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October 16 2017, 6:28 PM

Tsurudere X Tsurudere = 5

So, we got two five star reviews. In the same day. That's kind of a big deal. Even if Nicoletta can't do her math.....

Allen took on a new short series and, much to his surprise, found Tsuredure Children (and I'm still not totally sure what that word actually means) to be funny, sweet, and pretty mature, actually. Good achievement for such a short little series! (for the record, I might personally give I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying! a perfect score, but then again, that's from the same mangaka that gave us Miss Kobayashi).

And Julian took on the 2011 remake of Hunter X Hunter, which was a bit controversial with some of the diehard fans of the original....but he basically has nothing but good things to say about it, and it's actually enough to make me kind of interested. Which, given that dude-centric shounen fighting series aren't really my thing, definitely means something. So kudos to Julian on that front.

We'll be back next week with Julian taking on part of a convoluted, labyrinthine franchise and me having a lot of fun fangirling over another new show. Look forward to it!

-Nicoletta Christina Browne

 
October 9 2017, 3:09 PM

Ayn Rand Feels Your Pain.

So yeah, Allen undertakes the dubious proposition of reviewing Classroom of the Elite, which is a show for cynics and would-be masterminds, I suppose. He finds the show entertaining enough, though he's also a bit irked that there's apparently no such thing as karma in the world of the Elite.

But beyond that, we also have the pleasure of introducing you all to our very newest reviewer. His name is Julian Malerman, and as a fan of the more artsier spectrum of anime, his first offering for us all is the rather grim and dark Midori: Shoujo Tsubaki. He places its rating squarely in the middle and then asks you to decide whether you want to tilt that rating upwards or downwards on account of how much you like seeing people suffer.

And that's it. A bit late, but... yes. We'll see you all again next week.

-Stig Høgset.

 
October 2 2017, 11:21 AM

Yuri is a Dish Best Served Smoldering Hot in Another World.

...I was going somewhere with this, I think?

Anyway, Allen brings the yuri to the table with Netsuzou Trap -NTR-, which he... didn't think much of, to be honest. Mostly because the show took a certain cue from various examples of the creepier corners of yaoi, namely the pushy, aggressive ones. So yes, caveats.

Meanwhile, I have been watching Restaurant to Another World, a show that's honestly (and ironically) a bit full of itself. It's still good -- or decent enough -- mind you, but it's just a bit too sure of itself that we'd be willing to just sit and watch people gab on about things that has to be experienced directly, like a manga that tries to make you understand the wonders of music. It can work, but you better go about it in a smart way, and... well, this show can't quite seem to reach that lofty goal.

And that's it for this week. Next week we might actually have some new blood for you all. Stay tuned.

-Stig Høgset.

 
September 25 2017, 9:51 AM

Why so serious?

That was pretty much my question after having finished My First Girlfriend is a Gal, because I'm not sure the last two episodes were a good idea for the show as a whole. That said, despite the generic "found this ol' romantic rival plot at the bottom of this chest I thought I lost back in the 80's" angle the show tries to end on, this show managed to be quite fun most of the time.

That's our lot this week. Next week, we'll probably have something that hasn't been run through the Censorbot quite as heavily. See you all then.

-Stig Høgset.

 
September 18 2017, 7:28 AM

And You Thought There is Never a G.I.R.L. Online?

Yeah, now that would just be silly, wouldn't it? I mean... the main lead in And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online? pretty much learned that yes, there is a lot of girls online, and some of them play as guy characters. Not that the show is full of lectures about never assuming player gender is character gender, but it does know how to have some fun with the subject.... among other aspects of the big MMORPG lifestyle. (As it were.)

Next week, we might talk about girls again, but that might depend on whether I can shake off this cold so that my head starts working properly again. Fevers are never fun. But at least I can do site updates, so... silver lining and all? See you all then.

-Stig Høgset.

 
September 11 2017, 1:42 PM

Cooler than Ice. (And how?)

As promised, Nicoletta is here with a review for a great show, especially if you belong to the LGBT community. Then again, if you do, you probably already heard about Yuri!!! on ICE, watched it, loved it and bought the shipping T-shirt and complimentary ice skates. It's good.

Next week, I'll be taking a look at a show that I initially dreaded a bit, but turned out surprisingly well. Because that has never happened to me before, am I right?

See you all then.

-Stig Høgset.

 
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