Bitter-Suite Symphony: Suite PreCure Review

Synopsis: the magical musical world of Major Land is threatened by Mephisto, the ruler of Minor Land, when he steals the Legendary Score containing the Melody of Happiness. Before he gets a chance to transform it into the Melody of Sorrow, Major Land’s queen, Aphrodite, scatters the score’s notes and sends them to Kanon Town, …

Secret Santa Review: Dennou Coil Grows the Beard

According to rumours on the net, anime bloggers participate in an annual Christmas tradition known as the Secret Santa anime review exchange. Organized by Reverse Thieves, anibloggers receive anonymous anime recommendations and take a chance on a series one would otherwise not watch. It is also said that everyone who’s been recommended a title named Dennou Coil …

For the Glory of Science! Steins;Gate Spoiler-Free Review

The scientific method is a practical approach towards learning about the world. It starts with observation of the world around the scientist, allowing him or her to take in information and create hypotheses or theories. The scientist then conducts experiments to see if certain conditions create results that support or refute his or her predictions. …

Long Live the Latin Quarter! A Review of From Up On Poppy Hill

“Fair girl, do you send thoughts to the sky?” I had the immense pleasure of being able to attend a screening of Goro Miyazaki’s sophomore piece, Kokurikozaka Kara, localized at the Toronto Film Festival as From Up On Poppy Hill. Due to the mood established by the festival itself, as well as the experience of …

It’s Good to Be a Geek – My Girlfriend’s a Geek, Volume 1

  Synopsis: Pentabu blogs about his experiences with his girlfriend, who happens to be a hardcore yaoi fangirl. Before tackling some of the more meaty series in the Yen Press light novel catalogue, now seems like a good time as any to cover the quirkiest one.  While the prose in light novels typically fall within …

Simply Delicious: “Book Girl and the Suicidal Mime” Review

Title: Book Girl and the Suicidal Mime Author: Mizuki Nomura Konoha Inoue is a second-year high school boy who escaped the hectic life of novel writing under the pseudonym of a 14-year-old girl named Miu Inoue. His retirement from writing is short-lived when he meets a mysterious girl named Tohko Amano, who not only loves …

Desires and Needs: Ano Hana Review

As I mentioned in my Madoka review, a well-written story requires its characters to make choices as to how they should act to set things right in their world.  Those actions stem from internal needs and external desires that are established throughout the duration of the narrative, which both need to be resolved by the …

Choices: Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Review (spoiler-free)

In Roger Ebert’s review of Million Dollar Baby in 2005, he states from the very first paragraph that the film is “not a boxing movie. It is a movie about a boxer.” Akiyuki Shinbo’s 2011 series, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica is one in essentially the same vein. It is not as much a magical girl …

Dazzling the Stage: Star Driver Review

Star Driver’s television run began in the 2010 fall season with much fanfare, boasting a pedigree of individuals who worked on titles such as Revolutionary Girl Utena, FLCL, Evangelion, as well as a cast of seiyuu whose main characters graced the likes of Death Note, Code Geass, Eden of the East, Escaflowne, and Ouran Host …

Falling Flat: Fractale Series Review

There’s something telling about a series that, when I had first decided to episodically blog it in the beginning of the winter season, started off interesting and full of intrigue and potential, but fell flat enough to lose said blogging interest as soon as the sixth episode. For a person who had (not so) recently …