Category Archives: Anime

Higurashi: When They Cry – Gou

It has been over a decade since the three original anime series of Higurashi When They Cry were produced by Studio Deen, and in 2020 a new version from Passione premiered, a studio that hadn’t even been founded when the … Continue reading

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Kaguya-sama: Love is War (Season 1 Review)

If you have ever typed “anime dance” into YouTube, for the last couple of years the first result you will have found is a beautifully animated end title sequence from Kaguya-sama: Love is War, featuring the fluid motions of Chika … Continue reading

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Clockwork Planet

Have you ever heard of the term “clockpunk”? No, me neither, but it’s a subgenre of steampunk with clockwork mechanisms providing the aesthetic pleasure instead of steam engineering. This is the playground in which Clockwork Planet plays, and I could … Continue reading

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Aishiteruze Baby (Anime Review)

At the start of this series, Kippei is a slightly irritating character to watch. He’s popular, flirts with all the girls, and cops a feel of one of them if the opportunity comes his way. He’s not remotely interested in … Continue reading

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Toradora! Christmas!

Christmas episodes of anime series tend to be disposable affairs that lean towards slice-of-life, but not so with Toradora! There is a run of three episodes that focus on Christmas celebrations, and they build up to a pivotal moment in … Continue reading

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Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie: Over the Rainbow

The original series of Love Live! was about a group of schoolgirls forming an idol group, their difficult path to winning a competition and attempting to use their newfound fame to save their school, which is threatened with closure. The … Continue reading

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Dream Eater Merry (Review)

Regular readers will know that I’m not a huge fan of fantasy anime. All those big battles don’t really impress me, however many people are flying around and however many bangs and flashes there are. One thing that will attract … Continue reading

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Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul (Review)

You might have reached this point by watching the first series of the anime, or you might have watched the two compilation films that proceed it. Either way, this feature film is the continuation of the Made in Abyss story, … Continue reading

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Love Live! The School Idol Movie (Review)

What better way to conclude a successful anime series than with a movie, and this feels very much like the last word on the story of the original line-up. Unlike a series where the storylines can be divided evenly between … Continue reading

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Mysteria Friends (Anime Review)

Originally titled Manaria Friends, but retitled Mysteria Friends by Sentai Filmworks for the international market, this short anime series combines slice-of-life with fantasy. It is inspired by a chapter from a computer game that also spawned its own anime, but … Continue reading

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Nekopara (Anime Review)

Do you like catgirls? Then you will love this series. If, like me, the question of whether you like catgirls or not has never entered your head, you will probably still find this an entertaining slice-of-life anime, as long as … Continue reading

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The Ambition of Oda Nobuna (Anime Review)

The idea behind The Ambition of Oda Nobuna is a little odd. Yoshiharu is an ordinary teenager who is a big fan of a video game set in Japan’s history. One day he suddenly finds himself in the past, interacting … Continue reading

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Cells at Work! Code Black (Anime Review)

If you thought the body the cells inhabit in Cells at Work! had problems, that was nothing compared to the health issues experienced in Code Black, the darker, more adult spin-off series. The basic premise is the same, with anthropomorphised … Continue reading

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Spice and Wolf (Season Two Review)

We kick off the second season of Spice and Wolf with an OVA episode, which feels like a holdover from the first season. It’s a lot of fun, with Lawrence tending to an unwell Holo, who ends up exaggerating her … Continue reading

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Girls Beyond the Wasteland (Review)

The “wasteland” in the title of this anime series is a metaphor for the adult world, which Sayuki Kuroda sees as a place where people often have to do work that doesn’t interest them in order to make a living. … Continue reading

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Domestic Girlfriend (Anime Review)

Natsuo is in love with his young, beautiful teacher, Hina. When he is invited to a mixer by a couple of friends his heart isn’t really in it, but he goes along and meets a girl his own age, Rui. … Continue reading

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The Fanservice Debate: Nisemonogatari Episode 4

Can fanservice ever be justified in anime or is it a disturbing and unnecessary aspect of the genre? In this occasional series we look at the rights and wrongs of fanservice and other questionable content in anime. A warning: this … Continue reading

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Little Busters! (Season One Review)

I bought this anime series expecting a bit of fun about a group of friends putting together a baseball team. I wasn’t disappointed, but I also got an emotional roller-coaster into the bargain. After a few episodes I checked online … Continue reading

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Cells at Work!! (Season 2 Review)

The second season of Cells at Work is just eight episodes long, so you would think the writers would have wanted to pack as much as they could into such a short run. Oddly, we get three individual episodes, and … Continue reading

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Is This a Zombie? of the Dead (Season 2 Review)

It’s odd what gets a second series. So much excellent anime fails to reach a conclusion, ending with just one series and a story with huge potential left hanging forever. On the other hand, something like this, which has very … Continue reading

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