Review: Yozakura Quartet Series (Hana no Uta)

[Synopsis]: Surrounding the town of Sakurashin are The Seven Pillars which exist simultaneously in both the human world and the world of the youkai. Due to this connection, youkai have come to live in the town and coexist alongside its human residents. The Hiizumi Life Counseling Office exists in order to uphold the pleasant atmosphere of the town. Headed…

Review: Tales of Zestiria the X

[Synopsis]: Tales of Zestiria takes place in a world where long ago, humans and supernatural beings called seraphim lived alongside one another. Over the years, humanity lost the ability to perceive the seraphim and they grew scarce as the negative emotions of humanity, a corrupting force called ‘malevolence,’ took root in the land. Legends speak of…

Review: Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu

[Synopsis]: Returning from a convenience store late at night, Natsuki Subaru (Kobayashi Yuusuke) blinks to find himself inexplicably standing in the middle of a busy street in a fantasy world. Enthusiastic about this incredible development, Subaru is quickly beaten to a pulp by some back alley thugs before being rescued by a mysterious girl (Takahashi Rie) chasing…

Review: Berserk (2016)

[Synopsis]: Picking up around 2 years after the events of the original 1997 series, Berserk (2016) follows the story of Guts on his quest for vengeance after being betrayed and branded as a sacrifice. Haunted by spirits everywhere he goes and driven nearly mad by his rage and pain, he seeks out the demonic Apostles of the God Hand in…

Recommendations: Supernatural/Fantasy (9)

[Description]:  Generally speaking, the fantasy genre is about strange and imaginative settings full of magic and otherworldly beings. This can range from high to low fantasy – some shows featuring entire worlds that have their own set of rules and histories while others merely augment our own reality with the strange and the supernatural. These kinds of shows…

Review: Arslan Senki (TV): Fuujin Ranbu

[Synopsis]: After Arslan’s victory at the Battle of Saint Emmanuel he and his army are forced to postpone their assault on Ecbatana as they return to Peshawar fortress in order to repel a Turan invasion. Meanwhile, Hilmes discovers the whereabouts of an ancient Parsian artifact – the legendary sword Rukhnabad, a symbol of the true king of Pars…

Review: Hataraku Maou-sama!

[Synopsis]: In an attempt to conquer the land of Ente Isla, the Demon King and lord of the underworld Satan struck out against the four smaller islands surrounding his domain. Though his generals and their armies managed to invade some areas, they were quickly repelled and defeated by the Hero Emilia (Hikasa Yoko). With her comrades and…

Review: Koutetsujou no Kabaneri

[Synopsis]:  Twenty years ago, the Kabane inexplicably appeared – undead, humanoid monsters possessing an infectious bite and an iron cage around their hearts. Their aggressive and resilient nature quickly pushed humanity to the brink, forcing them to flee behind the walls of fortress-esque stations connected by a network of rails and ironclad locomotives. When the walls of Aragane station…

Review: Bungou Stray Dogs

[Synopsis]: Due to a recent string of mysterious incidents involving a great, white tiger, Nakajima Atsushi (Uemura Yuto) is evicted from the orphanage that has served as his home his entire life. Left both homeless and penniless, Atsushi happens upon a drowning stranger whom he rescues from a nearby river. The man turns out to be Dazai…

Review: Uchouten Kazoku

[Synopsis]: Unbeknownst to the human citizens of Kyoto, they are not the sole residents of the city. Living alongside them are shape-shifting tanuki and otherworldly tengu. One such tanuki, Shimogamo Yasaburou (Sakurai, Takahiro), enjoys a bustling life of shape-shifting into human form and observing the many interactions and lifestyles of the city’s residents. With the recent passing…