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[Anime Review] Eago no Daika – The Price of Smiles

Eago no Daika - The Prince of Smiles Cover

There is a price for everything, but how much will it cost to purchase a smile amid the sorrowful echoes of war?

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[Anime Review] Yagate Kimi ni Naru – Bloom Into You

For the longest time, most works under the yuri genre have always left me with an impression of being on the idealistic and shallow side. With nothing wrong enjoying the rose-colored and floaty relationship of maidens or intense latticework dramas, sometimes a down-to-earth approach is appreciated.  Well, just about as close as you can get to down-to-earth. Viewing Bloom Into You (Yagate Kimi ni Naru), an entry for the Fall 2018 anime season, not only is it an exceptional addition to the yuri subgenre, but great romantic tale with a keen eye for interpersonal relationships and inner growth.

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[Anime Review] High Score Girl

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From the days of borrowing disc from friends to challenging them and complete strangers to virtual matches of luck and skill, video games and gaming as a whole seems to be a formative experience most individuals tend not to forget. Running the gamut from competition to cooperation and able to enjoy them both alone or with others, it holds a certain type of magic most interactive media formats fail to capture and the reason it has risen in the ranks to become a commercial industry juggernaut. However, with such an entertainment medium precariously balancing the past and future, it does seem to be one all about fostering connections – even with people from all walks of life. I am not sure if that was the idea that High Score Girl, the Summer 2018 anime romantic-comedy was going for, but is something of a celebration to the magic of gaming and building relationships.

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[Anime Review] A.I.C.O -Incarnation-

A young girl’s journey to find the truth and her own humanity.

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[Anime Review] Napping Princess

After egregiously skipping over many anime film and TV releases for 2017, I did at least felt like I owed it to myself to jam pack 2018 trying to unearth the best of the best from the past year. With so many great choices too numerous to name, Napping Princess immediately caught my eye. Whether it be the astonishing box key art, outlandish premise, or even Kenji Kamiyama (of Ghost in the Shell and Eden of the East directing fame) leading the charge, I could tell this probably would make for an unforgettable experience. Needless to say, that assumption definitely holds true and glad that I finally decided to give it a go.

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[Anime Review] Final Fantasy: Unlimited

For a long running and expansive franchise like Final Fantasy it is rather difficult for even the vicarious of fans to keep track of all the media that exist. From blockbuster films that flopped to neat smaller projects, there is something enjoyable about flipping through the portfolio of sometimes forgotten projects. Gonzo’s 2001 anime production of Final Fantasy: Unlimited under the supervision of Square Enix definitely fits the bill of an obscure piece of media and probably deservedly so for the reasons you might already have in mind.

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[Anime Review] Maoyuu Maou Yuusha

maoyuIn most fantasy tales, it is a common precept that when the hero defeats the demon lord, peace and harmony is restored to the world along with all problems plaguing it fading into the abyss. Endearing and timeless as the trope is, it doesn’t exactly make for riveting storytelling, but desirable in its own right. However, what if defeating the demon lord didn’t end the worlds problems and instead the hero and villain actually team up to find a solution to the underlying issue? Would the story still carry the same endearing mantle? From this simple shift the idea and premise of Winter’s 2013 Maoyuu Maou Yuusha (stylized as Mayou) is born, one that provides an interesting mix to the classic fantasy milieu, but also one that is something of a double-edge sword when it comes to doing it successfully.

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[Anime Review] When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace

wsnb-boxAiring back during the Fall 2014 season, When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace is another copious light novel to anime adaptation produced and directed by studio Trigger. After the runaway popularity of Kill la Kill, the studio’s first full-length original project, it is sort of a surprise to see them dabble in already established property that does seem to be of the same stock they are use to dealing with. Revisiting the series a year later with an official English release, does it manage to hold up?

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