2014: 5th day of Animanga

vlcsnap-00020Regular readers of our blog know that shoujo and comedy aren’t our favorite genres. The former category feels too “innocent” and “sugary” for our tastes, while many anime trying to provoke laughter usually end up relying on pretty cheap, often sexist, jokes. That’s why we were very careful before our first encounter with Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, a title claiming to combine the two genres on the surface (and I say surface because the manga is published in a shounen magazine, something that slipped our attention at first). What we weren’t expecting was just how much of a pleasant surprise this series would be. Continue reading

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2014: 4th day of Animanga

010Though violence is a prevalent theme in modern animography, one needs to search very well to find truly disturbing themes and situations in mainstream titles. Even though I consider myself a fan of the horror genre, there simply haven’t been, in recent years, many cases where TV producers have given us quality animated horror. That’s the reason I was both excited and curious to see whether Tokyo Ghoul would be what I was looking for: an anime filled with darkness, sleaziness and raw brutality instead of just some second-rate Hellsing rip-off. Continue reading

2014: 3rd day of Animanga

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This year I started trying out some retro anime with my partner but we kept being disappointed in that they either were boring or had some notoriously awful script and equally ridiculous characters. So I was a bit afraid that we would drop this series, too, but we were pleasantly surprised by how good it actually was. We have to thank the anonymous joker, a commentor here, for the recommendation.

Carried by the Wind:Tsukikage Ran or Ran, the Samurai Girl, as it’s known in English, is a small hidden gem created by MADHOUSE back in the early 2000. If you liked Samurai Champloo there are high chances, you’ll love this as well. I am actually impressed that this isn’t more well known, what with slice-of-life and comedy series being popular and the fact we don’t get often female samurai much more a show all of their own.  Continue reading

2014: 2nd day of animanga

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I was between this and Koe no Katachi when selecting the titles for the 12 Days of Christmas, but since the latter will get an anime soon, why not spent this space to shed light to an unknown title that had me crying at each and every chapter no less. I tried to avoid spoilers as much as I could in this post, so please enjoy this review! Continue reading

2014: 1st day of Animanga

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Terror in Resonance was the big name of the summer, coming from Shinichiro Watanabe. The reactions to the series varied from over-enthusiasm to satisfaction to total disappointment. The newbie inexperienced anime fans were the ones to hail it as masterpiece ignoring all the blatant problems the work had, but I can’t say I don’t understand their feelings about it. After all, that’s why I include it in the 12 days of Christmas.

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2013: 11th day of Animanga

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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood 

The best shounen ever. That was a common phrase we heard from way too many people, most of them of completely different tastes, before we started watching the series. Brotherhood’s reputation is beyond words. Even the people who did not fell in love with the show still thought of it as very good, especially in comparsion to the rest of the genre. So we were curious to see how much truth was in the hype. Continue reading