There’s no reason to watch Ōkiku Furikabutte

As a sports anime, it falls on its face Ōkiku Furikabutte (Oofuri) follows the same pattern that many successful sports anime currently use: Step 1: Find a lighthearted approach to intense competition. Step 2: Form an emotional bond …

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Sangatsu no Lion Season One: An Introspection

Sangatsu no Lion isn’t really about shogi   When an anime’s plot centers heavily around a game, it’s only natural that the audience becomes familiar with some of the game’s subtler points. That said, in Sangatsu no Lion’s …

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How to Have a Happy Halloween in Akihabara

With Halloween around the corner you might be wondering, “Is Halloween different in Japan?” and the answer is pretty simple, “Yes.” The truth is, mass Halloween celebrations in Japan are relatively new and have been increasing in popularity …

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Welcome to the Ballroom Anime Review Episode 15: Regression?

This week’s episode takes a big leap back We left off with Tatara and Chinatsu rising to D-class status after a second-place finish at an amateur competition in which Tatara secretly followed Chinatsu’s lead in the final heat. …

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Kino’s Journey Anime Review Episode 2: A Victim of Tight Pacing

“Colosseum”: A Blast from the Past? I’ve got to start this review by admitting something. Right now, I feel like the proverbial old man shaking his stick and yelling “get off my lawn” to the new kids. You see, “Colosseum,” …

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