Lesbian Rape? Not Hardly. Why the First Episode of Citrus Shouldn’t Be Taken At Face Value.

Before I even begin, let me just say that I am not a yuri expert, nor a professional reviewer or media analyst. I’m not trying to say that my words should be taken as law, or that you shouldn’t have your opinion. I’m simply a romantic with a particular obsession for yuri/GL media, Citrus being one of my favorite series (I’ve read every chapter to date and own every published volume.) My intention with this is merely to educate based on my knowledge of the Manga, and explain why the first episode is not what truly defines Citrus. I will do my best to show this with spoiler free (minus ep 1 of course) information. Thank you in advanced for your time.

Just in case you somehow haven’t heard of this series, allow me to give a general synopsis. Yuzu is a fashionable gal who must suddenly move to a new city after her mom remarried. She therefore must start at a new school, which as luck may have it, turns out to be an all girl’s school. It’s there that she meets the strict and cold student council president, Mei, and their first meeting is rather intense to say the least. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Yuzu returns home to find out that Mei is her new step sister and being forced to live so closely together makes their already tense relationship that much more confusing.

Let me also say now, if you have a problem with relationships between step sisters who haven’t even grown up together and have just met, then I would say this show might not be for you. If you can understand that this is not really incest and more so is fiction anyway, then please continue.

The first episode adapts the first manga chapter and bits of the second and quite well I might add. It was generally well received by fellow manga readers as well as some other yuri fans new to the series, which was nice to see. However, there have also been a fair share of viewers new to the series, that were kind of turned off or turned away due to either the psuedo-incest plot or more so, the aggressive behaviors by Mei against Yuzu in two scenes. Slight spoilers of episode 1 ahead.

In the first scene, Which is also Mei and Yuzu’s first meeting, Mei gropes Yuzu, in an effort to take her phone from her pocket. In the second scene, and arguably the more controversial one, Mei forcibly kisses Yuzu, ultimately stealing her first kiss.

Let me be clear, this is assault. I’m not denying it nor condoning it. This isn’t normally acceptable behavior and should not be tolerated in most cases and despite how it seems now, Yuzu does not. She does push back in future incidents and makes it known she doesn’t like it. HOWEVER, with that said, I would never call it lesbian rape nor say Mei is abusive and that their relationship would be toxic. This just isn’t the case. I can say this confidently because I’ve seen the future (read the manga).

There are very specific reasons as to why Mei acts this aggressive, one of which will be revealed in the episode later today and was hinted at in the first if you paid close attention to a certain other moment of assault people seem to be ignoring in comparison. Also, all of these moments of assault are very isolated events and is not commonplace, especially as the story progresses. To put it simply, Mei and Yuzu’s budding relationship isn’t toxic and the story isn’t hentai as it may appear going off of this first episode alone. Rather, it’s complicated.

Mei has trauma. She’s damaged and has no idea what it means to have a relationship not driven by aggression. Yuzu however, is about to change her entire perspective and by the end of this season, you will hardly believe they are the same characters and that its the same story, especially on Mei’s part. If you go even further and catch up to the Manga, you might find yourself missing some of the moments some may be taking for granted now.

Ultimately, its your decision on whether to continue the series or not and I’m not asking you to watch if you hate it or its not your thing. What I am asking, especially to those who have already dropped it in pretense of it being ecchi fanservice or for romanticizing assault and toxic relationships, is to please give it a couple more episodes. The three episode rule is especially important in this series because quite a bit is explained over the next couple of episodes. Granted, the best explanation will come mid series, but still, give it the 3 episodes. If you find you’re still not feeling it after that, then you may leave it behind you. However, those brave enough to stick it out, I promise you, IT GETS BETTER! It’s good now, but it’s going to get so much better and so much sweeter, that you will come to see why it’s such a widely popular and beloved manga, especially in the realm of yuri. I know I probably can’t change the minds of the masses, but if I can at least be another voice vouching for the series I love, and sway even a few people, then I’ll be satisfied.

Fall 2017 Reviews and Rankings!

It’s that time again, where I review the anime I watched this past season and rank them on levels of my enjoyment. However, we’re doing things a bit differently in honor of the new year and new changes to the blog. The reviews will be done all in one post, in succession, with a non-spoiler paragraph blurb of my thoughts and final rating. I felt this would best balance my need to limit my blog time, while allowing me to freely watch anime without limits due to concerns over time to review them after. It also limits the amount of posts you guys need to read and gets to the main points of what’s important to note of a particular anime. I think this is the best case scenario for both myself and my followers, so I hope you guys will find it agreeable. This was a good season of anime, but only three excelled far above and beyond expectation to make it to my top 3. For the rest however, it was a tight race. Without further ado, let’s begin.

Two Car

Two Car

Taking the bottom of the list is none other than Two Car. This was an anime that started off pretty bad, but seemed to have potential for more, so I gave it a chance, but as expected, I was let down and it was a huge waste of time. The main reason for this was due to the two leads being absolutely terrible characters  and the plot never getting anywhere other than back to where it started. There were a couple of side pairs that were great, but they could not carry the show well enough. This was definitely the most disappointing show of the Fall 2017 season for me. Therefore, it gets a rating of:

5/10

 

Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World - The Animated Series

Kino, The Beautiful World: The Animated Series

Kino: The Animated Series begins the real list and while it wasn’t bad, it wasn’t all that exciting to me either. It was just…whatever. I could take it or leave it and couldn’t give every episode my full attention. However, it had it’s moments and only at those moments, was it amazing. Basically, when it was good, it was really good, but for the remainder of time, it was just bland. I didn’t see the original series, so I have no idea how it compares, but I will say the best things to note of this series is that it was nicely animated and I liked that Kino was kept a bit ambiguous in terms of gender. The last few episodes were the better of the series. So, I give this a final rating of:

7/10

 

Juuni Taisen

Juni Taisen

Juni Taisen was the one anime this season I had such high expectations for and seemed so promising, yet in the end, it let me down a bit. The death game based on the western zodiac was intriguing and could have led to many interesting plotlines, but I feel that it was trying to go for an edgy feel and ultimately failed. The plot was predictable and the ending was a bit underwhelming. It had a few noteworthy characters, but they were short lived as the deaths came fast and left no time to truly connect to the characters. The visuals were nice and the opening and ending songs might be the most memorable of the season, but that’s about all it has of note. Despite this, I still liked it, so it gets a rating of:

7/10

 

Just Because!

Just Because!

Just Because! was a show I picked up on a whim because I usually enjoy the drama filled, slice of life, school romance anime and that is precisely what I got, yet I still feel a bit let down. This was a bit of a surreal experience, because as much disappointment as I may have felt, I kept coming back every week for more. Thinking on it now, the main heroine isn’t very likable and seems to be a bit shallow and the main character is a bit boring. The side couple was a bit more interesting, but still leaves much to be desired. Truthfully, the most likable and noteworthy character is one that is doomed to suffer, much like myself, considering I knew how it was going to end from the start and knew I was going to suffer because of it, yet, I returned every week. I could sum it up to my romantic nature or maybe I’m just a masochist, or perhaps it was simply, just because. ūüėČ None the less, I watched it and enjoyed it, despite it being mediocre as far as the genre goes. So, it gets a rating of:

7/10

 

Imouto sae Ireba Ii.

Imouto sae Ireba Ii ( A little sister’s all you need)

With Imouto¬†¬†sae Ireba Ii, we’re finally starting to get into anime that exceeded my expectations or were just solidly enjoyable. This is the perfect example of an anime you must give the three episode rule because with the first two minutes, it may seem like absolute trash, but after the opening credits, it becomes something that goes from trash to treasure over time. It literally gets better and better before your eyes, really getting into full swing mid-series. The conclusion leaves¬† bit to be desired, but it also fits the series well. Besides being good comedy, it breaches a bit into what I like to call creator meta, as it focuses on the daily lives and events of various light novel authors and those associated with them and really nails some of the joys, horrors and realities of being a creator. This was a bit like what re-creators was for me last season and while not as exemplary, this series is worthy of praise in it’s own right. I find myself really wanting a second season of it. The final rating for this series is:

7.5/10

 

Blend S

Blend S

Blend S was another whim anime, but this time it really paid off, as it turned out to be a really fun and enjoyable comedy of the season. The characters were all very unique and likable and even the plot had a unique twists I feel you don’t see as often. The underlying romance subplot was also a nice touch, making itself known, while not becoming too dramatic or overbearing to take away the show’s light-hearted nature. Not too much more to say about this one otherwise, so the final rating I give it is:

7.5/10

Himouto! Umaru-chan R

Himouto! Umaru-chan R

Himouto! R is a solid follow up to it’s first season, though I’ll admit that the previous might have been a bit stronger overall. However, I loved this one just the same as the charcaters are what really drive the show, my favorite continuing to be Kirie. We do see some growth in Umaru this season however, which is nice, but it does feel a bit like the series is nearing it’s end. I think one more season would be perfect to end the series on a high note, but I guess we’ll see what happens. Hands down however, this had the seasons best ending song and probably best song of the series. I give this a rating of:

7.5/10

 

Net-juu no Susume

Net-juu no Susume (Recovery of an MMO Junkie)

Net-Juu was definitely an unexpected hit for me and had a lot to offer me. It’s rpg gaming focus, coupled with a relatable lead and an underlying romantic subplot between mature adults, hit all the right cords and made it one of the more enjoyable anime I’ve watched this Fall season. The characters were all great and the blend of real world vs. the virtual was well executed. However, it suffers from a limited degree of background development for some side characters, and seems to be missing some things it probably needed more time to get. 10 episodes just isn’t enough and so I’m really hoping we get a new season because all though I could live with the ending we got, it still has room for more. All and all, I enjoyed the serious quite a bit, and so I give it a rating of:

8/10

 

Inuyashiki

Inuyashiki

When discussing the edgiest anime of 2017, Inuyashiki should definitely be top on your list. It was a show that I really had no idea what to expect, but it literally delivered something from another galaxy. It focuses on a heavy consideration of what’s right or wrong, what it means to be good or bad and really makes you consider what the qualifications of how to be a hero or a villain. It’ll show you that the grey area between these concepts is much larger than you may think. It certainly isn’t for the feint-hearted, as it has some pretty gruesome and unsettling scenes, hence what makes it so edgy and it has a slight case of having more plotlines than accounted for, but it was all and all a very memorable show and gets points for being so unique and original. The CG use was ok, though still lacking, especially up against another CG heavy show of the season. The rating for this show is:

8/10

 

Ballroom e Youkoso

Ballroom e Youkoso  (Welcome to the Ballroom)

Ballroom is another example of an anime that makes a sport I’d never cared much for before, become much more interesting. I’d never have thought I’d enjoy an anime about ballroom dancing this much, yet here we are. The animation is certainly different and takes some getting used to, but the dances and technical details we get to see are worth it. They are often very beautiful and captivating. Tatara is a nicely adapted main character who’s growth over the course of the series is wonderful to watch. He goes from a boy with no direction, to a young man who’s found his passion. I really enjoyed this anime and so it get’s a rating of:

8.5/10

 

Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara

Shoukugeki no Souma: San no Sara

The third season of souma¬† got back to it’s roots a bit and that’s great to see. It has already been picked up for a new season come Spring 2018 and I eagerly await it’s return. I don’t have much to say on it that hasn’t been said, so it gets a rating of:

9/10

 

Love Live! Sunshine!! 2nd Season

Love Live Sunshine!! Season 2

LLS! season 2 was the same Aquors goodness from season 1, but even better. We got a nice selection of performances and enjoyable songs, as well as a fitting continuation to the plot of the 1st season. I may have said it before, but LLS surpasses LLSIP in the fact that the characters are more individually memorable, characterized and dynamic. However, I think it falls just a bit short when comparing the overall story and general feeling of magic that LLSIP possessed. Not to mention, the ships were far better defined in LLSIP, where they were more interchangeable with LLS. That being said however, they are both worthy of being praised as one of the better idol series out there and I enjoy them regardless of their differences. I’m looking forward to the movie for LLS that is in the works already. The final rating for this is:

9/10

 

Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou

Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou ( Girl’s Last Tour)

Girl’s Last Tour was probably the most surprising hit of this season as for the fact that the plot was extremely simple and not much happens in each episode, yet you enjoy the episode as if it were full of action anyway and you’re never bored. It has a perfect blend of a post-apocalyptic, creepy and solemn setting and moe, lively characters coupled with a soundtrack that is an excellent driver of the atmosphere and mood. It in some cases even shapes your viewing experience. This also shows the phenomenal voice acting of the two leads, as they are able to keep us viewers engaged and make the events believable, as well as bring their characters to life such that you feel like you know them. It’s something only a show like this could accomplish and it’s for this reason that it’s secured a spot in my top 3 of the season. This was an easy rating to give, which is:

9.5/10

 

Konohana Kitan

Konohana Kitan

Konohana was the unrivaled feel good anime of the season and blew past my expectations. It seemed like a simple slice of life involving cute fox girls, but it became much more. The episodes were often peaceful and serene, while offering glimpses of the beauty of their world and life in general. It touched on much of the Japanese folklore stories you may know and some you don’t, but presented them in beautiful ways. Besides this, the romance between the pairings of the show was light enough to appreciated by all regardless of if they are fans of girl’s love, while not being so obscure that it leaves any question about the fact that they are official, as in the source material. My rating for this show is:

10/10

 

Houseki no Kuni (TV)

Houseki no Kuni (Land of the Lustrous)

Houseki is the ultimate, no doubt about it, dark horse of the season that jumped from obscurity to fame. It was easy to be turned off by the fact that it was all CG animation and many did in fact write it off due to that, but those who stuck around were in for quite a surprise. This is most likely the most well done CG animated anime we’ve had in the very least, a very long time and it honestly wouldn’t work without it. The gems are beautiful, shiny and captivating to watch and the action scenes are enthralling. It’s a very original story and all the characters are unique and attractive in their own ways, while never really conforming to any gender identity as the source confirms they are in fact genderless, being they are living rocks. The majority likely will see them as females, and doing so is not a crime, but there are aspects that could be seen as more masculine as well. No matter how you may see them, they deserve to be seen and definitely deserve another season. Especially with how the season ended, it left a lot to be desired and so I’ll be hoping for it. If you have not already seen it, you should absolutely do so, as it’ll be an experience for sure. Therefore, the rating for my top anime of Fall 2017 is:

10.5/10

 

With that, the Fall 2017 reviews come to a close. Like I said, it was a tight race, especially in each group of rating, but the top 3 deserve to be there without a doubt. I hope you liked this new format and be feel free to comment about it or any of your thoughts on any of the anime in the comments. Thanks for reading and see you for Winter 2018!

 

 

 

Koi to Uso Anime Review

Koi to Uso

Genre Tags: Drama, Romance, School

Seasons/Episodes: 12

Synopsis:¬†In a futuristic society, Japan has implemented a complex system referred to as “The Red Threads of Science” to encourage successful marriages and combat increasingly low birthrates. Based on a compatibility calculation, young people at the age of 16 are assigned marriage partners by the government, with severe repercussions awaiting those who disobey the arrangement. For Yukari Nejima, a teen that considers himself average in every way, this system might be his best shot at living a fulfilling life.

However, spurred by his infatuation for his classmate and long-time crush, Misaki Takasaki, Yukari defies the system and confesses his love. After some initial reluctance, Misaki reciprocates his feelings in a moment of passion. Unfortunately, before the two can further their relationship, Yukari receives his marriage notice. He is then thrown into a confusing web of love and lies when his less-than-thrilled assigned partner, Ririna Sanada, becomes fascinated with his illicit romance.

Plot Rating:  8/10

Character Development Rating: 7/10

Progression Rating: 7/10

Animation Rating: 8/10

Conclusion Rating: 7/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 7.4/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 8/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: If you liked Kuzu no Honkai, you’d probably like this too.

General Comments: Watching the first few episodes of this immediately will give you a sense of deja vu if you watched Kuzu no Honkai (Scum’s Wish) as the basic theme is similar, but Koi to Uso is by no means a copy cat. Koi to Uso has a very unique plot that I actually found interesting, but it’s complicated relationship dynamics is where the real comparison lies.Where Kuzu had a love triangle, this had more of a love square. I kind of liked it though, because it kind covered all sides of the love spectrum. There’s a guy who likes a guy, a girl who likes a guy and a girl and a girl and a guy who like each other, but the guy also likes another girl. It’s a complicated messy web just the same, but where they really start to diverge is the finale. Where Kuzu had a more bittersweet ending, Koi had more of a an open ending. This wasn’t surprising considering the circumstances and I may even say I liked it, except there is one problem that it also shares with Kuzu. The openly gay character always draws the short end of the stick.

Overall, I found Koi to Uso a good treat for my romantic cravings, but as a whole, I liked Kuzu no Honkai more and thought it was far superior. Koi isn’t a bad watch though, so if you like romantic dramas, definitely give it a go.

Princess Principal Anime Review

Princess Principal

Genre Tags: Action, Mystery

Seasons/Episodes: 12

Synopsis: The stage is set during the 19th century London, in its capital where a wall divides the east and west of the Kingdom of Albion. Five high school girls, who enrolled in the prestigious Queens May Fair School, are involved in spy activities that involve disguise, infiltration, car chase, and more. These girls take advantage of their special abilities and fly around the shadow world.

Plot Rating: 9/10

Character Development Rating: 8/10

Progression Rating: 8/10

Animation Rating: 8/10

Conclusion Rating: 9/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 8.4/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 11/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: If you like the idea of Steampunk Spy Girls being Bad@ss, yes!

General Comments: Honestly, PriPri is probably the most underrated anime this season. It probably got overshadowed by the other great things this season and while I can admit that it’s technically not above certain other shows this season, it was the most unique, original and enjoyable. However, this is an opinion that can be nothing less than subjective as it is for me and my absolute adoration for it comes down to three basic things. It’s got a Military/Spy theme, it’s got badass moe girls and it’s got yuri. Those who know me know shows with these three things are like catnip to me and adding in the steampunk ascetic and an interesting story, I’m in love. This is my number one of the season on a personal level, but I’m sure that there are other shows that are technically the best of the season (Made in Abyss). PriPri isn’t perfect technically speaking, but personally I can’t get enough and I’ll be singing it’s praises for quite a while. I pray it’ll have a second season soon. If you liked Izetta, you will love this too, as it’s similar. So I highly recommend it, but if you’re of the type who dislikes a female-centric plot with no male MC, stay away.

Made in Abyss Anime Review

Made in Abyss

Genre Tags: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Mystery, Drama, Fantasy

Seasons/Episodes: 13

Synopsis:¬†The Abyss‚ÄĒa gaping chasm stretching down into the depths of the earth, filled with mysterious creatures and relics from a time long past. How did it come to be? What lies at the bottom? Countless brave individuals, known as Divers, have sought to solve these mysteries of the Abyss, fearlessly descending into its darkest realms. The best and bravest of the Divers, the White Whistles, are hailed as legends by those who remain on the surface.

Riko, daughter of the missing White Whistle Lyza the Annihilator, aspires to become like her mother and explore the furthest reaches of the Abyss. However, just a novice Red Whistle herself, she is only permitted to roam its most upper layer. Even so, Riko has a chance encounter with a mysterious robot with the appearance of an ordinary young boy. She comes to name him Reg, and he has no recollection of the events preceding his discovery. Certain that the technology to create Reg must come from deep within the Abyss, the two decide to venture forth into the chasm to recover his memories and see the bottom of the great pit with their own eyes. However, they know not of the harsh reality that is the true existence of the Abyss.

Plot Rating: 9/10

Character Development Rating: 8/10

Progression Rating:  9/10

Animation Rating: 9/10

Conclusion Rating: 10/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 9/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 10.5/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: Absolutely! No questions asked.

General Comments: Every season, there’s that one anime that not many people pay attention to at first, but then it has an amazing premier and keeps getting better as it goes, to end with a stunning finale and becomes the dark-horse of the season. Yes, Made in Abyss is it. It blew any expectations I had far out the water and might be one of the best anime I’ve seen of it’s kind. It’s literally a masterpiece and I can’t find fault in anything it’s done, except perhaps the over sexualization of children in parts, but even that can be forgiven when the remaining content and the plot is that amazing. The feels were strong in this one and there may be moments not for the feint hearted, but it’s not so much so that it can’t be enjoyed. Although the season wrapped things up in a nice bow, I really hope we’ll see it continue on in a second season, as I’m not ready to ascend from the depths of the abyss just yet. Please watch this show, you won’t regret it.

New Game !! Anime Review

New Game!!

Genre Tags: Slice of Life, Comedy

Seasons/Episodes: 12

Synopsis:¬†‚ÄčIt has been a year since Aoba Suzukaze started working at the Eagle Jump game company. In that time, she and her eccentric coworkers in the character design department have worked hard to release the company’s newest game: Fairies Story 3. With their latest title now complete, a new project must begin‚ÄĒstarting with a contest to decide the character designs for the upcoming game. Through hard work, dedication, and some guidance from the previous character designer, Kou Yagami, Aoba wins the contest and begins her new role as lead character designer.

However, her new job is not an easy one. In addition to having extra work and longer hours, Aoba questions whether she is the right fit for the job.¬†New Game!!¬†continues as Aoba overcomes her inexperience with the help of her friends and coworkers, willing to face any challenge to make Eagle Jump’s newest creation, a cutesy game called Peco.

Plot Rating: 8/10

Character Development Rating: 9/10

Progression Rating:  8/10

Animation Rating: 9/10

Conclusion Rating: 10/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 8.8/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 10/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: If you loved the first season, you’ll really love this one, so yes!

General Comments: Our favorite game developers are back and boy were they missed. The Eagle Jump team returns with their unique personalities and hilarious hijinks, but with even more vigor. However, the comedy wasn’t the only thing they amped up, but the feels as well. Where the first season was more focused on comedy and getting to know the team, this season was focused on actual game making and the conflicts that come with it, therefore making it a more serious season. There was one moment in particular this season involving Aoba and a certain competition she was involved in that made my heart hurt as I could wholeheartedly relate to the struggle and her grief.

It wasn’t all serious however, and we also had several new characters to meet, though I will say perhaps at the cost of development for some of the veterans. There was more drama this season as well, but it was offset with the increase in romantic subplots. That’s not the focus of the show of course, but I can safely say that at least one of the favorite ships sailed and more are highly likely to in the future.¬†Overall, the second season was even better than the first in several ways and I really hope we’ll get a third.

Kakegurui Anime Review

Kakegurui

Genre Tags: Game, Mystery, Psychological, Seinen, School, Shounen, Drama

Seasons/Episodes: 12

Synopsis:¬†Unlike many schools, attending Hyakkaou Private Academy prepares students for their time in the real world. Since many of the students are the children of the richest people in the world, the academy has its quirks that separate it from all the others. By day, it is a normal school, educating its pupils in history, languages, and the like. But at night, it turns into a gambling den, educating them in the art of dealing with money and manipulating people. Money is power; those who come out on top in the games stand at the top of the school. Yumeko Jabami, a seemingly naive and beautiful transfer student, is ready to try her hand at Hyakkaou’s special curriculum. Unlike the rest, she doesn’t play to win, but for the thrill of the gamble, and her borderline insane way of gambling might just bring too many new cards to the table.

Plot Rating: 8/10

Character Development Rating: 7/10

Progression Rating: 8/10

Animation Rating: 9/10

Conclusion Rating: 8/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 8/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 9/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: If you like psychological game anime with crazy characters, for sure!

General Comments: This was probably the craziest anime of the season, figuratively and literally. I think the main guy might be the only sane character who isn’t a total gambling psycho. However, the craziest thing of all, is that it’s the insane gambling ladies, namely the lead lady herself, Yumeko, who makes the show that amazing. They could have had a standard anime about the art of gambling, but the sheer insanity of the activity and how much of an obsession it can actually be makes it much more interesting. You can truly feel the obsession of the compulsive gamblers and you can’t look away because every game pulls you in. The real star of the show is truly Yumeko however and she is reason alone to watch. She’s a gambling mastermind and watching her epic take-downs are the most exhilarating and savage things you’ll see this season.

As good as the anime is, I highly suggest reading the manga, as it’s that much better.

Re:Creators Anime Review

Re:Creators

Genre Tags: Action, Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Seasons/Episodes: 22

Synopsis:¬†Humans have designed countless worlds‚ÄĒeach one born from the unique imagination of its creator. Souta Mizushino is a high school student who aspires to be such a creator by writing and illustrating his own light novel. One day, while watching anime for inspiration, he is briefly transported into a fierce fight scene. When he returns to the real world, he realizes something is amiss: the anime’s headstrong heroine, Celestia Yupitilia, has somehow returned with him.

Before long, other fictional characters appear in the world, carrying the hopes and scars of their home. A princely knight, a magical girl, a ruthless brawler, and many others now crowd the streets of Japan. However, the most mysterious one is a woman in full military regalia, dubbed “Gunpuku no Himegimi,” who knows far more than she should about the creators’ world. Despite this, no one knows her true name or the world she is from.

Meanwhile, Souta and Celestia work together with Meteora √Ėsterreich, a calm and composed librarian NPC, to uncover the meaning behind these unnatural events. With powerful forces at play, the once clear line between reality and imagination continues to blur, leading to a fateful meeting between creators and those they created.

Plot Rating: 8/10

Character Development Rating: 7/10

Progression Rating: 7/10

Animation Rating: 8/10

Conclusion Rating: 10/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 8/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 9/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: This is so meta for creators, I think it should be a requirement for them. For regular viewers however, it depends on if you’re ok with dialogue heavy shows and world building between the action.

General Comments: Re: Creators probably had the most interesting plot of all the anime this season. It featured a kind of creatorception, where created worlds and characters entered the world of their own creators. It’s fascinating, because what creator would ever imagine meeting their fictional creation? It makes you wonder, what would you do? Would they maintain their created personalities, or can they develop their own will and motivations? Can they live apart from the world you have crafted for them? All of these questions and concepts are explored in this series and it’s done in a very interesting, unique and almost perfect way. There are so many layers to the concept, it almost blows your mind, especially once the climax hits. It’s honestly an experience you must see for yourself. I especially encourage any type of creator, be it writer, artist, game developer and so on, to watch this anime, as it will really offer a unique perspective on your craft and the deeper significance it can hold. The pace is a bit slow moving and their is a lot of world building and storytelling, but it’s all worth it for the pay off in the finale.

Gamers! Anime Review

Gamers!

Genre Tags: Comedy, Romance, School

Seasons/Episodes: 12

Synopsis: This is a story that revolves around certain students and one hobby. Amano Keita is our lonely protagonist who has a passion for gaming and is friends with Uehara Tasuku, who is secretly a fellow gamer and is someone who believes his life is perfect. We also have Karen Tendou, the club president of the video games club and Chiaki Hoshinomori, who constantly bickers with Keita. This is a story filled with a non-stop sequence of comedy scenes and misunderstandings. Our chaotic romantic comedy now begins!

Plot Rating: 7/10

Character Development Rating: 8/10

Progression Rating: 8/10

Animation Rating: 8/10

Conclusion Rating: 8/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 7.8/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 8.5/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: If you like RomComs focused around the lives of gamers, yes!

General Comments: This anime was amazing in how funny it turned out to be. I watched it simply because it was going to feature gamers and seemed interesting, but it exceeded my initial expectations. It turned out to be the most hilarious show I’ve seen this season, with gold level comedic timing in the jokes and characters with very distinct personalities. Seeing those personalities interact is what makes it so funny. The constant references to games and the struggles of a gamer was so relatable to gamers and self-proclaimed nerds like myself, that it couldn’t help but be a hit among them. My only complaint is that the finale was a bit underwhelming and didn’t resolve certain plot points. I pray we’ll get a second season, because I’d love to see more of those gaming dorks and their awkward romantic adventures.

Tsurezure Children Anime Review

Genre Tags: Comedy, Romance, School, Shounen

Seasons/Episodes: 12

Synopsis:¬†Young love‚ÄĒit takes many unique and fascinating forms that flourish as children begin to mature into adults. From being unable to confess to not knowing what real love actually feels like, various obstacles can arise when learning about romantic attraction for the first time. But underneath all that, young love is something truly beautiful to behold, leading to brand new experiences for those young and in love

Plot Rating: 8/10

Character Development Rating: 7/10

Progression Rating: 8/10

Animation Rating: 8/10

Conclusion Rating: 8/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 7.8/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 8/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: If you love romance and comedy, for sure!

General Comments: This was the definition of short and sweet anime. At just 12 minutes an episode and in a 4-koma format, we got a series of skits featuring the various couples and their awkward interactions. It was simple, but executed well such that you could never be bored and would be left wanting more. Some couples were more successful than others at their aspiring romantic exploits, but there were none who you could dislike. I’d love to have another season or more, because it’s got the formula that gives it an easy longevity.