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Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul—On the Heels of Greatness

Whenever I think of great anime adaptations of mobile games, the first that comes to mind is 2014’s Rage of Bahamut: Genesis. Its world, characters, and story are remarkably entertaining and compelling. Despite my love for the series, though, I was originally unable to watch its 2017 sequel—or rather, I was unwilling to put up with the double paywall of Amazon’s now-defunct Anime Strike. But circumstances have changed, and now I’m here to lay down my thoughts on Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul. Premise Virgin Soul takes place ten years after the events of Genesis, and stars a girl named Nina Drango. Hailing from a remote dragon village, her half-dragon lineage confers upon her superhuman strength—but also the side effect...

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The Best Love Live! Anime So Far?!: Love Live! Superstar!!

Once again, it’s time to write about one of my favorite subjects: Love Live!  The summer 2021 anime season brings with it the fourth generation, Love Live! Superstar!!, and from the first few episodes I find it to be the most exciting series so far. The Superstar Difference Love Live! has a lot going for it in general: entertaining music, charismatic idol girls, and a generally positive energy. The fundamental premise of school idols—high school girls who are both idols and school mascots—is fun and just a bit fantastical. When adapted into anime, their stories are streamlined into an easier-to-digest format that I appreciate. But as good as previous iterations have been (and Hanayo will forever be my #1), Love...

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Cinematic Success or Film Flop? Demon Slayer: Mugen Train

  Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- the Movie: Mugen Train has come out in theaters and on streaming platforms. Impressive in many ways, it notably overcomes the challenges that come with not just being the first film of one of the hottest anime franchises of the past five years, but also daring to be canon. WARNING: MOVIE SPOILERS BELOW! The Story Demon Slayer: Mugen Train follows the continuing journey of Tanjiro Kamado, a kind-yet-strong boy who becomes a Demon Slayer to avenge his family and restore his demon-turned sister back to her human self. Along with his allies, he boards a train in order to assist one of the Corps’ strongest members, the flame-wielding “Hashira” Kyojuro Rengoku, on a mission...

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Pui Pui Molcar: Cute, Surprising, and Creative

Now Streaming on Netflix: The New Fave Among Anime Fans?   天才科学者に改造されてしまったモルカー pic.twitter.com/6WVQWBB503 — 漫画家 大竹利朋/献身レシピ/がのラブ8月連載開始 (@ootaketoshitomo) January 20, 2021    In early 2021, I began seeing something from Japanese artists that grabbed my attention. For reasons unknown to me, they were all drawing little furry rodents that resembled cars. At first, I thought it was just another Twitter trend that caught on, but I eventually discovered the origin: a popular new anime that was capturing thehearts and minds of viewers. That title is Pui Pui Molcar, an unusual but endearing stop-motion animation style, tons of pop culture references, and an amazing sense of humor. What the Heck Is a Molcar? Despite what it might sound like, a molcar is...

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Tropical Rouge! Precure Early Thoughts

Tropical Rouge! Precure (also known as Tropical Rouge! Pretty Cure) is the latest entry in the popular Pretty Cure magical girl franchise, and while every season brings something to the table, few have been planned during a pandemic that has changed the world itself. With its tropical summer theme and its hyper-cheerful heroine, I believe that one of the goals of the series is to bring some joy and positivity in the face of COVID-19. Positive Entertainment in the Face of Crisis The best children’s entertainment tries to respond to the needs of its young viewers. Ten years ago, a different tragedy struck Japan: the 3.11 Fukushima triple disaster. Back then, the next Pretty Cure to debut after that horrific event was...

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Ookumo-chan Flashback Final Review: Love Your Mother...But Not Like That

  Three years ago on this blog, I published my early impressions of Ookumo-chan Flashback, a manga about a teenage boy and his extremely hot mom. This past June, the series finally concluded, and so I can, at last, give my final verdict and thoughts about this strange and racy title. Note: ENDING SPOILERS BELOW  The Story Ookumo-chan Flashback by Riichi Ueshiba (Mysterious Girlfriend X, Discommunication) revolves around Minoru Suzuki, who for some reason is able to occasionally see back in time from the perspective of his late father. Every time he has one of these “flashbacks,” he sees his mother, Aya (maiden name Ookumo), during her high school years when she was dating his dad. The result: Minoru starts to...

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Mama Got Back: “Ookumo-chan Flashback” Chapter 1 Review

I love the manga Mysterious Girlfriend X, but I’m never entirely sure what to expect from its author Riichi Ueshiba. His works are cute yet perverse, comforting yet disturbing. They can either warm the heart or make you want to scrub your body down with soap, or both. So, when the magazine Monthly Afternoon recently announced that a new series by Ueshiba was on the way, I felt both dread and anticipation. How would this one turn out? Ookumo-chan Flashback is definitely not for everyone. Heck, I’m not even sure it’s for me. I feel both attracted and repelled by its contents. That’s why I’m writing about this work—I want to prepare potential readers so that those who are potentially...

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Stepping Out of the Shadow: Reasons Why You Should Watch Boruto

Naruto likely needs little to no introduction. A manga and an anime series about an orange-clad ninja, Naruto is one of most popular series in history. Now, 20 years after its debut, Naruto has received a sequel anime starring Naruto’s son, Boruto Uzumaki. Being the successor to such a worldwide phenomenon, can Boruto: Naruto Next Generations live up to the original? After watching the first six episodes, I believe it can. Synopsis Boruto takes place many years after the Great War that ended the original Naruto series. Boruto, son of Naruto and Hinata, is starting school with the intention to become a great ninja. However, he also resents his dad for not spending enough time with the family. Naruto, as...

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