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Bocchi the Rock! Review: K-On Can’t Communicate

Directed by Keiichirou Saitou Produced by Cloverworks Streaming on Crunchyroll I was in a bit of a pickle. I got ahead of myself and slated six reviews for…

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More Than a Married Couple, but Not Lovers Review: Rent-a-Girlfriend – Revengeance

There is an art to creating a title that might escape the average viewer. It’s not easy to devise a short handful of words that both tells the…

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Reincarnated as a Sword Review: Double-Edged Garbage

Directed by Shinji Ishihara Produced by C2C Streaming on HIDIVE The isekai genre has existed in some form or another for decades, though the current model was cemented…

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The Eminence in Shadow Review: The Punisher but Anime

Directed by Kazuya Nakanishi Produced by Nexus Streaming on HIDIVE Author’s Note: This is a first episode review, and I’ve been informed that the first episode of The…

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Blue Lock Review: The Anti-Anime

Directed by Tatsuaki Watanabe Produced by 8bit Streaming on Crunchyroll I have already written a glowing essay where I praise just about everything in Blue Lock and then…

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Chainsaw Man Review: Duh, It’s Perfect

Directed by Tatsuya Yoshihara & Ryuu Nakayama Produced by MAPPA Streaming on Crunchyroll I struggled for a hot minute on how to handle this review. Chainsaw Man was…

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My Anime OP/ED 3×3, Celebrating Two Years of the Otaku Exhibition

I have spent a lot of time thinking about what to do for the blog’s second anniversary. If I thought one year was a fluke, two puts that…

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Solo Leveling is the Best (Not) Isekai

Occasionally, I run into a topic I’ve already covered and think, “man, I wish I could rewrite that.” Every writer or artist is doomed to look back on…

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Mob Psycho 100 Proves Zack Snyder Wrong

This is one of those posts where I really have no idea where it’s going to go, but I already promised I was going to write it, so…

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I’m Obsessed with Blue Lock

Every season, I pick up a couple of volumes of manga, in an effort to learn a bit more about the anime I’m going to review. It’s how…

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How I Became a Visual Novel Guy – Aokana

Otaku is a word derived from the phenomenon of someone so consumed by their singular interest that they don’t leave the house. I guess I’m going to have…

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What’s the Deal with Queerbait in Anime?

Have you ever had an idea that just sounds like you’re about to kick a hornets’ nest, and you just decide to do it anyway? Yeah, me neither.…

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Soul Hackers 2 Review: I’m Not Gonna Say It

Developed by Atlus Directed by Eiji Ishida & Mitsuru Hirata Reviewed on Playstation 5 I will clear the air first by telling you I am not going to…

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The Battle for Best Girl: Persona 5 Royal

It is in our nature as weebs to argue about things that have absolutely no meaning whatsoever. We’re still hung up on whether or not Saitama could beat…

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What Makes the Best Harem Anime?

Harem anime don’t enjoy a lofty reputation, or get the same respect as their monogamous peers. That’s a shame, but the stigma isn’t entirely undeserved. You could easily…

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In Defense of Rent-A-Girlfriend

What does it mean to hate-watch an anime? There’s complex psychology behind a willingness to consume media you don’t like, don’t think is good, and wouldn’t recommend to…

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Engage Kiss Review: Shu’s Company, Three’s a Crowd

Directed by Tomoya Tanaka Produced by A-1 Pictures Streaming on Crunchyroll I tried to play it coy on my last review, though considering there’s only a few anime…

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Call of the Night Review: Still a Better Love Story than Twilight

Directed by Tomoyuki Itamura Produced by Lidenfilms Streaming on Hidive Yeah, yeah, I know, Twilight jokes in 2022 aren’t the height of relevance, but you might understand how…

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Lycoris Recoil Review: The Police State Will be Run by Anime Girls

Directed by Shingo Adachi Produced by A-1 Pictures Streaming on Crunchyroll Tone is vital to storytelling. What feeling is the writer attempting to evoke in their audience? Do…

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RWBY: Ice Queendom Review: This is Supposed to be an Improvement?

Directed by Kenjirou Okada & Toshimasa Suzuki Produced by Shaft Streaming on Crunchyroll If you were on the internet in 2013 and ’14, it was impossible to not…

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The Ancient Magus Bride Should Consider a Divorce

I have once again fallen victim to an anime being hyped up, only for it to turn out a giant snooze fest. Ah, a tale as old as…

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Tsurezure Children is Everything I’ve Been Looking For

If you’ve been writing publicly for a good chunk of time, you tend to take it for granted that your readers are familiar with the running themes of…

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I Hate Tomodachi Game

Somewhere in the Akashic records of my Google Drive, there is an outline for a post on Kakegurui, the bizarre yuri-baiting gambling anime. It never saw the light…

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Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie is Peak Fiction, You Cowards

If you’ve been paying attention to the seasonal anime beat for any length of time, you know about the heel turn in quality. An anime might tap into…

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Why Haven’t You Watched Tokyo 24th Ward?

Winter 2022 was stuffed to bursting with more banger anime than any person could reasonably watch. The obvious heavy hitters got their time to shine: Attack on Titan…

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What’s Up with Attack on Titan’s Weird Fascist Cult?

I’m about to discuss the ending of Attack on Titan, spoiling everything that the Final Season Part Three (no, for real guys, it’s the final final part) will…

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What’s Up with Attack on Titan’s Weird Fascist Cult?

I’m about to discuss the ending of Attack on Titan, spoiling everything that the Final Season Part Three (no, for real guys, it’s the final final part) will…

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Demon Slayer is Mid Except for the Animation

You’ve heard it before. I lamented that you can’t go five minutes on the dumb bird app without someone saying Demon Slayer would be forgettable if not for…

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The New WORST Anime Ever Made

I quite famously wrote an essay decrying Mushoku Tensei as the worst anime ever made, because I’m a clickbaiting hack and you really ought to know better by…

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Why is Manga Better Than Anime?

I started writing this essay a few months back, under the title Why I Love Manga, as something of a love letter to the medium. I’d have kept…

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Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0: You Can (Not) Romance

I’m going to be spoiling most of the Rebuild films, End of Eva, and NGE here, so just be warned for that. I haven’t talked about Evangelion since…

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Horimiya is STILL the Best Rom Com

It’s been quite some time since I last talked about Horimiya, in a way. Last year around this time, I lauded the anime adaptation’s ability to trim the…

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The Seasonal Anime Round-Up: Spring 2022

You might be wondering what the heck is going on. I mean, I’ve reviewed anime like clockwork ever since I started writing this blog in October of 2020.…

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Scum’s Wish is Actually a Masterpiece

I don’t know if this is a hot take. I asked on Twitter, and the mixed results I received leave me just as confused as when I started.…

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Is Fruits Basket Overrated?

I understand that I am pushing my luck here. When I rip into Evangelion or Death Note, I am spared by the fact that those shows have a…

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What Makes The Best Anime Protagonist?

Last year, I wrote an essay on Lelouch, explaining how Code Geass created what I believe to be the best protagonist in anime, and I got a fair…

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Shield Hero is the Perfect Isekai

It’s been a minute since I’ve talked about The Rising of the Shield Hero, and that’s a shame. It’s one of my favorite isekai from the last few…

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My Dress Up Darling Proves Horny CAN be Wholesome

My lack of interest in ecchi anime is well-documented. Generally, the more an anime goes out of their way to be titillating, the less invested I am. How…

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Triangle Strategy: A Lesson in Disappointment

I have a love/hate relationship with tactical RPGs. Fire Emblem Three Houses is one of my favorite games, which a lot of fans of both the franchise and…

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Bokurano Makes Me Uncomfortable, and That’s Okay

What is the purpose of a story? That’s not a rhetorical question, even if it is a broad one. It doesn’t have a reliable single answer, but if…

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Sabikui Bisco Review: Mush-Room to Grow

Studio: OZ Director: Atsushi Ikariya Streaming on: Crunchyroll Future generations of weebs will look back on our not-so illustrious history and mark two eras on the calendar: before…

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Tokyo 24th Ward Review: Go, Go, Minority Report Rangers!

Studio: Cloverworks Director: Naokatsu Tsuda Streaming on: Funimation, Crunchyroll Tokyo 24th Ward is immediately intriguing. If you asked me off the top of my head what anime does…

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Love of Kill Review: Comedy Assassination

Studio: Platinum Vision Director: Hideaki Ooba Streaming on: Crunchyroll I don’t often get to time my posts well; I stick to a strict schedule, so anything coming out…

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Sasaki & Miyano: Pure Cotton Candy Fluff

Studio: Studio Deen Director: Shinji Ishihara Streaming on: Funimation I’ve been wracking my brain. I wrote an essay about Given, where I disparaged the musical romance for failing…

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The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt Review: Oof, What a Mouthful

Studio: Yokohama Animation Lab Director: Makoto Tamagawa Streaming on: Funimation I’ve got to get something off my chest; my reasons for watching this show were less than noble.…

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My Dress-Up Darling Review: Work Hard, Cosplay Hard

Studio: Cloverworks Director: Keisuke Shinohara Streaming on: Crunchyroll, Funimation In my essay “How Anime Excels in Making You Care” I wrote about the niche genre of anime; a…

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Demon Slayer Entertainment District Arc Review: The Fate of the Series Going Forward

Studio: Ufotable Director: Haruo Sotozaki Streaming on: Crunchyroll, Funimation It’s been quite a while since I’ve properly spoken about Demon Slayer. The current format of releasing an…

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The Otaku Exhibition’s Anime of the Year 2021

It doesn’t feel like very long ago I was writing my Anime of the Year post for 2020, and I can still vividly recall the tremendous difficulty I…

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Breaking Down Attack on Titan’s Best Fight

This falls outside of my usual content, if it’s not clear. I specialize in melodramatic, pondering, philosophically rambling essays where I think about anime a lot harder than…

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Chainsaw Man is the Perfect Shonen

Chainsaw Man ages like fine wine. It feels like not too long ago that I read Chainsaw Man as it was serializing, and while I enjoyed it, I…

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