Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun

Sakura is hopelessly in love with a boy who writes manga. The issue? Instead of confessing, she says she is his biggest fan and he takes her in as his assistant. Bummer. Taking it in stride, she tries to grow closer to him through making manga, meeting his friends, and learning about his life.  CharactersContinue reading “Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun”

In/Spectre

A play on word “Inspector”, In/Spectre is a Sherlock Holmes-esque detective show with a Japanese spirit world infusion. Kotoko was kidnaped by spirits when she was eleven years old and in return for taking an eye and a leg from her, they granted her the title of “God of Wisdom.” She meets Kuro during herContinue reading “In/Spectre”

Horimiya

Izumi Miyamora is a sweet and shy boy with a hidden punk side. Kyoko Hori is a popular girl and an enthusiastic homebody. When Kyoko’s kid brother falls on that fateful day, Miyamora helps him home and the romance between Kyoko and Izumi blooms. Horimiya (Hori + Miya) tells the story of these two highContinue reading “Horimiya”

Violet Evergarden

*Violet Evergarden consists of the 13 episode show, a half hour special episode, and a movie. This review takes all three into account with the most emphasis placed on the show.* Violet Evergarden was raised to be a weapon. A child soldier given to an army major by his brother, Violet took orders, killed, andContinue reading “Violet Evergarden”

Recovery of an MMO Junkie

Morioka Moriko has forsaken her corporate lifestyle and taken a dive into the Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) Role Playing Game world. Her male character, Hayashi, joins a guild with a beautiful character named Lily. Together, Hayashi and Lily learn about each other, tackle dungeons, spend a little too much money on loot boxes, and… fallContinue reading “Recovery of an MMO Junkie”

Orange

Editor’s Note: This review deals with some of the serious themes presented in Orange, including suicide. It’s difficult to discuss the show without it, but where applicable, care has been taken to handle the topic with the gravity and grace it deserves. This review is going to lack a lot of the AA wit toContinue reading “Orange”

Fire Force

Shinra Kusakabe’s mother spontaneously combusted into a fire demon, an “infernal”,  and burned her entire house down. Along with his mother, Shinra’s brother, Sho, died in the fire. As it turns out, this catastrophe awakened special fire powers inside Shinra. He goes on to join the Fire Force, a Fahrenheit 451-esque troop of fire wieldersContinue reading “Fire Force”

Burn the Witch

In the magical “Reverse” London, England, dragons need to be controlled to keep the population safe. Noel and Ninny work as “pipers” by spotting dragons that need to be contained and keeping casualties to a minimum. Their job becomes harder when a special boy with an ability to attract dragons gets assigned to their unitContinue reading “Burn the Witch”

The Rising of the Shield Hero

Inside his local library, Naofumi Iwatani gets sucked into a new world and spawned as the infamous “Shield Hero”. As one of the four heroes with mythical weapons, he is responsible to protect the kingdom from an invasion of monsters. Early on, he is accused of sexual assault by a member of his party andContinue reading “The Rising of the Shield Hero”

A Place Further Than the Universe

Have you ever wanted to go to a place where there is literally nothing? Me either, but A Place Further Than the Universe is all about four girls who do just that. Shirase Kobuchizawa’s mother is an antarctic researcher who went missing during the last exploration. Years later, Shirase is determined to reach the placeContinue reading “A Place Further Than the Universe”