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Oct 3, 2020
Ahiru no Sora is a coming of age story about how easy it is to live an uncomfortably aimless life, with a cast that struggles with how listless living such a life makes them due to their isolation from living a youthful life, social problems and their own apathy, with the series emphasizing the importance of breaking out of that apathy and struggling to find a passion in order to at least move forward, regardless of the excruciating difficulty that would follow. Basketball is the vehicle used to drive these characters forward and plays an important role in these characters finding a way to be read more
Sep 24, 2020
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Urami Koi is a series that can easily be dismissed based on its premise, but that disguises a compelling - if slow building - narrative that's about how traditions often detract from someone's own value in their own personal lives, and how exactly to find value not only within those roles but also in actively shedding them aside if need be. It uses the twelve zodiacs (which are prominent in eastern thought and especially specific religions) to represent the stability of these roles, with the characters having taken up roles they were already destined to do - only for these characters purposes to clash against read more
Sep 22, 2020
Houkago Teibou Nisshi/ Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater is a show that'd alienate most people due to its premise, but beneath that lies a wholesome and comforting show about discovering fishing as a passion and a journey in discovering and absorbing oneself in such a passion. Fishing is used as a vehicle to explore what it means to be passionate among the entire cast, with presentation being more subtle. Unfortunately, this means the show's appeal as well as its misfortune of airing during COVID-19 - being particularly hit hard and being pushed an entire season down the line - actively hurt the series. read more
Sep 20, 2020
Our Precious Conversations is a series about two characters drawing closer to each other as the name would imply, but there's a lot more nuance than one would expect on a closer look. While much of the series is focused on comedy between the various leads on gags, a lot of what makes it work are the two main characters' genuine reactions to each other's blunders - exaggeration is often kept to a minimum, and characters often progress subtly after jokes as to not repeat those blunders again.

The series emphasizes distance as its main motif, with panels often laying out the closeness or separation read more
Sep 15, 2020
Hanebado is a story about regaining lost passions and allowing the very things that may have sullied something you love turn into a reason for loving that exact thing - in this case badminton. It's a story about a group of passionate young women who all have various reasons to be dissonant about playing badminton, yet continue playing it regardless due to the simple thrill they obtain from playing the game. Despite tackling these themes, the series manages to do this with such flair and tonal consistency that it's hard to not be impressed - and manages to do so while telling an uplifting story read more
Sep 11, 2020
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March comes in like a lion is a story about life at its highs, lows and in-betweens, yet portrays the struggle to attain happiness and a place to belong as difficult due to personal struggles the characters undergo. It's a series about living life to the fullest however you can, growing out of one's shell in order to trust others and move beyond pain. It's a personal journey for one young man to overcome depression, another story about a woman whose life has been defined by raising her sisters and yet shoulders on, a clinically sick man who barely struggles to finish his games despite read more
Sep 8, 2020
Sayonara Piano Sonata is the epitome of an underrated gem, lost to the waves of time and only standing out in an ocean of short manga due to extensive use of its brief runtime to develop the entirety of its cast, flesh out its themes and provide a satisfactory conclusion over the course of its three volume run. It accomplishes this in spite of its broad focus on a sizable cast of characters, backed by a memorable dynamic between both of its main leads, likable side characters that don't clutter up time from the main couple but if anything enhance it, a heartfelt and powerful read more
Sep 6, 2020
On paper, Lonely Alien seems like a standard shonen urban fantasy about a group of high schoolers saving the world. And yet, there's a lot more to it as a series than just that; Lonely Alien is about the pain that loneliness can bring to someone, and how, if given the opportunity, many people would act if what they consider to be their purpose in life is threatened or challenged. It's a story about characters that lock heads against each other in spite of understanding each other, because they're desperate to fill that void within themselves and simply want validation for existing. It's about how read more
Sep 4, 2020
Preliminary
This review contains spoilers for One Piece. You have been warned.

One Piece is perhaps the most ambitious long-running manga series of all time; its attempts at crafting a world that's epic in scale is unparalleled in the history of the medium, and it follows a cast of distinct characters that are given unique quirks, powers and distinct character designs. Its cultural influence on the broader Japanese anime and manga scene is not something that can be questioned - it heralded an entire era of manga that had stronger emphasis on world-building, and while various One Piece characters were based off of archetypes - Dragon Ball read more
Jan 27, 2020
Babylon (Anime) add (All reviews)
Babylon is yet the latest in a series of blunders courtesy of the seinen demographic that in many ways sum up exactly why the majority of people shun it in favor of its younger brother in the shonen demographic. It's not that I personally think seinen can't be fantastic; plenty of series have done a marvelous job living up to what the demographic, well, implies and providing interesting characters, a level of maturity not normally found in their younger contemporaries and fantastic storylines. After all, one only needs to look at the likes of Berserk, Vinland Saga, Boogiepop and Others as well as Ghost in read more