Category Archives: Anime

Girls’ Last Tour Episode 1 (Review)

Starry Sky / War. The view from Igirisu: The echo of water dripping from a pipe. A huge, indoor, industrial landscape. A kettenkrad trundles along, carrying two girls in military outfits. “It’s so dark.” So begins Girls’ Last Tour, the … Continue reading

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Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl (Review)

Makoto Niwa has to go and live with his aunt when his parents go abroad. When he gets there, he seems to have stepped into a madhouse. His aunt Meme Towa behaves in a very inappropriate way, but anime fans … Continue reading

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Brynhildr in the Darkness OVA (Review)

“Much Ado About Nothing” The view from Igirisu: We’re back to the original opening title sequence so turn it up loud! This is a very disposable comedy episode, really just a chance to see the characters we know and love … Continue reading

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Voices of a Distant Star (Review)

Bundled on the DVD set with The Place Promised in Our Early Days is this, Makoto Shinkai’s earliest work of any significance. It’s a half hour short film, and it’s worth bearing in mind when watching this that he basically … Continue reading

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Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 13 (Review)

“That Which I Want to Protect” The view from Igirisu: I’m used to the opening titles being a mess, with the “singer” amusingly shouting over random images of Hatsuna licking an ice cream and Nanami contemplating her slice of cake, … Continue reading

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The Place Promised in Our Early Days (Anime Review)

Like many anime fans, I have ended up watching the films of Makoto Shinkai in something approaching reverse order, investigating his earlier work after his more recent triumphs. This is not an ideal way to experience a body of work. … Continue reading

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Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 12 (Review)

“Hexenjagd“ The view from Igirisu: This episode is a massive info-dump, and I am reliably informed by those who have read the manga that we are rushing through chapters and leaving out huge chunks of the story. The problem with … Continue reading

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Weathering With You (Review)

Let’s get the elephant out of the room straight away. This is Makoto Shinkai’s first film after the huge hit Your Name, and it’s not as good. But that’s a bit like saying gold is not as good as platinum. … Continue reading

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Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 11 (Review)

“A Sudden Reunion“ The view from Igirisu: The story is moving along rapidly now. With the threat of the Valkyria hanging over the witches, a new ally is introduced to help them in their fight: Hatsuna. Her power is another … Continue reading

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A Lull in the Sea (Review)

The premise of this series requires some suspension of disbelief. The idea is that humans originally lived below the sea, until some decided to live on the surface instead. This has created a divided human race. The ones below the … Continue reading

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Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 10 (Review)

“Proof She’s Alive“ The view from Igirisu: What’s the point of changing the opening title sequence at this stage in the series? Having more than one opening or closing sequence per season is a phenomenon peculiar to anime, but starting … Continue reading

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Lu Over the Wall (Anime Review)

Kai is a grumpy teenager. If you’re an anime fan, you’ll recognise the character trope, a boy who doesn’t seem interested in life and can’t get enthusiastic about anything. He is virtually railroaded by a couple of friends into putting … Continue reading

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The Legend of Black Heaven

The Junkyard presents a review by Daz of the anime series The Legend of Black Heaven:  With only one of the seasonal shows being watched, I’ve had plenty of space to give my attention to other anime. There’s no better … Continue reading

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Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 9 (Review)

“Fake Memories“ The view from Igirisu: “The outside world really is wonderful.” Nanami might look innocent, but it’s pretty clear that we have met the most powerful witch so far. Her telepathic powers give her the ability to control anyone … Continue reading

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Brave Story (Anime Review)

Grief can do different things to different people, and some of the responses can be the exact opposites of each other. For example, grief can make a person kind, or it can make a person cruel. Brave Story is a … Continue reading

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Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 8

“The Clue Left Behind“ The view from Igirisu: The focus on Kazumi continues this week. Although she originally seemed like just one fairly minor part of an ensemble, her prominence has increased every week to the point where she is … Continue reading

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Amagami SS+ Plus

A quick recap to start with: Amagami SS is an anime based on a game, allowing the player to follow different routes to establish a relationship with any one of several different girls. For the anime, this was adapted very … Continue reading

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Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 7

“Fragments of Hope“ The view from Igirisu: There is a rollercoaster of hope and despair this week, with the possibility that the pills the witches need to save their lives could be replicated, and then the revelation that it’s going … Continue reading

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Amagami SS

Amagami is Japanese for a gentle or playful bite, the sort of thing a kitten or puppy would do to a sibling or parent. If you want to know the reason for that, you will need to keep watching right … Continue reading

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Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 6

“The Reason For Her Smile“ The view from Igirisu: One interesting thing about this series has been the insignificance of the witches’ ratings in terms of their ability to beat their opponents. It’s an interesting reflection of the ways in … Continue reading

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