Review: Hinamatsuri

Welcome to a review of a show that spends the first three minutes telling you that it’s going to be one kind of anime, and then immediately ditches it for a different style all together for the rest of the series until the last five minutes of the final episode (which, I might add, are…

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Review: Violet Evergarden

June, 2018. I’m sitting in my cozy little apartment in the Pacific Northwest. Keeping in tradition with the nickname of “June-uary,” it’s cool and drizzling rain outside much like it does early in the year in the PNW. There are two things I can do on a Saturday with weather like this: I can take…

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Review: Chihayafuru

Anime’s favorite thing to do is take really boring concepts and ideas and turn them into a masterpiece. OK, so maybe Chihayafuru (Chihayafull; ちはやふる) is actually based on the real sport of karuta, but you can’t blame me for feeling that way about a show that is essentially about competitive poetry battles. To an outsider,…

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Review: Silver Spoon

Slice of Life is probably my favorite genre of anime. There is just something about slow day-to-day life that appeals to me. Sure, action is fun and anime arguably has some of the best action sequences ever created, but in the end I find myself drawn to the more laid back stories. I like character…

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Review: Tsurune

There is a specific sound that a bowstring makes when an arrow is released; the more perfect the shot, the more incredible the sound. It’s high pitched, sharp and, for lack of a better term, beautiful to hear. It has an almost captivating sensation to it, making you wish you could hear it again and…

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Review: After the Rain

There are basically countless anime that deal with love. A lot of my favorites deal with it as one of the core themes. There are many variations, but they usually break down to boy meets girl, relationship builds through conflict and misunderstandings, conflict is resolved and a happily ever after. Some of them resolve conflict…

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Review: High Score Girl

I’m someone who often gets a ticket and boards the Hype Train. I’m not even a casual rider of the Hype Train. I would save money with an annual pass. And one of my favorite Hype Train destinations is the express ride to Nostalgia Town. High Score Girl can be found on the Nostalgia Town…

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