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Nov 21, 2020
So as someone who's been out of anime culture for a very long time, I literally chanced upon The Promised Neverland because one of the nendoroid subgroups I'm in was asking to buy the nendoroid of the main character - which is considered to be rare considering that it was only released last year. Curious, I went to check out the anime description on wikipedia and I saw the following keywords: "dark secret", "orphanage", "manga awards" and "best animes of the 2010s" and I'm sold. After spending another 5 minutes to get more information on the anime, I realised that a lot of information on ...
Nov 21, 2020
Preliminary (5/11 eps)
So far, I'm still at episode 5 but in a summary it's basically about how a prodigious prince, Xie Lian cultivated to the point where he ascended into the heavens, and his fall from grace back to the mortal realm. One of the things I love about the show is how Xie Lian ascended to the heavens, only to realise that the heaven officials are just as, if not more petty, shallow and hypocritical then the mortals who are worshipping them. Xie Lian soon discovers that what the heavens find pleasing might not always be moral, in fact they often rooted in appealing to the ...
Nov 21, 2020
I couldn't remember a story that has impacted me the way Scumbag System has in the last few years. In many ways, the story hits really close to home because they deal thematically with many issues that I've been grappling with for a huge portion of my life:

1) On Predestination: the central premise of the novel is really about a person who finds himself transmigrated into the main antagonist role of the story and hence, has to find SOME way to change his life path in order to avoid a horrific death. One of the major themes that the story raises is the concept of ...
Feb 17, 2019
Mixed Feelings
[Spoiler Warning]

I write this review as a die-hard (male) fan of Code Geass. It was ten years ago when I saw Lelouch of the Rebellion and the degree of plot complexity and rich characterisation was beyond anything I have seen in anime as a teenager. In a certain sense, that anime series helped to shape my anime tastes for the next decade, among other anime classics such as Madoka, Cowboy Behop and Neon Genesis Evangelion. But is it worth it?

Well, there are redeeming points to make about the movie.
- the animation is smooth, well-detailed and its nice to see Code Geass so beautifully rendered on ...
Dec 22, 2016
Mixed Feelings
I write this as a gay adult man who's actually interested in proper M/M romantic representation and as someone who's jaded of queerbaiting and stereotypical heteronormative gay relationships in the shounen-ai genre. So when I was drawn into the hype that YOI offers a compelling storyline which extends beyond cheap queerbaiting and homo-fanservice, I was intrigued to say the least.

I am going to do my best to be entirely unbiased. There are certain redeeming qualities to the show that I think deserves mention.

a) Ethnic representation: It isn't often to see America being represented by a Latino, to see prominent cast members from Russia, ...