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Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul (Fukaki Tamashii no Reimei)

The Dawn of the Deep Soul film continues with the ‘let’s do unspeakably cruel things to cute kids’ approach that featured in the first season of the anime.…

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Agrento Soma (Arujento Sōma)

After a slow start that wasn’t actually slow – I was transfixed. Agrento Soma (Arujento Sōma) 2000 Argento Soma feels like a bit of a rare story for…

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Kiki’s Delivery Service (Majo no Takkyūbin) 1989 [Collaboration with Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews]

it’s been a little while since I hosted a collaboration here, so I was really happy that Scott was up for working with me on Kiki’s Delivery Service…

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Devil May Cry: The Animated Series (Debiru Mei Kurai)

Devil May Cry is another anime based on a classic game franchise, but I can’t judge this one in terms of its merits as an adaptation, since I’ve…

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Series Reviews now on the Menu

Well – two of them, so far! As I’ve mentioned before, I’m planning to do one or two reviews per year (give or take) that end up longer…

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Darker than Black (Dākā Zan Burakku ー Kuro no Keiyakusha)

Shadowy syndicates, superheros and melancholy characters – tick, tick and tick! Darker than Black (Dākā Zan Burakku ー Kuro no Keiyakusha) 2007 I feel like Darker Than Black…

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Occult Academy (Seikimatsu Okaruto Gakuin)

Occult Academy* charges out of the boxes with its first episode – really throwing punches everywhere and culminating in uber-tsundere Maya standing on her father’s coffin, interrupting the…

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Abandoned #13 (Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc, Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Dog & Scissors and Mieruko-Chan)

(Imagine that my standard disclaimer about maybe coming back to these one day appears right here!) Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc Zenitsu. Masters of the Universe: Revelation Okay,…

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Kino’s Journey —the Beautiful World— (Kino no Tabi)

I hope that Kino’s Journey is considered a classic beyond my limited sphere, since I reckon it’s a wholly compelling series from beginning to end. Ideally, I’d launch…

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009-1 (TV)

009-1 (2006) TV I’m a little annoyed that I’d never come across 009-1 before last year. Written by Shotaro Ishinomori as a way to tackle stories beyond the…

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The Book of Bantorra (Tatakau Shisho: The Book of Bantorra)

Book of Bantorra is definitely more than its fan service – though if you need some, then the costumes for Noloty and Chesty La Rue Hamyuts Meseta will…

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5 Stars (2019 – 2021)

This is just a quick post but I was curious about how many 5 stars I’d given out at the Review Heap so far (or, at least between…

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Blue Period (Burū Piriodo)

There was hardly a single moment I didn’t enjoy in Blue Period. Obviously, I do like coming of age stories. And for me, it was great to remember…

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Jubei-chan: The Ninja Girl – The Secret of the Lovely Eyepatch

Another quick review today – feeling less than stellar after some dental work! Jubei has so much going on re: the levels of parody and satire, and even…

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Casshan: Robot Hunter (OVA)

Compared to the 2008 series (Casshern Sins), in some aspects the Robot Hunter OVA feels like more of a somewhat faithful remake of the 1973 original than a…

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Gungrave (Gangureivu) TV

It’s probable that I’ve said this before but I find mafia-style stories a hard sell. And yet, I’ll usually at least try them out. Gungrave (Gangureivu) TV 2003…

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Ryoko’s Case File (Yakushiji Ryōko no Kaiki Jikenbo)

Supernatural investigations led by the lovely but cruel Superintendent Ryoko. A quick review this time! Ryoko’s Case File (Yakushiji Ryōko no Kaiki Jikenbo) 2008 This was a short…

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Ninja Scroll: The Series (Jūbē Ninpūchō Ryūhōgyoku Hen)

In many ways this is a less compelling echo of the film. Same lead character of Jubei, similar quest feel with stumbling blocks presented by different monsters/adversaries to…

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse

This film would probably be a real delight for folks who like in-jokes and intertextuality. Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse (2018) It’s also nice – after 60-odd years…

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Update Quest 2021 (12)

Again, this update task is taking me way, way longer than I’d hoped – but here’s some progress nevertheless :D Today, 12 more updated reviews taken from the…

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GHOSTS OF REVIEWS PAST [Boxing Day Review]

This year I’ve been too busy to write a new review, even a short review for a film, and so I thought I’d share my Boxing Day Reviews…

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Out of Scheduled Posts! XD

So, not much to say here – other than the fact that I’ve now got nothing left in the bank of drafts/scheduled posts. Which means it might be…

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Tokko

If you like breasts and blood, supernatural-action anime Tokko has got you covered. Okay, flippant opener I know – but I’ll switch to the tone of the series…

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Arion

Arion (1986) Arion should satisfy fans of Greek mythology and ‘old school’ anime. And it certainly did for me. Before starting, I hadn’t realised that Arion was a…

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BEM: Become Human

BEM: Become Human (2020) follows on directly from the series but you could probably pick up the movie and have a different but equally enjoyable experience – how…

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Bright: Samurai Soul

Bright: Samurai Soul (2021) Woodblock prints and math rock! Here’s another anime where I have no knowledge of the source material, allowing me to head in to the…

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DOTA: Dragon’s Blood

DOTA: Dragon’s Blood (2021) Coming to the series cold, the connection to the game Dota 2 had no positive or negative impact for me – it was just…

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Abandoned #12 (Gantz, Black Blood Brothers & Dagashi Kashi)

Kicking off with my standard disclaimer – I’m not ruling out one day returning to any of these shows… it just might take a really, really long time…

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Guessing Game (13)

A quick post! No theme, just a few anime that have been/will be on the blog sooner or later, from a range of eras :)

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Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway (Kidō Senshi Gandamu Senkō no Hasawei)

Gundum is one of the heavyweights of the anime industry that I haven’t reviewed on the blog yet (which surprises me) as I had planned to do the…

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Kurozuka

Kurozuka is a sometimes jumbled, often compelling adaptation of a novel by Baku Yumemakura and which is on the surface, a vampire story. Kurozuka (2008) After finishing the…

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Back Arrow (Bakku Arō)

Back Arrow is bursting at the seams with exuberance and I enjoyed that a lot. Back Arrow (Bakku Arō) 2021 For me, it’s wildly over the top and…

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Puppet Princess (Karakuri no Kimi)

This is a typical OVA in some ways – violence and nudity (or the threat of rape being passed off as ‘comedic’), all predictable things about certain anime…

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Review (A-Z List) Update

Just a quick post while I’m still working on finishing my current novel – I’ve updated my review list, I think it’s 12 or so reviews that I…

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October – Light Schedule

Tried to find a word that wasn’t ‘hiatus’ and kinda failed – but in short, I’m slowing things down on the blog this month and I think I’ll…

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Abandoned #11 (Sonny Boy, The Case Study of Vanitas, The Detective Is Already Dead & TEXHNOLYZE)

Okay, I admit that this is one of my most click bait-style headings so far, since the word ‘Abandoned’ is probably a little too strong for some of…

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Supporting the Anime Industry

Back in my Wonder Egg review I wondered how I could directly support animators working in an exploitative industry, and I was feeling despairing of things changing… And…

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Heaven Official’s Blessing (Tiān Guān Cì Fú)

I tend to be a little disappointed in romance anime that hold back on the developing the relationship onscreen – especially when it comes to homosexual relationships, but…

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Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song

Vivy made me wonder whether great art, exhilarating fight sequences, catchy songs and fun costume changes with engaging characters were enough for me to say yep, 5 stars…

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Ni no Kuni Review [Collaboration with Curtis from Iridium Eye Reviews]

Greetings! It’s collaboration time again, in this one Curtis from Iridium Eye Reviews and I are going to chat about 2019 portal fantasy Ni no Kuni – a…

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Blade of the Last Phantom Master (Shin Angyō Onshi)

Blade of the Last Phantom Master (Shin Angyō Onshi) 2007 Here is another anime that has me quite curious about the manga. Set in lands reminiscent of ancient…

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What Else Did They Write? (Sadayuki Murai)

Not sure exactly how this series of posts will work, maybe it’ll evolve over time into a different structure or focus? But for now, I’m planning to just…

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Guessing Game (12)

Twelfth of the ‘guessing game’ posts! This time it includes some that I’ve reviewed recently and some I’ve yet to get around to writing about (and one show…

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Wonder Egg Priority + Special (Wandā Eggu Puraioriti)

Wonder Egg Priority (Wandā Eggu Puraioriti) 2021 I wrote some of this review not long after the end of episode 12 and it really feels like so much…

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Akudama Drive (Akudama Doraibu)

Akudama Drive (Akudama Doraibu) 2020 I’ve been thinking about Akudama Drive on and off since finishing it and I’m wondering if it’s actually Cyberpunk in name and aesthetic…

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BEM (2019)

Remakes of classic shows feel risky, since time can divest modern audiences of context, and of course tastes around art styles and technological advancements change the visual landscape…

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Murder Princess (Mādā Purinsesu)

Get ready for fantasy, sci-fi, political intrigue, romance, action, comedy and prominent use of the body swap trope, if you decide to take a look at Murder Princess.…

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Nasu: Summer in Andalusia (Nasu: Andarushia no Natsu)

I end up spoiling the ending to this OVA just below these first pics, and so if Nasu is on your list then maybe read no further! Otherwise,…

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Highlander: The Search For Vengeance

Highlander: The Search For Vengeance lands somewhere between spin-off and remake of the very famous 1986 Christopher Lambert film Highlander, a movie Queen fans may also remember due…

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Trese

Netflix feels reasonably hit and miss when it comes to anime and related forms but I’m glad someone at the corporation is putting money into projects I might…

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