[Review] Made in Abyss – episode 1

An enormous pit and cave system called the “Abyss” is the only unexplored place in the world. Strange and wonderful creatures reside in its depths, and it is full of precious relics that current humans are unable to make. The mysteries of the Abyss fascinate humans, and they head down …

[Review] 18if – episode 1

Haruto Tsukishiro wakes up in a dream world and sees a mysterious girl named Lily. He meets Katsumi Kanzaki, learns of the existence of witches, and gets involved in various incidents. Source: Anime News Network Sometimes the best way to describe an anime is to say “it’s very anime,” and …

[Review] Love and Lies – episode 1

Lies are forbidden. Love is even more forbidden. The time is in the not-so-distant future. In Japan, your marriage partner is selected by the government when you turn 16. Yukari Nejima is a 15-year-old boy who lives in a corner of Japan and has never made much of himself. In …

[Fan vs Service] WorldEnd vs Hajime no Ippo

When I learned that this season’s new anime, WorldEnd (or SukaSuka), was based on a light novel about an adult man becoming a caretaker for a group of under-18 girls, I was understandably wary given anime’s less-than-glowing track record when handling age gaps and power dynamics. Fortunately, WorldEnd’s leading man, …

[Review] Tsugumomo – episode 1

Kazuya Kagami’s most treasured possession in the world is the obi left to him by his late mother. The scent of cherry-blossoms infused into it helps him through his day – but he never expected it to save his life, becoming a beautiful kimono-clad girl who calls herself an “artifact …

[Review] The Royal Tutor – episode 1

Heine Wittgenstein is a pint-sized man given a monumental task. He’s recently hired by the King of Grannzreich to whip four of his five sons into royalty material as their tutor. At first glance, the princes have all the allure and refinement Heine would expect, but underneath their manicured exteriors …

[Feature] Love in the Time of ClassicaLoid

SPOILERS: Detailed discussion of ClassicaLoid episode 19 Welp, they’ve done it again. The creative team who assured us that being a girl was a state of mind rather than a state of body brought that same chipper progressivism to their silly romance episode, and they did not disappoint. ClassicaLoid may be …

[Feature] She and Her Cat and Her Story

SPOILERS: for She and Her Cat -everything flows- 2016 saw its share of multifaceted adult women or female coming-of-age tales (Snow White with the Red Hair and Space Patrol Luluco certainly come to mind), but the vast majority either prominently featured romance or were written with a (thirsty) male audience in …