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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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Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation (Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru)

Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation (Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru) 2015 I probably made a bit of a mistake by reviewing this series a fair while…

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A-Z Review Page – Compete… (I think!) + 200th Review Update

As I mentioned the other day, I’ve been working on creating and then updating tan ‘A-Z Review’ page, which I think is now complete or very close to…

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Goku Midnight Eye

As I’ve mentioned here ad nauseam by now, science-fiction, futuristic, cyberpunk stories tend to be among my favs and so I expected to enjoy Goku Midnight Eye. In…

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A-Z Review Page

Very quickly – I’m beginning the fairly tedious but also somewhat fun process of creating an ‘A-Z Reviews’ page for the blog, and have made some progress today…

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The Daughter of Twenty Faces (Nijū Mensō no Musume)

The Daughter of Twenty Faces (Nijū Mensō no Musume) 2008 This (loose?) adaptation of Edogawa Ranpo’s ‘Kogoro Akechi’ detective stories really becomes two different shows for me, with…

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Anime OP-ED (July 2021)

Here’s the fifth in this set of themed posts – returning finally after missing the previous six months! Today I’ve got two pieces from the same anime and…

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Sin: The Movie

Sin: The Movie is a cyberpunk OVA with a few big action sequences but a fairly brisk plot in some sections – maybe too brisk. It’s only 50…

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The Wonderland (Bāsudē Wandārando) 2019

Even as I type this, I’m sick of my own go-to thought being something like ‘compare this one to Ghibli’, because that’s lazy of me. Moreover, Studio Ghibli…

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Tiger & Bunny

Tiger & Bunny (2011) Ah, superheroes who have problems beyond saving the world. This is an ‘old’ series now, (first airing back in 2011) featuring a lot of…

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Guessing Game (11)

A very quick guessing game – mix of older and new, recognise any? :D (not happy with the varying sizes/alignments but here they are nevertheless!)

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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (Kaubōi Bibappu: Tengoku no Tobira)

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (Kaubōi Bibappu: Tengoku no Tobira) 2001 Another powerhouse film from the dawn of Bones as a studio. Back when I was reviewing the Escaflowne…

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Yasuke

Yasuke (2021) Let me preface this review by saying that I will watch more of Yasuke. I did find that the scope of events in the latter half…

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Gingitsune

Gingitsune (2013) Okay, time for a short-ish review! I know I’ve said this before, but sometimes I dislike using the word ‘sweet’. Mostly because I worry that it…

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The Review Heap: 2021 Directions (Adjusting)

Another update/adjustment for the blog – though it’ll probably feel minor, I have added a couple of things to my plan. (And removed others for now). A reminder…

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Yugo: The Negotiator (Yuugo: Kōshōnin)

Yugo: The Negotiator (Yuugo: Kōshōnin) 2004 I think all lists that include ‘smartest anime character’ should probably have Yugo in them. And maybe lists ranking ‘most resilient’ ones…

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The Other Top Ten?

Last year I was doing posts for a so-called ‘liquid’ top ten, meant to suggest that it was kind of a flexible, ever-changing list etc etc Maybe a…

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Ride Your Wave (Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara)

A quick review for Ride Your Wave (Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara) 2019. Romance is one genre that I don’t have a lot of knowledge about so I…

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11 Reviews Unit I Hit 200 (Suggestions Welcome!)

Afternoon! A fair while back I posted seeking votes on what my 150th review should be, offering a few options at the time, and from that shortlist it…

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Update Quest 2020 (11)

So, I probably should update the post title for these ones, as it’s taking me well beyond 2020 to finish these updates :D Oh well! In any event,…

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Brave 10

Brave 10 (2012) Brave 10* was definitely fun but maybe not super-memorable. Or at least, it never got a chance to become too memorable for me – since…

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B: The Beginning – Succession

B: The Beginning – Succession (2021) I’m not sure how to write about this short season… It seemed like the prologue to a bigger story to come, and…

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The Way of the Househusband (Gokushufudō)

The Way of the Househusband (Gokushufudō) 2021 By now, I think folks seem to have moved past some of the general disappointment surrounding this adaptation of Kousuke Oono’s…

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Perfect Blue (Pāfekuto Burū) 1997

Perfect Blue (Pāfekuto Burū) 1997 Not for kids, obviously. As a side note, I found it surprising that here in Australia my DVD release (the uncut version) is…

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Popular Reviews from the Last 6 Months

This is a post where, as suggested, I highlight some reviews that have been popular in the previous 6 months. (Last time around I also did a post…

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Ergo Proxy (Collaboration with In Search of Number Nine)

Very excited to kick off this collaboration with Iniksbane at In Search of Number Nine, since we’re writing on one of my all-time favs, Ergo Proxy! I’d put…

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Abandoned #10 (Lupin III Part 4, Space Adventure Cobra, Cannon Busters, Space Dandy & The Future Diary)

While I procrastinate/struggle to finish my Perfect Blue review I thought I’d whip up another of my ‘Abandoned’ posts :D Standard disclaimer as usual: not ruling out one…

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Back Arrow (Bakku Arō) – Collaboration with Lita Kino

Morning all! I’m excited to share another collaboration – this time on Back Arrow, where Lita Kino and I ask each other about the first three episodes. (Spoilers…

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Something good to say about 5 anime I didn’t like that much…

Irina over at I drink and watch anime came up with a cool tag which I thought I’d try – I probably mentioned a few good things about…

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Guessing Game (10) Studio Ghibli Edition

Okay, just like it says in the heading – let’s go with a Ghibli-themed guessing game: two of their most famous films here (and also my least fav…

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Karakuri Circus (Karakuri Sākasu)

I think Karakuri Circus oscillates between kind of a wild mess on one hand and more compelling flashbacks on the other. And maybe a third thing: action with…

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[Results] Vote on What I Should Watch Next (April 2021 edition)

Okay! Last week I put up a quick poll and while a few of the options I had listed came close – the winner is Perfect Blue. I…

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Maybe #4 (Mars Red, Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song, Super Cub and Shadows House + Joran The Princess Of Snow And Blood)

Okay, time for another ‘Maybe’ entry! Again, I’m using this post to quickly mention a few seasonal shows that I’ve tried out and liked/or want to watch if…

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