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Mar 26, 2016
Boku Dake ga Inai machi - The Town where only I am missing. It's an interesting title, and it's also the title of a sad little essay written by an abused young girl within the show, about how her town would be without her alone - and how she doesn't mind that at all.

Reading that, you might be wondering what exactly the show is about. Isn't this supposed to be a show wherein the protagonist jumps back in time in order to find a murderer and stop him? Well, it is, but what makes the show so special is that it chooses to focus much read more
May 17, 2015
Despite a wonderful opening sequence and captivating premise, Colorful turns out to be a mediocre disappointment that doesn't manage to attain much depth despite its attempts to do so.

The film's main failure can be attributed to its lack of focus and scope, choosing to jump between several different characters that were related to the life of the protagonist. Whilst each of these characters and their inner conflicts had the potential to be very interesting upon exploration, the film never delves too deeply into any of them, choosing to take more of a touch and go approach, jumping from character to character, and developing none of read more
Jan 14, 2015
The main theme behind Tsuritama is a very simple one, and one which is very common in media - the power of friendship. Of course, as this isn't a silly battle shounen, it is much more than a simple excuse to randomly power up a character to beat the big bad evil, but rather, is a simple and heartwarming tale of how a mysterious alien boy manages to break the barriers of a few boys, helping them form bonds that would last a lifetime, helping them to grow beyond who they are.

Beyond its excellent slice of life portion, the show also features a very bizarre read more
Aug 29, 2014
The anime industry is littered with shows that serve as forms of escapism, ones that whisk you away from the troubles of life, allowing you to enter a magical world free from the dread of reality. However, a few works choose to take a less conventional path, going against the grain and choosing instead to use their time to confront reality. Welcome to the NHK is one of these works, being a painful experience that is never afraid to shy away from the harsher realities of life.

At its heart, Welcome to the NHK is an exploration into the perils of life - the many pains read more
Aug 28, 2014
Firstly, let's get it out of the way. Mawaru Penguindrum is a show which is by no means an easy watch. It is not a simple show with a linear plotline, nor is it one that is willing to spoonfeed every single piece of information to its audience. Instead, it is a highly cryptic show that prides itself on its ability to pile mystery upon mystery onto the show, leave the audience thoroughly confused by blending reality and metaphorical imagery, and leave much of its message to personal interpretation.

If you are one who doesn't enjoy thinking too deeply into a show, it would be read more
Aug 24, 2014
H2 (Manga) add (All reviews)
It is difficult to succinctly express the brilliance of H2. On the surface, H2 appears to be yet another generic entry in the overcrowded list of high school baseball manga. Yet, it slowly reveals itself to be so much more than just that - featuring both breadth and depth in its characterization, powerful character dynamics, and a range of emotionally resonant arcs - all of which are bolstered by its impeccable sense of style.

As with any Adachi work, H2 differentiates itself with its bizarre sense of humor. A master of comedy, Adachi employs a wide repertoire of tools to create many hilarious moments. He constantly read more
Aug 11, 2014
Cross Game is a very special show. Unlike most shows today, Cross Game is treats both its characters and the audience with respect. On paper, it looks to be yet another baseball series, but it shines as a rare gem of the genre.

The most significant difference between Cross Game and other sports shows is its willingness to portray the characters outside the sport - showing who they are as people - what they care about, what they like, who they are. Cross game is really more of a slice of life rather than a sports show - There are often long periods of extended slice read more
Jul 27, 2014
Chihayafuru is a show that I kind of regret picking up. No, not because it wasn't good or was a pain to watch. On the contrary, it was a very fun 50 episodes (This review includes S2 btw) - filled with many memorable and exciting moments. Unfortunately, it cuts off in the middle of the story, and really, really leaves me wanting for that season 3. That said, it is still a show that I will wholeheartedly recommend due to how special it is, and the fact that it seems somewhat likely that the anime will continue in a couple of years, once there is read more
Jul 16, 2014
Eden of the East was a show that had a strong start - introducing a pair of instantly likeable characters that had excellent chemistry, solid direction, and hints of an interesting and highly complex plot. Unfortunately, the rest of the series was not capable of fully realizing the potential that this series had, leaving a rather mediocre package.

This show is first and foremost a mystery, and much of the series is dedicated to finding out who exactly our main character (Takizawa) is, as well as the details of a game that he is taking part in. For such a series, the plot is of utmost read more
Mar 27, 2014
Space Dandy has been described as a sort of testing ground for directors - a large number of different directors, most of whom are accomplished, have been called in to create their own episodes utilizing the flexible setting of the show, resulting in Space Dandy being the most creative show I have seen at its peaks. Unfourtunately, in every experiment there is bound to be a few failures, and this is undoubtedly not a very consistent series.

Being a very experimental anime, each episode (this is an episodic anime in case you weren't clear) is unique and quirky, but each and every one of them have read more