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The Labyrinth of Grisaia: I Have No Personality, And I Must Scream

I’ll say this much in admiration for Grisaia, it’s kind of amazing how it crams every tragic childhood cliché under the sun into a 47 minute-long special, while tipping its hand at every available opportunity to make every step of wacky misfortune not only unsurprising, but downright expected. Without wishing to spoil, it starts at […]

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I really like the Yuri Bear Storm finale

While I wouldn’t go so far as to say I wasn’t understanding anything from Yuri Bear Storm, I was sorta letting it wash over me with happy bemusement. There were bears and lesbians and a distinct lack of storms along with adorably cute children chasing pots of honey and a classroom full of girls with […]

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Shirobako should be required viewing for anime fans

I think that Shirobako should be required viewing for anime fans. Not because it’s a timeless classic that shapes the anime field before it, which is the usual criteria for deciding what is required viewing. Not even because it happens to be an incredibly good show, although that certainly helps. The moment I realised how […]

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Inaho is terrible and Slaine is great

There are loads of great anime this season. More airing at one time than I can remember in my anime viewing life. So much so that couldn’t decide which one to start praising first and my natural instincts took over. As the adrenaline kicked in I started typing furiously at a keyboard and suddenly realized all […]

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Secret Santa review: Mind Game

Every year the anime blog Reverse Thieves have been running a Secret Santa for anime bloggers where anime bloggers give each other 3 anime to watch before the Christmas period and to write a review on one of them. The one I got this year was the last big Maasaki Yuasa directed anime I had […]

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Ghost in the Shell Arise – Final full review

Ghost in the Shell has gone through a few hands in its life. From the cyberpunk manga origins by Shirow Masamune, before he turned into a weirdo who only drew calendars full of pictures of impossibly proportioned naked girls covered in machine oil, it then went to Oshi. There it had its most visually striking […]

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Zankyou no Terror Episode 11: Resonance in Ball-Passing

In stark alignment with everything preceding it, the finale to Zankyou no Terror is something of a mess. Character motivations remain vague to nonexistent, Five’s entire subplot has been in service of absolutely fuck all but pinning more of the already unwieldy story on American involvement, and the second half refuses to clarify what should […]

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Mahouka is terrible on every level – a final review

I watched all 26 episodes of Mahouka. I’m not entirely sure why. At some point it was a scholarly interest in why this was the latest hottest thing in light novels. It might have been because people said it gets better in the novels later and I wondered at what stage that would be. At another […]

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