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Featured image for FIRST LOOK: Bokutachi no Remake – Surprise, it’s another male power fantasyBackground image for FIRST LOOK: Bokutachi no Remake – Surprise, it’s another male power fantasy

FIRST LOOK: Bokutachi no Remake – Surprise, it’s another male power fantasy

I was ready to like this show. I really wanted to. All its good setup and wonderful potential goes out the door after the pilot, though, giving way…

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Music in Anime – Yamazakura (Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop)

The best insert songs aren’t just played over the movie for the sake of it. Words Bubble Up weaves Yamazakura into its central plot, in a way so…

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Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop – A Summer Flick as Sweet as Soda

The best movies are the ones told from the heart. Words Bubble Up brims with life and energy, with beautiful visuals and a dreamy soundtrack bringing life to…

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Josee, the Tiger, and the Fish – Love is Support

Though a little anemic in its runtime, Josee, the Tiger, and the Fish is a beautifully-made and wonderfully-told story about how supportive love can help two people reach…

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Music in Anime: Sora wo Miagete – A Place Further than the Universe

A Place Further than the Universe has some of the best insert songs in all of anime. Sora wo Miagete is one of them, capturing perfectly that sense…

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Hanasaku Iroha – Kissui-so is where dreams come together

It can be difficult to tell a story centered around a location. Hanasaku Iroha manages it so well, with an ending that left me dreaming.

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FIRST LOOK: Super Cub – The slowest anime may hide something subtle and deep

The incredibly slow pacing of Super Cub definitely won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. If you can look past that – and all the Honda ad placements –…

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Barakamon – It’s very fun

One of the most fun, most wholesome anime out there will speak to you, whether you’re an artist or not.

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Featured image for First Look: Mashiro no Oto – Spell-binding shamisen music will have you totally hookedBackground image for First Look: Mashiro no Oto – Spell-binding shamisen music will have you totally hooked

First Look: Mashiro no Oto – Spell-binding shamisen music will have you totally hooked

The first episode is a bit of a mess, but a profoundly beautiful music sequence bookends it. The rest of the show is looking to be powerful and…

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Music in Anime: Penguin Research – Button (Slow version)

Been looking for the slow version of Penguin Research’s Button, the one that plays at the end of ReLife: Kanketsu-hen. It’s perfect.

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ReLife: ‘Your Name’ fans, eat your hearts out

One of the best romances in anime is also one of the most subdued, as we watch two very lovely characters grow past their traumas with the help…

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Music in Anime: Yuru Camp OST

For my first in my new Music in Anime segment – the Yuru Camp OST. It doesn’t get more calming than this, guys.

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Why Mawaru Penguindrum makes sense – when it shouldn’t

In many ways Mawaru Penguindrum defies attempts to make sense of its plot details, but it doesn’t care. It wants you to cry alongside its cast.

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Mawaru Penguindrum – Nothing but love itself is as it seems

The twists and turns in Mawaru Penguindrum will take you to places you’d never believe in this incredibly imaginative anime.

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The Calm of Yuru Camp

I’m not really a fan of the whole Cute Girls Doing Cute Things subgenre. In its calm, collected, quiet moments, though, Yuru Camp spoke to me on a…

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Yuru Camp Season 2 – A very warm hug of an anime

The best anime out there need not reinvent the wheel. Yuru Camp Season 2 is in many ways like the first – and yet sweeter, more charming, more…

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Penguin Highway – A triumph of creativity that will set your imagination running

It’s the most beautiful journey as Aoyama and friends walk the penguin highway in search of answers to a strange and imaginative mystery.

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Natsume’s Book of Friends – A slow, reflective start to a wonderful story

Quiet and meditative, Natsume’s Book of Friends offers life lessons with each episode as we watch Takeshi Natsume grow – with the help of his friends, both human…

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Sing Yesterday for Me – Young adulthood has never been more insufferable

The best slice of life shows are borne on the shoulders of good characters undergoing heartfelt personal journeys. Sing Yesterday for Me doesn’t have the energy for any…

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Silver Spoon: A Refreshingly Honest Look at Farm Life

The best moments come when a show believes in its cast and is careful and honest with its subject matter. A rare, quality anime about farm life.

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Yuru Camp: The best, most wholesome show about doing literally nothing

Some of the best shows out there are often the simplest. An emergency blanket of an anime.

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Sangatsu no Lion – Rei comes in like a tidal wave

Breathtaking animation and the most lovable cast give heart-pounding life to Rei’s journey toward becoming a Shogi master.

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Into the Forest of Firefly Light – A short story packed with sweet feelings

There’s a lot of heart and emotion you can build between two characters in under an hour.

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Noragami – Shounen gold on the Far Shore

The trials and tribulations of stray god Yato and his friends are rife with charm and style.

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Kakushigoto – A soft little anime that should’ve been two different shows

As heartfelt as Kakushigoto may be, it suffers from wanting to tell too many stories at once.

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Great Pretender – International high-flying capers that fall a little flat

An otherwise great series – and a step in the right direction for accessible anime – failed to really make me fall in love with its cast.

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So I started an anime review blog…

… after two years of talking about it. Follow for reviews and anime suggestions, and thoughts on anime in general!

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