Madoka Magica Notes + Gallery

This episode didn’t really sell me on the show, but it hasn’t really deterred me either. I remain on the fence when it comes to the art and animation approaches, and am still waiting for the story to genuinely hook me in. ⚫ So the death this episode was the big shock twist that I…

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Freezing – Quick Impression

Freezing was a bit of an unknown for me going into this season. I’d seen the PV, which kick-started a mild anticipation, but beyond that I hadn’t really looked into it, either in terms of the staff involved or the original material. I basically just pinned it as the AT-X battle-ecchi anime of the season.…

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Mahou Shoujo Madoka 01 Review

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica is the first in a new wave of promising, original TV-anime, and for a lot of fans from various sectors of the otaku fanbase, one of the most exciting. This anime was getting a lot of attention well before it started airing or even before the first promotional video was released,…

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Mahou Sensei Negima!: Another World Special OVA: Magical Girl Yue

Ratings MOE: ⚫⚫⚪⚪⚪ ERO: ⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪ GAR: ⚫⚫⚪⚪⚪ LOL: ⚫⚫⚪⚪⚪   ‘Magical Girl Yue’ is the episode title of this latest entry in the Negima ‘Another World’ OVA series, which has been faithfully animating the manga story from the beginning of the magical world arc. It’s a special episode, not just because it’s awesome, but because…

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To Aru Majutsu no Index episode 9

Ratings MOE: ⚫⚫⚪⚪⚪ ERO: ⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪ GAR: ⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪ LOL: ⚫⚫⚪⚪⚪   The inter-school sports carnival frivolities have taken a back seat to this arc’s storyline, which makes for an episode that’s heavier on the action and soft on the fanservice (in fact there’s virtually none). This follows the fundamental arc structure that Index has always lived…

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Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls 1-2 (BD)

Ratings MOE: ⚫⚫⚪⚪⚪ ERO: ⚫⚫⚫⚫⚪ GAR: ⚫⚫⚪⚪⚪ LOL: ⚫⚫⚪⚪⚪   I’ve been holding out on watching this anime for only one reason: the version aired on TV was censored, even on the glorious station, AT-X. It’s not so much that I’m inherently opposed to this kind of censorship (if it helps sell more DVDs/BDs, then…

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Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The MOVIE 1st

  The last couple of days have marked another step forward in the march of the booming Nanoha franchise: the long-awaited release of the 1st movie DVD! I’m reminded again at just how remarkable the Nanoha series really is, it has to be one of the greatest success stories for a side-character ever! No one…

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BIRTH (classic 1984 OVA) & Yoshinori Kanada

BIRTH is an sci-fi, action-adventure Original Video Animation, among the first of its kind, released in 1984. It is notable even now because it showcases some stellar animation from the last generation of animators, and is one of the most recogniseable achievements of the famous Yoshinori Kanada. I became inspired to watch this OVA after…

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Star Driver Episode 8

Ratings MOE: ⚫⚪⚪⚪⚪ ERO: ⚫⚪⚪⚪⚪ GAR: ⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪ LOL: ⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪   I’ve officially given up trying to understand Star Driver! Clearly, the writers and I are on two different wavelengths. But that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy it (there’s other limiting factors that could do that). I’m still hanging on to Star Driver because, against the…

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To Aru Majutsu no Index Episode 7

Ratings MOE: ◾◾◽◽◽ ERO: ◾◽◽◽◽ GAR: ◾◾◾◽◽ LOL: ◾◽◽◽◽   This was a powerful and exciting conclusion to what has been a thrilling arc from start to finish, and that’s something I don’t get to say about Index very often! But this second season has been on a roll so far. The previous arc was…

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