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Apr 27, 2023
One Piece (Anime) add
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (40/? eps)
(This review applies to both the manga and anime. Anime-only stuff like animation and music are not accounted for.)

Short version: One Piece is not for me. I can see why people love it. If you love OP, good. That means you found something worthwhile that I couldn’t. Don’t let my opinion interfere with your enjoyment. My not being a fan of OP is not a personal attack against you. You do you. I am only writing this to elaborate to fans why some of us remain skeptical of OP, even after giving it a go.

Long version: Shounen action. Battle Shounen. Or just plain “Shounen” to ...
Jul 23, 2022
Two and a half years after the 12 episode series Madoka Magica took Japanese pop culture by storm, a movie sequel debuted. While the Madoka TV series is largely beloved, Rebellion is, to this day, divisive. I saw Rebellion back in the day and found it just as good as the TV series and recap movies it followed. I saw no point in writing a review then since my thoughts were, “If you like the first Madoka, you’ll like this.” I see now that was a mistake on my part. In my last review on MAL, I told readers to ignore the haters of Higurashi ...
Nov 4, 2021
When no one expected it, 07Ryukishi returned to Hinamizawa for a new anime storyline. Everyone thought he was over and done with, considering the original Higurashi spanned 8 visual novels, nearly 40 manga volumes and 50 anime episodes, and that’s before you factor in the spinoffs. Running at 39 episodes long, the new anime is more substantial than a typical 1 to 2 cour series. For the purpose of this review, my thoughts refer to both Gou and Sotsu.

Unlike the earlier anime adaptations, this one was co-written by Ryukishi himself. Character designs were by Akio Watanabe, best known for his work on the Monogatari anime ...
Nov 3, 2021
The summer of 2007 was when I stopped hating anime. You can thank the older Fullmetal Alchemist series and Adult Swim for that. But while FMA proved to me that anime didn’t have to be a merchandise vehicle (Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh) or an “edgy” OVA, it wasn’t truly earth shattering. That didn’t come until a month or so after that fateful evening I first watched FMA.

I went to Hollywood Video sometime during that summer. Yes, video stores still existed back then, and I did remember that they carried anime. I decided to check around the store, hoping beyond all hopes that they would have something ...
Dec 3, 2015
Quick! What’s a typical horror movie of the last thirty years like!? “Let me think...Stupid Young People™ do stupid shit that attracts a killer man/demon/monster/alien/Muppet that kills everyone in really gruesome ways for no apparent reason, all while loud noises and ‘scary’ images keep popping up at an annoying frequency until either the luckiest young person escapes, or somehow overcomes the killer flea/boss enemy/weather pattern.”

Okay, what’s Higurashi like? “It is a complex, interwoven tale that explores many different issues such as friendship, guilt, redemption, domestic abuse, romance, lies, paranoia, disease, pride, religion, corruption, revenge, perseverance, and uncompromising scenes of death.” I’ve had people asking me ...
Oct 2, 2015
Yona of the Dawn is an ongoing manga series by Mizuho Kusanagi that started in 2009. It was adapted into a 24 episode anime (plus one OVA episode) by Studio Pierrot in 2014. Having not read the manga, having not even known -anything- about Yona until I randomly saw an image on Crunchyroll one fine day, I decided to watch the anime simply because I thought the main girl looked cool.

Yona is about a girl named Yona. She is the princess of the Kingdom of Kouka, a nation that appears to be based off various feudal Asian cultures. Her father the king gives her nearly ...
May 17, 2015
Inferno Cop (Anime) add
(Don LaFontaine voice)

“In a world rife with kid heroes receiving convenient powers out of nowhere…a world overrun with moeblobs and shallow archetypes for characters…a world ravaged by light novels more concerned with otaku references than telling a good story…one man will rise to dispense his brand of ironclad justice.”

(Insert fiery whoosh sound effect)

(start playing Die Hollen Polizei)

“From the studio that brought you Little Witch Academia comes an anime that kicks tiresome clichés to the curb. A dramatic tale of good versus evil unlike any you’ve ever seen, set in the United States of Japan.”

Apr 21, 2015
In 2013, a Japanese governmental program known as “Young Animator Training Project” raised money to fund four animated short films for release during that year. One of these was Little Witch Academia, a twenty-six minute film from Studio Trigger, then an upstart company founded by former members of Studio Gainax.

The beginning shows a little girl sitting with an audience in front of an outdoor concert stage underneath the starry night sky. What’s everyone gathered here for? To watch a show, and sure enough, a performer appears; a witch known as Shiny Chariot. Her magic dazzles the audience, none more so than the little girl in ...
Feb 17, 2015
Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun is an ongoing manga series that started in 2011. In 2014, it received a 12 episode anime.

Okay, stop me if any of this sounds familiar. Nozaki-kun is about a high school girl named Chiyo Sakura. Like many girls her age, she has A Boy She Likes, a fellow classmate named Nozaki. She finally works up the nerve to tell him how she feels about him. However, instead of saying something like, “I’m in love with you! Let’s hang out!” she instead says, “I’m your biggest fan!” His reaction? He fills out an autograph. Chiyo’s reaction is the same as the audience’s; huh? ...
Jan 25, 2015
Eureka Seven is an anime series made by Studio Bones in 2005. Unlike most anime series, E7 is not based off any pre-existing material; it was originally made as an anime.

At first glance, E7 doesn’t appear to be anything out of the ordinary. The story is about a fourteen year old boy named Renton Thurston. His life is thrown upside-down when a giant robot crashes into his house’s garage. Piloting the robot is a girl named Eureka. Apparently, she is the member of a rebel faction called the Gekkostate, which fights the government for unknown reasons. But before he knows it, Renton gets caught up ...

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