Category Archives: Anime

Nekomonogatari (White)

I have previous watched, enjoyed and written about Bakemonogatari, Kizumonogatari, Nisemonogatari and Nekomonogatari (Black). Next up in the sprawling Monogatari saga is the longest season of all, Monogatari: Second Season. It is a run of 23 episodes, but consists of … Continue reading

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Nisekoi: Season Two

What do we want from a second season of a harem anime? Top of the list would be a resolution to the love triangle, but failing that some character development would be nice. Who am I kidding? In the world … Continue reading

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Nisekoi: Season One

Raku Ichijo is the son of a gangster boss, and his father cooks up an idea to set up his son in a fake relationship with the daughter of a rival gang leader, to avoid a full-on war between the … Continue reading

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Little Busters! EX

Little Busters! reaches a conclusion with this eight episode OVA season. With the main story resolved in the previous season, this is not essential viewing, but does provide a very watchable coda to the series, and introduces a new character … Continue reading

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Chobits

Predictions of the near future date badly, very quickly. I’m still waiting for my hoverboard from Back to the Future, for a start, and I should have had that by now. That weather control station on the moon from Doctor … Continue reading

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Shakugan no Shana S OVA Series

At the end of the second season of Shakugan no Shana, we were left with a cliffhanger of sorts, with the love triangle between Yuji, Shana and Kazumi about to be resolved. It was pretty obvious which way Yuji was … Continue reading

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Nekomonogatari Black

This short series in the Monogatari saga runs for just four episodes and focuses on a single arc, adapted from one book in the light novel series. Anyone who has watched a few anime series will have probably picked up … Continue reading

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Zombie Land Saga Revenge

Zombie idol group Franchouchou are back for this second season of the excellent Zombie Land Saga, and we start with a massive failure that could have spelled the end for any lesser group. The girls play at a huge venue, … Continue reading

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Stories about magical girls are hugely popular in the world of anime, and despite not having much of an interest in this subgenre I have somehow ended up watching quite a few of them. If you’re an anime fan they … Continue reading

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Ouran High School Host Club

The DVD release of this anime tempted me with the proud boast, “Voted anime series of the year 2009!” according to a Neo Reader’s Poll. After a few episodes I was wondering if there were slim pickings that year, but … Continue reading

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The Quintessential Quintuplets (Season Two Review)

The first season of The Quintessential Quintuplets left us in little doubt that Futaro is going to end up marrying one of his students. The question is: which one? Anime can be incredibly frustrating with this kind of series, when … Continue reading

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After the Rain (Anime Review)

I love a good romantic anime, and after the first few episodes of After the Rain I thought I had found one of the best. Akira Tachibana is a high school student who works at a restaurant and has fallen … Continue reading

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Kiznaiver (Anime Review)

Kiznaiver is a 12 episode anime series, set in a city that was built to test an experimental system of linking people together through physical and emotional pain. The idea is that it will become a way to achieve world … Continue reading

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Nisemonogatari

After the 15 episode Bakemonogatari series and the Kizumonogatari film trilogy, next on the agenda was the 11 episode series Nisemonogatari. I have always wanted to find an anime series I enjoy that has lots of episodes, so I can … Continue reading

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Little Busters! Refrain

The second season of Little Busters! picks up where the first season left off, right after the team lost their first baseball game. However, it soon becomes a very different series indeed to the first. If you came here to … Continue reading

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Flip Flappers (Anime Review)

This is definitely a series that makes a great first impression. Cocona is a normal schoolgirl who meets a strange, eccentric girl called Papika, and the two of them fall down a hidden tunnel into an alternate dimension called Pure … Continue reading

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Kizumonogatari (Review)

Anyone who has watched any of the Monogatari series will probably know that it is difficult to decide what order to watch the various different instalments. My default approach is normally to go with the original release order, but that … Continue reading

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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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