Ascendance of a Bookworm

Every once in a while, I’ll read a description for an anime that makes me go “Huh…that actually might work.” It’s usually something that sounds either super outlandish (such as Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai) or so mundane that I’m not sure how it will be entertaining (such as The Great Passage).…

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Teasing Master Takagi-san 2

You can find a lot of anime that exploits the awkwardness of young love for the entertainment of the audience. There’s something very nostalgic about the innocence and purity of these stories. Teasing Master Takagi-san 2 (and season 1) focuses on the more lighthearted side of young love. After all, sometimes it’s easier to relentlessly…

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Promare

In all the anime I’ve seen (which I admit is relatively small), there are not many that match Promare’s visual aesthetic. It’s an odd blend of the traditional with the abstract, choosing a more polygonal approach than organic. Honestly, it’s fairly reminiscent of some modern day western cartoons, choosing rough simplicity over detailed elegance. From…

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The Promised Neverland

One of the most talked about anime from the Winter 2019 season is The Promised Neverland. There are many people who’s interest in otaku culture begins and ends with anime, so source manga and light novel spoilers are a non-issue when watching. This doesn’t matter for all anime; there are many shows who are incredibly…

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BEM

BEM started out as one of summer 2019’s more promising candidates. The pilot was was surprisingly fun, giving an almost Batman: The Animated Series vibe with the setting, art direction and villain design. I was genuinely excited for the first few episodes. The mystery created around the protagonists had some promise. Unfortunately, all of that…

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MIX: Meisei Story

I don’t watch a lot of sports anime; American football aside, I don’t particularly enjoy watching sports in general. Even when I do decide I want to watch sports on television, I can tell you baseball has been my choice exactly one time. I just find the game incredibly uneventful. So imagine my surprise when…

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