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Nov 8, 2018
Mayoiga (Anime) add (All reviews)
People seem inclined to write long rants about this anime. I wasn't aware of that when I binge-watched it. In fact, I wasn't remotely aware of anything about this anime or I wouldn't have watched it. Consider this a warning.

The Lost Village starts with an enormous cast and some serious Lost (the famous TV series) vibes. It ends abruptly, with very few answers and everyone alive*. Between these two points, the character basically argue and manipulate each other in childish ways, instead of actually paying attention to their surroundings and wondering how come this place had anything they could possibly need to survive, besides some read more
Nov 4, 2018
I'm surprised this little gem has no reviews. A soft, healing manga about witches and cats like this one should get some love, so let me tell you why you should read it:
It's a series of interconnected shorts about young witches, their ambitions and their familiar cats. You could accuse it of not developing a plot, but as a single volume series, the objective here was definitely sketching a setting through some characters and their lives, leaving the reader with a lighter heart, and the author excels at that. The stories are simple, but emotional and incredibly well executed (short fiction is a hard mistress; read more
Nov 4, 2018
There is a running joke among my friends, you put a "warning: adult content" image in a post and then talk about your work, children, spouse, health or about the lack of any of those things. The joke being that most actual adult themes are not that thrilling, just the kinds of things that happen in a normal life after the adventures of the 20's pass.
This manga is an adult manga.
The story can be read either as a work-related or as romance, but either way, it's an adult story, its worries are not easy to understand for someone young and the plot is read more
Nov 4, 2018
Preliminary
I'm not against melodramatic gothic fairytales with impossible premises, but this series is just dumb. Also, it's not horror, if you're wondering. It's a badly plotted political intrigue with dark, kinky overtones and a lot of plot-required dumbness, like:
* A deposed prince kept alive but not imprisoned or exiled, because Plot Needed It.
* A stupid, contrived and really dumb plan involving identity change that convinced me the author has never heard about regents, because I'm sure the characters would have.
* The water gate, which has half a dozen problems that don't really need to be explained to any person that has ever seen a barrage read more
Nov 1, 2018
All ghost stories are about grief and the past, for what else is a ghost besides a sad memory, the remnant of something that should be already gone?
I open with this line because this manga is more of a ghost story than romance, even if it is terribly romantic. It's like the author set out to meditate about love, loss and growth, and this manga is what came out of it, a story not really of the living or the living world, set in silent, beautiful places.

I liked it, but I can see how someone else might not, for its dreamy fairytale narrative, heavy on read more
May 19, 2018
Preliminary
I'm a pastry cook so I usually take a look at any anime with pastry in it, even if only to get some ideas for my shop (anime pastry is cute AF. Otomen was a real inspiration for me). I thought that at 5 minutes an episode I could watch this whole anime really fast, that it couldn't be so bad I would get sick of hearing the main character's voice.
Reader, I dropped it.

The problem is that the episodes are so short that there is no time to set up any kind of real plot or character development. It's just a series of slightly connected read more
Feb 2, 2018
Preliminary
Since this manga has no reviews, I'll leave some preliminary words here. Take note, though, that as I write this I've only read the first 13 chapters, so there wasn't even time for the plot to really kick in.

This manga seems a bit silly when you read the summary, a portal fantasy featuring a video game setting. I dreaded it might be some fanservice-filled comedy, with no real story beyond the game parody, so I decided to try reading it if only to get it out of my PTR list. I was pleasently surprised to find out that not only this isn't a parody, but read more
Feb 1, 2018
Preliminary
Hello there, are you feeling under the weather? Recovering from illness, perhaps? Or maybe you just need a smile? Then Ookami-heika no Hanayome is what you need!
This series is 80% fluff/20% plot, but it's very good fluff and the plot makes absolute sense in a court politics sense. It just takes very long to take off, so you're left with the quality fluff for about 40 chapters. But, hey, people that can't take 40 chapters of pure romance have no business reading shoujo manga.
The premise is a classic shoujo story-type, even if some of the characters are more modern (the tsundere prince is not that read more
Jan 31, 2018
I really shouldn't trust MAL ratings for manga. As I'm writing this, Youko x Boku SS has a solid 8 rating, meaning a lot of people considered it really good, even though it has vapid, one dimensional characters, not very good art and actually very bad visual storytelling. It's entertaining and inoffensive, but that is a 6, not an 8, so of course I read it just to be sure this wasn't another BDSM manga with inflated reviews due to a niche audience.
It isn't, I swear. There is nothing overtly ecchi or kinky going on, despite the fact that most character seem to be read more
Jan 29, 2018
This is a good manga, even though the story is a pretty straightforward ghost story, mixing some eastern and western ideas about ghosts with a touch of urban legends and creepypastas. Nothing special about the romance element as well, there are plenty of books about otherworldly romances out there (they're usually called paranormal romance, if you're interested in the genre) and this story does nothing different on that aspect.
No, Tasogare Otome has no groundbreaking story, new ideas or original approaches. What it has is efficient storytelling, good characters and outstanding art. Maybe has a beautiful style, with a good grasp of narrative and a knack read more