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Danchigai

May 21, 2022

Creators in Pack’s 2015 slice-of-life clearly was not to everyone’s taste yet it remains a great little show with twelve four-minute episodes to enjoy. It’s your basic family comedy following the lives of five siblings who live together whilst their parents are off travelling. Their adventures are relayed from the point of view of the single brother High Schooler Haruki Nakano who has to endure the craziness of his four sisters: Mutsuki the older High School girl, Yayoi the younger middle schooler and the two twins Uzuki & Satsuki who are in elementary school. The story spins on the... See full review

7/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
9/10 characters
8/10 overall

Please tell me! Galko-chan

May 21, 2022

Studio Feel’s 2016 slice-of-school-life adopts a familiar pattern following the comic relationship between three High School friends. The twist this time is that they are all very different. They go by the nicknames “Galko” (the gyaru girl), Otako (the otaku girl) and “Ojou” (the airheaded rich girl). Each episode of this gem is only eight minutes long in which they pack in all kinds of chit-chatty adventures between the four walls of homeroom. They occasionally venture out shopping or swimming but mostly the story is confined to school. There are a number of supporting... See full review

7/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
9/10 characters
8/10 overall

The Lost Village

May 20, 2022

Diomedea’s 2016 drama-mystery pays homage to many popular US live-action cult mystery shows. All the elements are there: a bunch of social misfits shoe-horn themselves on a bus to visit a mythical village as a means of escaping their real-world problems. Once located everything doesn’t go quite to plan when one of the visitors disappears and relationships between the strangers descends into chaos and mistrust. All the time the group is being haunted by mysterious noises such that they fear for their lives. Despite the many familiar themes it explores, “The Lost Village” enjoys its... See full review

8/10 story
6/10 animation
7/10 sound
8/10 characters
7/10 overall

www.Working!!

May 18, 2022

The strangest thing about A-1 Pictures’ 2016 restaurant-slice-of-life is that it was known in Japan by its English language title “www.Working!!”. There was an original three season anime by the same name that showed in 2010, 2011 and 2015. (“Wagnaria” is a fictional family restaurant chain with the 2016 show set in a different restaurant, with different characters, from that in the original three seasons.) The idea for the show is fairly conventional but that is no indicator for just how unconventional this is. The clincher here is the batshit crazy characters who work in the... See full review

10/10 story
6/10 animation
6/10 sound
10/10 characters
8/10 overall

Ms. Vampire who lives in my neighborhood.

May 15, 2022

Studio Gokumi/ AxsiZ’s 2018 vampire comedy is based on such a simple idea it really just writes itself. On a delightful twist to the whole “Twilight” style teen-vampire angst-thing this show has a human girl moving in with a vampire girl. Teen-vamp Sophie Twilight became a vampire in her mid-teens and has not aged in 360 years. She now lives alone. The rumoured whereabouts of strange flying girls brought her location to the attention of Akari Amano who wanders around in the woods at night hoping to see something. The two meet and despite Sophie’s obvious reluctance Akari shoe-horns... See full review

3/10 story
6/10 animation
7/10 sound
5/10 characters
6/10 overall

WATATEN! an Angel Flew Down to Me Special

May 7, 2022

Doga Kobo’s 2019 shoujo-ai comedy is sure weird but distinctly fun and very funny. Only in Japanese anime could grown adults make a show about a grown woman falling in love with a young girl in junior school. This bizarre plot is made totally acceptable when the woman is actually a super shy university student and the young “angel” is a friend of her younger sister’s. Student Miyako Hoshino doesn’t like leaving her mother’s house as she is extremely anxious in social situations with strangers. However, she is a lovely girl with an extraordinary talent for cooking, baking... See full review

9/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
10/10 characters
9/10 overall

WATATEN! an Angel Flew Down to Me

May 7, 2022

Doga Kobo’s 2019 shoujo-ai comedy is sure weird but distinctly fun and very funny. Only in Japanese anime could grown adults make a show about a grown woman falling in love with a young girl in junior school. This bizarre plot is made totally acceptable when the woman is actually a super shy university student and the young “angel” is a friend of her younger sister’s. Student Miyako Hoshino doesn’t like leaving her mother’s house as she is extremely anxious in social situations with strangers. However, she is a lovely girl with an extraordinary talent for cooking, baking... See full review

10/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
10/10 characters
9/10 overall

Room Camp: Sauna to Gohan to Sanrin Bike

May 5, 2022

As of the spring of 2022 Crunchyroll have bundled the “Room Camp" series in with this: a twelve-minute episode that was originally a DVD special called “Room Camp: Sauna to Gohan to Sanrin Bike” ("Sauna, Food, and a Three-Wheeler"). If you loved the 2018 show then you know what you are in for. The episode brings us an adventure with Rin who finds that he beloved moped is in the shop and she has been given a temporary lone bike – a swanky new three wheeler. She takes it out for a camping trip that involves her first time in a sauna. Like the original show it is all set... See full review

9/10 story
10/10 animation
8/10 sound
9/10 characters
9/10 overall

Room Camp

May 5, 2022

This is C-Station’s 2020 spin-off series from their successful and popular camping show “Laid Back Camp” (2018). It consists of twelve episodes each four minutes long. As of the spring of 2022 Crunchyroll have this bundled with a twelve-minute episode that was originally a DVD special called “Room Camp: Sauna to Gohan to Sanrin Bike” ("Sauna, Food, and a Three-Wheeler"). If you loved the 2018 show then you know what you are in for. The short episode format makes it hard to convey too much story but the producers manage to shoe-horn quite a lot into each slot. Most of... See full review

9/10 story
10/10 animation
8/10 sound
9/10 characters
9/10 overall

Owarimonogatari II

May 5, 2022

Shaft’s 2017 follow-on from the 2015 season one of this supernatural drama is listed as either having two, three or seven episodes. It actually has three parts in seven episodes that Crunchyroll has combined into three single episodes. These story parts are “Mayoi Hell”, “Hitagi Rendezvous” and “Ougi Dark”. The first sees Koyomi in hell with Mayoi, the second has Koyomi out on a date with Hitagi, whilst the third concerns the true identity and ultimate fate of Ougi. Of course, unless you have a working knowledge of the entire monogatari franchise and its characters... See full review

6/10 story
5/10 animation
6/10 sound
7/10 characters
7/10 overall

Owarimonogatari

May 4, 2022

Shaft’s 2015 show is part of the sprawling Monogatari franchise based upon the light novel series by Nisio Isin. The very first anime series by Shaft came out in 2009 with several (occasionally out-of-sequence) shows appearing in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2019. This incarnation, “Owarimonogatari” (season one and two) currently showing on Crunchyroll (as of May 2022), comes towards the end of the sequence which explains a lot if you are new to the franchise. You quickly wise-up to the fact that the show makes perpetual reference to off-screen characters and prior-events rendering it... See full review

9/10 story
5/10 animation
5/10 sound
7/10 characters
7/10 overall

Nanana's Buried Treasure

May 1, 2022

A-1 Pictures unwatchable adventure drivel hit our screens in 2014 with a tale of ghosts and objects with magical powers. It’s a visual mish-mash of “A Certain Scientific Railgun” (J.C.Staff 2009), “The Asterisk War” (also A1 Pictures 2016) and the whole Indiana Jones/ Tomb Raider kinda thing. The trouble is that it isn’t nearly as good as any of these anime and genres. It looks like one of those overly-complicated stories written by a committee that has thrown various genre elements in an attempt to win the largest possible audience. The problem being is that it is... See full review

2/10 story
5/10 animation
5/10 sound
6/10 characters
5/10 overall

Anne-Happy

May 1, 2022

Silver Link’s dire 2016 seinen-comedy concerns five girls attending mysterious class 1-7 at the elite Tennomifune Academy for girls. We are sure this looked really great on paper but it really failed to translate up to the small screen.  The problem is that it is all so pointless and bewildering. The girls of class 1-7 have been streamed off because they are “unfortunate”. The purpose of the class will be to teach them to achieve happiness. Right from the get-go, the story fails on its own terms as soon as you realise that A) the girls are not really that unlucky, and B) the girls are... See full review

3/10 story
5/10 animation
5/10 sound
9/10 characters
6/10 overall

Poco's Udon World

Apr 28, 2022

Liden Films’ 2016 fantasy takes us back to the world of Studio Ghibli’s “Pom Poko” (1994) with a lush and wondrous feel-good story. Awash with up-beat pop tunes the story is of 30-something Souta Tawara taking a career-break from his web-design career in Tokyo to sell up his deceased father’s property. This includes a famous, and locally popular, Udon restaurant. Whilst looking through the kitchen Souta stumbles upon a small child whom he later names Poco (after “Pom Poko”). Poco is a magical tanuki – a shape-shifting Japanese raccoon dog (also seemingly... See full review

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

GJ-bu

Apr 25, 2022

Doga Kobo gave us this mostly-unfunny comedy back in 2013. It is another one of those slice-of-life shows based upon the antics of the High Schoolers in an after-school club. Like so many similar shows this club appears to have no purpose other than as a social gathering place for its members. There are no real club activities as such. So, the entertainment value comes from watching the girls be eccentric. It is your usual mixed bag: the really short girl who likes biting people, the cat girl who eats a lot of meat, the genius who plays chess on the computer and the sister of the biting-girl who just serves... See full review

5/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
9/10 characters
7/10 overall

Denki-Gai

Apr 23, 2022

Shin-Ei Animation’s 2014 otaku-culture-fest may tick a lot of boxes for manga store fans but its zany antics fail to impress. The action focuses on the lives of seven employees at the Umanohone Bookstore (abbreviated to just “Uma” and meaning “the horse’s bone” – a tongue-in-cheek-reference to real-world doujin shop Comic Toranoana – “the tiger’s lair”). It is a fairly obvious setup for a self-referential manga. Why not read manga about people who read manga then watch an anime based upon that manga? It sounds like it could be a lot of fun... See full review

6/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
7/10 characters
7/10 overall

School Days

Apr 20, 2022

It is best to review TNK’s 2007 compelling romantic-drama outside of its context in the sprawling “School Days” franchise. This was an adult visual gameplay novel dating back to 2005 on Windows, DVD & PS2. It later reappeared as manga, light novel and audio CDs amongst other media. When viewed entirely within the context of the teen-romance anime genre this is a show that breaks all the rules. Forget everything you know about harem shows (where the bashful hero refuses to choose between a bevy of beauties who are pursuing him) and hold on for dear life. Nothing here is as expected from... See full review

10/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
9/10 characters
9/10 overall

Hinako Note

Apr 18, 2022

Passione’s 2017 comic slice-of-life has a bunch of girls who love the theatre and go about setting up their own troupe. Inevitably the girls are High Schoolers with the main character being a naive & shy girl from the countryside Hinako Sakuragi. She struggles with talking to people and gets so nervous that she clams up and reverts to “scarecrow” mode where she stands rigid with her arms out wide beside her. So good was she at being a scarecrow, back home, that the local farmers used to hire her as such. Rather than actually scaring the animals away though, she actually attracted them... See full review

4/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
9/10 characters
7/10 overall

World's End Harem

Apr 16, 2022

The only reason to watch Studio Gokumi/AxsiZ’s car crash of an erotic-sci-fi-drama is for its notoriety. We’ve all heard of it but is that good enough reason to watch it? Probably not. It is a strange bundle of contrasts. The central premise is exceedingly dumb and seems lifted from a no-brain sci fi hentai. Yet there are just a few hints in the story construct that it could have gone in an interesting direction. But it fluffs it. Then there is the political thriller element which is based upon an idea so simple the audience has guessed it by episode two. Despite the facile nature of the plot... See full review

4/10 story
2/10 animation
5/10 sound
5/10 characters
5/10 overall

Sweetness & Lightning

Apr 14, 2022

TMS/3xCube’s 2016 slice-of-cooking-life show proved itself to be perfectly adorable in its depiction of the struggles of a single father with an energetic, if occasionally strong-headed, kindergarten-age daughter. Kouhei Inuzuka is an assistant maths teacher who has recently lost his wife leaving him with the very lively little Tsumugi to raise. He has never been much of a one for cooking meaning Tsumugi is left to a diet of TV meals. One day they happen upon one of his High School students, Kotori Iida, who gives them a card for her mother’s restaurant. Feeling guilty for not feeding his... See full review

9/10 story
9/10 animation
7/10 sound
10/10 characters
9/10 overall

Masamune-kun's Revenge OVA

Apr 12, 2022

Silver Link’s 2018 romantic comedy is a bolt-on to the highly-rated twelve episodes of season one. The OVA doesn’t actually progress the story arc in any way but is an outing for all the characters and, specifically, fleshes out some of the lesser-known characters. This is done through three sub-stories. The first concerns the return of Aki, Yoshino, Neko, Tae and Kourou to Aki’s family island retreat. They had to go without Makabe as he hurt himself walking into a lamp post whilst vainly admiring his reflection in a shop window. Upon their return Yoshino is given a make-over by her elder... See full review

7/10 story
7/10 animation
6/10 sound
10/10 characters
7/10 overall

Masamune-kun's Revenge

Apr 12, 2022

Silver Link’s 2017 romantic comedy is a likable show with strong characters that most people will enjoy. High Schooler Masamune Makabe is hell bent on seducing the beautiful, but strong-willed, Aki Adagaki in a tale that resembles Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew”. Makabe is a good-looking boy and popular with the girls. Yet he is driven to date Adagaki because he is a boy with a mission. He is out for revenge. She cruelly broke his heart when she rejected him several years earlier yet she doesn’t recognise him now that he has newly transferred to her school. The reason?... See full review

10/10 story
6/10 animation
6/10 sound
10/10 characters
8/10 overall

Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan

Apr 10, 2022

Studio Blanc’s 2021 dark comedy disappoints for its ability to be so desperately unfunny despite clever and occasionally sophisticated writing. The setup is unique with the premise being the very adult concerns of a bunch of children’s TV show presenters.  Cynical Uramichi is a former college roommate of colleagues Tobikichi Usahara (who plays a rabbit) and Mitsuo Kumatani (who plays a bear). They are joined for the kiddie fun and games on screen by singers Iketeru Daga and former idol Utano Tadano. What they all have in common is an endless introspection for their sad, pointless little... See full review

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

Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club

Apr 8, 2022

Sunrise (a brand of Bandai Namco Filmworks) offered this abysmal teen-idol show as a lack-lustre spin-off to the “Love Live!” game franchise in 2020. As with all such game derivatives the audience is built-in hence the story-telling quality suffers accordingly. The action is set in a girl’s High School and concerns the activities of the young ladies in the school idol club. To watch this rubbish through all thirteen episodes you must really like this sub-genre. As you can imagine there is no real story so unless you really enjoyed the game play then this is hardly very entertaining. The... See full review

1/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
4/10 characters
5/10 overall

Our love has always been 10 centimeters apart.

Apr 6, 2022

Lay-duce’s 2017 flaccid romantic-drama was part of the "Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai" franchise the spawned anime, films, light novels and video games from the original vocaloid song series. The concept revolved around a series of love stories between six High School students. “Our love has always been 10 centimeters apart” carves out a six-episode drama around the relationship between Mio Aida and Haruki Serizawa. She is a shy artistic girl whilst he is an outgoing and successful member of the Movie making club. They became close friends since day one and, although teased over their... See full review

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

Anime-Gataris

Apr 5, 2022

Wao World’s 2017 comedy-fantasy is an Otaku’s dream in being one of those rare animes that is actually about anime. Typically, otaku-anime focusses purely on the culture, generally, or manga artistry, specifically. This is not surprising as manga artists and writers focus on their own personal experiences and most animes are adapted from manga. “Anime-Gataris” stands unique in that it was spawned from a series of shorts to be shown in the intermission for other animated films. The 2017 series served as a prequel - the shorts were set in a University anime club. This show concerns a... See full review

3/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
5/10 characters
6/10 overall

My First Girlfriend is a Gal

Apr 3, 2022

Studio NAZ’s 2017 High School romance show disappoints. It is probably unfair to compare it to 2022’s “My Dress up Darling” but it is instructive to note just how unsophisticated and plain silly it is by comparison. It didn’t have to be this way yet it is an example of a good idea completely wasted. CloverWorks’ later show has the character Marin, a gyaru girl with a passion for cosplay, falling in with the shyest boy in school leading to romance. It is a textbook case of how such an idea can be made to work so well. “My First Girlfriend is a Gal” also... See full review

2/10 story
6/10 animation
5/10 sound
5/10 characters
5/10 overall

Saga of Tanya the Evil

Apr 1, 2022

NUT’s 2017 gothic war fantasy is a visual mash-up between “Hellsing” (Gonzo 2001), “Violet Evergarden” (Kyoto Animation 2018) and “Strike Witches” (Gonzo 2008). The story is mainly focussed upon the activities of young Tanya Degurechaff, a mage (magical witch) fighting in a European war in an alternative universe 1923. The action will remind you much of a dark, dark Strike Witches but there is nothing cute about this. Tanya is not all she seems. She is the reincarnation of a 21st century businessman who got shoved in front of a train by a disgruntled worker. At the... See full review

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

NEKOPARA TV

Mar 30, 2022

What happens if you cross “Is the Order a Rabbit?” with “Cat Planet Cuties”? You end up with Felix Film’s 2020 comedy show “Nekopara” (Cat Paradise). The “paradise” is actually a café where all the staff (apart from the chef/owner) are Cat Girls. That is pretty much it - as there is little in the way of plot. The main thrust of the story dwells upon a homeless stray kitten who follows one of the girls home one day. Other than that, it propels itself along based mainly on being extremely cute. The Cat Girls are all owned by a girl called Shigure... See full review

5/10 story
7/10 animation
6/10 sound
7/10 characters
6/10 overall

My Dress-Up Darling

Mar 28, 2022

CloverWorks’ 2022 romance was a smash hit if the social media reaction was anything to go by. As soon as it launched the timelines filled with images of beautiful top-gyaru girl Marin Kitagawa. She is high school classmates with the quiet and shy Wakana Gojo. The two have never really spoken and he muses on the fact that they live in entirely different universes. However, those worlds are about to collide in spectacular fashion. Gojo is a friendless yet studious hobbyist. He dreams of creating the perfect hina doll, or, at least, being as good as his grandfather who cares for him. When his workshop... See full review

10/10 story
9/10 animation
7/10 sound
9/10 characters
9/10 overall