Category Archives: Anime

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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Mirai (Anime Review)

Kun’s life is turned upside down when his little sister is born. At first he is enchanted by this new, amazing thing that has become a part of his family, but soon he realises that all the attention has been … Continue reading

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The Fanservice Debate: Yu-Sibu Episode 1

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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Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 5

“Astronomical Observation“ The view from Igirisu: The mood whiplash that we are starting to expect from Brynhildr in the Darkness plays out this episode in the opposite direction to last week, with the episode starting on a more light-hearted note … Continue reading

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Penguin Highway (Review)

What connects penguins that are appearing in a Japanese town, and seem to be manifested out of random objects by a mysterious beautiful lady, and a strange sphere of liquid floating in mid air? That’s the question facing young boy … Continue reading

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Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 4

“Lost Memories“ The view from Igirisu: “Turn back time now, or you’re gonna die.” We are moving swiftly towards a harem anime here, and they are not generally known for featuring main characters with a lot of personality, but one … Continue reading

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New Game!!

New Game! gains a second exclamation mark for the second season, but that doesn’t really indicate that it is more amazing or zany or exciting or anything like that. This is very much more of the same, but that’s fine, … Continue reading

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Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 3

“Death Suppressants“ The view from Igirisu: Near the start of this episode, Neko turns up at school covered in bandages and says, “it’s just a cold.” It’s a welcome moment of humour in an otherwise depressing episode but there is … Continue reading

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