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Jan 29, 2019
The cliche of "city slicker goes to a rural town, struggles as a fish out of water, before finally maturing to deal with their inner troubles" has been done many times. In Barakamon we have a calligrapher who goes to a rural town in Japan to seek redemption and gain a new insight into his life and career. While the main plot goes the same way as you'd expect the cliche would, it is still a heartwarming gem that exceeds expectations.

The most interesting part of Barakamon is its cast. While many may focus on Naru, the loud and energetic child who is the main driver read more
Dec 19, 2018
Legend of the Galactic Heroes has developed a strong cult following over the years. Even on this site it is one of the highest rated shows and does not look like it will be losing its ranking anytime soon. While watching LotGH it was clear to see how this reputation grew, however it also left me somewhat puzzled how a lot of the negatives seem to be forgotten.

Perhaps what I found most interesting about LotGH is the style of storytelling it employs. The narrator is used heavily in between the action to make the show feel like a documentary. This is especially noticeable during the read more
Aug 29, 2018
Makoto Shinkai is a director that clearly loves the idea of "star-crossed lovers", "love at first sight" and the idea that once you fall in love, even as children, that you will be dedicated to that person forever even if circumstances change or the people in love change. In most of his previous films the characters fall in love instantly and we spend the rest of the film watching them pine over the other wishing that they could be together, even if decades have gone by without being in contact with each other. The clearest example of this is in 5cm Per Second where the read more
Mar 29, 2018
Aiura (Anime) add (All reviews)
It is hard to gauge a rating for such a short series. Aiura is a set of 12 episodes spanning 3 minutes each. It is set in high school and focuses on three female students as they become friends through a fairly regular set of events. The show is great for some quick, light-hearted fun/comedy and can scratch that itch when you're keen on watching some slice of life. However, there isn't much depth to the show, as one would expect having a 36 minute run time. Hence, it is unlikely that Aiura will leave a lasting impression on you. Nevertheless, this does not mean read more
Jan 15, 2018
I’m making this clear from the start - I have not read the manga and I don't believe any of the characters in this film are damsels in distress or purely a stereotype.

The first 30 minutes of this film had me completely emotionally invested in these characters. It hit close to home seeing students bullied, similar to how people were bullied while I was growing up. This was particularly the case when watching a student like Nishimiya, who did nothing but be nice to others, get bullied just for being different. I have also seen a bully end up being the victim or an outcast, read more
Jul 17, 2016
For a show that had so much potential, Kekkai Sensen is fairly forgettable. Its conclusion is riddled with issues, made worse by the fact that it was delayed several weeks. However, that's not to say that the series isn't somewhat enjoyable.

The first seven episodes of Kekkai Sensen are standalone stories, introducing different aspects of the show's universe. I say "introducing" because nothing is properly developed. After watching these seven episodes I can't say that I know anything about how Hellsalem's Lot works, what Libra's place in the city is, nor the extent of the powers of each character. Nevertheless, these episodes are entertaining enough, with read more
Jul 8, 2016
Shin Sekai Yori (SSY) is an incredibly ambitious anime that fails to deliver. The initial premise for the series involves a society desperate to control its citizens due to the fear that any one of them could become a mass murderer due to misusing their cantus (magical powers) or simply losing control. In a similar manner, the creators of SSY managed to lose control of their own narrative.

It only takes four episodes before the show veers off course from its original premise. The first two episodes introduce the village and the cantus school where kids disappear frequently. This gets forgotten for episode 3 where an read more
Feb 15, 2016
This review has spoilers. Since TTGL is incredibly well loved in the anime community with most people rating it a fun/10, I would suggest that anyone who wants to watch the show to definitely watch it before reading this review.

TTGL begins with one of the most chaotic pilot episodes ever, similar to Space Dandy. The show sets the rules and tone early; there is a lot of action and comedy with little logic. After defeating their first enemy gunman by yelling and throwing themselves recklessly at it, the adventure begins with our main trio; Kamina, Simon and Yoko.

Kamina embodies the main themes of the read more
Aug 15, 2015
Time for a trip down memory lane (not present day or present time). The most appropriate description for Serial Experiments Lain (SEL) is "avant garde". This series is surreal, bizarre and incredibly experimental. Yet it manages to create an intricate and entertaining story which poses many philosophical questions. From the first time I watched this series it has left a long-lasting impression as one of the best pieces of media I have ever experienced.

The story of SEL focuses on Lain, a lonely, introverted teenage girl, as she follows the mystery behind the messages left by a classmate from beyond the grave. At its core, SEL read more
Aug 8, 2015
There are two things that I love; music and anime. Put them together and you end up with a....dropped anime? I was anticipating watching Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso after hearing that is is an award winning manga about a musical child prodigy learning to face his demons, with a bit of romance thrown in. If done right, this could have been another gem to add to the multiple other music-based anime out there. But instead it seems that almost everything went wrong.

The protagonist of Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso is Kousei, an unbelievably talented musician who's mother's death has been haunting him, so much read more