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Aug 30, 2019
A second-year transfer student, Watanuki Chihiro struggles to make friends but eventually finds connections to her classmates through her seat neighbor, Yugami Yuuji. With an atypical yet likeable cast of characters this manga captures the fleeting memories of high school life and subverts the norm of the slice-of-life genre.

A true slice-of-life to the core with a touch of sports and subtle suggestions at romance, this series was relaxing to read and brightened my day. I'm thankful that the manga was motivated to progress at a moderate pace and not overstuffed with filler chapters and moreover that the manga was allowed to come to a read more
Feb 28, 2019
A volume composed of three one-shots by Kaneyoshi Izumi sensei.

1. Ni no Hime no Monogatari
A prequel to Joou no Hana, it tells the love story between the legendary premier of Kou, Seisui, and the second princess of Kou, Ninohime, briefly alluded to in the manga. Very similar in style to its sequel, the difference in the character's personalities is refreshing and pure. By leagues and miles this is the best one shot of the tokuban and worth a read if you enjoyed Joou no Hana.
3.5/5 would recommend to fans of Joou no Hana and to other readers

2. Circuit no Joousama
A terribly told story of read more
Jan 26, 2019
A mature depiction of the Japanese idol/talent industry through following the journey of a young, lost university graduate, Haruka, who struggles to find a job and is reluctantly pulled into the talent business. Despite her original dislike of the profession, Haruka is able to find her own desire and passion that drives her to pursue success through the support of all those around her.

Although there are some plot aspects which I personally did not enjoy, the overarching storytelling was incredibly interesting and I found myself unable to stop reading. It was enjoyable and satisfying to watch Haruka's rise in the entertainment world and to read more
Nov 13, 2018
An isekai manga set in a fantasy-medieval time period about an old dragon who is reborn as a human in his next life. Despite the positive attention that this manga series has received, I feel like the plot suffers from pacing issues and uninspired dialogue. This of course affects the development - or lack thereof - of the characters as well, which remain stereotypical and shallow at this point in the manga, in my opinion. Other than the slightly better than average art style for this genre, I don't think this manga has been executed well thus far and brings nothing new to the table.
Nov 10, 2018
A tragic romance that unfolds in retrospect from the very first chapter, Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai is a story about the complex relationship that develops between the main character and Sakura, who is suffering from a terminal illness.

The story is touching and accomplishes its goal of putting a unique perspective on life through dynamic dialogue between the main characters. Although I felt that the pacing of the story was a bit rushed, it was easy and satisfying to see the characters grow with each other. That being said I feel like there are other alternatives that accomplish the same things and that are read more
Sep 9, 2018
Hori-san to Miyamura-kun is about the high school life of two individuals who have a different side to them in private and through some circumstances are able to share this private side with each other.

Hori-san to Miyamura-kun was originally written as a 4-koma manga so their isn't much of story per se - it's truly a slice of life manga and the OVA's portray that style accurately. In particular, I thought that the voice acting was very well performed.

Although the art is simple, I think it portrays the piece very well and the animation is really smooth. It definitely stands out from other anime read more
Sep 9, 2018
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is really a testament to the original work of the manga. Although the details from the beginning of the series were omitted (these episodes are covered in Fullmetal Alchemist 2003) in all other respects, it is a faithful retelling of Hiromu Arakawa's work.

The story has a rich cast of characters whose lives become increasing interwoven with the journey of Edward and Alphonse. The story is incredibly cohesive and many of the characters introduced throughout the series remain relevant and actively play a role in the final climax of the plot, which I find particularly impressive.

There is a lot of depth read more
Apr 23, 2018
I read the manga first before watching this.

It's common knowledge that the Fullmetal Alchemist anime has a different storyline to that of the original work. This being the case, whether or not you've read the manga first can be a large factor in your experience.

The story is extremely cohesive, leaving few loose ends and wrapping together nicely at the end if anything, a tad rushed. I found that I preferred the storyline of the manga more, however. Several significant themes and social questions are raised and well addressed in my point of view, and although there are many light moments in the anime, read more
Mar 22, 2015
Wanted! (Manga) add (All reviews)
The Wanted! Tanpenshu is like its name implies, a collection of Eiichiro Oda's one shots/short stories before One Piece. If you're not a One Piece fan you probably won't find this worth reading, however, if you are a One Piece fan, the progression of the mangaka's art style and growth might prove interesting.

UH that up there was the review, this stuff down here is my thoughts as I was reading the tanpenshu so maybe you wouldn't want to read these.

Wanted!: Wow, the art style here doesn't look like Oda-sensei at all. This is really the art of the previous era, the sharp pointed read more
Mar 22, 2015
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso tells the story of piano prodigy Arima Kousei and how his friendship with Kaori helps him to overcome his fear and past trauma to love the piano again.

The story accurately conveys the feelings of spring and highschool. I enjoyed how unlike many other shoujo anime, the characters are honest and cognizant of their feelings (at least to themselves) and each character is also driven by motivations that are more complex and personal that simply romantic interest. Although romance is a large and enjoyable part of the anime, it is the strength that the romance gives the characters to achieve read more