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[Anime Review] Haruchika

Haruta and ChikaWithout fail, every season seems to bring a couple of novel adaptations that have no relation to or lend themselves all that well to anime whatsoever, but always a joy to see. Part of me is thankful for this since it gives a glimpse into works I would otherwise come into contact with let alone be able to read, yet the other part of me also wonders if it is even remotely close to the source material or having the original authors vision in mind. In the case of P.A Works adaptation of Sei Hatsuno’s Haruchika (Haru and Chika alternatively), I would like to believe that the anime represents Hatsuno’s brainchild unfettered, then again, not if it’s insipid as this turned out to be.
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[Anime Review] Charlotte

Charlotte promo imageAiring during the Summer 2015 anime season, P.A Works teams up with writer Jun Maeda of Angel Beats and Clannad fame for Charlotte. Containing a variety elements from past works you can attribute to a bingo card like: sick children, death, and magical realism, it is a project that is by the numbers and more relies on execution to work out. With the execution being one of the more interesting hallmarks of the series holds onto, the results that arise from it turned to be equally as interesting…in both a good and bad sense. A misunderstood and ambitious undertaking or experimental flop of a production? Here is my two-cents worth on the matter.
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[Anime Review] Hanasaku Iroha

HanasakuboxClimbing the staircase to adulthood from adolescence can be something of an arduous journey that seems like it can last for a lifetime. Fraught with the perils of dealing with insecurities, emotional maturity, and complicated relationships – it is a time when personal growth counts just as much as interpersonal. With P.A Works slice-of-life/coming-of-age tale Hanasaku Iroha, 16-year old protagonist Ohana Matsumae deals with a similar journey – trying to change herself working at Kissuiso, a rustic inn run by her grandmother as well as improve her standing with those staffed there. Having nothing new to offer the classic theme, it does at least add its own unique touches that not only make it entertain to watch, but also resonate with the audience. It does have a few shortcomings, however, believe they hardly trump its greatest strengths.
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[Anime Review] The Eccentric Family

Uchouten KazokuUchouten Kazoku – The Eccentric Family is drama and comedy driven anime series with a very simple point to make: No matter what, every family is a little dysfunctional. Even that of the mythical variety. Why? Because it is a manifestation of our idiot blood.

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RDG: Red Data Girl Review

RDG Red Data GirlRed Data Girl (RDG) is nothing more than another adolescent drama in P.A. Works repertoire of productions. Slightly off the mark apart from its past choices, but nonetheless, turns out to be a less than satisfying title suffering under some less skillful implementation and directing that makes it feel else than whole or for matter, entertaining.

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