Review: Youjo Senki

At the moment of his untimely death, a heartless and pragmatic Japanese salaryman is confronted by a mysterious, godlike being he refers to as “Being X”. As an atheist, the salaryman rejects the notion of reincarnation and the power of the entity,  saying that faith is something adopted by the weak in dire situations. In order to…

Review: Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2

The second season of KonoSuba reunites us with the familiar yet woefully incompetent band of adventurers from the first season as they continue in their endeavors to obtain a life of luxury. Though they’ve been subject to their fair share of misfortune in the past, their luck isn’t about to change as their ineptitude and circumstances spur the party towards ever greater conflict…

Little Witch Academia: Characterization through Passion

Given its many depictions of magic and adventure, Little Witch Academia is a show best defined by its fantasy and imagination. From its imagery of the prestigious Luna Nova Academy to the gnarled and forbidden Arcturus Forest of the first episode, Little Witch Academia attempts not only to create a world for itself but one that fully embraces the magic and…

Review: JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken (TV)

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure chronicles the extraordinary tale of the Joestar family and its decedents throughout the years. The story begins in the late 1800’s in Great Britain when an adolescent Jonathan Joestar (Okitsu Kazuyuki) first encounters his rival Dio Brando (Koyasu Takehito), after his adoption into the family. Dio endeavors to maliciously ruin Jonathan’s life and supplant him…

Review: Flip Flappers

[Synopsis]: Cocona (Takahashi Minami), an ordinary and reserved schoolgirl, one day has her world turned upside down after meeting a carefree girl named Papika (Ichimichi Mao) who spirits her away to a strange and abstract dimension known as Pure Illusion. Because the two girls can only travel to Pure Illusion when together, Cocona becomes involved with…

Review: Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku

[Synopsis]: A popular mobile game called ‘The Magical Girl Raising Project’ is rumored to have the ability to transform a select few of its players into real magical girls. These rumors turn out to be true as 16 girls are chosen and granted the ability to change into the likeness of their avatar and gain fantastic abilities.…

Review: Shuumatsu no Izetta

[Synopsis]: In 1940, the world is racked by its Second World War as the powerful military nation of Germania turns its attention towards the small country of Eylstadt. The crown Princess of Eylstadt, Ortfiné Fredericka von Eylstadt (Hayami Saori), does what she can to defend her meager country but in doing so falls into the hands into…

Review: Bungou Stray Dogs 2nd Season

[Synopsis]: With the conflict between the Armed Detective Agency and the Port Mafia already raging on, the appearance of The Guild further endangers the balance of the city. The stage has been set for a three-way gifted war between the organizations and by the end, only one will be left standing. Atsushi (Uemura Yuto), Dazai (Miyano Mamoru), and the rest…

Review: Princess Tutu

[Synopsis]: Princess Tutu tells the story of Ahiru (Katou Nanae), a simple duck who is one day transformed into a human girl by a mysterious man named Drosselmeyer (Noboru Mitani). Gifted an egg-shaped pendent that allows her to transform into the graceful Princess Tutu, a narrative begins to form around her as she endeavors to return the…