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Mar 7, 2018
Moyashimon is a manga about fermentation. Sounds weird, right? It’s hard to concisely pitch this manga, which is why I’m going the alternate route and just writing an epic. Moyashimon is a character-driven college slice of life about some students and their professor brewing sake and learning a LOT. Seriously, by finishing this manga, I feel like I’ve absorbed a whole semester’s worth of knowledge on microbes, alcohol, and the sake industry. I wonder if that was the intent and rationale behind the college setting? Anyways, the educational slant of this manga is really cool. The author, Masayuki Ishikawa, clearly knows his stuff and is read more
Jul 9, 2017
SHORT REVIEW: The manga adaptation of Concrete Revolutio doesn't do the original justice.
*ba dum tss*

The back page of the Concrete Revolutio manga begins with the line "Based on the hit superhero anime!" That is simply a lie. Concrete Revolutio may have been a modern-day masterpiece, but it certainly wasn't a hit. Despite being a critical darling amongst blog writers and cool people, the show sold very poorly in all and didn't spawn the following or success that such an original passion project deserves. I kind of wish the publishers had the guts to put "Based on the severely failed superhero anime!" on the read more
Jul 3, 2017
I've wanted to write this review for ages, and now that it’s fully translated, I can say with total conviction that Himegoto is one of the most unique and compelling stories out there. This isn’t going to be a standard criterion-based review, it’s going to be more of an analytical write-up. Mild spoilers for character development and plot points.

Right off the bat, Himegoto’s setting establishes that this isn’t going to be a run-of-the-mill manga. We’re following the lives of college students for once. How often does that happen? College is a pivotal time of life. While students are still in school, they’re given a great read more
Sep 30, 2016
When Macklemore invented gay rights back in 2012 with his release of Same Love, it was very clear that he was fresh off of viewing the arthouse masterpiece Yoru no Hi. While we can all agree that Same Love is one of the best singles of 2012, second only to PSY's Gangnam Style, can the same be said of this video? Does Yoru no Hi stand the test of time now that Macklemore has defeated heterosexuality? With these questions in mind I plunged into this short film to find out.

Visually, this one's a shocker. Everything is rendered in brown tones, which creates a murky, depressed, read more
Jun 26, 2016
I didn't expect to have strong feelings going into Pan de Peace. I expected it to be a simple short that wouldn't take much investment, and indeed, when it did begin to air, I didn't really care about it. However, that feeling of mere apathy didn’t last for long. As it became more and more apparent that the show would not amount to anything, it was quickly replaced by a desperateness to find some modicum of significance in what was essentially a void of nothingness. As such, in this review, in addition to giving an honest evaluation of the show in question, I will also read more
Jun 17, 2016
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Concrete Revolutio is one of the most underrated shows out there. It's a project that its creators clearly poured their hearts into. It's full of social commentary and critiques of post-war Japan, and it's satisfying to piece the story together while figuring out what it all means. So naturally, I've been very excited for the second season of this show. Did it meet my expectations and deliver a great product? Yes, but that's a qualified yes.

Story: 8/10
Concrete Revolutio's most powerful aspect has always been its narrative, and that rings true for The Last Song as read more
Jun 15, 2016
OZ (Anime) add (All reviews)
I'm really glad these early Madhouse OVAs are finally getting subbed. Last summer it was Download, and now it's OZ.

OZ is a two-episode OVA purportedly based off of The Wizard of Oz. I say purportedly because the connection is pretty flimsy. Instead, we've got a sci-fi thriller set in a post-apocalyptic North America. A young girl and her bodyguard set out on an adventure to find her brother, who supposedly rules over the mythical land of Oz. Except Oz is actually a weaponized fortress and the wizard is an absolute madman.

Along their way, they come across an android who aims to acquire humanity. And read more
Mar 25, 2016
When you're creating a sequel to a previous work that has "New" or "Shin" in the title, you're normally setting a high bar for yourself. Shin Megami Tensei spawned a fantastic franchise that completely eclipsed its first few Megami Tensei games. New Super Mario Bros rejuvenated Mario's side-scrolling series and sold 30 million copies, and spawned a ton of sequels. There's probably some more examples but I don't feel like recalling them.

But then there's Shin Devilman. The title may suggest something like a reboot, or a re-imagining, or a sequel. But instead of vastly expanding the Devilman universe, Shin Devilman goes for a more scaled-back read more
Feb 7, 2016
Otherwise known as "The Dio Novel", Jojo's Over Heaven is one of the two translated Jojo novels, the other being Purple Haze Feedback. However, unlike the other, Over Heaven doesn't end up being a significant addition to the series.

Over Heaven takes place during Part 3: Stardust Crusaders, but the perspective is now Dio Brando writing a diary. So what exactly does Dio write about? Well, it's a mixture of him about his life during Part 1, describing his meetings with the priest Pucci that set up the events of Part 6, and describing events currently happening in Part 3. This novel tries its best to read more
Jan 8, 2016
Concrete Revolutio is not the kind of show that you can find to be totally average. Nope, since episode 1, this show's been incredibly polarizing, leading to many people dropping the show because it didn't immediately fulfill their expectations. But after finishing the season and reflecting on it as a whole, Concrete Revolutio is something very exceptional.

Story: 9/10
Concrete Revolutio's unconventional narrative style is probably what initially scared many people away from the show. You see, the storyline is not linear. The date that episodes take place in will be shown at the start of the episode, but at first episodes do not seem to be read more