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Super Cub Review

“But, and this is the key thing – the key reason I love Super Cub so much… it’s pure inspiration.”

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Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song Review

“On the back of 100 years of worldbuilding and constant back-and-forths in Vivy’s development across time, the sheer content that Vivy managed to stuff into 13 episodes should…

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86 Review

“while the handling of Lena’s story in relation to the concept’s exploration is 86’s best asset, Lena herself is probably its greatest weakness”

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Now and Then, Here and There Review

“Now and Then, Here and There makes you feel hopeless. Its existential treatment of terror leaves a hole in the stomach that cannot be filled, one that cannot…

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Spring 2021’s Epic First Half

“this is the best season of anime I’ve ever taken a part in”

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Kimi ni Todoke Review

“Kimi ni Todoke makes its whole raison d’etre putting a bit more depth into every aspect of the banal anime rom-com genre tropes”

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Horimiya Review

“what happens from dating onwards is a dragging-out event, giving us a series of disconnected skits linked to side character romances with no hook pulling you in. It’s…

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Jujutsu Kaisen Review

“I can almost guarantee you’ll crack a smile watching it because it just doesn’t trip on landmines”

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Urasekai Picnic Review

“…a great watch of ingenuity-cum-stupidity…”

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Vlad Love Review

“you really have to be an older, more experienced anime fan to get all of Vlad Love’s shtick”

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Tenkuu Shinpan Review

“Despite all that, though, I’ve used the word ‘fun’ four times in this review already – so that surely spells it out enough”

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D4DJ Review

“Because its DJ gimmick fails to expand, the only talking point, then, is how this is actually a CGI tech showpiece”

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Ginban Kaleidoscope Review

“Some sharp comic timing, brutal facial expressions from Tazusa and amusing hijinks mean the series has a real bop to its comic portions, and it naturally glides between…

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Iwakakeru! Sport Climbing Girls Review

“it doesn’t come across as incompetent. Just a bit amateurish”

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Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru (Season 1-3) Review

“Not only is Hachiman frustratingly relatable and downright hilarious, but his problem solving-style is… fascinating”

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Love Live! Nijigasaki Gakuen School Idol Doukoukai Review

“Sure, I love Ai’s optimistic energy, and I love the few moments where Setsuna goes off all otakuy (hard relate, girl), but Yuu’s go-get-’em attitude and clear communication…

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Senyoku no Sigrdrifa Review

“It’s got its fingers in several pies and none of them are given the dedication to be the ‘oomph’ factor to make the series worth watching”

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Vlad Love Episode 1 Review

“It was funny – really funny, even – by virtue of great direction and that chipper pacing, but the gags themselves were just okay slapstick”

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Taisou Zamurai Review

“overall, it builds a compelling story, even if it’s ultimately… not the one you’d expect going in”

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Akudama Drive Review

“It’s equal parts eloquently meaningful-cum-punkishly pissed off political critique, and adrenaline pumping thriller action. It excels at both.”

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Adachi to Shimamura Review

“The monologues, that dominate episodes, are equal parts intimate and hilarious”

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Yuukoku no Moriarty Season 1 Review

“if you didn’t already want to eat the rich, you do now”

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Majo no Tabitabi Review

“Majo no Tabitabi is a journey. It doesn’t need to have a point; it only need be entertaining. And it… mostly is.”

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Hidashi no Gen Review

“The bomb dropping may well be the most jaw-dropping sequence of animation to come out of Japan, and that’s no small feat.”

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Gegege no Kitarou (2018) Review

“Gegege no Kitaoru’s theme-focused episodics bite”

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Fall 2020: misplaced quirkiness, or Taisou Zamurai versus Adachi to Shimamura

‘It’s a pity both shows are making such odd decisions in the sidelines, because both shows raison d’etre is so well handled”

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Yuukoku no Moriarty Episode 1 Review

“We’ve come a long way for me to say that Yuukoku no Moriarty is, indeed, one such anime. There is only one way that I can describe it:…

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Adachi to Shimamura Episode 1 Review

“Adachi to Shimamura brings to the table an exciting gradual romanticism and even appropriate avant garde direction choices”

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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (2020) Episode 1 Review

“the out-of-genre cutesy sequences that encompasses the majority of the episode feel like a necessary evil before we get to the good bits”

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Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 1 Review

“Worried his friends are about to be killed, he finds the courage to kick his way through a window and fight a gigantic, terrifying monster – and this…

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Senyoku no Sigrdrifa Episode 1 Review

“I do definitely have questions and there are definitely holes right now. Not that I mind too much, I had too much fun to care.”

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Tonikaku Kawaii Episode 1 Review

“I can’t be bothered to do the required gymnastics for something so obtusely vanilla”

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Majo no Tabitabi Episode 1 Review

“It’s cosy, in a way that I need right now; the warmth it creates isn’t a blanket – it’s one that gently caresses the heart and holds you…

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Assault Lily Bouquet Episode 1 Review

“It’s a little hard to get excited about”

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Assassin Lily Bouquet Episode 1 Review

“It’s a little hard to get excited about”

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On Pacing: Filler

“This unimportant ‘filler’ is actually really crucial to see the characters and world existing outside of the plots, and it is where writing can easily add another dimension.&#822…

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Clannad Review

“it is stuff like Clannad that represent the worst of television”

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Stop saying ‘trap’

“Words have connotations, and that’s why words like ‘trap’ are problematic when used as terms for anime character archetypes”

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Fragtime Review

“It’s in the carefully handled tone where Fragtime finds its success”

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Watashi ga Motete Dousunda Review

“The boys aren’t nice people, and it contributes to the silliness.”

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Blood-C Review

“It’s a frantic, distressing ride to the finish line, but the foundation isn’t quite there to make it an epic one”

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Great Anime: Tsumiki no Ie Review

“His life was mundane; not the kind of story worth telling… but watching this old man reminisce is utterly gripping.”

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On Summer 2020

“To be blunt, the anime lineup for Summer 2020 looks utterly dire.”

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Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika Nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei shiteshimatta Review

“Bakarina makes it seem like it’s so easy to imbue a cast with humanity and agency without sacrificing any of the fun”

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Koihime Musou Review

“the show fairly consistently finds new, exciting ways to keep its characters dumb, in full-control of their dumb decisions, and at the mercy of each other berating one-another…

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Objectivity, subjectivity, bias, impartiality: my personal reviewing philosophy

My philosophy for rating anime has changed over the years – all in the hope of becoming more accountable for my opinions.

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Revisions Review

“Were this another anime, they might call his deterministic attitude and rigidity to his opinions a good thing, but anybody in the real world knows these aren’t typically…

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Catching up with Spring 2020: Gal to Kyouryu

“From the collective that brought us the eponymous Pop Team Epic anime comes another stoner comedy that transcends the realms of animation”

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The effects of covid19 on this humble blogger

"As quarantine crept up on me with a prowl, I laughed that my life would remain a constant"

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