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Sunday Select: 7 Humorous Himbos in Anime

What is a “himbo”? Almost everyone who watches modern media is familiar with the character trope, but not everyone knows it by name. The common definition you’ll see…

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The Raven Does Not Choose Its Master – Episodes 1 and 2 Discussion

Ravens are birds of poetry and dark magic. Throughout recorded literature, they have played important roles in everything from mythology to contemporary fiction. Ravens are also extremely intellige…

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Nagisa Shiota’s Unusual Gender Expression (Assassination Classroom)

Imagine you are back in middleschool at the start of the school-year. A boy walks into the room – wait, is that a boy? He – or she?…

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Spring 2024 – Mono’s Extremely Brief Takes – Week 2

Welcome back to Anime Rants. The Spring 2024 season is underway and I’m enjoying the eary episodes of the ten shows I selected to watch. My very short…

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Writing Prompt: Who was Your First Favorite Character in Anime?

Welcome to Anime Rants. Today we have a writing prompt taken from a discussion in r/anime: “Who was your first favorite character in any anime?” I like this…

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Spring 2024 Update: Adding “Tadaima, Okaeri”

I have a quick correction to make concerning my watch list for Spring 2024. I picked ten series to watch, and one of them was going to be…

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A Colorful Collection of Characters (Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts)

Thank you for stopping by Anime Rants with Mono (7Mononoke). In my recent review of Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts, there was a lot of character…

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Writing Prompt: What are Some Unhinged Opinions You’ve Heard About Anime?

Greetings, readers and visitors! Starting today, I will experiment with anime writing prompts. This idea was largely inpsired by Yomu’s recent posts on the Umai Yomu Anime Blog.…

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Spring 2024 Week 1 – Mono’s Extremely Brief Takes

The Spring 2024 season has finally begun. I picked ten different series to watch. Initially, I wasn’t planning on writing any regular episode reviews for this season. I’m…

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Absurd Anime! Featuring “Train to the End of the World”

“Absurd” is defined by the Merriam Webster Dictionary as “Ridiculously unreasonable, unsound, or incongruous.” Depending on who you ask, all anime is a little bit weird. But…

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Metallic Rouge Episode 13 Review: A Pot of Plot Twists with a Side of Loose Ends

Compared to something like fantasy or isekai, the science fiction genre is much more rare in anime. The original sci-fi anime Metallic Rouge completed its run with its…

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Metallic Rouge Episode 12 Review – Naomi’s Intense Decision

Hello and welcome to all readers. Originally, I intended to write about the last two episodes of Metallic Rouge in a single blog post. However, now that I’m…

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Solo Leveling: Episodes 11 and 12 Reviews – Knights and Specters

Those of you who read my previous episode reviews of Solo Leveling probably already know my general take on the series. Though entertaining, it’s unoriginal and undeserving of…

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A Colorful Collection of Characters (Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts)

Thank you for stopping by Anime Rants with Mono (7Mononoke). In my recent review of Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts, there was a lot of character…

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A Furry Fantasy: Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts Review

When she was barely older than a toddler, Sariphi overheard her parents discussing her future as a sacrifice. In a few years, she would be offered to the…

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The Apothecary Diaries Episode 24 Review – A Farewell Dance

It’s time for the final episode of The Apothecary Diaries. Before I jump into my usual episode review format, I wanted to share a bit of information that’s…

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Blue Exorcist: Shimane Illuminati Saga – Episodes 11 and 12

Hey everyone – welcome back to Anime Rants! The third season of Blue Exorcist has now finished airing. I was impressed with it overall, though I have a…

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A Sign of Affection: Episodes 11 and 12 – An Adorable Ending

It’s time for the last two episodes of A Sign of Affection. I enjoyed this sweet, fluffy romance story immensely. The music can be very emotional, and I…

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A Sign of Affection: Episodes 11 and 12

It’s time for the last two episodes of A Sign of Affection. I enjoyed this sweet, fluffy romance story immensely. The music can be very emotional, and I…

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Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End – Episode 28 – The Finale

Alas, it’s the end of the amazing anime Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End – but only for now. Obviously, the journey to Ende will continue. Now that Frieren’s group…

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Ten Years Ago: My Top Ten 2014 Anime Series

Hello, and thanks for stopping by Anime Rants. Can you believe it’s been ten years since 2014? Me either. Time really flies by when you’re an adult. I…

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Metallic Rouge: Episodes 10 and 11 – Cyan and the Puppeteer

Thanks for visiting Anime Rants with Mono. One of my favorite classic story themes is the idea that the world is a stage, with life unfolding like theater.…

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What I’m Watching for Spring 2024 – Plus Upcoming Changes

Hello ladies, gentlemen, and others! Welcome to Anime Rants with Mono (7Mononoke). The spring season is just around the corner, so I figured it was time to mention…

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TenTen Kakumei – A Revolutionary Reincarnation Romance!

Imagine that, following your death, you reincarnate into a world with real magic. You would think yourself quite fortunate – that is, until you realized that you were…

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The Apothecary Diaries: Episodes 22 and 23 Reviews

One of the reasons I started watching The Apothecary Diaries was the focus on plants and flowers. Although mammals were my area of study in college, I love…

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Solo Leveling: Episodes 8 to 10 Reviews – Jinwoo’s Darkness

Thanks for visiting Anime Rants today! Solo Leveling is becoming more interesting to me as the episodes continue. I’m interested in the character psychology – especially that of…

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Frieren Episode 27 Review – Interviews with Serie

I’ve written before about how my German friends think it’s rather cringe to name anime characters after random German words. I normally agree, but there are a few…

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Blue Exorcist: Shimane Illuminati Saga – Episodes 9 and 10

Welcome back to Anime Rants. The next two episodes of Blue Exorcist’s third season were intense and emotional. I think these events were very well-written by the mangaka…

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A Sign of Affection: Episodes 9 and 10 Reviews

A Sign of Affection focuses on a Japanese girl with complete hearing impairment as she attends college and experiences her first romance. According to the World Health Organization,…

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Metallic Rouge: Episodes 8 and 9 Reviews

Extraterrestrials are often used as plot devices in science fiction. Sometimes, the aliens are blended into the story in a smooth, convincing way, but other times, they seem…

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Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End – Episode 26 Review

Thanks for stopping by Anime Rants today! As Frieren draws toward its conclusion, the second exam for first-class mages continues. This exciting 26th episode serves as the finale…

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The Apothecary Diaries: Episodes 19 to 21 Reviews

As the clever and quirky protagonist of The Apothecary Diaries, Maomao is a great example of a well-written female character in anime. She has rapidly risen in the…

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Notes on Solo Leveling: Episodes 5 through 7

Solo Leveling is one of the more popular new anime series for Winter 2024. While I don’t find it unpleasant at all, I’m slightly aggravated about this anime’s…

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Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End – Episode 25 Review

Welcome to Anime Rants! In this installment, Frieren and company brainstorm about how to defeat the replica of Frieren. They were hoping to use Edel’s power of hypnosis.…

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Blue Exorcist: Shimane Illuminati Saga – Episodes 6 to 8

I’m four weeks behind on Blue Exorcist’s third season, but after this post, three of the four newest episodes will have been covered. Sorry, but I don’t have…

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A Sign of Affection: Episodes 6 to 8 Reviews

It’s time to catch up on this season’s sweetest, sappiest romance anime! A Sign of Affection continues entertaining me with its warmth and heart. Here are my reviews…

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Metallic Rouge: Episodes 6 and 7 Reviews

Welcome to Anime Rants. Before reviewing these episodes of Metallic Rouge, I will provide an explanation of the translation “controversy” surrounding this anime. It’s old news, bu…

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Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End – Episode 24 Review

As I’m attempting to catch up on Winter 2024 anime as quickly as possible, I’ll dive right into the review for Frieren episode 24. I hope it’s enjoyable.…

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Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End – Episode 23 Review

Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End uses German words as names for its characters. According to my very good friend in Germany, this is a bit cringe. To them, it’s…

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The Apothecary Diaries: Episodes 16 to 18 Reviews

Today at Anime Rants, we have 7Mono’s notes for the last few weeks’ worth of episodes of The Apothecary Diaries. I’m now five weeks behind, but this post…

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Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End – Episode 22 Review

Good day, readers! This episode review is a week late, but I hope you still enjoy it! Normally, I have two sections in my episode reviews – recap…

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Metallic Rouge: Episodes 4 and 5 Reviews

Hey y’all – thanks for dropping by Anime Rants. I’ve fallen behind on my episode reviews for Winter 2024, but I’m here now to try catching up and…

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Blue Exorcist: Shimane Illuminati Saga – Episodes 4 and 5

Welcome back to Anime Rants. Today we’re reviewing episodes 4 and 5 of Blue Exorcist: Shimane Illuminati Saga. This is the third season of Blue Exorcist, and I’m…

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A Sign of Affection: Episodes 4 and 5 Reviews

A Sign of Affection (Yubisaki to Renren) is so far a delightfully fluffy and sweet romance story that happens to be about a girl who is hearing-impaired. I…

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Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End – Episode 21 Review

Welcome back to Anime Rants with Mono (7Mononoke). Today we’re covering episode 21 of Frieren, which I consider the best anime of the season already. One thing that…

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Solo Leveling: Episodes 3 and 4 Reviews

It seems like, the last few years, fantasy with video-game elements has become the most dominant genre of anime. (Shounen is more of a demographic, but even if…

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Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End – Episode 20 Review

The practical examination to become a first class mage continues in Frieren episode 20, which is titled, “Necessary Killing.” Fern is locked in combat with another mage, while…

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Metallic Rouge: Episodes 2 and 3 Reviews

Those of you who consume sci-fi content regularly are probably already well familiar with the Three Laws of Robotics, AKA the Asimov Code. This sci-fi trope comes up…

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Blue Exorcist: Shimane Illuminati Saga – Episodes 2 and 3

If you’re an uncultured Otaku like me, you might never have heard of Mephisto Pheles until you saw the character in the Blue Exorcist anime. Gamers might know…

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The Apothecary Diaries: Episodes 13 to 15

Get out your mortar and pestle, because it’s time for The Apothecary Diaries! The second half of this colorful, entertaining series has begun. There’s a beautiful new opening…

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