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Apr 3, 2015
'Memento mori': latin for, "remember that you will die". The phrase is a reminder of morality that lies in everyone. We all live, therefore we die. We all die: that is why we live.

Death Parade is based off the 2012 Anime Mirai Project*, 'Death Billiards', where two men enter a bar and play a game of billiards. Except it's no ordinary game: they're playing at the cost of their souls. Produced by Madhouse studios and created by director Yuzuru Tachikawa, Death Parade plays with the ideas of fulfillment, regret and the meaning of life and death through competitive games of bowling, darts and air read more
Aug 29, 2014
'Ping Pong the Animation' is an absolute masterful work within its animation medium. When taken out of context, this statement is bound to sound silly. What kind of story, that is based around table tennis, would people consider 'masterful'? Quite honestly, I saw little potential when reading the synopsis. And boy was I proven so very, very wrong.

I was fully aware that Yuasa Masaaki is the director, the man responsible for Tatami Galaxy, Kaiba and several other creative works. Admittedly, I have not read any of Matsumoto's work despite knowing his solid reputation, so my expectations were more so lost than low. But low nevertheless. read more
Jun 22, 2014
Friends aren't exactly necessary, but they're precious. And at times, isolation may get the better of you. You may feel alone, though not lonely. But one day, you spot the splint of light known as 'friendship'. When you gain that fundamental desire to take that alternative life, it's then you start to truly feel 'loneliness'. That is the fate of such a girl named Kaori Fujimiya.

'One Week Friends' has an intriguing concept, however a very loose one. The girl's memories reset every Monday; memories involving friends only. And if you view this on a realism point of view, it's way too loose. Why only her read more
Jun 21, 2014
'Kawai Complex' is like a blend of romcom, adult jokes, anime seinen elements and wackiness. The main character Usa moves into a boarding house, whom coincidentally meets the girl of his love, Ritsu. Unfortunately the rest of the residents consist of a creepy masochist, a bodacious drunk woman and a backstabbing troublesome girl who puts a mask of cheerfulness to lead men on.

Depending on your preferences, you may either like or hate the characters. But the primary focus is based on the relationship of Usa and Kana Hanaz- I mean, Ritsu; a shy, introvert girl who has a love for books and nothing else. Usa read more
Mar 17, 2014
Pupa (Anime) add (All reviews)
"Alone. Yes, that's the key word, the most awful word in the English tongue. Murder doesn't hold a candle to it and hell is only a poor synonym.” ― Stephen King

Perhaps horror is long gone absent in the animation industry. The same symptom of films has affected anime as well; deaths often play a humorous role with irony and poor presentation (Another, Blood-C) and over-reaching plots makes crystal clear as day that they wanted to make the audiences shit themselves in fright (though instead they only made shit themselves). But who would've thought that one of the most intelligent, philosophical and ground-breaking anime lies read more
Dec 24, 2013
Yes, I have a sweet spot for slice of life anime. I genuinely enjoyed the laid-back shows such as GJ-bu, Tamayura, Yuyushiki etcetera this year, but that doesn't stop me from saying that Non Non Biyori was one of the most conformist and loveliest experiences in the past few months. It's definitely great-tier in the slice of life section.

The simplistic story takes place in a rural area of the countryside. Eleven year old Hotaru Ichijou moves into the town from Tokyo with her parents, and transfers into a school consisting of only four more students; Renge, Natsumi and Komari (yes, it's a rather small read more
Jul 2, 2013
Karuta! Arata! Taichi? K-karuta!!

Twenty five more episodes worth of charming romance and competitive karuta fun? Yes please. But don't expect a balance between the two; there's more latter quantity than the former, and whether you should be satisfied or not is up to your preference!

Who expected, or even acknowledged beforehand, that the true presence of competitive karuta would be ever so fierce and exciting from its outline? Well, I sure certainly didn't when I started from season one. Karuta is more of a complicated sport than popular ones such as baseball and basketball, and the entirety of season one teaches that it requires much more read more
Mar 31, 2013
“You used to be much more... "muchier". You've lost your muchness.” - Alice in Wonderland.

Not that I'm a fan of that series, nor that I even know the story (please don't shoot me), but this perfectly describes studio Kyoto in a ball. They've been famous for making various key adaptions such as Clannad and Kanon, and other series being described as far as controversial like Haruhi. But lately, they've been said that the rising hill is sloping downwards now, and Tamako Market contributes to more evidence for that hill, with less and less 'muchness'. That hill consists of weaker attention for the story, and with read more
Mar 28, 2013
GJ-bu (Anime) add (All reviews)
Being as frank as possible, I found the Winter 2013 season to be quite weak, despite having a lot of bright and colourful ideas. The majority of them only proved to be average, slightly above even, and they definitely won't be memorable for long. Now, this talk may portray to be a little irrelevant and bias (and apologies if it is), but the point I want to get across is that I was hoping that 'at least' one show in the season would be in a state without having to be stalled, being both enjoyable and interesting every episode and with no actual problems dragging read more
Mar 17, 2013
Let's not look at the score and assume so soon that I'm not fond with the series altogether; I like Fairy Tail as a shounen series. I'm not the biggest fan of the series, and granted that the series has lots of flaws which can be easily improved, but altogether the series is very entertaining, the characters are memorable and some arcs can be really fascinating. And now, the long-running popular shounen series finally gets its take on a movie. It's fun having a series you may love or like to get a movie, so I was naturally looking forward to some more Fairy Tail read more