Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei (Season 3) – The Perfect End?

Mixed Feelings

First impressions for Rei are not good. The first episode is a forced fanservice episode that doubles as a pool episode. It’s meant to be funny, and to some degree it is, but that’s not why you’re here. Rei is meant to tie up the few loose ends that Kai had in its conclusion. So does it deliver on that front? Let’s dive in and find out! Continue reading “Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei (Season 3) – The Perfect End?”

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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai (Season 2) – Some Much Deserved Answers

Fight for a Perfect World

If you haven’t read my review of season one, you should take a moment to do that. I’m going to assume you have some knowledge of season one in this review, so there will be some spoilers in this post. Kai is the follow up to Higurashi’s first season that delivers some much needed answers. Continue reading “Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai (Season 2) – Some Much Deserved Answers”

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (Season 1) – Wait, What’s Going on?

Murder is Better with Friends

I’ve been really excited for this week of the October Review Fest because I get to talk about one of my favorite anime series, Higurashi. This was a series I watched not too far into my anime journey and I loved every minute of it. I’ve since seen the show a couple times over and it is still cemented as one of my favorites. Here’s my look at the first season and why you should watch Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. Continue reading “Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (Season 1) – Wait, What’s Going on?”

Anime ABC’s – I is for I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying

Simple & Short

I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying, or Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakarani Ken as it’s known in Japanese, is a short anime that spans across two thirteen episode seasons. Each episode is about three minutes long so you can easily blow through this show in one or two sittings. They say good things come in small packages, so the same must apply to short-form anime… right? Continue reading “Anime ABC’s – I is for I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying”

Neo Yokio Review – It DOES Deserve the Big Toblerone

When I First Heard About Neo Yokio, I Thought it Would be BAD!

Then, on the day it came out I saw the glorious “Big Toblerone” memes and knew I was in for a real treat. I decided then and there that I needed to watch Neo Yokio because at the very least, it would be something enjoyable to make fun of. However, I was pleasantly surprised when this anime (and yes it is anime) actually turned out to be pretty good. It helped that it was absurdly funny too. Continue reading “Neo Yokio Review – It DOES Deserve the Big Toblerone”

Planetarian – ONA’s Done Right

An Emotional Journey

This is how I would describe the 2016 ONA series Planetarian. Based on the Key visual novel of the same title, Planetarian tells the story of a lonely robot and a man who has all but given up on life. Spanning only five episodes, this short series packs an emotional punch in about your average film’s runtime. It may not be the strongest Key work to date, but it certainly leaves an impact. Continue reading “Planetarian – ONA’s Done Right”

Anime ABC’s – H is for Hai to Gensou no Grimgar

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At least that’s what I would have said before giving it another shot. I really hated this show the first time around but this seems to be a community favorite so maybe I was just missing something. I decided to give it a second chance. So did my opinion improve or did this anime manage to win me over? Let’s dive into my look at the eighth community pick for the ABC review series, Hai to Gensou no Grimgar. Continue reading “Anime ABC’s – H is for Hai to Gensou no Grimgar”

Ben-To – Taking Things too Far

Ben-To Has One Great Premise

People come together at the local grocery store to beat the tar out of each other for half-price bento boxes. It’s just a totally normal thing in this show. After one episode, I was sold. I then sat down and watched the whole thing in one sitting.

Unfortunately, Ben-To slowly began to lose its charm as time went on. Had it stuck to its premise while only dabbling in occasional fanservice, the show would easily have been a lot better. So what was the problem exactly? Ben-To‘s go to joke was to sexually assault, and in some cases, borderline rape its cast. That just isn’t funny. Furthermore, some of the fanservice was tied up into that mess, which is not a good idea. Ever. Continue reading “Ben-To – Taking Things too Far”

Kaiji: Against All Rules Season 2 – Mini Review

Let Down & Disappointed

This is an adapted and edited re-upload of a review featured in an update awhile back

501Kaiji’s second season started off with a bang, much like season one. I was hopeful. Unlike season one, I stayed interested in season two of Kaiji for much more of its runtime. The big reason is that the gambling games featured in season 2 were more varied and played out interestingly. You can view my thoughts on season one here.

However, by the end a huge flaw surfaced with the show. The pachinko arc was so… dang… long. I made the Dragon Ball joke last time, but it felt the same way here again. A real let down; I was disappointed because I wanted to like this series.

It’s a real shame too, because I actually enjoyed season 2 up until its final arc. Upon conclusion, the show does not wrap up the main conflict from season 1, but ends in a good enough fashion. Overall, this was better than season 1 (even having me retroactively rate season one a bit lower to a 5/10 form a 6/10), but just barely. 6/10 for this one. Only worth a watch if you have seen season one but is not really worth recommending past that.

You can find both seasons of Kaiji for legal streaming on Crunchyroll. Did you enjoy Kaiji or think it took on more than it bargained for? Let me know in the comments below. Leave a like if you enjoyed the article and hope to see you back at the site soon!

Edogawa Rampo – How Rampo Kitan Inspired Me to Read a Japanese Classic

Edogawa Rampo is the Grandfather of Japanese Mystery Literature

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Hirai Taro, the real name of famed author Edogawa Rampo, was born October 21, 1894. Rampo took inspiration from Western mystery writers such as Dolye and Poe (among others). In fact, his nom de plume is dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe as it is a direct verbal translation of Poe’s name. Existing in a time between critically acclaimed Agatha Christie and Edgar Wallace, Edogawa Rampo was instrumental in shaping the modern day mystery genre in Japan. Continue reading “Edogawa Rampo – How Rampo Kitan Inspired Me to Read a Japanese Classic”