Anime Review: Centaur no Nayami

centaur no nayami

We’ve seen anime focused on things like dragons and serpents in recent years, but how about other fantastic demi-creatures like centaurs or mermaids? If you’ve ever wondered what the world would look like if humans evolved into these and other forms, this is the anime for you. Spoiler: It’s actually not that different from the present, in good ways and bad…

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Anime Review: Akanesasu Shoujo

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Another under-the-radar anime from this past fall season was Akanesasu Shoujo, but it turns out that some missed opportunities end up holding this anime back from what it could have been…

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Movie Review: Liz to Aoi Tori

liz to aoi tori anime movie

After finding myself missing and yearning for more of one of my all-time favorite queerbaiting masterpieces, namely Hibike! Euphonium, it was time for yet another piece and more orchestral drama, this time focusing on another set of lovers characters from the Kitauji High School music club.


Year: 2018
Length: 90 Minutes
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance (?), School
Studio: Kyoto Animation

Mizore Yoroizuka and Nozomi Kasaki are two close friends who are part of the Kitauji High School music club. Quiet and reserved Yoroizuka plays the oboe while lively and popular Kasaki plays the flute. The group has decided to play Liz and the Blue Bird, a song inspired on a fairy tale about the relationship between a girl and a bird. The musical piece puts both Mizore and Nozomi on the spotlight due to a solo part by Yoroizuka and forces the two girls to reexamine their friendship.


We’re more or less thrown right into the story without any information given on the characters. Well, we’re supposed to already know them from the anime, and quite frankly, while the new stars of this piece might not have taken the lead a lot in the past, it’s still hard not to recognize these two. Needless to say, a short explanation on these characters would have been welcome, but it definitely wasn’t necessary. Thus, it’s also not so surprising that their dynamic didn’t change in the slightest. Mizore is still as quiet and shy as ever, while Nozomi is bubbly, happy, and friendly with basically everyone, especially so with Mizore.

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Anime Winter Season 2019: First Impressions

2019 winter anime season

It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our First Impressions of the 2019 winter anime season that just started~


Boogiepop wa Warawanai (2019)
Studio: Madhouse • Genre: Horror, Mystery, Psychological

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It’s a simple truth that there just aren’t enough good horror anime out there, and once I saw that Madhouse was behind this one, my expectations for it suddenly shot up. The first two episodes seemingly came out concurrently, but this slightly larger sample size hasn’t done anything to dash my hopes that it could turn out to be pretty good.

Even though it’s listed among the genres, this seems a lot more psychological than I anticipated, but that’s certainly not a bad thing. There hasn’t been much in the way of action, yet the story seems to be slowly coming together, and it’s definitely moving in an intriguing direction. So far, there’s been shapeshifting, a mysterious drug, and cannibalism, so needless to say, this has been pretty dark stuff. We haven’t seen a ton of Boogiepop thus far, but they’re definitely an interesting character, and I’m looking forward to seeing what role she really plays in all of this.

From what I read, this anime is the first anime adaptation of the light novels starting from the very beginning, so there’s no need to have watched previous Boogiepop anime in order to understand what is going on here. It’s grim, and I expect things to only get darker and more violent, but I think the show’s off to a promising start, and for all the crappy horror anime that’s come our way in recent years, this one might end up being a winner.

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