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: A Silent Voice

Here it is. The first official movie review. And I picked a good one. A Silent Voice (The Shape of Voice; Koe no Katachi; 聲の形) returned to American theaters for the second time this week for a special two-night event (one night for the Sub, and one night for the wrong one Dub) and I…

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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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