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Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Part 1

Feb 18, 2024

The plot of this is quite interesting, this being a historical drama about a woman decided to marry for love but whose family arranges a marriage for her regardless. The fiancé in question is sweet and handsome, and you can see Benio annoyed that she's being forced to marry the guy - it's clear she might have naturally fallen for him, but is against it on the basis that she wants to choose someone for herself. It's a good premise, but unfortunately this story would benefit greatly with more time than a movie (or even two) allows. The pacing was just too fast to feel satisfying as a romance, and... See full review

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

Fruits Basket: Prelude

Dec 14, 2023

This movie is just so unnecessary. The first half an hour is just a recap of the last season, which makes no sense t a first time viewer, and barely connects to the rest of the film. Then you watch a 14-year-old abandoned child get groomed by a grown ass man who makes her his child bride and then she becomes completely codependent on him because she has no support system outside of him. And then he dies. And then she dies. And then there's a cute 5 minute section of new Kyō and Tohru stuff that is finally good content.

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5/10 story
8/10 animation
9/10 sound
8/10 characters
6/10 overall

Fruits Basket the Final Season

Dec 12, 2023

Such a masterpiece. A brilliant finale for a fantastic piece of work.  The characters fine-tune their maturing in this season, tying up all lose ends so satisfyingly. The character design shifts subtly (except Momiji, whose change is in subtle) and suddenly the characters are so grown and I am crying.  The animation is just as beautiful as the previous seasons, though with the same odd walking. The ED illustrations are absolutely stunning and make me sob every time; they seem to be by the mangaka. But my true critique is the OP for the season, which has a very moving overall visual narrative... See full review

10/10 story
9/10 animation
9/10 sound
10/10 characters
9.5/10 overall

Fruits Basket 2nd Season

Dec 3, 2023

In its second season, Fruits Basket takes a slightly more serious tone as it prepares its characters for the end of their narratives, shedding much of its comedic scales (but not all). The character designs and palette remain the same as season one – that is to say, spectacular. While characters still walk strangely, hair seems to jiggle less this season and move more delicately with the breeze instead. Overall, animation seems slightly smoother. The music blends better with the background than the first season. The first OP is very forgettable, but the second OP and ED are some of the most iconic... See full review

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

Fruits Basket 1st Season

Dec 3, 2023

Fruits Basket is ingeniously written to lull you into a false sense of comedy drama, slowly peppering the trauma and healing until by the first finale you're entrenched in these people's psyches. The key fact of Fruits Basket is that no matter how awful the situation, you can know in your heart that everything will turn out just fine eventually. The character designs and coloring is fantastic. Characters walk very strangely as in any modern anime and their hair jiggles like jello but it's nothing criminal. Both OPs and EDs absolutely rule; they're incredibly made, catchy, meaningful, and lovingly... See full review

10/10 story
9/10 animation
9/10 sound
10/10 characters
9.5/10 overall

Sailor Moon Super S

Nov 19, 2023

Some of the best villains and best episodes (Minako Two-Timing episode, the rubber ball monster of the week episode) somehow made their way into the dullest season of Sailor Moon yet. Such a drag.

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4/10 story
6/10 animation
9/10 sound
8/10 characters
7/10 overall

My Happy Marriage

Oct 17, 2023

This anime is amazing on its own and a great adaptation. It deals with Miyo's complex trauma from her narcissitic and emotinally neglective family in a way that's usually ommitted in Cinderella adaptations, and it deals with it well. Miyo has a lot of self-worth issues due to her abusive home. However, the love interest, as much as he tries to appear cold, is actually very sweet and understanding and tries very hard to bring up Miyo's self esteem, which I appreciate. There is some amount of drama from the surrounding families trying to manipulate them, and other people's trauma involved as well, but no... See full review

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

Sailor Moon R: The Movie

Aug 1, 2023

The story is very vaguely shooting off the season's ideas. Here we have an alien as a homoromantic childhood friend of Mamoru's whose mind has been poisoned by the influence of a manipulative flower antagonizing Usagi and Mamoru's recent rekindling. It felt like a slightly weird, longer episode of Sailor Moon than anything else, but it was pretty great and ended very satisfyingly.  The animation here is a level up from the TV anime, with much more fluid animation. The backgrounds are not the usual Sailor Moon pastels but rather a more Ikuhara setting with many greys and many, many... See full review

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

Sailor Moon R

Aug 1, 2023

As with the first season, Sailor Moon's biggest weakness is its plot. Less intriguing than the first season's but just as formulaic. However, despite the overall plot lacking much interest, it is still a joy to watch every episode due to the amazing characters and their emotional journeys. Usagi and Mamoru's relationship was simply a low point, however. The finale was specatcular, approaching some more mature themes than the first season did. The animation is pretty much the same as in season one - very gorgeous backgrounds, intriguing villain designs, and minimal movement for minor scenes. There are... See full review

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

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Jul 7, 2023

Code Geass balances active colonialism, battle strategy, complicated interpersonal relationships, and high school life with unexpected grace. While at first the leader of a rebellion group within a colonized nation being a high schooler and balancing such things like school festivals and planning a coup d'état seems like a supremely odd choice, they serve well to add levity. Lelouch's youthful age is also fitting – few times in life other than the prime age of 17 allow for this combination of massive energy, critical thought, and the firm belief that change must be immediate and radical. The... See full review

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

Sailor Moon

Jun 19, 2023

Sailor Moon is such a monumentous work that, despite its age, doesn't seem to ever decline in popularity. As recognizeable as ever, you'd be remiss to spend a day in a city without seeing familiar blonde buns and sailor uniforms. The story is definitevely the weakest part of Sailor Moon. The formulaic monster of the week gets tired very quickly, with the amount of episodes straying from the formula this season being easily counted on one hand among a whopping 46-episodes. However, the standout episodes, which follow different plotlinse, are mind-blowing in their prowess. Episodes... See full review

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

Princess Tutu

Jun 11, 2023

A perfect show. The plot is completely brilliant, exploring fairy tales and story telling within a fairy tale being told. The way it unfolds and ends is utterly satisfying and brilliantly executed. It balances its bubbly exterior and dark insides unwaveringly. The characters are completely charming. Their personalities, designs, voices (even in English), and arcs were planned and performed to perfection. The romance is also unexpectedly perfect. The animation is often fluid and beautifully colored. The style is cutesy, yet the colors can be dark and frigid when the mood calls for it. 

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

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku

Jun 11, 2023

Wotakoi is very episodic with little throughline in terms of plot — more of an otaku sitcom than immersive character drama. And if you expect a romance anime out of this you'll be sorely disappointed. Yet, its characters are the heart and soul of the show; they're charming and have viewers rooting for them. The series ends rather abruptly as is common for these one-cour josei adaptations, with no sense of closure. The animation is stiff and minimal but the drawings themselves are sweet and the coloring is bubbly, adding to the feel-good experience. The sountrack is unmemorable but serviceable... See full review

7/10 story
7/10 animation
6/10 sound
9/10 characters
7/10 overall

Dear Brother

May 5, 2023

This is a very heavy drama, and it's quite slow. I appreciated that the girls' issues were never ridiculed though, especially considering that this is an early 90s anime directed by a man.  The animation is pretty, but very, very languid. Lots of stutter shorts for drama that I personally thought were a little ridiculous.  The music is alright but far too repetitive. The charactes are all fascinating, going through so much as teengers always think they are. Their drama makes up the plot of this, and I do think they can hold someone's attention for all the episodes.  The last six episodes... See full review

8/10 story
7/10 animation
6/10 sound
9/10 characters
7/10 overall