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Heart Cocktail Again

Twenty years after the original Heart Cocktai l manga, Watase Seizou released another anime collection, Heart Cocktail Again . Unlike the or...

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Review: HANAUKYO MAID TEAM

 The peak of maid manga came at the beginning of the millennium, when literally any doofus could make a ecchi manga, throw some maids in it,...

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Review: HANAUKYO MAID TEAM

 The peak of maid manga came at the beginning of the millennium, when literally any doofus could make a ecchi manga, throw some maids in it,...

The Manga Test Drive

Review: MABURAHO

Well, for once I'm reviewing a harem manga where I understand precisely what the girls see in the lead. It's a terrible reason, but I can co...

The Manga Test Drive

Review: MABURAHO

Well, for once I'm reviewing a harem manga where I understand precisely what the girls see in the lead. It's a terrible reason, but I can co...

The Manga Test Drive

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Itsudatte My Santa! - A Charming Holiday Anime

Merry christmas to all, and happy holidays from recca.. over here at animebackwhen. Now getting right into it, I know all you guys know of negima and love…

animebackwhen

Holiday Review #16: THE SHIUNJI FAMILY CHILDREN

As if that last review wasn't enough to make you question if The Straights Are Alright, here comes Rent-A-Girlfriend creator Reiji Miyajima...

The Manga Test Drive

Holiday Review #16: THE SHIUNJI FAMILY CHILDREN

As if that last review wasn't enough to make you question if The Straights Are Alright, here comes Rent-A-Girlfriend creator Reiji Miyajima...

The Manga Test Drive

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15 Tsundere Romance Anime Where Communicating Feelings is Painful

While tsunderes are a little less popular than the used to be, tsundere and romance will always go together like wine and cheese. In fact, you could say…

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I’m Gonna Be Honest About Liar, Liar

Liar, Liar is a pretty darn half-baked anime. Like a lot of trend-chasing works of fiction that don’t really understand the appeal of the things they’re copying, you…

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Review: PSYCHIC ACADEMY

 I thought I was just getting another magic school variant with title.  Instead I ended up with one of the ripest, most ridiculous pieces of...

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Review: PSYCHIC ACADEMY

 I thought I was just getting another magic school variant with title.  Instead I ended up with one of the ripest, most ridiculous pieces of...

The Manga Test Drive

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Anime Like Nisekoi

Ten years ago, Raku Ichijou made a promise with a childhood friend to meet again and use the key she holds to open the locket he wears around…

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16 Harem Anime Where They All Live Together

Do you know more harem anime where they all live together in ecchi bliss? Let fans know in the comments section below.

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Anime Like The Café Terrace and Its Goddesses

After his grandmother passed away, Hayato returned to the seaside cafe she had ran since he was a child, intent to sell it. However, after leaving for

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Bookshelf Briefs 5/30/23

Blue Box, Vol. 4 | By Kouji Miura | Viz Media - We finally tip the balance of this sports romance series back to romance in this volume,…

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15 College Romance Anime About Love As A Young Adult

College romance anime often enjoys the best of both worlds. Characters are old enough to enjoy drinking and all the shenanigans that come with adulthood. Yet,

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Goddess Cafe Terrace #01 — Horny Naked Girls

  Who let the Love Hina clone from 2004 in? Six down, two to go. Plus perhaps the leak of a second episode early. God damn it. Impressions: Given…

Tenka Seiha

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Ai Yori Aoshi at 20: The harem anime that almost broke the mold

Ai Yori Aoshi in many ways feels distinct from the tropes established in titles like Love Hina, despite being a contemporary of it. When revisiting it twenty years…

Anime Feminist

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AniMarch Madness 2023: Play-in Matches

Welcome, March! And hello, AniMarch Madness! The craziness begins today with our six play-in matches (plus one exclusive to Patreon) to determine the final entrants into the field…

Beneath the Tangles

Review: PURI PURI

 Valentine's Day may be past, but that's not going to stop me from trashing on some poorly conceived harem manga. PURI PURI, by Chiako Taro....

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Review: PURI PURI

 Valentine's Day may be past, but that's not going to stop me from trashing on some poorly conceived harem manga. PURI PURI, by Chiako Taro....

The Manga Test Drive

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Anime Like Love Flops

One normal day, high school student Asahi Kashiwagi wakes up and watches a fortune teller's predictions on TV. On his way to school, as according to the

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Love Hina Christmas 🔥ROAST🔥

MB YouTooz Preorders start Dec. 30! Enter the Giveaway today: https://mothersbasement.youtooz.com/ HO, HO, HO! Merry Christmas! It's the roast of Love Hina Christmas Movie: Silent Eve! Oh, no, I…

Mother's Basement

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Anime Series Like Urusei Yatsura

For skirt-chasing Ataru Moroboshi, the only notable thing about him is his extraordinary bad luck. That luck kicks in when aliens suddenly invade Earth

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The most important anime of the 2010’s might have been Saekano

Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata might very well be the most important anime of the decade. The fact  that such a funny idea blossomed within my mind throughout the…

Artificial Night Sky

Arisa Good Luck

Here's a true bluebird: the 1999 one-shot OVA Arisa Good Luck . Last month, Tennouji, translator and proprietor of SakuraCircle, contacted m...

Collectr's Blog

Episode 761: Summer 2022 Previews #1

This week on Anime Pulse we got hot new summer anime, the latest COVID vaccine craze, and teacakes. Up first Joseph talks about the Tunnock's Milk Chocolate Teacakes…

Anime Pulse

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Mangaka AKAMATSU Ken Wins Seat in Diet’s Upper House

AstroNerdBoy notes mangaka AKAMATSU Ken-sensei's ("Love Hina", "Negima", "UQ Holder") political victory and examines Sensei's policies.

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Disaster Report: TENCHI IN TOKYO

AIC produced a lot of hits over the years, but few of them could compare to the success and impact of the 1992 OVA Tenchi Muyo! .  What…

Renaissance Josei

Review: HINADORI GIRL

Nothing hurts like getting your hopes up only to be disappointed, even by obscurities like this.  HINADORI GIRL, by Mari Matsuzawa.  First p...

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Review: HAPPY LESSON

Of course, I couldn't let the month pass without talking about a bad harem manga, but this one is both different from the rest and yet not a...

The Manga Test Drive

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Brief Thoughts On: Itsudatte My Santa

Though anime that actually feature Santa are rare, Itsudatte My Santa is not worth bothering with, even for its novelty value.

Reasons to Anime

“UQ Holder” Creator AKAMATSU Ken Going Into Politics

AstroNerdBoy discusses the announcement from AKAMATSU Ken-sensei (UQ Holder, Negima!, Love Hina) to run for political office in Japan.

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Weekly Round-Up, 24-30 November 2021: Female Animator Roundtable, Game Localization Talk, and Relatable Komi-san Anxiety

AniFem Round-Up Love Hina and the Normalization of Male Abuse Anthony Gramuglia looks at a pivotal fanservice anime and how the decision to change its self-insert protagonist from…

Anime Feminist

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Love Hina and the Normalization of Male Abuse

The abuse women can inflict on their partners is a topic taken seriously by intersectional feminist discourse, but often dismissed and even normalized in mainstream media. In anime,…

Anime Feminist

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30 Best Romantic Comedy Anime Series Full of Love and Laughs

Romance and comedy – It is a simple recipe, but an effective one. The intoxicating mix of genres that is “rom-com” just go together like a warm mug…

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Anime Series Like Mother of the Goddess’ Dormitory

After their home burns down and he is abandoned by his father, Koushi Nagumo wanders homeless until he collapses on the street. He is found by a woman…

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MM!

MM! is a 2010 Comedy anime series from the Japanese animation studio, Xebec. While the series may not be well known to some, the studio behind this show…

Bakanow Anime Reviews

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50 Best Harem Anime Series Loaded With Ladies

You like harem series for reasons, like the “plot” and the “development” on of the characters. You need more harem anime in your life, like, right now. Maybe…

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Manga Review – Love Hina

Love Hina ラブひな AKAMATSU Ken Shounen – Comedy, ecchi, harem, romance 14 Volumes / 5 Omnibuses (complete) Tokyopop / Kodansha Comics Summary: After failing his entrance exams to…

Daiyamanga

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Disaster Report: Angel Tales

There are many reasons behind what shows I choose to cover for Disaster Report.  Sometimes it may be due to its distasteful, even controvers...

Renaissance Josei

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Full Metal Panic! Aged Anime 2002 - Mecha Action

Full Metal Panic! was the first mecha anime I had seen in a long time back in 2003.  Prior to this I had seen super robot anime like…

Tokyo Excess

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Why I Blog About Anime, Japan, and Tokyo

Life takes funny turns.  Way back in 2003 I really wasn't terribly interested in Japan or anime or manga. This is even though I had grown up...

Tokyo Excess

Sepia Nightmare

The fact that Boogiepop Phantom exists still eludes me to this day. One could chalk it up to simply being another product of the post-Evangelion boom in late…

Artificial Night Sky

Anime Series That Are Good For Practicing Your Japanese At Any Level

I won’t generalize the community by saying “everyone does it,” but chances are if you enjoy a lot of anime, you’ve had a thought that maybe you should…

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Anime Series Like Rent a Girlfriend

Recently dumped by his girlfriend, college student Kazuya Kinoshita tries to fill the void with an app that lets him rent a girlfriend. While Chizuru seems like the…

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The Quintessential Quintuplets, Vol. 14

By Negi Haruba. Released in Japan by Kodansha, serialized in the magazine Weekly Shonen Magazine. Released in North America by Kodansha Comics. Translated by Steven LeCroy. (Obviously this…

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