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Jul 27, 2019
Preliminary
If Mari Okada had written a Spring Awakening of high school girls that look like they're fresh out of middle school. If that isn't cringey enough, one of girls tries to make a move on their teacher. The idea and premise sounds good for the high school genre as most of the stories out there seem too wholesome, but the dialogue and character interactions are too cringeworthy and borderline overly dramatic. Neither the dialogue nor the character interactions seem believable, like the two girls who have to constantly exclaim "Tomo!" meaning true friend multiple times in one episode. I went in thinking it would have read more
Jun 20, 2019
If you are familiar with Mari Okada as a screenwriter, then you've seen or heard of Anohana, Anthem of the Heart or Hanasaku Iroha. She tends to write strong character driven dramas. Mari Okada's attempt at fantasy is just like Goro Miyazaki's Tales from Earthsea. It falls flat. Her writing is most engaging when she is able to pull from parts of her life, like she does with Jintan from Anohana.

The reason this falls flat compared to Anohana or Anthem of the Heart is due to how emotionally flat the characters/cast are. There are too many characters among the main cast. In addition, there read more
Jun 11, 2019
ReLIFE (Manga) add (All reviews)
What would you do if you were given another chance to relive a year of high school? What if you were given the opportunity to change the way you've lived out your life? It starts out simple, but grows from that initial proposition. This is a seinen/josei manga that takes place in a stereotypical high school setting.

All the relationships, friendships included, progress naturally. The characters are super relatable. Romance is not the integral focus of the manga. Kaizaki and Hishiro are chosen to participate in the ReLife program. They confront the similar dynamics of their prior work relationships in their ReLifes as students. It read more
Jun 9, 2019
A letdown from the first season due to not having enough episodes. As a prior anime only watcher, scenes didn't transition smoothly. Cuts were made that felt rather clunky. It wasn't as emotionally engaging as season 1. A lot of the manga was cut out. What remained is melodrama for 3 out of the 4 episodes concerning our two MCs: whether or not they will get together. The OVA did animate the last chapters of the manga, but chose the more melodramatic/boring chapters.

If the first half was dedicated mostly to Kaizaki, then a second half would have been dedicated to Hishiro-san and her past read more
Jun 8, 2019
ReLIFE (Anime) add (All reviews)
We tend to overlook our time in education, whether it be our pivotal times in high school, college, and post-college like graduate school even. We think that graduating, getting the degree and finding the job will guarantee financial or emotional security and none else matters. It's just going to your job and just doing your work as you have done years and years through school. This anime really allows you to look deeper into your pivotal time in education and not dismiss those years in your life. Because it seems our society doesn't value our time in education. I remember when I was going to read more
May 26, 2019
Preliminary
This is the over hyped remake of the original anime which came out in 2001. Due to creative differences, the mangaka requested a literal page for page remake of her beloved creation. Sometimes slight changes work better for the medium versus sticking exactly to the book. Think of this like another Sailor Moon Crystal. Yes the backgrounds are more detailed and things move more but you lose the tight framing and really good directing from the original. The reboot's art direction reminds me of a dating sim. I'm referring to those really awkward shots of two characters in a frame against a gray background/backdrop. What read more
May 19, 2019
Dororo (Anime) add (All reviews)
Preliminary
I don't mind monster of the week as long as it maintained the realism and brutality intrinsic in war. At least that's how I viewed the first nine episodes of this anime. Dororo is rather the predecessor to Inuyasha and Full Metal Alchemist. It started off strong albeit depressing. Hyakkimaru's father sacrifices his body upon his birth to Demons in order to maintain prosperity and abundance to his land. Hyakkimaru then has to slay all the demons roaming across the land in order to literally recover his body parts. It was super interesting learning that Hyakkimaru and this old guy with a banjo/sword are blind read more
May 15, 2019
This is a really good way of enjoying the story. This is one of the classic shoujo mangas that received a really good and updated anime. This isn't dated at all. This is one of the better adaptations of a classic.

This is a character driven drama and the characters all all realized. There's not much to say other than it's a classic for a reason. This is one of the better shoujo stories that doesn't fall for the pitfalls of cliches.

I've watched it once. This is pretty bingeable.

Wishing there was another season whenever the manga ever decides to end. It ends at read more
May 15, 2019
Preliminary
The first half, episodes 1-18, especially the beginning episodes were more engaging and amusing than the second half-19 and onwards. It started off with a really engaging Rom-Com like premise. I liked the MC at first: she was funny and had agreed to be the Prince's concubine/mistress to have more money to use for the school she worked at and other expenses. She had a lot of spunk and was funny to watch. However, that aspect of her character was short lived after she heads to the Sa Province. After she leaves the palace, starting from episode 8, her and Ryuuki end up nowhere. There read more
May 14, 2019
Over hyped. Tries hard to be pleasing but ends up being beautifully animated but utterly forgettable. There is no plot. It was incredibly boring to sit through, even though I enjoy romance!

The beginning episodes really pulled me in: Episodes 1-4, 8, and an episode before that somewhere in the middle that revealed Zen's memory of his older brother.

I came into this anime expecting something it to be action driven, based on the exciting premise. I sort of knew it was a romance anime, but I didn't expect it to settle into a slice of life/standard shoujo type romance.

Prince Zen stood out more to read more