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Inuyashiki: Last Hero

Oct 1, 2022

Inuyashiki is a psychological horror anime plagued with bloody crime scenes. Inuyashiki is named after the main character - a very caring elderly man: Ichirou Inuyashiki. Both Inuyashiki and Hiro happen to be in the same playground when their bodies were converted to machines. But they still keep their memories, emotions, etc. They gain supernatural abilities that can tamper electronics, heal people, fly, fight in combat situations, etc. Inuyashiki secretly goes to local hospitals to heal people. He cures their injuries, and sicknesses. But one day Inuyashiki is confronted by Hiro’s friend who informs... See full review

6/10 story
6/10 animation
6/10 sound
6/10 characters
6/10 overall

A Silent Voice

Oct 1, 2022

A Silent Voice is a unique heart rendering story about a romance centered around a charming deaf girl: Shouko Nishimiya and her former bully: Shouya Ishida. This movie really teaches viewers about being able to recognize your own weaknesses, and vulnerabilities. Also it teaches people to be able to sympathize with people, and show empathy. I worked in a call center for years, and I often have to calm frustrated and irritated customers at work. So I find the message of the movie to be very insightful. What’s surprising about this movie is the tremendous character development when a bully decides... See full review

8/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
8/10 characters
8/10 overall

Hoshi no Orpheus

Sep 22, 2022

Hoshi no Orpheus aka Winds of Change was such a messy and mediocre "bottom of the barrel" mythology anime. This anime is an English adaption of Ovid's Metamorphoses - a collection of 5 tales based on Greek mythology. The character art was repetitive and so badly drawn. I saw Perseus with a childish and petite figure. The Greek characters shouldn't be drawn to look like kids in my opinion. They still have the strong blood of Olympians flowing through their veins. Also, the music and narration will bore you. The narrator had a really boring tone with no enthusiam.  This anime threw my mind in... See full review

1/10 story
1/10 animation
1/10 sound
1/10 characters
1/10 overall

Princess Iron Fan

Sep 21, 2022

Princess Iron Fan is a 1940s mythological anime set in Ancient China with features characters from the Journey of the West.  Warning: If you’re sensitive to light, this show has a lot of flashing scenes. The anime uses a black and white monochromatic color schemes. Since the anime was produced in the 1940s, the quality isn't the best which is understandable. The animation is inconsistent too.  Princess Iron Tale is a tale full of michievous, sly, clever, crafty, witty, and cunning characters. The Monkey King, and his team asked a woman for a special iron fan that can quench flames... See full review

3/10 story
3/10 animation
3/10 sound
3/10 characters
3/10 overall

Alice in Borderland

Sep 18, 2022

Alice in Borderland is a short survival game anime classified in the psychological and horror genre. With most survival game anime, there is a lack of explanation and a lot of unknown phenomenon that  surrounds the game. There's a lot of plot holes, inconsistencies, and lack of character development. For a mere 3 episodes, it crammed together 3 survival games with card themes. For example, the spade theme was used for games with physical effort. The heart theme was used for games that had a psychological impact on the players. The players were penalized with flaming arrows on the first game for... See full review

6/10 story
6/10 animation
6/10 sound
6/10 characters
6/10 overall

Artiswitch Picture Drama

Sep 17, 2022

Artiswitch Picture Drama is a series of well written stories that are relatable and meaningful. The artwork, settings, and stories are very beautiful.  Story 1: Haruka - A “Dress To Impress” Story About Identity  The first story is about Haruka trying her best to improve her image by trying on scarlet red lipstick. Her friends said her makeup gave her more feminine energy.  Haruka’s friends asked her if was trying to impress a guy. Is there someone she likes? Is she just showing off to get people to look at her more?  But in reality, Haruka was not starving for love... See full review

8/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
8/10 characters
8/10 overall

Planetarian Movie: Hoshi no Hito

Sep 12, 2022

The whole Planetarian anime franchise feels like a broken record player that's stuck on repeat mode. The movie follows the same formula as the OVAs, and web episodes. The scenes are reused too much. Those "high ratings" are for an anime franchise that repeats the same story and settings over and over again. It's like listening to the same melody and song with the same constant beats, verses, rhymes, choruses, and rhythms over and over again.  It's the same apocalyptic and sci-fi setting where Yumemi and human kind is faced with abandoned cities full of the wrecked remains of... See full review

5/10 story
5/10 animation
5/10 sound
5/10 characters
5/10 overall

Kaleido Star: It's Good! Goood!!

Jul 2, 2022

Kaleido Star - a circus anime that entertains  viewers with its thrilling trapeze and acrobatic performances. It let viewers experience the thrill of the circus, and the excitement of seeing the characters on stage. While diving into Kaleido Star: It’s Good! Goood, there’s a strong sense of nostalgia.  The background music, songs, and sound effects were very familiar. But the show is so flawed. There’s  weird  camera angles filming the characters in awkward positions. There’s definitely lots of CGI involved but it’s been executed in a really rough way. The... See full review

5/10 story
5/10 animation
5/10 sound
5/10 characters
5/10 overall

The Royal Tutor

Jul 2, 2022

The Royal Tutor is the most insightful anime I watched because it taught me so many valuable life lessons. The main character: Heine has a very wise, caring, and insightful personality. He gives the princes precious advice on how to interact with others, and fix the princes' shortcomings.  For example, Heine once said: "because you know your weaknesses you hold a higher standard. Those who recognize their vulnerability can be kind and sensitive to others." Heine not only pays attention to the princes' interests and personalities. He also finds a way to appeal to the princes, and motivate the... See full review

10/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
10/10 overall

Dance Dance Danseur

Jun 24, 2022

Sports anime really lets viewers experience the thrill and exhilaration of sports. As a sports anime enthusiast, Dance Dance Danseur was a special treat. I enjoy watching characters strive hard to achieve their dreams. I also enjoy watching characters gain recognition and acknowledgement from their peers. Unlike a traditional ballet show, Dance Dance Danseur does not focus on the frilly tutus and ballerinas. Although ballet is often seen as a feminine sport where females showcase their gracefulness, and flexibility on stage...the anime Dance Dance Danseur focuses on the male ballerinas. MAPPA did an... See full review

7/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
7/10 characters
7/10 overall

Penguindrum

Jun 20, 2022

  Destiny can be a cruel, and bitter spinning wheel. Sometimes, we never learn to cherish people until it's too late. But what if we had another chance at life by wearing a Penguindrum? As Himari Takakura's frail health detioriates, Kanba and Souma get her discharged to visit the aquarium. The aquarium is a special and memorable sanctuary for the siblings. While visiting the aquarium, Himari encounters the Penguindrum: an instrument that allows her to revive when she wears it. 

Let's be honest, Mawaru Penguindrum was not my cup of tea. The show had too many flaws. There were also a lot... See full review

3/10 story
3/10 animation
3/10 sound
3/10 characters
3/10 overall

Colorful (2010)

Jun 20, 2022

Please Note: This review contains spoilers. If you were given a second chance of life, how would you use it? Would you try to fix all the problems that surround your current life? This was the main idea behind the movie: Colorful. In Colorful, the protagonist (Makoto) wakes up in a hospital bed after committing a grave sin: suicide. Yet he has a second chance to fix the errors in his life: the family disparities, his mom’s infidelity, school bullying, and a fruitless one-sided crush. This movie illustrates the painful harshness of reality. The protagonist: Makoto is the spitting image of a loner. He... See full review

4/10 story
4/10 animation
4/10 sound
4/10 characters
4/10 overall

IDOLiSH7: Second BEAT!

Jun 20, 2022

IDOLiSH7: Second BEAT! is NOT your typical idol anime. This anime really exceeded my expectations because it was really emotional and it had a lot of character development. The characters had a lot of depth in terms of their personality. The male idols were really well written. They were not just pretty boys with one noted personalities. Despite their flaws, they learn to face their problems surrounding them. Season 1 was merely an introduction to the male idol units. In season 2, I watched the characters mature, and grow. I saw different sides of them as they tackle the obstacles in the entertainment... See full review

10/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
10/10 overall

Food Wars! The Third Plate: Erina no Shin Seikatsu

Apr 6, 2022

Food Wars! The Third Plate: Erina no Shin Seikatsu is an OVA that revolves around Erina Nakiri.  Erina Nakiri is a girl that I really admire. I'm so envious of her. She is from a very wealthy family. She was literally born with a silver spoon and gold pallete. She also was known for her "God's tongue" ability that lets her point out flaws with people's cooking. This OVA was about Erina running away from her wealthy family, and living in the school dormitories. She has no knowledge of how to use a washing machine to do laundry, or how to vaccuum floors. Due to her wealthy upbringing, Erina... See full review

7/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
7/10 characters
7/10 overall

Servamp

Apr 5, 2022

This review contains spoilers.  Servamp is a mixture of vampires that each symbolize a different sin - sloth (laziness), greed, gluttony, pride, envy, lust, and  wrath (anger). These vampires each have an animal form such as Sleepy Ash's cat / lion forms. This anime also introduces an 8th sin: Melancholy (represented by Tsubaki).  The main character Mahiru gives a refreshing and innocent touch to this anime. Mahiru lost his parents at an early age. So he cherishes his friendships more than others. At school, he likes to eagerly volunteer to do  school duties such as cleaning and taking... See full review

10/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
10/10 overall

My Dress-Up Darling

Mar 20, 2022

My Dress-Up Darling is a very deep and meaningful anime that teaches you the pleasures of cosplaying as your favorite characters. The main character is Gokou. He has a deep fascination for dolls as a child. He really enjoys admiring the dolls for its delicate features, and beauty.  But dolls are traditionally adored by girls. A girl from his childhood found it strange that Gokou likes dolls despite his gender.  Gokou encounters the blonde and slender beauty named Marin. Marin has a very bubbly, energetic, and cheerful personality. But there's a lot of depth in her character. Marin teaches him... See full review

9/10 story
9/10 animation
9/10 sound
9/10 characters
9/10 overall

Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits

Jan 27, 2022

In Kakuriyo- Bed and Breakfast for Spirits, the kind-hearted and generous Aoi Tsubaki is whisked away from the apparent realm (human realm) to a hidden realm full of supernatural creatures such as demons, spirits, mermaids, tengu, etc. Both Aoi and her deceased grandfather had the unique ability to see spirits known as ayakashi. Aoi frequently offers snacks and treats to her ayakashi friends. While trapped in the hidden realm, Aoi learns that her grandfather was a well known visitor to the realm. Her deceased grandfather offered Aoi as a bride to the inn keeper ogre god as collateral to pay off his debt... See full review

5/10 story
5/10 animation
5/10 sound
5/10 characters
5/10 overall

Say "I love you." OVA

Jan 26, 2022

In the Say "I love you." OVA, Yamato delivers a very beautiful and thoughtful message!  After making the girls nervous and anxious about their baking skills, Yamato leaves Mei's house. He meets his friend Kai.  Kai found it strange  how Yamato visits the empty rundown playground. Yamato and Kei start talking about their anxieties and insecurities.  At school, Yamato was popular and always surrounded by people. He always seemed to have a fun time. So the empty playground was a calm and peaceful  place for Yamato to think, and gather his thoughts.  Yamato's words were... See full review

6/10 story
6/10 animation
6/10 sound
6/10 characters
6/10 overall

Kamisama Kiss: Kako-hen

Jan 20, 2022

Kamisama Kiss: Kako-hen literally melted our hearts with it's beautiful story telling, and romantic plot. In four OVA episodes, viewers get a glimpse of Tomoe's past and his relationship with Yukiji. Yukiji (his former lover) was a woman that was coveted for her profound beauty even amongst noble and rich men. However, Yukiji despised demons for wrecking her village, and burning her village down to shreds.  I was also satisfied by how Mikage gets more screen time so viewers can get a better understanding of Mikage. In this OVA, Nanami tries desperately to save Tomoe's tragic fate. She travels to... See full review

10/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
10/10 overall

Dynamic Chord

Jan 16, 2022

Dynamic Chord claims to be a documentary movie revolving around 4 male idol bands: reve parfait, Liar-S, Kyoso, and apple-polisher. However, it proved to be an aimless, and shallow anime with it’s lack of direction, and one-noted characters. Despite its shortcomings, I gave the anime a 6/10 rating because the character designs were decent, and some of the songs were acceptable.  Characters (6/10)  The one-noted characters in Dynamic Chord lack depth. One character in particular left a bad impression on me because of his limited vocal range, and low-pitched voice: Sakura Hinoyama. He is the... See full review

6/10 story
6/10 animation
6/10 sound
6/10 characters
6/10 overall

Princess Princess

Jan 8, 2022

Princess Princess can be described as a plain flavorless cheese pizza without any added spices, herbs, or toppings. It lacks potential. The story is slowly dragged out, and stretched per episode. However, the animation is pretty consistent.  Story (4/10) The title: Princess Princess is a bit misleading. The biggest surprise for those who haven’t read the synopsis is that the anime barely has female cast members or characters with royal lineage. Instead the three princesses are actually high school boys disguised as the school’s idols and revered as princesses.They wear wigs to conceal... See full review

4/10 story
6/10 animation
5/10 sound
4/10 characters
5/10 overall

Taisho Otome Fairy Tale

Dec 30, 2021

Taisho Otome Fairy Tale is a very heart warming, and wholesome anime that tugs at my heart strings.  To begin with, Tamahiko is very pessimistic about life after losing his mother , and getting a disabled arm in a car accident. He finds it difficult to sleep at night. He is constantly distressed, and suffers from insomnia. His household is wealthy but lacks the warmth and tenderness of a family. This character is really easily relatable to people who suffer from constant family problems. One day his father buys him a wife named Yuzuki. Yuzuki's family was in debt. They sold their daughter to... See full review

10/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
10/10 overall

Tsukigakirei

Dec 8, 2021

Note: This review contains spoilers  Animation (8/10) The very first opening scene with the cherry blossoms dancing in the air was really elegant and captivating. The scenery was very visually appealing. It was nostalgic looking at the characters participating in school sports and activities. It reminded me of my own school life when I participated in school band concerts and competitions. Characters (5/10) But the main couple was pretty awkward. It reminded me of a puppy love or amateur love. They would glance at each other, and turn away. The main couple had an blushing faces filled with... See full review

5/10 story
8/10 animation
5/10 sound
4/10 characters
5/10 overall

SK8 the Infinity

May 21, 2021

---This review contains spoilers ---  Sk8 the Infinity made me experience the exhilaration of skateboarding through secret underground skateboarding races. But unlike the real world, racers can injure their opponents with dirty tricks without risking disqualification.  Witness the characters navigate the rocky mountains, and pull acrobatic tricks with their skateboards. Most of the skateboarding stunts, and maneuvers are entirely unrealistic but fun to watch.  Characters (8/10)  Sk8 starts off introducing the two main characters: the redheaded Reki and Langa (Snow). Langa was born in... See full review

8/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
8/10 characters
8/10 overall

Millennium Actress

Apr 22, 2021

—This review contains spoilers—- In commemoration of the studio’s 70th anniversary,  Genya and Kyoji planned on shooting a documentary starring Chiyoko Fujiwara. Chiyoko was once a timid, shy, and introverted girl. She was recruited as an actress at a very young age. Although her parents viewed acting as a very sketchy profession, Chiyoko later portrayed so many acting roles from traditional Showa girls, geisha, and even a female astronaut.  In Millenium Actress, a valuable  key is a treasured keepsake and reminder of Chiyoko’s first undying love . Her first love was... See full review

8/10 story
5/10 animation
7/10 sound
7/10 characters
7/10 overall

Revolutionary Girl Utena

Apr 20, 2021

--- This review contains spoilers --- Revolutionary Girl Utena can be summarized as a repetitive anime with various levels of poetic, symbolic, and abstract storytelling.  The lovely pink-haired Utena Tenjou is a tomboyish girl that aims to be a prince. From childhood, a prince had consoled her after she suffered the tragic loss of her parents. Utena aims to be the spitting image of the chivalrous prince with a white horse from her childhood memories.  Like a white knight in shining armor, Utena is very righteous and vows to protect defenseless people.  The ring that she receives from the... See full review

7/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
7/10 characters
7/10 overall

FLCL

Apr 20, 2021

FLCL is such a generic, and overly rated anime. For starters, the anime plot is actually pretty confusing to understand without the use of guides. The ringing sensation from the train scene and the abstract storytelling reminds me of Revolutionary Girl Utena, and Mawaru Penguindrum. It’s a very abstract anime which combines a variety of scenes from anime art, abstract art, and comic strips. FLCL  also uses black and white comic strips to illustrate silliness, goofiness, comedy,  and  randomness. If you’re looking for a detailed and concise plot, this anime is not your cup of tea... See full review

1/10 story
1/10 animation
1/10 sound
1/10 characters
1/10 overall

The God of High School

Mar 19, 2021

The God of High School is Crunchyroll's second anime adaption of a Korean webtoon after the famous Tower of God debuted.
Surprisingly I agree with the majority of the reviews for this anime.

Story (5/10)
The artwork and story are average. The story of the God of High School revolves around a martial arts tournament. The winner of the tournament is determined to be the most powerful Korean high schooler. The tournament's ultimate prize is to grant one wish for the crowned winner. So the students enter for a wide variety of reasons. The tournament is organized by a mysterious Korean organization... See full review

5/10 story
5/10 animation
5/10 sound
5/10 characters
5/10 overall

Kaleido Star

Mar 19, 2021

Kaleido Star is an essential part of my childhood. It's a fascinating anime that keeps the audience at the edge of suspense. Kaleido Star is a circus anime filled with performances featuring a combination of acrobatics, gymnastics, rollerblading, skating, etc. Even succeeding circus-themed anime (Karneval, Black Butler Book of Circus, etc.) could not captivate the audience with the heartwarming and dazzling thrill of the circus performances. This anime lets you see the charm and allure of the circus troupe members as they strive hard to achieve their dreams. As a fan, Kaleido Star will let you see the... See full review

10/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
10/10 overall

My Hero Academia Movie 2: Heroes:Rising

Mar 19, 2021

If you're a real My Hero Academia fan, you'll enjoy this movie.

Story & Characters (9/10)

My Hero Academia features a huge variety of characters with super powers known as "quirks". The characters attend UA (a prestigious high school) hoping to achieve their dreams of becoming the world's best hero. This movie features all the students of UA. The most amazing part of this movie is that it features screen time of all the students in class 1A. Everybody gets to showcase their talent! The part I was looking forward to the most was having a movie where even the supporting characters... See full review

9/10 story
9/10 animation
9/10 sound
9/10 characters
9/10 overall