. I love the way the aliens look and as soon as he mentioned the concepts of entropy and thermodynamics i knew i was in for a ride.

For some reason i also love the deeply warm feeling of watching the girls caress each other so intensely. I almost feel as if i am caressing them myself. I feel as if there is this subtle layer of sexual attractiveness between the two girls. Very similar to the same feeling you get when you cuddle with someone you love. I almost feel as if girls in real life their age when they do hug each other tightly, feel the same slight but deep attraction for one another.

Another thing, is that when i see one die such a horrific and emotionally painful death, its hurts me deeply, but for some reason even though it hurts, i want more of it.

I say this to people all the time about movies/anime/tv shows, i always want the endings to be as deeply painful as possible, i yearn for it for some reason.
When i do say something like this or explain a different ending i would have preferred that matches that desire. Everyone looks at me like i'm crazy. I even go off into these deep day dreams for almost hours where i imagine an entirely new scenario. For example i deeply wished that the ending of fullmetal alchemist brotherhood, ended with The father, that had acquired god, winning the battle at the end. But as he wins, standing their untouchable to all due to his incredible power. He then decides to show Edward the true extent of his power. Edward had accepted that bringing his mother back, bringing anyone back, was impossible. The father, would then begin to prove all that wrong. By completely reassembling his mother right before his eyes, first her skeletal structure, then her nervous system, then her muscle fibers, and lastly her bare skin. Not a fake, but his true to life mother kneeling naked right before his eyes. At first he would begin to be in denial, but he soon becomes swept over by the realization that his mother, everything thing he had ever worked for that led him up to this point, what he had eventually given up on and deemed impossible, something that he had then accepted humans should not meddle in. His mother, is now right in front of him, alive. And as she sees him, and begins to say his name as her eyes light up. The father then, with a waft of his hand, completely dismantles her biological structure. Smearing her across the ground.

Anyway back to Madoka Magica.

I love the dynamic relationship between Madoka and Homura. It almost makes me think, what if the relationship between this so called God and Devil so many people believe in, is the same way? What if they both share a deep love for one another, what if they both embrace and caress each other so strongly they never wish to let go.

I love greek mythology and theology. I think there is a reason the bible, essentially the first best seller, ever known to man, was so popular. I think it's simply because its a good story, just like stories of the greek gods and the titans, and their meddling in human affairs.

I like thinking about the nature of story, what it is, why we do it, and how it came to be.

I find it fascinating that something that we would do thousands of years ago around campfires, still resides with us today in such varying and complex forms such as movies, video games, anime, or even the new emerging front, Virtual reality. I truly cannot wait to see the new ways in which stories can be told with Virtual reality. I especially look forward to anime creators creating content for this.

Here's is an example of what this might look like, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIl2-5f8NTo
AreyKyoya May 13, 4:23 AM
Haha! That sound like fun! What manga's did you buy? Were their any interesting ones?

It's Nothing!
AreyKyoya May 9, 7:02 AM
Haha! You are Welcome!!

How was your day?
Gotanon May 8, 5:41 PM
Happy b-day Maho-chan! P:
Buo May 8, 6:20 AM
Happy Birthday. :D
AreyKyoya May 8, 6:11 AM

Buo Apr 23, 12:43 PM
I can't wait to read it then. :)
St0rmrage Apr 18, 2:09 AM
Any chance of rewatching it and possibly comparing it to Casshern sins ?
Buo Apr 17, 7:43 PM
Excellent Haibane Renmei review. ;)