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Mar 26, 2020
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This is a manga about a cute girl doing not-so-cute things cutely. Specifically, it follows Olivia, an orphan adopted by Death (yes, the one with the scythe), taught to be a powerful fighter, and then let lose on the world. Olivia doesn't fully understand human social interactions, but she makes up for it with her childlike wonder and glee at mundane things... and by carrying out her soldier duties with the same childlike wonder and glee, which, while effective, is off-putting to many of her peers.

And... that's about it, for now. The story hints at larger plots in the form of an international war and read more
Mar 22, 2020
Preliminary
Imagine the following sequence of events:

We have four girls. We'll call them A-chan, B-chan, C-chan, and Bear Grylls. All four are stranded on an island.

1) A, B, or C wants something that isn't on the island.
2) BG claims that it can be obtained.
3) A/B/C rejoice
4) BG points out a caveat - something that makes the task off-putting
5) A/B/C make >.< faces
6) They do it anyway.
7) More >.< faces
8) They either decide that it wasn't that bad, or swear that they will never do that thing again.

And that's pretty much Sounan desu Ka. The manga is generally episodic and uses each chapter to explore some kind read more
Oct 29, 2019
Preliminary
Have you ever read or watched the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya? Imagine that, but with the following settings changed:

--Haruhi is 50% nicer to people, but 30% more tsundere
--Kyon is 10% more romantic at the expense of being 95% less funny
--Nagato is actively and aggressively trying to get into Kyon's pants
--Koizumi is 60% gayer
--Mikuru is replaced with an elf loli

If you don't know how to feel after reading that, then consdier this: what if Haruhi Suzumiya had a tighter story with more tension; less Endless Eight, more Disappearance?

Ultimately, those are the tradeoffs you experience while reading Sekai ka Kanojo ka Erabenai. The result is an almost read more
Sep 26, 2019
Preliminary
Granbelm is a visually spectacular "serious magical girl" show that falls on its face due to flat characters and clunky story progression.

When characters are done well in anime, you can usually describe what they're like even without much dialogue. You can picture Haruhi Suzumiya or Okabe Rinarou or Shinji Ikari in your head and imagine how they react to an event because there's a layer of quirks and an aspect of multidimensionality to the way they act. The perception of these parts are the product of a bunch of little scenes, often where the characters aren't saying much at all, where a combination of scene read more
Jul 9, 2019
Preliminary
Most Isekai protagonists max out in Strength, Inteligence, or Wisdom, and overpower their enemies with powerful fighting abilities and magic. Destruction Flag Otome's protagonist did none of these, instead placing all of her skill points into Charisma, and the result is Katarina Claes.

Katarina, a noble, hits her head one day and remembers her past life as a Japanese high school girl in which she played a dating sim which was identical to the world where she now resides. Unfortunately, she seems to be the villainess, and any route that involves her character results in her death or exile. Deciding that this is unacceptable, Katarina decides read more
Dec 22, 2017
To get this film, it helps to have seen and understood Stanely Kubrick's/Arthur C. Clarke's "2001 A Space Odyssey"

2001 is about the evolution of mankind, and does this in two sages. The first is from apes to men through tools, and the second is from men to glowing star embryo, through growing beyond tools (because, in space, humans are bound to their tools, and Dave only evolves because he manages to grow beyond humanity's best one, HAL). The film gets this point across through hours of no dialogue, symbolic images, and sweeping soundtracks.

2005 is an abbreviated, comedic stab at the Kubrick film, and how hard read more