The Promised Neverland Anime Review

Media: Anime 
Name: Yakusoku no Neverland
MAL Score: 8.74/10
Episodes: 12
Genres: Sci-fi, Mystery, Horror, Psychological, Thriller

There will be minor spoilers for The Promised Neverland ahead

Immediately becoming one of the more popular anime of the winter season, The Promised Neverland has been hard to ignore. For a Shounen Jump adaptation, its plot is rather unique. But does this mean that the show is good? Let’s find out.

Summary

The Promised Neverland begins by appearing to be a sweet lighthearted show. Several kids in an orphanage, Grace Field House, are introduced as having happy lives. However, something seems off. The orphanage that they’re in is surrounded by walls, and the one rule is to never go to the gate while someone is being “adopted.” One night, two of the main characters, Emma and Norman, decide to go to the gate because a girl had forgotten her toy in the orphanage. To their horror, Emma and Norman discover they aren’t getting shipped off to foster homes, but instead to their death. Of course they have to get out of here, so they share this information with their friend, Ray, and work on a plan to escape. For the rest of the 11 episodes, the three children try to find ways to escape their inevitable deaths.

Review

While the synopsis of the show may sound interesting, the show at times has trouble achieving that. One flaw of setting up an anime in this way is that there’s bound to be a lot of planning going on, where nothing but talking is really happening. This happens in several episodes, making a lot of the early and middle a drag to watch. After about nine episodes I was just hoping for the show to end. Fortunately, because of the episodes spent with the character planning their escape, the last two or three episodes did not disappoint and were highly entertaining. The last two episodes almost made me feel like it was worth sitting through the first nine episodes that I thought were bland.

In terms of the characters, I wouldn’t consider any of them all that special. Emma is a relatively generic shounen protagonist who has the “I want to save everyone” mindset. Her being the main character isn’t really a bad thing, but she just didn’t stand out much to me personally. Norman and Ray both had a little more to them, but I don’t feel as if the writing was strong enough to unlock all their potential. Ray came off as an edgy preteen and Norman often mirrored Emma’s ideas when they both could’ve done more.

The worst character was most likely Sister Crone though, as she wasn’t really essential to the plot. Sister Crone was pretty unimportant in the grand scheme of things, despite getting a lot of screen time. In addition to this, the show presents some scenes that make you question what you were supposed to feel about her, if the show wanted you to sympathize with her or not.

In terms of production, the art style was kind of awkward. This style is something that would make more sense for a moe show, not a “Psychological Thriller.” The soundtrack was pretty nice though, and the song that plays during episode 12 helped add a lot of emotions to the scene.

Conclusion

Overall, I thought The Promised Neverland was relatively average until the end. Before the last two episodes I would’ve given the show a 5, but I’ll bring it up to a 6/10 due to the entertainment I got at the end. I don’t regret watching The Promised Neverland, but I’m somewhat disappointed. I think the show could’ve been a lot more with some more polished writing.

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Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai
MAL Score: 8.51/10
Episodes: 13
Genres: Comedy, Romance, School, Supernatural

In the Fall 2018 season of anime, several popular and critically acclaimed shows came out, and standing above them all was Bunny Girl Senpai. While it was airing, it was difficult to avoid the show because of the way it engulfed the community, and I caved in eventually and watched it. Commonly drawing comparisons to both the Monogatari Series and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, it certainly had some big shoes to fill. So could Bunny Girl Senpai live up to these expectations, or did it fall flat?

Summary

Sakuta Azusagawa is an outcast at school, mainly due to rumors of a violent past. The other main character, Mai Sakurajima, is also an outcast at school, but for a far different reason. She’s a celebrity who’s currently on hiatus, so she faces the struggle of people being intimidated by her status. One day, Sakuta sees Mai wondering around in public, wearing of course a bunny girl suit. No one really seems to pay her any mind though, other than Sakuta. It turns out Mai has a disorder known as “Puberty Syndrome,” which makes her invisible to others.

After Mai’s arc, the show keeps introducing more girls who also struggle from “Puberty Syndrome” in different ways. Puberty Syndrome reflects the issues that a character has, and gives them a supernatural ailment. Bunny Girl Senpai takes a Monogatari-like approach, and has the plot afterwards mainly focus on Sakuta helping these girls with their supernatural problems.

Review

If you go into this show expecting something like Monogatari or Haruhi, you will be severely disappointed. It’s best to look at the show as its own entity because of the stark difference in quality. Bunny Girl Senpai doesn’t really have the witty dialogue required to pull off a show like this. It tries to be a comedy while at the same time being an emotional drama, which is difficult to write well. There’s definitely moments of good writing here and there, but overall it’s too inconsistent to be super entertaining.

Along with this, Bunny Girl Senpai attempts to be more than it actually is. By this I mean it introduces unnecessary concepts to make itself seem smart, when it really isn’t. An example of this would be when Mai turns invisible, one character uses Schrödinger’s cat to explain it. But turning invisible isn’t really a confusing concept, so it’s pointless to introduce something else which would only add confusion. Shortly after this, Laplace’s Demon is used as an explanation as well, which again adds confusion to an initially not confusing concept.

In terms of the characters, I didn’t really find any of them super annoying as a whole. They all functioned decently well inside the story, but I don’t think anyone really stood out. The girls all felt like I had seen them somewhere before in a different anime, and Sakuta felt almost like a Kyon reject. In terms of animation and art, the show looks above average overall, but nothing too notable came from this category. The highlight of the show however was the sound track. I find myself continuously going back to listen to the ending theme. The opening, while not my favorite musically, was able to spawn some memes, so that’s something.

Conclusion

With all its flaws and limited upsides, I consider Bunny Girl Senpai to be average overall. I definitely wouldn’t consider it a masterpiece as some do, or call it bad, just an average 5/10. I can understand the enjoyment one can get from this show, but when the aforementioned Monogatari and Haruhi exist, I don’t know if there’s much of a reason to watch this show anymore.

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Food Wars Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Shokugeki no Soma (Food Wars)
MAL Score: 8.51/10
Episodes: 24
Genres: Ecchi, School, Shounen

Introduction

For some people, the process of food consumption is just a daily task to get yourself some energy, vitamins and etc. Someone consider this as something usual, not even giving a thought about preferring what to eat. But for someone, food is the topic you shouldn’t take lightly. The gourmet world is diverse and you will not find a person that has tasted all the finest meals in the whole world. More and more unique, sophisticated recipes are found all the time. Finding new tastes – that is what Shokugeki no Soma is mostly about.

How it all begins

Yukihira Soma, the protagonist of the story, lives and works with his father in a small family restaurant, serving some nice and simple food for guests. But one day, those peaceful times are over as Soma’s father sends him to Tootsuki Academy – the prestigious cooking school. There he meets a bunch of strong ambitious individuals, each with their own speciality. And from now on, Soma has to adapt his experience, his skills he gained before to an always changing environment to survive and get to the top.

With his experience and impressive creative skills, Soma gradually builds relationships, getting lots of friends and rivals. All of them have their own backgrounds and goals, which are not stupid, but have the actual meaning. The big character palette, formed by all those people, greatly influences main character, making him behave in the most unexpected ways.

Shokugeki – a solution for everything

The core feature of this anime is Shokugeki – a fight between chefs, the result of which is determined by the dishes they prepare. The main condition for this cook-off to happen is the equal compensations from both sides. Like in Fullmetal Alchemist: if you want to get something, you will need to give something of equal price. So basically, if you want to get a higher position, be prepared to lose something as valuable and precious as this. Due to his origin, Soma is getting seriously underestimated , so that is why he has advantage in those cooking matches. He greatly impresses both opponents and judges leaving them fully delighted after tasting his meal. They are getting undressed in their mind, and this provides anime with lots of fanservice.

Summary

Shokugeki no Soma is the food anime, in which you not only get food, that makes you drool intensively. It has greatly designed characters, both main and side ones, a good plot, that keeps you excited all the time. It already got several seasons, which states out the extreme popularity of this title. I would give the personal recommendation: get something to eat for this anime, because you can easily get hungry after you watch it! 🙂

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Run With the Wind Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Run With the Wind
MAL Score: 8.53/10
Episodes: 23
Genres: Sports, Comedy, Drama

There will be minor spoilers for Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteru ahead

When it comes to sports anime, some specific sports are over-saturated. There’s countless numbers of baseball anime and a decent amount of basketball ones too. However, there’s a surprising lack of running or track and field anime out there, despite it being a popular sport. So as a runner myself, I was excited to hear that a running anime was coming in the Fall 2018 season. So did Run With the Wind live up to expectations?

Summary

Run With the Wind, or Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru, features a main cast of 10 college students. These 10 students all live together in the same appartment building together, because of the cheap rent and meals provided. The catch? When they agreed to live there, they unknowingly signed up for the Kansei University Track & Field Team. The issue is that besides from the two protagonists, Kakeru Kurahara and Haiji Kiyose, none of the residents really have running experience. What’s more is that Haiji intends for the team to run at an elite event 10 months away. The event being the Hakone Ekiden. The show then covers the team’s struggles and training to reach the Ekiden.

The show has a relatively diverse cast, and they’re the main driving force of the show. Everyone, other than than Haiji, is initially opposed to joining the team, since they see the goal as completely unrealistic. Furthermore, track and field is a demanding sport, and none of them thinks they have the time. As the show progresses, we watch as the team not only grows to love the sport, but become closer friends with each other.

Review

As I previously stated, I am a runner myself, so I was really hoping to like Run With the Wind. Unfortunately there were some things that stuck out to me which hindered my enjoyment. First of all, some of the character’s times progress way too fast, especially Prince. Even towards the end of the show, his running form is still terrible, and it’s kind of hard to ignore. At first I thought it was a lack of research on the author’s part, but I got the feeling later on that she did know what she was talking about. The time constraint of 10 months just was too short.

It also felt like the show dragged in the earlier episodes a bit, but that’s understandable since they had to introduce several characters immediately. Early on, we don’t get as much of the “sports” part of the show because of this.

After watching 5 or 6 episodes, I was skeptical of the quality, but I really felt that the show improved a lot in the later episodes. The running side of the show was brought up more and the character development began. The running aspect isn’t the most accurate, as I previously stated, but it’s still an enjoyable experience. I think the author was really able to capture the community and culture of running, and the characters all felt pretty realistic within the story. The characters not only grew stronger physically, but also socially and emotionally, and it was overall a pretty inspiring watch.

Conclusion

Looking back, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed this show, and I can definitely say it was one of the better shows to come out in 2018. If I were to rate it, I’d give it an 8/10 based off the great character growth and entertaining sports side.

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Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken
MAL Score: 8.26
Episodes: 24
Genres: Fantasy, Shounen

WARNING. Review below can contain minor spoilers.

Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken aired between October 2018 to march 2019 by studio 8-Bit, based on light novel with same title, written by Fuse.

Story tell us about Satoru Mikami (37 years old) who is (who would expect?) a salary man, who dies to unfortunate circumstances and reincarnate in new world as….Slime!

As typically for most of Isekai franchise our hero gets brand-new, cheat-like ability, then as mentioned – reincarnates in totally new world.

Same fact that our hero reincarnates as slime makes entire story bit more original than usual isekai title where most characters reincarnates as humans.

Plot

Personally I found Slime story rather average. Rimuru is not hero who suddenly needs save world, fight demon lord or deal with other form of threat. He is more of world exploring/his adventures in it, if we are at world building – in my opinion, reincarnated as slime did it pretty well, with various characters, countries and races. Same plot is also in more relaxed manner; action is served in rather medium/slow manner.

Characters

Tensei Slime have rather interesting bunch of characters, sadly 24 eps felt like not enough to develop and express them properly. Some of them were still noticeable. Let me start from our main hero – Rimuru. What I like within his character is that he is not as usual. He overly naive or “justice Mary sue” white knight who’s main target is to spread justice, equality or similar things. He is rather person who cares about his friends and peoples and don’t hesitate when there is need of eliminate threat, which makes him bit more interesting than usual isekai hero.

Another character who had rather big impact on story was Shizue which is revealed in later stages of story. With her regrets, story, secrets and dreams, what they are? Watch and see for yourself.

There is also bunch of other characters and races (wolves, goblins, dwarfs, elves, demons, orcs, one with rather interesting backstory and development) or even tsundere dragons.

Animation

Most of times tensei slime got very impressive visuals. Especially first episodes were made with great, smooth animation, colors, and great backgrounds. Sometimes some eps were inconsistent had some weird “potato/derp” faces. One thing which I feared – was CGI, widely used in many shows. At least in current times, luckily I admit, animators did very good job with CGI usage and it never felt out of place or just plainly bad. Overall, in terms of art/animation studio 8-bit did great job.

Final thoughts

If you are looking for more original “reincarnated as….in another world” or just “isekai”, in rather calm, chill manner where MC discovers new world and live his daily life in new fantasy world I can recommend this show.

Personal rating

9/10

Written by Shaniss.

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Soul Eater Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Soul Eater
MAL Score: 8.01/10
Episodes: 51
Genres: Action, Fantasy, Comedy, Supernatural, Shounen

Introduction

I can describe this anime in 3 words: witches, madness and weapons. Those three words usually don’t come together, but Soul Eater makes them collaborate just fine. After it started airing in 2008, it became dramatically popular for its unique setting.

While going on with the story, somewhere in the end, you might note to yourself that the story pace has rapidly increased, and you wouldn’t be wrong. The original manga had some sort of small hiatuses, so anime caught up with it pretty fast. To make it so the anime didn’t have to go on hiatus, the decision was made to finish it in its own way. To be honest, I didn’t like the ending due to absurdness of the situation overall. If you want to see the good ending for this story, I suggest you to read the manga, as it is just better than anime itself in terms of plot development.

The actual plot

Soul Eater Evans (Soul for everyone) studies in Death Weapon Meister Academy to become the Death Weapon. During the practice he hunts different monsters that appear in Death City, where most events occur. But he does it in a pair – with the help of his meister, Maka Albarn. So basically they are two protagonists of the whole story. Then need to get 99 souls of regular monsters and a soul of a powerful witch to fill the requirement for becoming the Death Weapon. Of course, something goes wrong… as usual.

The topic of madness – as some important characters are getting affected by it in the story – is the another key point of Soul Eater. Some characters can become quite philosophical while talking about this interesting characteristic of human personality. They try to find out whether it is good or bad, can it be harmless or does it cause only destruction, both mental and physical, and etc. The question of sanity might hook up people that tend to discuss some difficult causes.

Summary

Soul Eater was good on its release and is still great to watch in our time. Due to its unique setting and some interesting and important questions for discussion, it’s become a classic in the anime industry, having shined during its own period, but still appealing to modern community.

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Kaguya-sama: Love is War Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen
MAL Score: 8.49/10
Episodes: 12
Genres: Comedy, Psychological, School, Romance

Chances are that if you’ve been around the anime community within the past month, you’ve seen The Chika Dance at some point. This clip has led to Kaguya becoming one of the more popular shows of the Winter 2019 season, but how does it stack up against the rest? Can it live up to the infamy of Chika and her dance?

Summary

The story of Kaguya-sama follows the student council of Shuchiin Academy, which includes 4 members. The however the plot mainly revolves around the president, Miyuki Shirogane, and vice-president, Kaguya Shinomiya. Chika Fujiwara, the secretary, and Yu Ishigami, the treasurer, are more-so there for comedic relief.

The premise is this: Miyuki and Kaguya are in love with each other, and acknowledge that the other probably feels the same way, but neither of them want to confess. This is because neither of them wants to be seen as weaker in the relationship, so they try to get the other to confess. However, they’re both extremely smart, meaning instead of regular romantic talk, we get mental battles between the two. So through all these battles, the comedy ensues.

Review

So enough summary, how good is it? Well, the answer is similar to most comedies. It depends on your sense of humor. Personally, I felt that the show got off to a strong start, and began to get repetitive around episode 7. There’s only so many places you can take a concept to form humor of it, and it didn’t feel as creative later on. I also felt that it ended on a poor note, but I can’t get into that without spoiling. This isn’t to say Kaguya is unenjoyable though. There’s definitely scenes and entire episodes I found pretty funny, with clever jokes written in.

In terms of animation and sound design, Kaguya was decent, but not super memorable in either. Animation wise, it had some cool visual presentation, with all the cuts and angles shown during Miyuki and Kaguya facing off. This helps with the set and outfit design, which felt relatively bland. No music really stood out in the OST to me, but none felt out of place either. I also felt that the voice actors all gave pretty solid performances.

Conclusion

Overall, I would give Kaguya a strong 6 to a light seven 7 out of 10. The upsides are definitely there, with some funny episodes and scenes, but it’s not super consistent in getting laughs from me. I would recommend everyone to watch the first one or two episodes and judge it yourself however, since humor is subjective. If you find any enjoyment from those first two episodes, then you’ll probably enjoy most of it. If not, then you probably won’t enjoy any of it. But either way, it doesn’t matter too much as long as the show gave us the Chika dance.

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Mawaru Penguindrum Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Mawaru Penguindrum
MAL Score: 8.01
Episodes: 24
Genres: Mystery, Comedy, Dementia, Psychological, Drama

” I hate the word “fate” “.

Mawaru Penguindrum aired in 2011 by studio Brain’s base and directed by Ikuhara, Kunihiko is a story about Takakura’s family – Twin brothers Kanba and Shouma,along with their younger sister Himari.

Story

Entire plot spins around Takakura family and their problems with “fate” and himawari’s incurable disease, to save her, they need to find Penguin drum. Same story was quite interesting, with good pacing, good amount of dramatic along with comedic relief or funny scenes. Everything with big amount of symbolism and metaphors in various scenes, sometimes happy ones, sad, dramatic and bittersweet ones.

Animation

Personally I didn’t see too many flaws in animation or art, rather it was very well made. It was very colorful, with beautiful moments. The same goes for character designs and way they were expressing themselves where every single one was quite unique, with their own special lines and quotes. Animation felt very smooth, with many awesome detailed,colorful backgrounds.

Soundtrack

Personally one of strongest points of this show for me. Starting with opening “Nornir” by Yakushimaru Etsuko, through to other songs like “Fate of the Sons of Flame – Scorpion & Fruti Wheel” “Unmei no kotachi” or “Namida no Umi” and many others. Most of them beautifully emphasized many scenes, making them even more powerful and emotional.

Characters

In my opinion every character got very good, detailed and proper development along with their own past backstory and problems with which they need to deal. Obsession, revenge, forgiveness, grief – and many others, we can see characters in big amount of mental states and how they are dealing with them. Be it the cool, serious and sometimes ruthless Kanba, brave and more innocent Shouma. Then the always cheerful Himari, obsessed with her fate and future Ringo, or mysterious Watase. Yet is rather short and shallow description of characters, where every single one get their time to shine with their expression. Very noticeable background characters are penguins which express mental and physical state of the Takakura family, but also make great amount of less serious and comedic relief which adds even more variety to show.

Overall summary

Mawaru penguindrum was one of most unique shows I have ever seen, with very well-written characters. I also enjoyed the beautiful, smooth animation, great soundtrack and awesome story. I especially enjoyed the very emotional finale, but the many moments which gave us a lot to think about. Certainly recommend, personal rating 9.5/10.

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Dr. Stone Review or “How a boy can revive the whole civilization from the start”

Media: Manga, Anime (Summer 2019)
Name: Dr. Stone
MAL Rating: 8.01/10 (N/A for Anime version)

Summer 2019 season is gonna be hot for sure. And not because of the bright sun, but there will be a lot of titles I would recommend for watching. This summer will be special for me, because of one specific title. It has been waiting for a long time for its chance to appear on screens. This is “Dr. Stone” by Riichiro Inagaki (Eyeshield 21) and Boichi (Trigun, Sun-Ken Rock). It is about people overcoming the “second prehistoric era” ( without dinosaurs though). And they live in the wild and dangerous world they once called their home.

After everyone had fallen under strange petrification disease, several thousand years had passed. Numerous cities and villages got covered with vegetation, thus having transformed into the ruins of history. The protagonist of this story is Senkuu – the one young genius, who was busy with multiple scientific projects before the world disaster occured, but became the hope for all humanity. His friend, Taiju, becomes the second man to be revived after Senkuu, and from this point the actual story begins.

The plot is rather simple – survive and find out what happened, but it is filled with a lot of interesting stuff, which makes “Dr. Stone” unique on its own: from discovering different technologies 1000 times faster than the history of humanity can remember, to some serious questions about society and wars. It has a good deal of comedy, which perfectly adds the charm to the title, while it doesn’t forget about the romantic side, that is quite common in those stories.

Summary

Yes, the spring season has only just begun, and there is a lot of time till the summer, but if you like this kind of anime – you would want to include “Dr. Stone” to those “Must see” titles of the next season. And for those, that cannot wait – they can read manga. They will not be disappointed with it, I promise!

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Your Lie in April Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso ( Your Lie In April)
MAL Score: 8.87/10
Episodes: 22
Genres: Drama, Music, Romance, School, Shounen

About the anime

Before we start let me warn you, there is going to be quite an amount of spoiled parts from anime.

Piano prodigy Kōsei Arima dominated various music competitions and has become famous among child musicians, but also controversial. After the death of his mother, he had a mental breakdown at the age of eleven while performing at a piano recital which resulted in him no longer being able to hear the sound of his piano even though his hearing was perfectly fine. 

Four years later, Kōsei hasn’t touched the piano and views the world in monochrome, without any flair or color. He resigns himself to living out his life with his good friends, Tsubaki and Watari, until, one day, he meets a girl who changes everything in his life.

Kaori is later discharged from the hospital. Later on, she invites Kōsei to play at a Gala with her. However, Kaori fails to show up on the day of the Gala, and as her health worsens, and she begins to give up on life. This time, Kōsei is the one who inspires her after playing a duet with Nagi Aiza, the pianist sister of a fellow rival of his named Takeshi Aiza. After shedding tears and listening to it, Kaori opts for a risky surgery that may kill her if it fails.

What happens next, is up to you to find out.

Overall I think the anime was ok, each person has their own taste. If you have anything to say, don’t be scared, feel free to drop it in the comment box.

Written by Laimed.

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