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Dec 28, 2013
Visual novel adaptations have always had a notorious reputation in anime communities. Whether it be issues with pacing, narration, or some nonlinear route structure, these adaptations suffer from a variety of heated complaints from fans of the original source material, sometimes even as to have their very existence denied.

Thankfully, White Album 2 is not one of those adaptations.

Adapted from the ~introductory chapter~ segment of the bestselling Leaf visual novel of the same name, White Album 2 (henceforth referred to as “WA2”) manages to retain a lot of the strengths of the source material while approaching it in a different, but appropriate, fashion. It is important read more
Jul 11, 2013
Pain and pleasure. They are two sensory feelings that are central to the experience of living as a human being. Although they are typically distinct from one another, it is certainly something else when the two feelings merge: something that may seem strange to some, enticing to others, or perhaps strangely enticing to the rest.

Masaaki Yuasa, the acclaimed director of titles such as Mind Game and Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei, drew the idea for the main theme of Kick-Heart from this concept of pain and pleasure. He watched a French man getting tortured, and then amused himself at the thought of what it would be read more
May 16, 2013
“Lolicon.” We hear it all the time, yet the term always seems to lack definitive meaning in modern anime communities.

However, there is really no doubt to its application here. Certainly a controversial gem of hentai, “Lolicon Angel” is, in short, a lolicon hentai, depicting young girls engaging in sexual acts. The issues surrounding lolicons are undoubtedly a touchy subject, and the very low number of animated lolicon hentai only serves to reinforce this. Nowadays, a production such as this would never be released.

Beyond its gratification, though, “Lolicon Angel” takes an interesting approach in its narrative. The premise is simple- a young girl loses her money read more
Oct 14, 2012
Buddha (Manga) add (All reviews)
Buddha is an epic. And by 'epic', it must not be understood as the term defined by that which appeals to those who want jaw-dropping, blood-pumping battles, or a superhero that can defeat powerful magical beings with a mind of steel. Rather, in this case, it refers to a lengthy work that follows heroic endeavors on a grand scale. As strange as this may seem, Buddha fits that definition, presenting a sublime narrative that blends elements of history, religion, politics, and mythology.

Buddha is a manga written by the famous Osamu Tezuka, and is one of his titles considered to be an epic. As the title read more
Dec 17, 2011
Going back in time is always a surprising turn of events. As if that wasn't enough, you also find out that you're the special hero that has to stop a conflict between two opposing factions!

That's pretty much what the main character goes through, and what the premise for Onigamiden is. Unfortunately, that's as interesting as the story gets. Jun Tendou, a middle school boy, is thrown back in time to the ancient Japan in the Heian period and finds out that he is the Savior- the only one who can control the legendary Orochi and turn the tides in a war between read more
Dec 16, 2011
Well, this was a surprise. From the various comments that I've seen, I didn't have much expectations of this OVA after the experience that was Boku no Pico. In fact, I was expecting a mediocre work in comparison. Thankfully, it seems that I was proven wrong.

Pico to Chico is the second title of the renowned Pico trilogy and undoubtedly its turning point. In this OVA, Pico, the protagonist, has his first encounter with Chico. The story takes an interesting twist as it deals with Chico's experiences in learning about the human body and its pleasures, which many viewers could relate to. read more