His and Her Circumstances

I am a firm believer in the notion that a good story is not about coming up with a good idea, but strong execution of whatever idea it is that you do have; essentially, good writing is not about coming up with premises, it’s about the ability to make something compelling out of even the most basic premise.… Read more.

Oresuki

…and yet further still, it’s not about the budding romance between the male and female protagonist, nor is it about the eventual crushes the other female characters develop for him. Instead, it’s about the relationship between the male protagonist, his friends, and most importantly of all, his best friend.… Read more.

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!

…and yet, for as dense as the protagonist truly is, it’s somehow believable; she’s so caught up in the idea that she’s the villain, that the male characters will inevitably fall in love with the game’s original protagonist and that her life is in danger to the point where you can actually sympathize with her denseness.… Read more.

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

…it’s actually quite sad when it ends because it leaves you desperately wanting more. Like, I’d literally pay to see the remainder of Chiyo, Nozaki and everyone else’s high school lives animated in full.… Read more.

Kaguya-sama: Love is War

While criticism of any show—no matter how amazing—is always warranted, blindly attacking something and calling it “overhyped” just because it’s popular is not. That couldn’t be further from the truth; Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen is a show that succeeded because it deserved to, has genuine substance and I absolutely loved every moment of it from start to finish.… Read more.

Akikan!

I think one of the best parts of Akikan is the direction—during serious or tearjerking scenes, the direction, sound design, voice acting and animation is actually so well done that you are caught between the two extremes of “well done drama” and “I am currently watching a man mourn the death of his melon juice”.… Read more.

My Dress-Up Darling

I had a great moment at work once where a buddy of mine—the manager, in fact—asked me “If Hatsune Miku showed up right now and wanted your dick, would you skip work?” and my immediate response was “Is that even a question?”… Read more.

Oregairu

Otherwise known by the long winded names of Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru, or My Teen Romantic Comedy is Wrong, As I Expected, Oregairu could’ve been more aptly named “We Live in a Society, the Animation”.… Read more.

Rent-a-Girlfriend

You know how I like to call myself a “professional masochist”? That’s a lie. I’m a liar. I like a good challenge, not flagellating myself with nothing to be gained in the process; and that’s exactly what the experience of watching Rent-a Girlfriend is like.… Read more.