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Nov 1, 2021
Cyan, a shy guitarist whose dream is to join a band, gets transported into Sound World, specifically Midi City, a place where everything revolves around music.
She bumps into an amateur band down on its luck called Plasmagica, joins them and their journey begins.
It's a story that's been done numerous times (minus the weirdly complicated isekai setting), but does this story stand out among the others?
Production-wise and entertainment-wise, yes, but on most other levels, maybe not.

There are two main plot lines.
One of them concerns the bands of Midi City, mainly Plasmagica.
We follow them getting to know each other, practicing, improving and finally performing and ...
Aug 7, 2021
BanG Dream! (Anime) add
I'm reviewing this from the standpoint of someone who's been a huge fan of the BanG Dream mobile rhytm game for some time before I decided to start watching the anime.
I'll do my best not to be biased, but I think BanG Dream is an amazing, expansive media franchise, combining good music with great characters and every part of it has been more or less enjoyable for me. At the moment there are 7 bands and the first season of the anime focuses on the main band of the series, Poppin'Party.

The anime does a great job adapting Band Story 0 from the game, which is ...
Jun 20, 2021
Mixed Feelings
Tantei Opera Milky Holmes is about the conflict of two opposing sides: detectives and phantom thieves. They are both bestowed with amazing powers called Toys and they fight beautifully in the dead of night.
That's what the intro wants you to believe, but that's not really the case. More than anything, it's about four useless idiot detectives tripping over each other.
I don't know why it's called Milky Holmes, either, but I'm guessing that's just something they thought sounded good in 2010.

The Milky Holmes are descendants of famous detectives and were themselves supposedly famous before the series started, but now they've lost their powers and became ...
May 10, 2021
Mixed Feelings
I'd say the main quality of Magical Girl Site is its "edginess", but at this point, that word is thrown around so much it's better if I explain it a little more clearly.
So, to clarify, Magical Girl Site takes a concept as cutesy as magical girls and gives it a dark and violent twist. It relies a lot on shock value, features a lot of blood and death, its characters are excessively miserable and, to top it off, most of them are just middle school girls.

As in a lot of "edgy" anime, everything is exeggerated to the point of being silly, but in this one ...
Jan 30, 2021
What a weird special.

The first five minutes consist of the usual Higurashi club shenanigans and after that it's just 15 minutes of the gang standing around and talking about an urban legend in a location that was never mentioned and it never will be mentioned again in the series. The characters literally don't do anything, they just talk about the legend. The story isn't even particularly interesting and, while there are some implications that very loosely tie it to the plot of Higurashi, it doesn't fit in, anyway.

The art, sound and other technical aspects are all on the level of Higurashi Kai, which is fine.

I ...
Dec 27, 2020
Pastel Life (Anime) add
Pastel Life is the first attempt at a comedic BanG Dream short series. It's a bit rough around the edges, but still enjoyable for BanG Dream fans. It's also easily accessible, since it's available on Youtube for free, complete with english subtitles.

Every episode is about something funny and/or weird that happens to the members of Pastel Palettes, one of the BanG Dream bands. Each episode is more or less focused on one of the members. I thought the plots were entertaining, but nothing too great or memorable.

The characters are all faithfully translated from the game to the anime and the humour is basically the same. ...
Nov 15, 2020
Mixed Feelings
I love the main Kaguya-sama manga, so I had to check out the spin-offs, too, and Doujin-ban is definitely the better one of the two.

It presents itself as a slightly erotic doujin version of the main series, but it's not only that, really, there's a bunch of different stuff thrown in there. A lot of the chapters are short comedic standalone stories, but there are also some that are connected.

In the first half of the manga, most chapters focus on trying to be sexy, but they're really hit and miss. Among them, the best ones are those that focus on comedy instead of trying ...
Aug 2, 2020
Mixed Feelings
Umareru Seibetsu wo Machigaeta! is a short autobiographical manga about the author's experiences with sex reassignment surgery.

The author goes to Thailand, has the surgery done and goes throught the recovery process. The whole plot is just that. It's not much of a story, but the important thing is how the author shows the complete picture of the whole process. She describes everything before, during and after the operation, a lot of which was interesting and I didn't know about. The author also doesn't sugarcoat anything. She describes some of the more disgusting and painful aspects of getting a sex reassignment surgery, which makes the story ...
May 22, 2019
Mangaranai. (Manga) add
Mixed Feelings
Even though Mangaranai. is extremely generic and simple, it still managed to be entertaining enough for me not to be able to say it was bad. It's just average.

Mangaranai. follows a bunch of aspiring mangaka who live together in the same apartment complex and their daily lives: the lazy one, the normal one, the tsundere and the drunk/pervert. Later on they're joined by a few other characters, but you get the gist of it.
The art is cute, the humour is light and there are some pop culture references here and there, but that's about it. You might get a chuckle of two out of it, ...
Dec 7, 2018
Featuring the only good character in the series, this 1 minute short is better than anything else connected to Cowboy Bebop.

Unlike the TV series, it had me invested from beginning to end, never allowing me to divert my eyes for a single moment.
Every one of the 62 seconds comprising Ein's Summer Vacation is polished and streamlined, providing a flawless viewing experience, especially compared to its inferior predecessors from the same franchise.

I feel like I don't have to finish the main series now, because I've seen the best Bebop has to offer. This is also the reason I've thrown away my Cowboy Bebop Blu-ray boxset, save ...

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