Haiyoru! Nyaruko-san First Impressions – behold the might of the unspeakable bar thing!


I went into this show not necessarily expecting much – I had originally watched the ‘first’ series, and had been largely unimpressed. This was mostly due to the episodes length, at 3 minutes each there simply was not enough time for anything meaningful to happen, and as such that series failed for me. The first episode of this new series, however, was great, with masses of comedy, brilliant characters and madness on a par with Kore wa zombie desu ka, although there is a distinct lack of cross-dressing. The series mixes Cthulhu Mythos of H.P Lovecraft with some whacky Japanese slapstick comedy along with an alien or two. Now I am not especially knowledgable about the Cthulhu Mythos, but, while some of the jokes may have gone over my head, there was more than enough there to satisfy anyone, whether they know about this stuff or not. Read more of this post

Ano Natsu de Matteru 03 – Kaito, Ichika and Rinon’s cup ramen


I love how Ichika's realisation is framed within a film lens.

Ano Natsu is quickly becoming a firm favourite for this season, managing to blend romance and comedy into a brilliant mix of errors, unsaid feelings and emotional turmoil, coupled with witty dialogue and excellent characters.

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Mouretsu Pirates 03 – Parfaits, and Space Suits


Mouretsu Pirates this week continued once again with its scene setting, which, for many may have meant that it was one of the most boring episodes they have watched in a while, and for others one of the most interesting.

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Inu x Boku SS First Impressions – Youkai, Sparkles, and a perverted bodyguard


Inu x Boku SS is the story of an abusive girl and the idiot who serves her, although in this case there is a distinct lack of tsundere’s and perverts, at least as main characters. Our heroine is diminutive Shirakiin Ririchiyo, daughter of the noble Shirakiin household as verbally abusive as she is small. Whats so interesting about Ririchiyo is that unlike many other such characters she realises that her words cause pain, and are a front for her insecurities, which she utterly detests. This is one reason why she has moved into Maison de Ayakashi, in order to be alone to build up her confidence in order to interact with other people normally.

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Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai! First Impressions – University students, beautiful women and three daughters


Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai – roughly translated as ‘listen to me girls, I am your father’ – is a new anime that deals with the idea of family and what it means to be one. The first episodes brought us some nice ideas on what it means to be a family, along with ideas of friendship and some fanservice.

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Rinne no Lagrange First Impressions – Swimsuits, Robots and a German Suplex


I never got around to watching the pre-airing of Prodcution I.G. and Xebec’s new original series Rinne no Lagange, and stayed away from it after I heard the quality was awful. It was however worth the wait, and I think this series will be one of my favourites of the season, assuming it continues the way it started. From the very interesting opening sequence to the blend of mecha action and comedy that works well and produces a show that is both entertaining without being entirely serious.

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Review – Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon – The anime that makes less sense the more of it you watch


 

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon (Horizon in the middle of nowhere) probably takes the top spot in the worst adaptations of 2011, it makes about as much sense as a chocolate hammer, and it was also a show that I enjoyed immensely. Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon is adapted from the immensely popular light novel series written by Minoru Kawakami and illustrated by Satoyasu. There are currently 8 novels in circulation and they are about 1-2 inches thick each.

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Anime Review – Ben-To – Street Fighter meets half-priced bento boxes


Ben-To is quite frankly crazy, utterly insane, off the wall, mad as a hatter, and quite probably seeing stars, and I love it. Ben-To was also quite a surprise for me, I had gone into this show not expecting all that much apart from a slightly silly show, which is apparently about fighting over half-price Ben-To boxes, and I have to admit I was shocked. This show was so very good that it is easily in my top three for the season, and while there shows that I preferred (Mashiro, Majikoi) in terms of shear adrenaline fuelled, hallucinogenic entertainment, Ben-To is easily the best.

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Anime Review – Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukanai – Making friends, the surrealist way


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Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai – Review – Why having a perverted archer around is a good thing


So Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai (Majikoi) has finally finished, and it was a series that I very much enjoyed, even if it is very flawed and I have some issues with it. Majikoi is a classic Harem with fanservice, dirty jokes and double entendres, basically its pretty dumb fun. Majikoi is of course an anime adapted from an eroge by Minato Soft; it is a ecchi harem series with some romance and a bit of fighting involved. There is some form of serious plot running through this series, but for the most part it is ignored and only ever appears at the very beginning and during the last couple of episodes. This is in fact one of the main issues that I have with the series overall, the plot/story doesn’t make much sense and most of the time doesn’t even appear to be included in the series. The story takes place in Kawakami city and follows Yamato, a second-year high school student at Kawakami high school. He is surrounded by five girls who are all in love with him and constantly try to get his attention, although in the case of Momoyo, she sort of abuses the fact that Yamato confessed to her. There are other characters, but they don’t seem to have such a large role to play in the story, but are likely to be more important in both the game and the manga.

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